Scenes from the 2015

Boonsboro Green Fest

Flowers, vegetable plants, herbs and shrubs were offered.

Shoppers check out the merchandise at a stocked up booth.

A festival attendee hikes to her next stop along one of the busy trails in Shafer Park.

Youngsters in the Kids Zone anxiously await the start of one of the five puppet shows presented by ECO-BMS, the environmental club from Boonsboro Middle School, under the direction of science teacher Sabrina Blair.

Popular area solo artist Andy Carignan croons a familiar tune during his midday appearance.

Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Vesely (green jacket) checks in youngsters at volunteer headquarters. More than 150 students and adults helped keep things moving at the festival. Those putting in 2 1/2 hours or more received a free t-shirts, donated by sponsoring partners Middletown Valley Bank and Ryan Homes.

Tent Master John Holmes, of Antietam Spirits, describes some of the locally-brewed beers offered up in the Wine & Been Garden. Profits from the sales are donated to the Friends of Shafer Park for the proposed Aquatic & Recreation Center for South Washington County.

Richard and Bette Willson proudly show off the myriad of free trade products in the Ten Thousand Villages tent.

Shoppers take a close look at the Garden Spires display along a busy pathway in Shafer Park.

Having a light-hearted moment are (from left) Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts, Washington County school board member Justin Hartings, festival co-chair Barbara Wetzel and school board president Donna Brightman.

"Greens" was the topic of conversation at the Farm of Peace booth.

Strung Tight, a duo from Waynesboro, Pa., loosens up festival-goers during the morning session. 

Tall drink of water: Laura Schnackenberg, Green Fest Committee member, fills of a cup at the Water Tower Cooler, an invention of another committee member, Greg Solberg.

Many busy hands rifle through piles and piles of items at the Gently Used Clothing Swap & Sale. More than 15,000 pieces were handled by the cadre of volunteers who sorted and folded and folded and sorted all day long. Profits are donated to Micah's Backpack and the leftover garments and accessories were gratefully received by Children in Need of Washington County.

Pleasant Valley Ruritan members cook up tasty meals for festival-goers.

Boonsboro Police Chief Chuck Stanford and department Administrative Specialist Donna Burcker set up Drug Turn-In booth in Recycling Zone.

Customers get ready to make a purchase at Cedar Ridge Soaps' booth.

People pondering plants.

Bottle-top mosaic lady takes a stroll with a fan.

Dino Delray & the Compadres belt one out on stage in the afternoon at the 2015 Green Fest.

Headquarters team checks in vendors and makes announcements. From left: Dick Keesecker, Green Fest Committee Co-chair Janeen Solberg, Committee Member Laura Schnackenberg and Jill Reddecliff, announcer.

Kids Zone coordinators Leslie Haardt (left) and Sean Haardt (in green shirts) organize an activities with some eager youngsters.

Brunswick City Council member Ellis Burress (left) and Mayor Karin Tome literally "pitch in" at a resource recovery station.

The apple of his eye gets a ride.

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Park packed full

Green Fest mosaic

needs bottle caps

Yellow, Purple, Pink ones

BOONSBORO, Md.( April 22, 2016) - Youngsters attending the upcoming Boonsboro Green Fest will have a hand in creating a mosaic masterpiece, if, that is, there are enough yellow, purple and pink bottle caps available to complete the huge four-by-eight-foot project.


Todd Geiman's art students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown are creating the design outline on a large piece of ply board. Children of all ages will be able to glue the colorful bottle caps onto the outline, filling in the spaces much like what would be done when painting a picture-by-numbers project.


The design will be revealed at the eighth annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, in the Kids Zone pavilion at Boonsboro Shafer Park. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The mosaic will require more yellow, purple and pink battle caps than are on hand, according to Sean and Leslie Haardt, festival committee members and coordinators of the children's activities for the last several years.


The mosaic project is done every other year at the festival. The last two designs were "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and "Lady with a Parasol" by Edgar Degas.


"If you are one of the many people who saves caps with hopes of reusing them in some fashion, our mosaic project will help you get rid of at least some of them," says Sean Haardt, adding, "The dozens of kids who help complete the mosaic will be grateful."


Clean caps may be dropped off at Turn the Page Bookstore, at 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Children will also be able to create a Mother's Day card, make a Pledge to the Earth, plant seeds, explore Geo-caching, play lawn Twister and enjoy the music of singer-songwriter Tony M. Music, who also will be performing at the festival's opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at the bandstand.


Students from Washington County schools will also be displaying clever green-themed arts and crafts projects for youngsters at the Kids' Zone. Participating will be: Kim Brown's art students from Pleasant Valley Elementary, Jordyn Himes' students from Boonsboro Elementary, Sabrina Blair's students from the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview, and Lorna Burdick's students from Rockland Woods Elementary, in addition to Geiman's BISFA students.  


The Green Fest features 200 Eco-friendly vendors, exhibitors and crafters who will share information about green products and offer demonstrations. In addition to the children's activities, there will be live music, food, a wine and beer garden, a silent auction and a new Eco-transportation zone with vehicles of all kinds.

The popular drive-through, drop-off Recycling Zone in the Community Center parking lot will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature two dozen collection stations for everything from TVs (one per household, no consoles) and electronics, to wine corks, medical equipment, unwanted drugs, bikes, denim, wire clothes hangers, flower pots, batteries of all kinds, shoes, clothing swap including a walk-around fashion show, household goods, appliances, pet supplies, musical instruments and eyeglasses. The free paper shredding service, with a four-box limit per vehicle, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.

Admission is free and there will be free parking in the lot behind the gas station at the corner of North Main Street and Stouffer Avenue. For more information, go to

The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor and producer of the annual spring festival, which is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.

200 vendors sign up

for 2016 Green Fest

BOONSBORO, Md. (March 16, 2016) - As predicted, Shafer Park will be filled to capacity for the eighth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Besides the 200 vendors, the festival will also feature two favorites: the drive-thru drop-off recycling zone with more than two dozen collection stations and the Gently-Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap which handled more than 10,000 pieces last year.

There will be fun children's activities all day long, live music by four outstanding regional acts, a food concession pavilion and several food trucks, the Wine & Beer Garden, silent auctions throughout the day, and the introduction of the Eco-Transportation Zone, featuring a display of various modes of travel.

The number "200" is significant, as that is the maximum number of good vendor spaces in the original section of the park. When the old and new sections of the park are connected by an access road, which is in the works, the number of vendors could possibly increase. But, as it stands now, only 200 vendors will comfortably fit.

The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee plans and produces the annual spring festival, which is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro. A total of 150 volunteers are needed. Volunteers may sign up on line.

Members of the committee are co-chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel, treasurer Laura Schnackenberg, Secretary Kathy Vesely, Renee Elias, Leslie and Sean Haardt, Rosemary James, Amy and Darrell Jones, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, Rick Schulman, Susan Simonson, Greg Solberg and Tony Drury, county liaison.

An opening ceremony at the Bandstand will kick off the one-day activities at 9:45 a.m. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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