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Green Fest May 11, 2013


Ribbon-cutting ceremony opens 2013 Green Fest...




Shopping for some tomato plants ...




Festival visitors carry off their purchases...




Youngsters create a giant bottle cap mosaic in Kids Zone...




Green building speaker Jeff Feldman makes presentation in speakers' tent...




Student volunteer hauls tree to ceremony...




Young visitor checks out gift at Maryland Department of the Environment and Boonsboro Environmental Commission's tent.




Prophets of the Abstract Truth perform on stage following rainstorm.




Vendor offers up lettuce boxes and other leafy plants...




Tony M. Music in the Kids Zone...




FINAL PLANNING MEETING FOR 2013 FEST - Members of the 2013 Boonsboro Green Fest Committee gather a couple days before the May 11 event to make final preparations for the 5th annual festival. They are (front, left-right) Laura Schnackenberg, Rosemary James, Brigitte Schmidt and Kathy Vesely; (back, left-right) Rick Schulman, Dan Murphy, county liaison Tony Drury, Sean Haardt, Barbara Wetzel, Amy Jones, Frances Lynch, Janeen Solberg and Leslie Haardt. The other committee member, Harvey Hoch, was not in attendance. (Photo by Geoffrey)


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Mother Nature sends message


Green Fest damp;


still a big success

 

BOONSBORO, Md. (May 11, 2013) - She could have dispensed with the thunderstorm. That would have been nice of her. After all, the Boonsboro Green Fest is held in her honor on Mother’s Day weekend. But no, Mother Nature had a different idea on Saturday.


Up until the 20-minute downpour, most of the nearly 2,200 in attendance at Shafer Park for the fifth annual Green Fest on Saturday (May 11) seemed to deal quite well, thank you, with her rainy fits and starts. They just popped up umbrellas or flipped up raincoat hoods and carried on -- by visiting vendors’ booths, having lunch, attending a speaker’s presentation, listening to music, or taking the youngsters to the Kids Zone.


Her performance in mid-afternoon undoubtedly dissuaded some folks from heading out to the park. Those who remained, however, were treated to clearer skies before the end of the festivities.


The Yardslippers keep on playing....

“We were amazed by the number of vendors and visitors who stayed in the park,” said Janeen Solberg, co-chair. “So many people found cover and waited out the storm…and the Yardslippers band just kept on playing.”


The storm did not define the day, said Solberg, who along with Barbara Wetzel co-chaired the festival committee for the third year in a row.


Solberg noted there were 160 vendors, more than 200 vehicles dropping off recyclables in the collection zone, representatives from all levels of government participating in the opening ceremony, more than 6,100 items passing through the clothing and sports equipment swap, five guest speakers who were recorded for pod-casts, lively music performed from the special (covered) stage, and children’s activities all day long in their own pavilion.


Donating their time and energy were more than 100 volunteers, including Boy Scouts, high school and college students, and adults who helped with loading and unloading vendor displays, setting up tables and chairs, parking cars, sorting clothing and recyclables, handing out programs, making sure youngsters were entertained in the Kids Zone, announcing events, running errands, and cleaning up.


Each member of the all-volunteer Green Fest Committee had a hand in the planning and production of the events. They were Janeen Solberg (vendor registration and placement), Leslie and Sean Haardt (Kids Zone), Rosemary James (guest speakers), Amy Jones (window display and wind-down event), Frances Lynch (promotion material distribution), Dan Murphy (art/graphics design), Brigitte Schmidt (clothing/sports equipment swap), Laura Schnackenberg (concessions and accounting), Rick Schulman (electronics recycling and parking), Kathy Vesely (volunteers), and Barbara Wetzel (website and publicity). Washington County recycling coordinator Tony Drury served as the county’s liaison on the committee.


The Green Fest was the brainchild of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, which was founded in 2007 to promote recycling and conservation. The task force’s primary goal was realized with the advent of the town’s first curbside recycling program last July.


This year the Green Fest Committee took over as the festival’s general sponsor. Eight members of the current 13-member committee have been actively involved in all five annual events. Only two of the original 10 members are no longer with the committee.


Since the Green Fest’s modest beginning in 2009, the Town of Boonsboro has embraced the all-volunteer effort by designating the Green Fest as an official event of the town and providing the venue -- Shafer Park.


Attending the opening ceremony were:

·   From the Town of Boonsboro, Mayor Skip Kauffman, Assistant Mayor Howard Long and Council members Kevin Chambers, Sean Haardt, Cindy Kauffman, Janeen Solberg, and Barbara Wetzel; town planner Megan Clark, Police Chief Chuck Stanford and crew chief Greg Huntsberry.

·   From schools in Boonsboro, elementary principal Hope Fuss, middle school principal Paul Engle, and high school service coordinator Sally Poole.

·   From the elected Board of Education, Donna Brightman.

·   From the Washington County government, Julie Pippel and Cliff Engle, director and deputy director of environmental management, respectively; Todd Hershey, treasurer; Jason Mallot, register of wills; Jim Holsinger, Sheriff’s Department; and Leslie Hart, agriculture marketing director.

·   From the governor’s office, Christopher Uhl, who presented a proclamation designating May 11 as Boonsboro Green Fest Day in the State of Maryland;

·   From U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s office, Julianna Albowicz, who presented a certificate of congratulations; and

·   From U.S. Rep. John Delaney’s office, Kevin Mack, who also presented a certificate.


Singled out for special recognition were the 10 individuals, businesses and an organization who have been sponsoring partners for all five years of festival: Turn the Page Bookstore and Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant (Bruce Wilder); Bellwether Printing (Ellis Burress); Donna Brightman, horticulture consultant; Reese’s Home Improvement (John Reese); BodySense PT (Shannon Murphy); Michele Shaffer, CPA; Cochran’s Auctioneers, AC&T, and the Boonsboro Historical Society (George and Vickie Messner).


All in all this year, there were 63 sponsoring partners who donated monetary and in-kind contributions, assuring that the festival remained free to the public. In addition, a total of 63 contributors donated more than $2,500 worth of door prizes, which were presented following each of the five guest speaker presentations in the speakers’ tent. The tent was a new feature this year.


The Green Fest Committee presented a beautiful Red Maple tree to Dave Wade, chairperson of the Boonsboro Park Board, to be planted in the original section of the park. A plaque will be placed next to the tree.


Shafer Park was established in the early 1930’s when the Civilian Conservation Corps drained the swampy land and started to develop the park. It was named for the town’s first mayor Jonathan Shafer, who served a century before (1831-35) and whose family donated the land to the town.

Cutting the ribbon to open the event were Green Fest founders, Rosemary James, Amy Jones, Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Janeen Solberg, Kathy Vesely and Barbara Wetzel; and members Leslie and Sean Haardt, Frances Lynch and Dan Murphy. Rick Schulman was directing traffic in the recycling zone and was unable to participate in the ceremony. (Founder Harvey Hoch was unable to attend.)


The committee received a lot of help from many others, including the First Hose Company for donating the use of their lot next to the park for free parking; D. M. Bowman, Corp., for setting up a flatbed trailer for use again this year as the stage; Jill Reddicliff (PA announcer); Washington County for waiving the $10 TV set recycling fee; Dan Murphy for donating his artistic talents and time in designing promotional materials; and the 13 sponsors who purchased 16 green lamp-post banners, bringing to 37 the number of banners adorning Main Street and Park Drive. Twenty-two more are needed, so all the lamp-posts along Main Street and Park Drive and in both sections of the park, can be decorated.


Besides the Yardslippers, an eclectic band from Frederick, other music was provided during the morning hours by Tony M. Music, a singer-songwriter from Martinsburg, and in late afternoon by Prophets of the Abstract Truth, an alternative jazz and blues trio.


