Green Fest 2014 Schedule


Kids Zone Schedule

Programs held in Pavilion #3

(TBA)

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Speaker Schedule

Programs held in tent behind Bandstand/Gazebo


Six outstanding speakers


to present exciting programs


at sixth annual Green Fest


The Boonsboro Green Fest Committee is pleased and proud to present this exciting list of guest speakers for the upcoming sixth annual Boonsboro Green Fest, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Speakers' Tent in Boonsboro's Shafer Park.


These dedicated environmentalists are experts in their fields and willing to share their knowledge and passion in order to make the Earth cleaner, greener, and safer for all its inhabitants.


10:30 a.m.

David Manthos

Environmentalist & Communications Director for SkyTruth 

“The Paleozoic Era and You: Fossil Fuel Extraction in the Mid-Atlantic and Potential Impacts on Central MD” - A unique opportunity  to learn about the evolution of extraction techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and mountaintop removal mining, the threats posed by our continued dependence on coal for power and the risks of converting to natural gas as a primary energy source. The implications of drilling and fracking in Western Maryland will also be discussed, along with some individual actions that can be taken to become educated about the issues and mitigate the impacts.


11:30 a.m.

Dr. Donna Acree

Board Certified and Licensed Naturopathic Doctor

“Food as Medicine for Allergies” - Join Dr. Donna for a lively and interesting discussion about food as medicine for allergies. Discover the top 10 foods you can eat to reduce chemicals of inflammation and reduce common allergy symptoms. Learn the connection between environment and food allergies. Dr. Donna will discuss easy and delicious ways to add these super foods to your daily diet.



12:30 p.m.

Nicole McCann

Director of Green America’s GMO Inside Campaign

“What are GMOs? How can concerned consumers avoid them?” - Genetically Modified Organisms are made of DNA from a variety of species creating combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature.  More than 64 countries have placed restrictions, labeling laws, or outright bans on GMO products. However, the United States is not among them. Come to this presentation to learn how we can take action to avoid GMOs and remove them from our communities and our food supply.


1:30 p.m.

Melanie Files

Master Gardener and Master Composter

“Advanced Residential Composting” a.k.a “Composting: Proof of Life After Death”  - Most gardeners already practice composting of some type. This program will review and enhance knowledge of residential composting practices and will cover some of the science behind successful composting. A list of websites and books for resources will be provided to participants. A question and answer period will address problems that plague all composters.


2:30 p.m.

Tony Valente

Lead Instructor of Hagerstown Community College’s Alternative Energy Program

“Green Jobs - Student Success Stories and Skills” - Over the last four years, students from around the tri-state area have attended HCC to pursue an education in green technologies. Area businesses have taken many of these students as interns and then kept them on as employees. In some cases, students were hired directly from the program.  This session shares these success stories, as well as conveying to the public the skills businesses seek in green technology. If you or someone you know is interested in a green career, do not miss this presentation.


3:30 p.m.

Mike Austin

Beekeeper, Duchess Honey, Shepherdstown, W.V.

“The Problem with Bees” - Bee expert Mike Austin will discuss how bees have become an essential part of our economy and culture, an important aspect of modern agri-business, and our overall food production, in terms of both quality and quantity. What does the declining number of bee colonies mean for our environment?  How are bees handling the pressure of changing farming methods, and an increasingly globalized world economy, as well as naturally occurring threats from disease and predators? Don’t miss this presentation.  It is all the buzz!

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Entertainment


  
Live music 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 carried over the park's sound system. 


Prophets back in 2014

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. -- 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.


Tony M. Music returning in 2014

12:30-2 p.m. -- 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. Besides performing on stage, Tony will be entertaining the kids during the children's activities at the Kids' Zone pavilion.


Andy Carignan is new to Green Fest in 2014

2:30-5 p.m. -- Andy Carignan, solo acoustic rock, guitarist and singer from Mt. Airy, Maryland. Andy has a large and faithful following in the tri-state area and he promises to be a popular addition to the Green Fest family in his first appearance at the Green Fest.