Everything Natural’s October calendar is stacked to the brim with alternatives to occupying Philadelphia or New York City. The event features organic food, batiks, bees, and a drum circle to beat out your anger against the government for scaring away your bees and genetically modifying your food.
On Oct. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., Everything Natural in Clarks Summit is hosting the opening of its gallery to coincide with Clarks Summit Second Friday ArtWalk, showcasing batiks created by local artist Judith Youshock. Some of the batiks on display are related to the theme of genetically modified food.
Youshock’s batiks are made on Japanese ricepaper. She starts the drawing with melted wax, shading in the colors lightest in value. Then she uses colored inks or watercolors for the rest of the painting. This process continues, and she works from light to dark until all of the colors have been painted. The piece is then placed between newsprint paper and the wax is removed with a hot iron until no wax remains. “This is when the magic happens. There is always a surprise,” Youshock said.
A documentary about the plight of bees disappearing from North America titled Vanishing of the Bees will be shown at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow on how genetically modified food crops are affecting the bees, and how their disappearance impacts our health and global economy.
On Oct. 15, there will be an organic food tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. including a variety of five different organic apples. Other organic foods will be available. A live satellite radio broadcast will be conducted about the education and benefits of growing organically, along with the downside to genetically modified foods. A drum circle will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.
A portion of all proceeds will go to the Non-GMO Project.