Tony M. also played in the afternoon in the kids’ pavilion, where youngsters could watch a puppet show, learn about bird houses and feeders, make a Mother’s Day card, and create a giant sunflower mosaic out of bottle caps. Helping the Haardts with activities were teachers Sabrina Blair (Boonsboro Middle School), Christina Hammer-Atkins (Boonsboro Elementary - Magnet School), and Ann Anders (Boonsboro Elementary), in addition to several high school student volunteers.

 




5th Annual Green Fest


160 vendors


set for 5/11



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, 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 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 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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Official Event

of the

Town of Boonsboro

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2013 Door Prizes


2013 Door Prizes


To be eligible to win door prizes, you must attend one of the presentations in the Guest Speakers' Tent, located behind the Bandstand. (The speakers have been moved from the Community Center to the new venue this year.)


South Mountain Creamery - Tour voucher for 10 persons. Includes ice cream and goodie bags for kids. Value: $75.

UpcycleJoy - Small tote-style handbag. Value: $45.

Beneath the Leaf - TBA. Value: $15.

Gourds by Daphne - Decorative gourd. Value: $35.

Liza Jane's Designs - Upcycled hardware necklace. Value: $20.

Vintage SilverWear - Necklace. Value: $20

Gigy's Glassworks - Spoon rest. Value: $20

The Greener Route - Set of snack and sandwich bags. Value: $12.

Lynn's Chimes - Wind chime. Value: $20.

Crocheter Extraordinaire - Bag. Value: $30.

Scents by Sherry - Tart warmer with tarts. Value: $30.

Millhouse Candles and South Mountain Honey - Honey and beeswax tapers, and lotion bar. Value: $20.

FireRobin Pottery - Mug. Value: $22.

Memory Crafts - Pen holder. Value: $20.

Frannie Phillips Sea Glass - Earrings & pendant. Value: $35.

Lydia, Oh, Lydia! - Gift certificate for day of fest. Value: $5.

Le Zucche - Ghost gourd. Value: $20.

Crafty Ladies - T-shirt yarn bowl. Value: $10.

All Bottled Up & More - Painted wine bottle. Value: $10.

Aliabaad Farm - Discount on annual CSA program. Value: $50.

Catseye Studio - Matted picture (8x10). Value: $30.

Bee Landscaping, LLC - Rain barrel kit. Value: $300-500.

Bushtail Creek Unique Gifts - Single-chamber, Bat Conservation International (BCI) certified small bat house. Value: $35.

Monarch Watch (University of Kansas) - Poster: "Bring Back the Monarchs." Value: $20.

Landscape HMO (Landscape IPM Enterprises) - Potted plant. Value: $6.50.

Washington Count Soil Conservation District - Bird house. Value: $20.

Shepherd's Spring, Inc. - Tippy Tap Kit. Value: $35.

Parlights Theatrical Lighting & Rigging - Free, on-site professional consultation and estimate for facility upgrade. Value: $200.

Syntek - Fuel packets/bottle, EcoMist, FreezPoint. Value: $60.

Enkore Kids - Four, $5 gift cards. Value: $20.

BodySense PT - Physical therapy evaluation and treatment. Value: $200.

Renaissance Lavender - Herbes de Provence in a glass bail jar. Value: $8.

Fit In BoonsBoro - Five-visit class pass. Value: $53.

Cedar Ridge Soaps - Three soaps with soap dish. Value: $19.

Little Antietam Press & Renfrew Institute for Cultural & Environmental Studies - Two books. Value: $30.

Pop Pops Kettle Corn - Bag of kettle corn. Value: $8.

Laugh A Lot Pre-School - Two pop corns and two snow cones. Value: $4.

Shaharazade's Restaurant & Tea Room - Kyoto Tea Club stainless steel tea pot. Value: $50.

Dan's Restaurant & Tap House - Gift certificate. Value: $50.

Natural Fusion Hair Studio - Gift certificate and product. Value: $100.

Shaklee Corp., Tom McCullough - Basic H cleaner with spray bottles. Value: $20.

Green Bamboo Quality Skin Care - Custom facial. Value: $65.

Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital - Gift certificate for check-up and immunizations. Value: $87.

Eby's Garage - Two $50 gift certificates for vehicle service. Value: $100.

HCC - Alternative Energy Technology - TBA

HCC - Alternative Energy Club - TBA

Aquabarrel Rain Barrel - Dual flush toilet kit. Value: $15.

Bluebell Ridge Nursery - Four pots of Virginia Bluebells. Value: $8 each.

Harmony Gardens - Lettuce box. Value: $12.

Washington County Forest Conservation District - Cutting board made from locally cut lumber. Value: $20.

Barefoot Books - Book. Value: $10.

Arcadia Publishing (& three Historical Societies) - "Boonsboro Images of America" book. Value: $23.30.

Thompson Gas - Small cooker. Value: $100.

Boonsboro Wellness Center - Consultation appointment. Value: $60.

Martera's - Gift basket. Value: $20.

Faerie Springs Farm - Lip balm or lotion. Value: $3.

Harmony in Nature - Cutting board. Value: $35.

Scents by Sherry - Tart warmer with tarts. Value: $30.

Euterpe's Pleasure - 13"x19 Print. Value: $15.

Tossers Second Life Bags - Hand-sewn Tosser bag. Value: $15.

Kate's Crafts - Earrings. Value: $10.

River & Trail Outfitters - Shenandoah Mellow Water Tubing. Value: $67.60.

SERRV - Fair trade gift basket. Value: $30.





Save up stuff for Green Fest


Youngsters create last year's masterpiece.


Colorful bottle caps


needed for giant mosaic

 

Do you save bottle caps, but have no idea what to do with them? They can’t be recycled and you don’t want to throw them out.

 

Boonsboro Green Fest committee will take them off your hands and re-purpose them for a children’s art project at this year’s fifth annual festival on Saturday, May 11, in Boonsboro’s Shafer Park.

 

“We need all colors of bottle caps for our giant mosaic project, except white and clear ones,” says Kids’ Zone co-chair Sean Haardt, adding that the caps should be well rinsed. 

 

Hundreds of blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, red, black, and orange bottle caps of all sizes must be collected before the Green Fest, says Haardt, who co-chairs the Kids Zone Committee along with his wife Leslie.


Bottle caps will be collected at two locations during the run-up to the May 11 Green Fest:

  • Turn The Page Bookstore, located at 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, during regular business hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Shafer Park’s Community Center during the following times the week before the festival: 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, May 7-10, and 9 a.m.-12 noon on Wednesday, May 8.

 

Children who visit the Kids’ Zone can help create the mosaic by gluing bottle caps to a 4-foot by 8-foot board, filling in the spaces of a design outline -- much like how a paint-by-numbers painting is created. The design will be revealed at the Green Fest.

 

Last year the children re-created a bottle-cap version of The Scream by 19th Century artist Edvard Munch. Coincidentally, the original pastel was sold for nearly $120 million at a Sotheby’s auction, just days before last year’s Green Fest.

 

The mosaic will be created in Pavilion #3 - near the playground equipment - where crafts, puppet shows, the Twister game, and other entertainment, will take place all day long.

 

The Green Fest, held annually on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, is produced by the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, with help from dozens of volunteers and sponsoring partners, who donate funds, materials, time, in-kind services, and door prizes.

 

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, with the opening ceremony slated for 9:30 a.m. at the Band Stand. Admission and parking are free.

 

The spring festival features an array of more than 160 Eco-friendly vendors, exhibitors and crafters who will share information about green products, offer demonstrations, and provide dozens of recycling opportunities. Music, special speakers and children’s activities are featured throughout the day. A variety of food will be available in Pavilion #2.

 

 

 Check out


recyclable items


to be collected


At least two dozen drop-off stations will be collecting dozens and dozens of recyclable items in the parking lot of the Community Center during Green Fest on May 11, 2013. Residents are invited to drive through and drop off stuff they want to recycle.


