Shafer Park awaits 175 vendors,
new wine & beer, health & fitness tents
BOONSBORO, Md. (May 1, 2014) – Beautiful Shafer Park in Boonsboro will be filled to overflowing this year with a record number of vendors and special event locations for the sixth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 10.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is planned and produced by the all-volunteer, 18-member Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, which works at least six months each year on the project. Both admission to the park and parking are free.
“I don’t know how many more vendors we could fit in the park,” said Janeen Solberg, vendor coordinator and general co-chair. “We’re just about maxed out with 175.” The number eclipses last year’s record of 160 vendors, she added.
Special features added
Also helping to fill the park will be two new tented attractions, in addition to the features festival-goers in past years have become accustomed to seeing, such as the extensive Recycling Collection Zone, Kids Zone, Speakers’ Tent, live music, and the annual Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap and Sale, at which thousands of items are traded and sold.
A simple opening ceremony at 10 a.m. will replace the ribbon-cutting ceremonies held the first five years of the festival. In honor of singer and environmental activist Pete Seeger, who died this year at the age of 94, local vocal artist Patti McTigue, of Boonsboro, will sing “This Land Is Your Land”, a folk song composed by Woody Guthrie in 1940. It became one of the trademark songs of Seeger’s. The short ceremony will be held at the Bandstand.
Two new features this year
The Health and Fitness tent, which will be staffed by medical and fitness professionals, will offer screenings and tests for blood pressure, blood sugar, skin damage and hydration, balance, body composition, breast health, and eye conditions, and information on non-invasive health solutions, substance abuse and treatment, and leg vein laser procedure.
Participants are BodySense PT, Boonsboro Wellness Center, Diagnostic Imaging Services, Dr. Donna Acree, Family Medicine Center (office of Dr. Robert Guedenet), Fit In BoonsBoro, Green Bamboo Quality Skin Care, South Mountain Family Practice (office of Dr. William Bodenheimer), ophthalmologist Dr. Sunil Thadani, and the Washington County Health Department.
The other new venue is the Wine and Beer Garden, featuring products of six local wineries and breweries. Proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Shafer Park and designated for a new town aquatics center. Participants are Antietam Brewery (pourer BP Lesky Distributing Co., Big Cork Vineyards, Brewers Alley, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Flying Dog Brewery, and Knob Hall Winery. The garden will be open from 12-5 p.m. only.
Plan to recycle just about everything
In addition to the Eco-friendly vendors and the new special venues, the festival also features the huge recycling zone in the Community Center parking lot, where more than two dozen stations will be ready to collect everything from old television sets (one per household and no consoles) to wire clothes hangers to bikes and old sneakers. For a complete list of items to be collected go to www.boonsborogreenfest.
Big swap and sale
One of the busiest places in the park will be the 6th annual “Gently-Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap and Sale” in Pavilion #1 where as many as 7,000 pieces of clothing and sports equipment will be either swapped for free or purchased for 50 cents each. Plans are for volunteers to collect and sort the items from 4:30-8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, May 6-9, and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 7, in the Community Center at the park.
Proceeds from the sale will go to Micah’s Backpack, which serves dozens of youngsters from South County each weekend with food items they take home from school. Tax slips will be available. Any leftover items will be donated to Children in Need of Washington County.
Children’s activities will be held all day in Pavilion #3. Ongoing activities include playing the Lawn Twister game, planting a flower, making a Mother’s Day greeting card, making fish, turtle and lady bug creations from CD ROMs, learning how to measure the height of a tree, and helping other youngsters create a bottle cap mosaic.
Boonsboro Middle School students will present an educational and entertaining puppet show at four different times, on the half-hour beginning at 11:30 a.m. A special presentation will take place at 2 p.m. when Boonsboro Elementary School children will show off their bird feeders and bird houses, and discuss how they made them from recycled materials.
Special guest speakers will make presentations all day in the Speakers Tent behind the bandstand. They include programs at:
- 10:30 a.m. on Fracking by David Manthos of Sky Truth
- 11:30 a.m. on Super Foods used as medicines for allergies by naturopathic doctor Donna Acree
- 12:30 p.m. on GMOs (genetically modified organisms) by Nicole McCann of Green America
- 1:30 p.m. on Composting by master gardener and master composter Melanie Files
- 2:30 p.m. on Green Jobs by Tony Valente of Hagerstown Community College
- 3:30 p.m. on Bees by beekeeper Mike Austin of Duchess Honey
Three popular area musical acts will be featured throughout the day on a special stage erected near the concession pavilion picnic tables. The performances will be carried over the park’s audio system, so attendees will always be within earshot of the entertainment wherever they are in the park.
Returning to the stage this year will be the alternative jazz and blues combo, Prophets of the Abstract Truth of Hagerstown, from 10:30-noon, and Tony M. Music, a songwriter-singer from Martinsburg, from 12:30-2 p.m. Topping off the afternoon will be acoustic rock guitarist and singer, Andy Carignan of Mt. Airy, from 2:30-5 p.m.
Win a door prize
In between the musical acts, more than 80 door prizes will be awarded in a series of drawings. Door prize entry blanks will be handed out beginning at 10 a.m. Entry must be taken to the Environmental Commission’s tent prior to 2 p.m. Prize winners names will be drawn from 12-12:30 p.m. and from 2-2:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded only to winners in attendance.
Volunteers make it work
As many as 150 volunteers will be helping out in all the areas from early in the morning until the park is cleaned up at the end of the day. Recycling, composting and trash will be collected at special stations where volunteers will help festival-goers dispense with unwanted items.
Volunteers will also be stationed at various entry points to the park to hand out brochures, door prize entry forms, and “I Love Green Fest” lapel stickers.
Free parking will be available in the First Hose Company of Boonsboro’s vacant lot adjacent to the north end of the park, along Stouffer Avenue. Volunteers will help with parking vehicles.
The festival is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro. For information, visit www.boonsborogreenfest.com.