BOONSBORO (April 26, 2010) – Visitors of all ages will be sure to enjoy the many features being offered during the expanded Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shafer Park.
General admission and all children’s activities are free.
The second annual Green Fest is sponsored by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force and is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro. More than 70 businesses, organizations and individuals have also made monetary or in-kind donations supporting the festival and dozens of volunteers have stepped up to assist the 11-member Green Fest Committee.
Eco-friendly products, services, displays and demonstrations will be offered by 90 vendors stationed throughout the town park. A wide variety of food and refreshments will be available.
Products being featured include rain barrels, herb and vegetable plants, flowers, items made from recycled materials, fair trade handcrafts, lotions and soaps, jewelry made from recycled materials, goat cheese and recycled children’s items,
Children’s activities and special speakers are scheduled throughout the day.
Fifty-five volunteers, including 46 students, have already volunteered to help with everything from setup Friday night to brochure distribution to cleanup duties following the event. As many as a dozen more volunteers are needed. Sign up on line http://www.boonsborogreenfest.com/BGF-Volunteer-Form.pdf.
Bring recyclables to the park
Collectors of a variety of recyclables will be stationed in the drive-thru drop-off loop in the Community Center parking lot.
Items being collected include: mixed paper, glass and plastics (#1&2); wheelchairs, metal walkers, crutches and canes; bikes; sewing machines, ink cartridges, cell phones, eyeglasses and cases; Nabisco wrappers; rechargeable batteries; wire clothes hangers; plastic flower pots and nursery trays; sneakers; scrap metal; computers, monitors and other computer items, and Styrofoam blocks (large packing pieces only).
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only, attendees may shred documents and dispose of unwanted prescription medications. Turn the Page Book Store Caf�, along with A Better Shredder, Inc., will offer free document shredding, with a four-box minimum. In addition, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department is sponsoring a prescription medication drop-off booth during the same time.
In addition to the collection stations in the Recycling Zone, there will be two other organizations conducting “swaps” of clothing and children’s books. The St. James Catholic Church’s Gently-Used Clothing Swap & Sale will be located in pavilion #1 and Girl Scout Troop 40219 will have a children’s book swap at their booth elsewhere in the park.
Youngsters can be engaged in activities throughout the day with crafts, storytelling, skits and music in the Kid Zone. Girl Scout Troop 40222 will be offering free green-themed face painting.
Special entertainment at the band stand includes:
- Singer-songwriter Tony Martirano performing his special compositions from 11-11:30 a.m.
- Boonsboro Middle School Band performing from 11:30 a.m.-noon and
- Kathleen Jacobs & Puppets presenting an interactive program entitled “Magic Pots and Recycled Bottles” from 1-2 p.m.
Learn about trees, recycling, energy, plants
Five special speakers will present a variety of programs in the Community Center during the day. They are:
- 10:30 a.m. – Trees: Good, Bad & Ugly presented by Donna Brightman, professional landscaper from southern Washington County.
- 11:30 a.m.. – Recycling: Where We’ve Been…Where We’re Going presented by Cliff Engle, deputy director of the Washington County Solid Waste Department, Division of Environmental Management.
- 12:30 p.m. – Repotting Your Houseplants presented by Susan Jenkins, Washington County Master Gardeners.
- 2:00- Clean Energy presented by Clean Currents, Rockville, Md.
- 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Tomato Growing Problems presented by Rudy Medicus, Cats Paw Organic Farm, Union Bridge, Md.
Door prizes will be awarded before and after each presentation in the Community Center. You must be present to win one of more than 40 donated prizes.
Visitors will find the following food concessions primarily in the main pavilion: steamers, fruit kabobs, wraps, salad, Greek dishes, pizza, dessert, baked goods, snacks, popcorn, cookies, granola bars, bakery goods, trail mix, granola, soft ice cream cones, tea, lemonade, soda and water.
Boonsboro Green Fest Committee
Jenny Sarnecki is serving as general chair of the Green Fest for the second year. Her 10 committee members are Sieg Gooding, graphics design; Sean Haardt, recycling; Leslie Haardt, Kid Zone; Amy Jones, food concessions; Rosemary James, children’s activities; Brigitte Schmidt, clothes swap and traffic control; Laura Schnackenberg, speakers and vendor setup; Janeen Solberg, recycling and vendor placement; Kathy Vesely, volunteers; Barbara Wetzel, publicity and website.
A schedule of events, including times and venues, will be available on line prior to the event and in the program brochure, which will be distributed at the park.