Here is the updated list of the drop-off stations in the Recycling Collection Zone:


ARC of Washington County - Cardboard, newspapers and aluminum

Boonsboro High School Band Boosters - Musical instruments

Boonsboro High School Environmental Club - Ink cartridges, cell phones, hand-held electronics

Bikes of the World - Bikes and sewing machines

Booksavers - Books, magazines, textbooks and encyclopedias

Boonsboro Lions Club - Eyeglasses and cases

Cats Paw Organic Farm - Plastic flower pots and nursery trays

Conservit - Scrap metal recycling

Cork ReHarvest - Wine corks

Cotton from Blue to Green - Used denim, including jeans and jackets

Crazy Crayon Recycle Program - Unwanted, rejected, broken crayons made in the USA. 

Earthworks - Gift cards, store cards, credit cards (may be cut up or shredded)

Horizon Goodwill - Wheelchairs and metal walkers, crutches and canes

Keefauver Dry Cleaners - Wire clothes hangers

Nike - Sneakers (all brands, any condition)

Purr Haven - Care and lawnmower batteries

Recycled Crochet - Colored, plastic newspaper delivery bags

Ring Leader Recycling Program - Plastic, six-pack rings. 

Turn the Page Bookstore & All-Shred - Paper shredding from 10-2 (limit four boxes)

Valley Co-Op - Canning jars and lids, and egg cartons

Washington County Recycling - Three stations:

  1. Television sets (no consoles)
  2. Rechargeable batteries, block Styrofoam, strings of holiday tree lights, and coated electrical wire
  3. Household recyclables: cardboard, paper, glass, metal and #1-7 plastics

Washington County Sheriff's Department - Unwanted prescription drugs, including lotions and drops, and over-the-counter medications. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only

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Vendors signing up


for fifth Green Fest;


applications due April 1

 

BOONSBORO, Md. (March 14, 2013) - Nearly 100 vendors have registered so far for the fifth annual Boonsboro Green Fest, set for Saturday, May 11 at Boonsboro’s Shafer Park.

 

“If vendors keep signing up at this pace, we will easily surpass last year’s record number of 142 vendors,” said Janeen Solberg, vendor coordinator and festival co-chair for the third year in a row. Each year the number of vendors and attendees has increased, she added.

 

The festival features earth-friendly products, services and information, as well as children’s activities, special speakers, music and food, in addition to a wide variety of recycling opportunities.

 

The vendor application deadline is April 1. Vendors may apply on line. The vendor fee is a modest $20 for a 10-square-foot space.


Potential vendors with questions may email inquiries  or mail inquiries to PO Box 64, Boonsboro, Md. 21713.

 

The festival is sponsored by the 14-member Boonsboro Green Fest Committee. In prior years, it was sponsored by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, which was dissolved as a consequence of the town’s initiating a residential curbside recycling program, which began in July 2012.


The Green Fest is an official event

of the Town of Boonsboro




Volunteers


VOLUNTEER HEADQUARTERS - Kathy Vesely (right), Green Fest volunteer coordinator, talks with some of her charges during the 2013 event. As many as 100 people volunteer their time and energy each year to put on the annual event. Kathy, a volunteer herself, has been the volunteer coordinator all five years of the festival. (Photo by Barbara Wetzel)


Volunteers keep Green Fest


going smoothly every year


Many volunteers of all ages give of their time each year to put on the Green Fest.


There are the members of the Green Fest Committee - all volunteers - who work for months planning and coordinating the spring fesitval each year. And then there are the folks who donate their time on the day of the event by performing a variety of chores, including helping vendors set up their booths, passing out festival program guides, carrying signs and announcing program information, parking cars and helping clean up after closing.


If you have a few hours to spare, sign up to be a volunteer at the fifth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 11, and we guarantee you will get more than you give!


The volunteer sign-up deadline is Wednesday, May 8, 2013.







Sponsors

(Scroll down for list of Sponsors)


Lamp-post banners adorn the town


Town employees Greg Huntsberry (left) and David Lewis carefully install a new banner to a lamp-post in front of Inn BoonsBoro at the Town Square during Green Fest Week 2012.





Sponsor a lamp-post banner once for $150 and have your name, your company's name, or your organization's name displayed each year during Green Fest Week, for as long as the banner remains in good condition. The banners are attached to the decorative lamp posts throughout Boonsboro. A total of 37 banners from the three years of the program will be displayed during the 2013 festival week. There are 49 lamp posts on Main Street, Potomac Street, along Park Drive leading into the original section of Shafer Park and inside the park itself. Another 10 lamp-posts are along the access road into the new park addition. The Green Fest Committee hopes that all 59 lamp-posts will be adorned with the banners by either next year or the 2015 festival. (Photos by Barbara Wetzel)


2013
Sponsoring Partners



Green Leaf ($300 & up)


Michele R. Shaffer, CPA (301-432-7227)

Consulting Services

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DM Designs (Website)

Graphic Designer

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Bellwether Printing

Printing Services

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D. M. Bowman, Inc. (Website)

Stage Sponsor

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Reese Equipment, Joe Reese, Owner (Website)

Music Underwriter & Banner Sponsor

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Eby's Garage (Website)

Banner Sponsor

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Turn the Page Bookstore (Website)

Shredding & Bookmarks Underwriter

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Cronise Corporation, General Contractors (Email)

Special Speakers' Underwriter

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Thompson Gas (Website)

Kids' Zone Underwriter & Banner Sponsor

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Donna Brightman, Horticulture Consultant (Facebook)

Brochure/Program Underwriter

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Antietam Cable (Website)

Music Underwriter

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Gold Leaf ($200-$299)


Cochran Auctioneers & Associates (Website)

Poster Underwriter

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Millennium 3 Energy (Website)

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Reese's Home Improvement, John Reese, Owner (301-667-2246)

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King Road Associates - Sycamore Run (Website)

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Lamp-post Banner Sponsor ($150 each)

BodySense PT (Website)

*Eby's Garage (Website)

Enkore Kids (Website)

Fit In Boonsboro (Website)

High Tech Powder Coating 301-432-7500

*Josie's on Main (Website)

*Reese Equipment - Joe Reese, Owner (Website)

Renewable Energy Solar (Website)

*Michele R. Shaffer, CPA (301-432-7227)

*(4) Thompson Gas (Website)

*Turn the Page Bookstore (Website)

Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant (Website)
Your Comfort Services (Website)
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*Also made monetary and/or in-kind donation


Silver Leaf ($100-$199)

Cats Eye Studio (Email)

Shepherd's Spring (Website)

Gifts Inn BoonsBoro (Website)

Clean Earth of Maryland, LLC (Website)
Turn the Page Eco-Reads & Textile Fiber Art (Email)
How-To Sound (Website) - Audio Services
Flynn & Son Electric
301-790-1632
Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital 301-432-7120
Natural Fusion Hair Studio (Website)
Antietam Spirits (Website)
AC&T (Website)
Jason A. Malott, Register of Wills (Website)
Gasch Printing (Website)
Josie's on Main (Website)
South Mountain Women's Health
301-432-6897

Weis Market
(Website)

Bronze Leaf ($50-$99)

UpcycleJoy (Website)
Under the Same Sun Photography (Email) (Blog)
Cronise Market Place & Olde Homestead ((Email) 
Mountain View Solar, LLC(Website)
Sustainable Design Group (Website)
Syntek (Website)
Cedar Ridge Soaps (Website)
Green Bamboo Quality Skin Care (Website)

Green Turtle Technologies (Website)

Hohne Pools (Website)

Lightbulb Wholesaler (Website)

Law Office of Michael S. Rothman (Website)

Premiere Works (Website)

TrainACE (Website)

Boonsboro Historical Society - PO Box 213, Boonsboro, MD 21713

Milestone Solar Consultants (Website)

Hagerstown-Washington County EDC (Website)

Boonsboro Wellness Center (Website)

Fahrney-Keedy Home (Website)

Terressentials (Website)

Kelly Moore Sheds (Website)

Western Maryland Solar, LLC (Website)


Patron (up to $49) (Patrons not included in brochure)

Lydia, Oh, Lydia! (Email) (Blog)

Mattscoolstuff, Inc. (Email)


Door Prizes

(See Door Prize Page)

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NOTICE: The deadline for donations to be included in the 2013 program/brochure and on this website has passed, however, monetary donations are accepted throughout the year for ongoing expenses associated with the annual festival.

