Off the Beaten Path: Affordable, Great Green Inaugural Events

January 18th, 2009

Perhaps you’ve heard of the two “official” green inaugural events. Sure, it would be great to be invited by Al Gore to his “Green Ball: Inauguration of a New Economy.” And who wouldn’t want to hear Wyclef Jean at the Green Inaugural Ball? Sounds good, but you need to shell out $500 for a ticket.

If access and cash are in short supply, you’re not alone, but don’t despair. There are still a few special green inaugural events with space available and they’re a lot more affordable than these other two green galas.

Here’s a look at two green events on Monday the Inaugural Interfaith Bike EcoTour and MLK and the 44th Presidential Inaugural EcoTour Dinner – all sponsored by Chesapeake Bioneers, Wholeness for Humanity, and Service for Peace.

If you’re fit, grab your bike and join this tour of six houses of worship, starting at Saint Columba’s Episcopal Church at 9:30 a.m.. The tour will progress down Mass Ave and end at the Islamic Center at 2 PM. RSVP to Greg Drury – (and tell him Lynn from OrganicMania sent you!)

Later that night, for just $85, you can enjoy healthy green cuisine, including at least one RAW dish, as well as what’s billed as “socially conscious and exciting entertainment,” and a tour of the African American Celebrations exhibit at the Smithsonian Institutions’ Anacostia Community Museum in SE DC. The event will feature The Honorable Reverend Walter Fauntroy, Washington DC’s first delegate to the US House of Representatives.

The museum is accessible from the Anacostia Metro, and GM will be providing Hydrogen Cell Vehicles to shuttle attendees to the dinner.

Learn more and register here.