Nearly 3,000 in attendance
GREEN FEST WELCOMES LEADERS – Many local, state and even federal representatives attended the Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 9, at Shafer Park. Talking after the ribbon-cutting at the Band Shell were (from left) State Sen. Don Munson, of Hagerstown; Josh Russin, legislative director for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives; Julianna Albowicz, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Western Maryland representative; Green Fest Chair Jenny Sarnecki and Janeen Solberg, a member of the Green Fest Committee and the chair of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, sponsor of the event.
YOUTH GROUP HONORED – Green Fest Chair Jenny Sarnecki (left) reads a story about how Roland England (far right) recruited members of the Youth of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ to clean up the larger stream running through Shafer Park. On April 3, he and these youngsters started cleaning the stream from where it leaves the park until they were stopped by a fence. On the way, they fought through thick underbrush while picking up six large, contractor-size bags of recyclable bottles and cans, and a large bag of trash. The youngsters were recognized Saturday, May 9, by the Green Fest Committee for their good deeds. State Sen. Don Munson (second from right) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Western Maryland representative, Julianna Albowicz (third from right), look on.
MEDIA COVERAGE – Jenny Sarnecki, chair of the Green Fest Committee, answers questions from a WHAG-TV reporter. Print media covering the first-time event Saturday included the daily Herald-Mail and the weekly Valley Citizen newspapers. Coverage leading up to the Green Fest appeared in the Frederick News-Post, The Picket News, The Hancock News and The Washington Post, as well as the Herald-Mail and Citizen. Several area radio stations also included information about the Green Fest in their calendars of events. Many of the vendors and exhibitors carried notices of their participation in the Green Fest on their own websites. The event date was established too late, however, to be included in the tourism calendars published by the State of Maryland and Washington County.
GREEN FESTERS FROM BRUNSWICK – Ellis Burruss (left) and Karin Tome make their rounds through Boonsboro’s Shafer Park during Green Fest on Saturday. Ms. Tome, a member of the Brunswick Town Council and a recycling advocate, sports an attention-getting hat, replete with recyclable bottles and cans. Mr. Ellis owns and operates Bellwether Printing Ltd., which printed the Green Fest program/brochure (with soy ink on recycled paper).