Thank you


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Sponsoring Partners help sustain


the Green Fest movement each year


Generous sponsors and energetic volunteers are the backbone of the annual Green Fest. Without their support, the festival would be impossible to produce.


The Green Fest Committee is grateful for all who donate time, energy, funds and services to make the festival one of the most successful events of its kind in the region.


Sponsoring partners' monetary and in-kind donations,  and the all-volunteer committee and the event-day volunteers make it possible to present an event free of charge to the public. 


If you would like to make a donation of any kind to the 2013 Green Fest, please fill out the Sponsor Form and mail it with your donation to: Boonsboro Green Fest, PO Box 64, Boonsboro, MD 21713-0064.


Sponsors are listed on Green Fest webpage and in the program brochure available at the festival. The sponsor categories are:

  • Green Leaf ($300 & up)
  • Gold Leaf ($200-$299)
  • Silver Leaf ($100-$199)
  • Bronze Leaf ($50-$$99)
  • Patron (up to $49) (Patrons not included in brochure)
  • Banner Sponsor ($150 ea.)


You may also donate a door prize by filling out the Sponsor Form.


The Green Fest Committee

and the community

thank you for your support





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2013 Vendor List


Eco-home & Lifestyle

5th Annual Gently-Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale

The Swaps have become a truly community endeavor as several Boonsboro area churches and organizations are contributing time and articles. Both the Clothing & Sports Equipment Swaps are located in Pavilion #1, next to the Recycling Zone parking lot.  (For details and collection times prior to Green Fest Day, see flyer - suitable for posting.)

UpcycleJoy - Unique, fun and functional handbags and accessories. Portion (10%) of sales donated to Hero Dogs Inc. (Website)

Janet's Going Green Bags - Handbags and shopping bags made from plastic grocery bags.
(Email)

Boonsboro Trunks - Sales, restoration and repairs of antique trunks. (Email)

Beneath the Leaf -  Jewelry made from vintage bits. (Website)

Gourds by Daphne - Decorative gourds: hand-painted, with unique, original designs. (Website)

Liza Jane's Designs - Fun and funky jewelry made with upcycled hardware, nuts, bolts and chain; also other unique pieces. (Website)

Vintage SilverWear - Silverware made into jewelry pieces, including bracelets, rings, necklaces and earrings. (Website)

Gigy's Glassworks - Recycled glass art and jewelry. Products made from beverage bottles, bike tires and soda cans. (Email)

The Greener Route - Reusable snack and sandwich bags, produce bags, coffee cup cozys and fabric gift bags. (Website)

Christmas on the Hill - Tote bags and outdoor accessories made of reclaimed/repurposed materials. Items include:work bags, terrariums and spring planters in baskets. (Website)

Karen's Crafts - Birdhouses and crafts.

Lynn's Chimes - Wind chimes and other shell, bead and driftwood items. (Email)

Crocheter Extraordinaire - Bags made from plastic newspaper delivery sleeves. (Email)

Scents by Sherry - Safe, Eco-friendly wax melts, tart warmers, non-aerosol room sprays and air fresheners. (Email)

Millhouse Candles and South Mountain Honey - Exhibiting of honey bees in a colony and selling beeswax specialty products, including tapers, pillars, votives, tarts and lotion bars, plus local honey (Website)

FireRobin Pottery - Functional pottery. (Website)

Bellwethers - Items made with upcycled materials, including unique wool dryer balls, and jewelry and accessories made from t-shirts, neckties and denim. (Website)

Frannie Phillips SeaGlass - Jewelry made from glass from the Chesapeake Bay. (Website)

Garden Spires - Garden ornaments and indoor decorative pieces made from repurposed glass and pottery. (Email)

Under the Same Sun Photography - Photos of landscapes and stills mounted in recycled frames and notecards made from recycled paper in a wind-powered factory. (Website)

Lydia, Oh, Lydia! - Mixed media altered art and vintage items, including collage, 3-D, photography, fabric, jewelry, cards, journals, bags, aprons, and pillows. (Website)

Le Zucche - Hand-painted, stained and carved gourds, including many lighted pieces. Gourds come from U.S. farms.
(Email)

Art Glass Elements - Fused and slumped bottles and glass crafts. Items, such as dishes, platters, spoon rests, cigar ashtrays, jewelry and other decorative items made from recycled bottles and art glass. (Website)

Crafty Ladies - Handcrafted items made from t-shirt yarn. (Website)

All Bottled Up & More - Painted wine bottles, wine glasses and glassware. Will customize items. (Website)

Sea Surchin - Jewelry made with found sea glass. (Email)

Blacksmith Guild of Western Maryland - A non-profit group organized to support the preservation and education of traditional arts and crafts skills. (Email)

Harmony in Nature - Household furnishings and wood products made only from reclaimed lumber and other recycled materials. (Email)

Josie's on Main - Vintage, repurposed furniture and decor. (Email)

Ruff Again - Earth-friendly dog collars and leashes made from used bicycle inner tubes; dog collars, leashes and bowls made from seat belts. (Website)

Tossers Second Life Bags - Hand-sewn bags created from recycled fabrics, found in old couches, blankets, etc. (Email)

Kate's Crafts - Handmade jewelry made from such things as old dominoes and game pieces, and other found objects. (Email)

Euterpe's Pleasure - Two dimensional artwork, objet d'art from repurposed and recycled items, by artist Jocelynne Lowans, depicting esoteric images of the natural world. (Website)

Humane Society of Washington County, Inc.- Adoptable pets available to good homes. (Website)

River & Trail Outfitters - Family outdoor adventures, plus River Eco Tours and River Clean-ups. (Website)


Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening

Megan Webber's Plants & Herbs - Flowering plants and herbs which attract hummingbirds. (Email)

Aliabaad Farm - CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) farm located in Washington County selling produce, herbs, organic tomato sauce and free range organic eggs, among other items. (Website)

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) - Information about a healthy vegan diet and about attending the national conference in June. Selling t-shirts and giving away buttons and bumper stickers. (Website) - (Conference)

Catseye Studio - "Composting 101" display and information from Master Composters, Melanie Files and Rick Lowman, about the art and science of composting. Selling "Composing Proof of Life After Death" t-shirts, composting thermometers, and Earth Machines. (Email)

The American Chestnut Foundation, Maryland Chapter - Information about the restoration of the American Chestnut tree. Seedlings may be available at no charge. (Website)

Bee Landscaping, LLC - Information on rainwater harvesting, conservation landscaping, sustainable water features and rainscapes. (Website)

Bushtail Creek Unique Gifts - Specific functional bird, bat, lady bug and butterfly houses, as well as creative handmade soap, including an all natural pet soap. (Facebook)

Monarch Watch - University of Kansas - Learn how to create a Monarch Waystation to attract Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Information handouts available. (Website)

Cronise Market Place & Olde Homestead - Herbs, vegetable plants, perennials, flowers and birdhouses, in addition to honey and honey products and wind chimes. (Email)

Cats Paw Organic Farm - Organic starter plants, including tomatoes, peppers and herbs. Offer tips on using recycled materials to grow plants in a greenhouse. (Email)

Landscape HMO (Landscape IPM Enterprises) - Plants for landscaping, including low maintenance, native and pest resistant plants. (Website)

