(9:45 a.m. at the Bandstand)
Popular broadcaster to MC Opening Ceremony at Green Fest
We are pleased to have Lou Scally, popular local radio and television broadcaster, as our Honorary Guest Master of Ceremony for our Opening Ceremony. Lou also led off the festivities at the fifth annual Green Fest in 2013.
The ceremony will feature the introduction of special guests and the Green Fest Committee. It will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Bandstand.
Known as “The Voice of the Valley,” Lou Scally is at the mic on Hagerstown’s WJEJ-AM 1240 from 5 a.m. to noon weekdays. He is also the popular weather caster on WHAG-TV Channel 25, Monday through Friday.
Highlighting the ceremony will be the singing of “This Land is Your Land” led by Tony M. Music, a noted regional singer-songwriter from Martinsburg, WV. The Woody Guthrie masterpiece, made even more popular by the late, great Pete Seeger, is the unofficial theme song of Green Fest.
Tony, who has performed at many of the Green Fests down through the years, can also be seen throughout the day in the Kids Zone. (See photo below.) Please be sure to stop by to hear some of his original compositions.
(Pavilion #3 and vicinity)
Tony M. Music entertains all day in the Kids Zone.
Kids, get ready for some fun, games & music!
Plenty of children’s activities are scheduled all day long. Youngsters can participate in many fun and educational activities in and around the Kids Zone pavilion, including:
- Create a Mother’s Day card
- Make a Pledge to the Earth
- Plant seeds
- Explore Geo-caching
- Play lawn Twister
- Enjoy the music all day by singer-songwriter Tony M. Music.
Students from four Washington County schools will also be bringing clever green-themed arts and crafts projects for youngsters of all ages. Participating will be:
- Kim Brown’s art students from Pleasant Valley Elementary.
- Jordyn Himes’ students from Boonsboro Elementary, BOE Engineering Club: Lego topographic world map. Plus the BOE Green Club.
- Sabrina Blair’s students from the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School: Leaf rubbings and stamps; black bear necklace craft; black bear display.
- Lorna Burdick’s students from Rockland Woods Elementary.
Thanks to both Boonsboro and Middletown high school students who assist younger children in the Kids Zone with arts and crafts and other activities.
Three Silent Auctions
11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm
(Tent is next to Wine & Beer Garden tent)
More than 100 items will be up for bid today during the Green Fest’s third annual Silent Auction.
Browse through the donated items – many original creations donated by Green Fest vendors – and jot down your bids. Then hope you hear your name called when the winning bids are announced.
Three separate auctions are scheduled, with winners announced at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Funds raised go directly to the Green Fest to defray festival expenses.
THANK YOU: The Green Fest Committee appreciates the generosity of the vendors and other local businesses who donated items for the auction, which helps raise funds to support the festival.
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The Maryland Jockey Club
(Stage located near picnic tables and Wine & Beer Garden tent)
Live music will be presented starting at 10:30 a.m. on the covered stage — next to the Wine & Beer Garden and in front of the large grouping of picnic tables near the food pavilion — and broadcast over the park’s sound system.
Two lively area bands will alternate throughout the day and get together for a grand finale performance before the music program concludes with the closing of the festival at 5 p.m.
Listeners will be treated to the innovative Blue Grass styles of The Plate Scrapers and the Appalachia-inspired Plank Stompers.
The Plate Scrapers consist of Brett Kretzer (mandolin, vocals), Derek Kretzer (banjo, vocals), along with Andrew Jordan (guitar, vocals), Kevin Johnson (upright bass) and Jody Mosser (resophonic guitar). The band serves up its own flavor of bluegrass by way of a winding wormhole through folk, jazz, and heavy metal dimensions.
Members of the Plank Stompers are Erik Burnham (mandolin), Rudy Bzdyk (keyboard, trumpet), Danny Shyti (drums), Will Spalding (electric guitar) and Ben Walters (electric bass). Their sound blends traditional and modern instrumentation in a fusion of timeless American music styles, including country, blues, jazz, jam and bluegrass.
Tony M. Music
10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Tony M. Music, songwriter-singer from Martinsburg, W.Va., has a perfect repertoire for the family-oriented Green Fest. He will be entertaining the youngsters (and the adults) in and around the Kids Zone pavilion throughout the day.