BOONSBORO, Md. (April 22, 2013) – The 5th Annual Boonsboro Green Fest is already breaking records and there are still nearly three weeks to go before the big day on Saturday, May 11.
For those who are keeping score, here are the numbers:
- 160 vendors have registered to participate
- 63 individuals, businesses and organizations have stepped forward as sponsoring partners, giving monetary and in-kind contributions
- 63 vendors, other local businesses and individuals have donated door prizes, ranging from a $6 plant to a $300 rain barrel kit, with a total value in excess of $2,500
“We are full,” said Green Fest co-chair Janeen Solberg, who had to do some artful rearranging to map out spaces so the 18 additional vendors could fit into Shafer Park. Last year there were 142 vendors. Some of the vendors each year also require more than one 10-foot space.
“The Green Fest has certainly struck a chord,” said Janeen Solberg, general co-chair of the Green Fest the last three years. “People have a genuine desire to do everything they can to make our community cleaner and greener.“
The deadline for vendors, sponsors and door prize donors was April 1.
The Green Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Bandstand will open the day’s events.
Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be this year’s guest honorary master of ceremony. Past emcees included Herald-Mail columnist Tim Rowland, local radio-TV personality Lou Scally and 2009 Miss Washington County, Mary King.
Get involved by volunteering
One figure that cannot be reported yet is the final number of volunteers, as the sign-up deadline isn’t until May 8.
Kathy Vesely said that several dozen student and adult volunteers will be needed to pull off the one-day festival. A handy volunteer form can be completed online.
Volunteers will help vendors set up, hand out program-brochures, run errands, broadcast special events, help in the clothing and sports equipment swap pavilion, assist youngsters in the Kids Zone, help park cars, and help unload and sort items in the Recycling Zone, among other duties.
“Obviously, we would like volunteers to commit early,” says Ms. Vesely. “We depend on volunteers to make this whole wonderful day click.”
She pointed out that students may earn Student Service Learning hours by volunteering for the Green Fest.
Speakers moved to tented venue
The guest speakers venue has been moved to a tented space just behind the Bandstand. In previous years, the programs were held in the Community Center, which is located in the north end of the park.
According to Rosemary James, speaker coordinator, the guest speakers have volunteered their time to impart information about their special fields of expertise. The five presentations are:
- Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardens. Presented at 10:30 a.m. by Fran Scher, Ph.D., Washington County Master Gardener, University of Maryland Extension.
- Backyard Birding: Common Birds of Spring & Summer. Presented at 11:30 a.m. by Kathryn R. Henry, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, with bird photos by nature photographer Wilbur Hershberger.
- Green Building. Presented at 1 p.m. by Jeff Feldman, of GreenPath Consulting, who has built and lives in a passive solar, post-and-beam framed, straw-bale house.
- Ecotourism & Economic Development presented at 2 p.m. by Emily Gilmore and Amanda Gardner, who have studied the subject which promotes sound environmental practices by both the traveler and the host..
- Stink Bugs (back by popular demand) presented at 3 p.m. by Tracy Leskey, Ph.D., Research Entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who will give the latest updates and findings on how to control stink bugs.
Hear a speaker, win a prize
Now, here’s where the door prizes come in …. or should we say … go out the door. After each half-hour program, attendees will be eligible to win valuable prizes, ranging from a physical therapy session to a rain barrel kit to gift certificates to a teapot to potted plants.
Entertainment all day long
A variety of music will be presented all day on the covered stage in front of the large grouping of picnic tables near the food pavilion. In addition, the music will be broadcast over the sound system, so attendees anywhere in the park will be able to hear these great musical performers:
- Tony M. Music at 2012 Green Fest
- Tony M. Music, songwriter-singer from Martinsburg, W.Va., has started a campaign to “Put Something Good in the World.” He has put some very good music into the Green Fest World for several years. He is scheduled to perform his family-friendly style of music from 10:30 a.m. to noon. He will also entertain the youngsters in the Kids Zone at different times in the afternoon.
- The Yardslippers at the 2012 Green Fest
- The Yardslippers of Frederick, Md., play energetic Americana and contemporary acoustic music. It’s all about family with this eclectic acoustic band, as the Spade brothers play bass and guitar, the Lebherz sisters play guitar, mandolin and banjo, their uncle Bill Lebherz plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Matt Lagrotteria plays mandolin. And they all sing … well. They return to the Green Fest stage for the third year in a row, playing from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
- Prophets groove on
- Prophets of the Abstract Truth conjure a mystical blend of blues, bossa nova and Latin-tinged modern jazz standards. In addition, the combo plays jazzy covers of Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers and even Beatles. The musicians sing and play sax, guitar, a variety of basses, and hand percussion, as they provide unique interpretations and spirited arrangements from a broad cross-section of the musical spectrum. The Prophets will be performing from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Have a bite, listen to the music
Plan to have a breakfast or lunch or both while you listen to the music. A variety of tasty choices are on the menu, including Greek, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes, pizza, sandwiches, fresh farm-to-table items, and ice cream, brownies, popcorn, and beverages. Local organizations and businesses will serve up the fare in and near Pavilion #2.
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