Valley Co-Op of Washington County - Promoting memberships local on-line buying club which features local produce, baked goods, spelt flour, eggs, meat, poultry, and dairy, as well as fair trade and organic food. (Website)

Aquabarrel Rain Barrel - Vast assortment of rain barrels and installation accessories. (Website)

LeafFilter North of Maryland, Inc. - Gutter protection display, with running water. (Website)

Bluebell Ridge Nursery - Native perennial plants, which require less care and resources, are disease resistant, and support wildlife. (Email)

Washington County Engineering & Construction - A display featuring rain gardens, rain barrels and stormwater management. (Website)

Hagerstown-Washington County EDC (Economic Development Commission) - A display connecting consumers to local farms and agriculture. (Website)

Harmony Gardens - Sales of vegetable and herb plants. Gardener on site to answer questions. (Email)

Kelly Moore Sheds - Sheds that can be designed for many uses, including greenhouses, small farm buildings, chicken coops, workshops and the typical home storage needs.(Website)


Conservation & Recycling

Boonsboro Environmental Commission - Newly-formed by the Town of Boonsboro in the fall of 2012, the commission is dedicated to fostering conservation and sustainable methods and projects for the benefit of the community.
(Website)

Maryland Department of the Environment - Promoting the Sustainable Maryland Certified program of which the Town of Boonsboro is participating, through its Environmental Commission.
(Website)

Washington County Soil Conservation District - Information on backyard conservation, including soil testing, soil surveys, and watershed groups. (Website)

Washington County Recycling - Representatives of the county government will be available to answer questions about recycling in Washington County.
(Website)

Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance - Information about the watershed, soil conservation and a pet waste program. T-shirts given away with new memberships. (Email)

Boonsboro Free Library -  Books about conservation and recycling displayed. Giving away bookmarks. (Website)

Shepherd's Spring, Inc. - Information about summer camp experiences, including unique garden programs from composting, garden care, harvesting and preparing fresh foods. Selling hand wash stations and hanging planters made from recycled articles. Giving away containers to start seeds. (Website)

Maryland Sierra Club, Catoctin Group - "Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet." Information on conservation, zero waste, native plants, and enjoying the outdoors. Selling backpacks, caps, and tote bags. Giving away stickers, buttons, and information. (Website)

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County - ReStore - Selling small remodeling and construction items. The store in Hagerstown takes donated items, such as home building materials and appliances, and sells them to help fund the building of affordable houses for low-income families. (Website)

Clean Earth of Maryland, LLC - Promoting the free disposal of aggregate-based construction debris for Washington County residents from personal residential projects. Company manufactures aggregates and fill from recycled material. (Website)

Citizens for the Protection of Washington County (CPWC) - Promoting land preservation and recycling. All-volunteer group working to maintain the natural and historic resources and farmlands in the county. (Facebook)

Washington County Forest Conservancy District - Promoting forest stewardship. (Website)


Renewable Energy

Parlights Theatrical Lighting & Rigging - Information on energy and material waste reduction, and LED fixtures for public spaces, plus equipment demonstrations. Selliing a compact fluorescent bulb which provides 60 watts of light and breaks down odors, eliminating the need for chemical sprays.
(Website)

Mountain View Solar, LLC - Information about the company which designs and installs residential and commercial solar systems in the four-state region.(Website)

Connelly & Associates - Information about geothermal well drilling. Geothermal is an alternative method of heating and cooling structures. Giveaways planned. (Website)

Alternative Energy Technology, Hagerstown Community College - Information about education and careers in the alternative energy fields. Giving away water bottles, measuring tapes, pens, and backpacks. (Website)

HCC Alternative Energy Club - Selling seedlings and solar flowers. (Website)

Sustainable Design Group - Information about zero energy homes and about designing and building custom green, solar homes and remodeling existing homes. (Website)

Munro Properties - Information about a free electric energy saving checkup. Sign up and get free items to make your home more energy efficient. (Email)

Syntek - Extreme fuel treatment (XFT) display. Treatment added to the fuel tanks of all kinds of engines reduces emissions, improves fuel economy, prolongs engine life, and increases power. (Website)

Absolute Energy Services & Consulting - Display of a small solar-powered fountain, demonstrating off-grid pumping system. (Email)

Your Comfort Services, Inc. - Solar powered air conditioners and HP units on display. Information on PureAir cleaners that are non-ozone generating and depleting in operation. (Website)

Milestone Solar Consultants - Information on residential and commercial solar systems. (Website)

Apple Valley Waste & Recycling - Information about the hauling company that will begin collecting trash and recycling for the residents of Boonsboro in July. (Website)

Efficient Home, LLC - Information about energy-related home performance programs. (Website)

Western Maryland Solar, LLC - Information about solar installations. (Website)


Eco-Kids Zone

Kids Zone - The Green Fest Committee sponsors the day-long activities geared to youngsters of all ages. The Zone features crafts, music, Pledge to the Earth and Twister. Located in and around Pavilion No. 3. Help build a giant mosaic with bottle caps. All children's activities are free.

ECO-BMS - The environmental club of Boonsboro Middle School will be performing puppet shows at several time throughout the day in the Kids Zone.

Barbara Ingram School for the Arts - Students and friends will be doing free face painting near Pavilion #3.

Boonsboro Elementary School - Students will have a recycled art display in the Kids Zone.

YL - Free face painting and also selling popcorn.

Maryland Families for Safe Birth, Inc. - Information on the non-profit's mission to increase access to midwives, with a current effort to license certified professional midwives to attend women in their homes and birth centers. Giving away pens, buttons, and bumper stickers.  (Website)

EnKore Kids - Products include cloth diapers, children's clothing, toys, and baby-related equipment. (Website)

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 40273 - Promoting "Flip the Switch," a program that encourages residents to turn off lights to conserve energy. Giving away stickers. (Email)

Riverside Midwifery, LLC - Information about home birth services, well women care, water birth, lactation and preconception counseling, and family planning. (Website)

Potomac Valley Audubon Society - Information about nature and getting families outside. (Website)

Lucy School - Promoting private arts-based school that emphasizes environmental responsibility. The school has a Platinum LEED Certification. (Website)

St. James Youth Faith Formation - Magazine swap and sale, plus attendees may join an effort by the youth group to fold 1,000 origami paper cranes, which will be sent to Hiroshima, Japan, as part of the 1000 Cranes for Peace Project - the story of Sadako Sasaki and the devastating effects of ware on people and the environment. (Email)

Memory Crafts - Craft items, including pen holders made from recycled wood and metals. (Email)

JadyBug Boutique - Upcycled children's clothing. (Facebook)

Barefoot Books - Eco-friendly children's books by an independent publisher that creates high-quality books while striving to reduce their environmental impact. (Website)


Health & Wellness

BodySense PT - Licensed physical therapists will be on hand to answer questions about managing a range of health and medical issues. Selling products, including sandals, pain relievers, and balance devices. Giving away totes and temporary tattoos. (Website)

Renaissance Lavender - Selling lavender plants, natural products and floral head wreaths to welcome in spring. Information on a variety of uses for lavender, including promoting sleep, relaxation and the feeling of well-being.
(Email)

ARBONNE - Selling botanical skin care products and offering information about vegan wellness for the entire family. Raffle drawings for free facials. (Email)

Cedar Ridge Soaps - Selling hand-crafted soaps, lip balms, lotions, body sprays, body butters, air fresheners, skin care products, and soap dishes. Giving away soap samples. (Website)

Porter Fieldhouse Foundation - Healthy lifestyles in nature provided through outdoor projects and programs for kids through adults. (Email)

Fit In BoonsBoro - Promoting health and fitness through exercise. (Website)

Natural Fusion Hair Studio - Demonstrating and selling local, organic hair products and answering questions about hair styling. (Website)

Shaklee Corp., Tom McCullough - Selling biodegradable, green cleaning products. (Website)

Green Bamboo Quality Skin Care - Skin care products and services. Products available for testing. (Website)

Martera's - All natural body cream, clay masks and air fresheners. Also, bookmarks made with re-purposed materials. (Email)

Boonsboro Wellness Center - Information about health services and sales of herbs and herbal products made by Divine Journeys. (Website)

Terressentials - Handcrafted organic body care products and fair trade handicrafts. The company is USDA Certified.
(Website)

Western MD Veg Life Meetup - Group promotes vegan lifestyle. (Website)

Faerie Springs Farm - All natural lotions, soaps and salves, and some upcycled bags and aprons, along with herbs and spice mixes. The farm is dedicated to reconnecting people with their best health, through education of children and adults. (Website)

Isagenix - Information on nutritional cleansing. A natural way of detoxifying your body. (Website)


Go Local

Miller's Music Instruction - Information available about instrumental and vocal music lessons for people of all ages. (Website)

Chic Bella Couture - Selling handcrafted children and adult hair accessories, and tutus. (Facebook)

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ - Selling cookbooks with green recipes and Rada cutlery. (Email)

Turn the Page Eco-Reads & Textile Fiber Art - Books on environmental subjects - both adult and children - and textile art made from recycled fabrics. (Email)

Little Antietam Press/Renfrew Institute for Cultural & Environmental Studies - Selling the first two of a three-volumn set of local historical fiction, entitled "Royers of Renfrew," and handing out information about the Refrew Institute and Museum.
(Email)

American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Promoting the Relay for Life at the Ag Center on June 22-23 and a cancer research study to be conducted in July in Boonsboro. (Website)

K2 Squared Recycled Crafts - Selling horseshoe items, chain tractors and trucks, wine bottle glasses and lights and other products made from recycled materials. Demonstrating to kids how to make "green" bracelets. (Website)

Office Environments - Eco-friendly office supplies and cleaning products. (Website)

King Road Associates (Sycamore Run) - Information about a new green space community in the final planning stage before construction in Boonsboro. (Website)

Arcadia Publishing & three historical groups - Book signing of "Boonsboro Images of America" by co-authors Tim Doyle, Doug Bast and Vernell Doyle and display featuring two other books: "Sharpsburg Images of America" and "The Upper Potomac in the Civil War". Also three historical associations represented: Boonsboro, Sharpsburg and Harpers Ferry. (Email)

Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village - Promoting the use of green shopping bags. (Website)

Clustered Spires Quilt Guild - Display and marketing of antique-look medallion quilt, plus sale of handcrafted items. (Website)

Thompson Gas - Promoting the use of propane gas. (Website)


Food & Refreshment

Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church - Soft vanilla and chocolate ice cream in bowls and cones, and homemade brownies. Free ice cream cone for youngsters now yet in kindergarten. (Website)

St. Catherine Eastern Orthodox Church - Greek salad, chicken souvlaki, hummus, and dolmades, plus lemonade, iced tea, juice, water, coffee, and assorted baked goods. Also, selling olive oil, canned Green food items and cookbooks. (Website)

St. James Catholic Church - Pulled pork sandwiches.(Website)

Mattscoolstuff Inc. - Serving six flavors of Kona-Ice. (Website)

Pop Pops Kettle Corn - Sweet and salty kettle popcorn.(Email)

South Mountain Creamery - Ice cream (truck located near stage). (Website)

Laugh A Lot Preschool - Popcorn and snow cones. Also promoting pre-school. (Website)

Vesta Pizzeria - Pizza (Website)

Shaharazade's Restaurant & Tea Room - Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, tea and loose tea, including organic and vegetarian food choices, and organic teas, plus tea brewing equipment. Giving away samples of tea. (Website)

Dan's Restaurant & Tap House - Selections from the farm-to-the-table menu. (Website)

Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club - Serving breakfast early and then lunch items.


Recycling Collection Zone


IMPORTANT NOTE TO RECYCLERS: At least two dozen drop-off stations will be collecting dozens and dozens of recyclable items in the parking lot of the Community Center. You are invited to drive through and drop off the stuff you want recycled, then visit the many other vendors in the park. Spend the day, have something to eat and enjoy the music.


Following are the collection stations:

ARC of Washington County - Cardboard, newspapers and aluminum

Boonsboro High School Band Boosters - Musical instruments

Boonsboro High School Environmental Club - Ink cartridges, cell phones, hand-held electronics

Bikes of the World - Bikes and sewing machines

Booksavers - Books, magazines, textbooks and encyclopedias

Boonsboro Lions Club - Eyeglasses and cases

Cats Paw Organic Farm - Plastic flower pots and nursery trays

Conservit - Scrap metal recycling

Cork ReHarvest - Wine corks

Cotton from Blue to Green - Used denim, including jeans and jackets

Crazy Crayon Recycle Program - Collecting unwanted, rejected, broken crayons made in the USA. Leave wrappers on the crayons. Crayons are handcrafted  into fun, new shapes by people with developmental disabilities. More than 88,000 pounds of crayons have been kept out of landfills and repurposed. (Website)

Earthworks - Gift cards, store cards, credit cards (may be cut up or shredded)

Horizon Goodwill - Wheelchairs and metal walkers, crutches and canes

Horizon Goodwill - Computers, monitors & other computer items for recycling

Keefauver Dry Cleaners - Wire clothes hangers

Nike - Sneakers (all brands, any condition)

Purr Haven - Care and lawnmower batteries

Recycled Crochet - Colored, plastic newspaper delivery bags

Ring Leader Recycling Program - Collecting plastic, six-pack rings. (Website)

Turn the Page Bookstore & All-Shred - Paper shredding from 10-2 (limit four boxes)

Valley Co-Op - Canning jars and lids, and egg cartons

Washington County Recycling - Three stations:

  1. Television sets (no consoles)
  2. Rechargeable batteries, block Styrofoam, strings of holiday tree lights, and coated electrical wire
  3. Household recyclables: cardboard, paper, glass, metal and #1-7 plastics

Washington County Sheriff's Department - Collecting unwanted prescription drugs, including lotions and drops, and over-the-counter medications. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. (Website)

Vendor sign-up deadline April 1


If you, your company or your organization is interested in becoming a vendor at the May 11 Boonsboro Green Fest, please submit your application as soon as possible.


It is very possible that more than 150 vendors will be reserving space in Shafer Park for the day-long (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) event.


This year might be the first that the Green Fest Committee will have to cut off registrations because of space limitations.


The application filing deadline is April 1, 2013, but you are encouraged to apply sooner, if you want to be approved as a vendor. You may apply on line.


The registration fee for a 10-foot-square space is $20, payable to Boonsboro Green Fest. After you have applied on line, please mail payments to:


Boonsboro Green Fest

PO Box 64

Boonsboro, MD 21713-0064


If you have any questions, please email us at info@boonsborogreenfest.com .







Sign up early


Vendors may register


for fifth Green Fest


starting on Jan. 1, 2013

 


BOONSBORO, Md. (Dec. 27, 2012) - The Boonsboro Green Fest committee will officially accept applications online for the fifth annual event, beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

 

The Green Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 -- the day before Mother’s Day -- at Shafer Memorial Park.

 

Organizers are expecting that the number of vendors will surpass last year’s record total of 142, as the number of vendors has increased every year since 2009 when 85 vendors registered for the inaugural event.

 

“We will not be surprised to see in excess of 150 vendors,” said Janeen Solberg, coordinator of vendors. “The Green Fest has become the signature spring event in Boonsboro in a very short period of time.”

 

She went on to explain how the Green Fest in the spring and Boonesborough Days in the fall “bookend a very busy time each year for our beautiful park.”

 

Solberg and Barbara Wetzel are serving as general co-chairs for the third straight year.

 

Individuals, businesses, non-profit groups and other organizations wishing to sell products and services or impart information about earth-friendly products, services or causes may reserve a space by filling out the vendor application online. The modest registration fee of $20 for a 10-foot-square space has remained the same for the last five years.


The vendor application deadline is April 1, 2013.

 

Funds raised by the registration fees are used to promote the Green Fest through advertisements and printed materials, such as bookmarks, posters and the program brochure, which will list all the vendors and their locations in the park, according to Wetzel, who also serves as the publicity coordinator.

 

Other members of the coordinating committee are Kathy Vesely (volunteers), Laura Schnackenberg (food vendors), Rosemary James (speakers), Sean and Leslie Haardt (Kids Zone), Brigitte Schmidt (Kids Zone & Clothing Swap), Harvey Hoch (Recycling Zone), Dan Murphy (graphic designer), Frances Lynch (promotion), and Rick Schulman (parking).



Green Fest is an official event

of the Town of Boonsboro




Events

Green Fest 2013 Schedule

Time Line for All Scheduled Events

Guest Speakers’ Tent (behind Bandstand) - Kids Zone (in Pavilion #3)


 9:30 am - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Bandstand)

Guest Honorary Emcee Tom Riford, President & CEO,

Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

10:00 am - 2 pm - Prescription Turn-in & Paper Shredding - (Recycling Zone - North parking lot)

10:30 am - “Organic Gardening” - Speaker & door prizes (Tent)

10:30 am - 12 noon - Tony M. Music- Performs (Stage)

11:30 am - “Backyard Birding” - Speaker & door prizes (Tent)

11:30 am - Puppet Show (Kids Zone)

12:00 pm - Bird House presentation - BES 2nd graders show how to make bird houses from recycled materials (Kids Zone)

12:30 - 3:00 pm - The Yardslippers - Band performs (Stage)

12:30 pm - Puppet Show (Kids Zone)

1:00 pm - “Green Building- Speaker & door prizes (Tent)

1:30 pm - Puppet Show (Kid Zone)

2:00 pm - “Ecotourism” - Speaker & door prizes (Tent)

2:00 pm - Bird Houses/Feeders - BES students’ program (Kid Zone)

2:30 pm - Puppet Show - Kids Zone

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Prophets of the Abstract Truth - Perform (Stage)

3:00 pm - “Stink Bugs” Speaker & door prizes - Tent

3:00 pm - BES Science Club - Egg carton insect program (Kids Zone)

 Kids Zone Schedule of Events

Programs held in Pavilion #3

 

Ongoing Activities

Lawn Twister - Play games throughout the day.

Mother’s Day Card Making - Create a card for your mom.

Bottle Cap Mosaic - Help create a giant art masterpiece.

Plant a Flower Station - Start your garden right now.

Create a Fish - Make a “fish” from recycled CD ROM’s with the help of Boonsboro Middle school students.

Pledge to the Earth - Make your pledge to Mother Earth.

“Hand-painted” Rain Barrel Lottery - Boonsboro Elementary School students raffle off two decorated rain barrels. Tickets on sale.

Displays - BES 2nd & 3rd graders show off bird houses & feeders made from recycled items, egg carton insect display, and STEM projects engineered with recycled materials.

Puppet Shows

Boonsboro Middle School students present an educational and entertaining show four times, on the half-hour, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

 

Parents & Grandparents: Check out the many kid-friendly vendors in the vicinity of the Kids Zone pavilion.

 


  Speaker Schedule on May 11, 2013 

Guest Speaker Programs in Tent behind Bandstand

Win Door Prizes after Each Speaker’s Presentation

 



(Photo by Barbara Wetzel)
Dr. Tracy Leskey gives her program on Stink Bugs before a packed house in the Community Center at a previous Green Fest. This year her talk, along with four other presentations, will be held in a special Speakers' Tent behind the Bandstand. See details below.


10:30 a.m. - ORGANIC METHODS FOR VEGETABLE GARDENS. Presented by Fran Scher, Ph.D., Washington County Master Gardener, University of Maryland Extension.

Whether you are an experienced vegetable gardener, or just starting out, come and learn about organic methods for bountiful, safe, and sustainable home vegetable production. Topics include: building soil health, strengthening the garden ecosystem, and organic methods for fertilizing the garden and managing weeds, insects, and diseases.


11:30 a.m. - BACKYARD BIRDING: COMMON BIRDS OF SPRING & SUMMER. Presented by Kathryn R. Henry, of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

The popularity of birding has grown immensely in recent years. Common birds of the typical backyard are accessible to everyone. With appropriate habitat modifications, the birder/landowner can attract an even greater variety of birds to the garden and yard. This presentation will include information on binoculars, bird food, types of bird feeders, plus the magnificent bird photos by nature photographer Wilbur Hershberger of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

 

1:00 p.m. - GREEN BUILDING. Presented by Jeff Feldman, of GreenPath Consulting.

When Jeff Feldman and his wife Kristin Alexander set out to design their new home, they knew their environmental values would be in the forefront. They pushed to build the greenest house possible. Today they live in a passive solar, post-and-beam framed, straw-bale house complete with composting toilet and grey-water system, high-efficiency wood-burning heater, and green flooring, cabinetry, and counter tops, along with a variety of other green bells and whistles. 

 

2:00 p.m. - ECOTOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Presented by Emily Gilmore and Amanda Gardner.

Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. An integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, and water conservation, and the creation of economic opportunities for local communities.  Ecotourism means traveling to natural and cultural areas, conserving the environment and sustaining the well-being of local people.

 

3:00 p.m. - STINK BUGS. Presented by Tracy Leskey, Ph.D., Research Entomologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, West Virginia.

Hear about the latest updates and findings on how to control the pesky, destructive brown marmorated stick bugs. Dr. Leskey's presentations at two previous Green Fests have drawn large audiences.


Entertainment


The Yardslippers, of Frederick, perform in 2012 on the new stage near the concession stand picnic tables. The Yardslippers and Martinsburg's Tony M. Music will be back this year, along with a new alternative jazz and blues combo, Prophets of the Abstract Truth, from Washington County. (Photo by Barbara Wetzel)


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Live music all day long

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Tony M. Music

Singer-songwriter from Martinsburg

10:30 am - 12 noon

The Yardslippers

Eclectic Acoustic Band from Frederick

12:30 - 3:00 pm

Prophets of the Abstract Truth

Alternative Jazz & Blues Combo from Washington County

3:30 - 5:00 pm

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Entertainment & stage underwriters:

Antietam Cable/D.M. Bowman/Reese Equipment

Stage located between Pavilions #1 and #2





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 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 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.






BGF Gear

Green Fest t-shirts - 2013 Edition


New t-shirts will be available for sale at the Boonsboro Environmental Commission's tent during Green Fest, May 11.


The tent will be located near the footbridge nearest the concessions (Pavilion #2).


Some shirts from previous years will also be available for purchase.






About

Recycling Task Force bows out a winner

 

Green Fest Committee takes over

as general sponsor for fifth year

 

Shortly after the establishment of the residential curbside recycling program in mid-2012, the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force was phased out, as it had accomplished its primary mission of advocating for the establishment of recycling in the town of 3,300. 

 

As a consequence, the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee has taken over from the Task Force as the general sponsor of the annual Green Fest.

 

Serving on the committee are: co-chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel, corresponding secretary Kathy Vesely, treasurer Laura Schnackenberg, and members Rosemary James, Amy Jones, Sean and Leslie Haardt, Frances Lynch, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, and Rick Schulman, and county liaison Tony Drury.

 

 

Green Fest's original sponsor 

   
 Boonsboro Recycling Task Force

2007-2012

 

Editor's Note: Task Force members in 2012 were Chair Rosemary James, Secretary Amy Jones and members Sean and Leslie Haardt, Frances Lynch,  Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Janeen Solberg, Kathy Vesely  and Barbara Wetzel. County liaison was Tony Drury. (Bold type indicates founding member)



T
he Boonsboro Recycling Task Force (BRTF) was created in August 2007 to promote recycling and conservation efforts within the Boonsboro community through service and education.


The initial impetus which put the 10-member Task Force into motion was the loss of the residents’ only means of recycling in the community -- a dumpster provided through a Washington County program. The town government had been forced to discontinue hosting the bin because the remote site was being used as a dumping ground for much more than recyclables.


The group's first goal was to work with the town to reinstate the county's recycling bin program by finding a suitable location for the dumpster. That was done in short order, however, it was a different story for the second goal -- a residential curbside recycling collection program for the 1,200 households in town. 

 

Recycling returned - On Dec. 22, 2007, some four months after that first BRTF meeting, recycling was returned to Boonsboro, as the recycling dumpster was put into operation at a new, more visible site. Two years later, in November 2009, a second dumpster was added to help take care of the overflow at the very busy site near the intersection of Routes 40 and 67. 

A common site at the recycling area before the second dumpster was added. Recycling increased more than 40 percent in 2010, the first full year the site operated with two bins.

 

To help ensure that the site would not be overrun again with refuse, the members of the BRTF offered to regularly monitor the dumpster site. The group kept its promise and a member visited the site each day for more than two years, until February 2010, when the town government took over monitoring duties on weekdays, with the Task Force checking the site on weekends. 

 

Recycling increases but still no curbside  - The recycling tonnage at the two dumpsters increased more than 40 percent in 2010, as the additional capacity encouraged more residents to use the facility on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the household waste going into the landfill did not decrease, as  1,200 tons of the town's waste ended up in the county's landfill west of Hagerstown. In 2010, the county charged a $50 tipping fee for each ton deposited in the landfill by a municipality.  The fee was increased to $52 in 2011.

 

Curbside  program starts   - Almost five years after the Task Force had begun its advocacy efforts, the Town Council approved a curbside recycling program. During the five-year span, three Task Force members were elected to the Council. 

 

On July 1, 2012, every-other-week recycling collections began, while twice-a-week trash collections were retained. It was hoped that the second year's program could include once-a-week collections for both recycling and trash.

 

 

Of the nine municipalities in the county, seven  -- Hagerstown, Boonsboro, Williamsport, Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Keedysville, and Hancock -- have curbside programs.(Washington County provides no curbside recycling services anywhere in the county; households outside of the municipalities are serviced by private haulers only.)

 

Washington County provides drop-off recycling services at the 40-West Landfill, at staffed transfer stations, but discontinued unstaffed bins, such as the ones that were in Boonsboro, coincidentally, at the same time Boonsboro's curbside program began in July 2012. Residents, who do not live within municipalities offering curbside service, must contract individually with haulers to collect their recycling or take it to the staffed drop-off sites which charge a $35 annual fee to recycle.

 

Legacy of Outreach & Education


Survey - In late 2007, a door-to-door survey

(Click here to view the survey) was conducted by Task Force members to determine who and how residents were recycling at the time and how many would be interested in the town’s starting a curbside recycling program. Of the nearly 500 households surveyed, more than 86 percent were in favor of adding curbside services. The town, however, has not as yet initiated a curbside program. The town's sanitation contract, however, will go out for bids this spring and hopes are high that curbside recycling will be added to the solid waste pickup schedule.
 


Other community programs

While the BRTF pushed for more recycling services in the town and beyond, members  became involved in other educational and outreach programs to improve the community:


Green Fest - Planning began in early 2009 for the first Boonsboro Green Fest. The day before Mother's Day --  the second Saturday in May -- was selected and members began to work on attracting exhibitors, sponsors and food vendors, and on promoting the event throughout the region. The event was so successful, with 84 vendors and thousands of attendees, that the committee immediately vowed to make it an annual affair. The Task Force acted as the Green Fest's general sponsor the first four years; the Green Fest Committee took over that moniker for the May 11, 2013 event.


Education - Environmental Clubs were started at both Boonsboro High School (March 2008) and Middle School (September 2008). The Middle School club has grown to more than 30 members and has continued to be active in a variety of projects.


Green Cleaning - A demonstration on how to make eco-friendly cleaning products was presented by BRTF founding chairperson  Janeen Solberg to groups throughout the community.

 

 

Information - A recycling how-to information sheet (Click here to view the how-to sheet) was produced by the BRTF and distributed throughout the community and mailed with the residents’ town utility bills in 2008. A refrigerator magnet detailing what and where to recycle was also distributed.The Task Force produced a flyer listing a wide variety of recyclables being collected by various agencies, groups and individuals throughout the county. Many items are collected each year at the Green Fest's drive-thru, drop-off site.


Special events recycling - BRTF members have collected recyclables during most all of the major events since 2008 in the town's Shafer Park. Initially, the recycling containers were borrowed from a neighboring municipality for each event. The Task Force, however, felt that the town should have its own containers so they would be more accessible. The Mayor and Council agreed and the 15 new containers were debuted at the first annual Green Fest. More containers and other equipment and supplies have been  purchased by the Green Fest Committee.

 

The special event containers have been used to collect recyclable bottles and cans during all of the major events at the park, at the South Mountain Little League baseball fields on Monroe Road throughout the baseball season and at other special events. The Town buys the special collection bags and the Task Force members set up, monitor and collect the recyclables to be placed in the recycling dumpsters at the Park-n-Ride, next to Thompson Gas. Hundreds of extra-large, see-through bags have been filled with recyclables that otherwise would have ended up in the county landfill.

 

TREASURES IN 'THEM THAR' LOCKERS - Task Force members Rosemary James (left) and Kathy Vesely sort the contents of the Boonsboro High School lockers during one of the locker clean-outs Kathy initiated at the high school. Hundreds of notebooks, paper, pencils, books and a myriad of other reusable materials have been saved from being dumped in the county landfill. The recovered supplies are then made available to students at no cost. The founder of the school's Environmental Club, Kathy is also served a term as the chair of the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, which reported to the County Commissioners. A group of students, earning their Student Service Learning (SSL) hours, collects recyclables each week from the classrooms. 


 

Report - To let the community know about its goals and accomplishments, the BRTF produced a report (Click here to view the report) of its first year’s activities and made a presentation to the Boonsboro Mayor & Council in September 2008. 

 

  

  

LANDFILL TOUR - The Task Force sponsored an eye-opening tour of the Washington County 40 West Landfill in the fall of 2008. County Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch (left) led the tour. Harvey retired from his "day job" in early 2010, but he remained an active member of both  the BRTF and the Green Fest Committee through 2012. Committee members have also toured the Montgomery County recycling processing center in Rockville.

 

 

Members reach out to help community - Members of the Task Force are very busy with families, work, and other civic, school and religious activities. And the enthusiasm to treat Mother Earth kindly carries over into the community. One of many examples occurred when member Brigitte Schmidt initiated a soccer equipment and clothing swap (see photo below) during the start of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) season in September 2009. More than 30 players were outfitted with gently used cleats and 20 players received soccer balls, while several others received shinguards, socks and shorts. A sports equipment swap joined the clothing swap at the Green Fest in 2011.

 

SOCCER SWAP - The BRTF and the local youth soccer organization teamed up to sponsor a soccer equipment and clothing swap during two Saturdays in September 2009. Showing off some of the gently used items are (from left) Brigitte Schmidt, a BRTF founding member and originator of the swap, Keith Juedemann, regional commissioner for AYSO, and Paul Kadin, assistant regional commissioner.

 

BRTF meeting topics varied - The Task Force played host to a wide variety of resource people discussing many topics of interest to the community. Topics have included recycling, solar energy systems, safe food preparation for large gatherings, advantages of purchasing produce from a certified organic farm and how to reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, members and guests have viewed the movie "Trashed" (http://trashedmovie.com/trailer.html) during a special movie night.




Recycling Zone


Working in the Recycling Zone





Harvey Hoch (top photo, left) and Jack Nerlinger rest after loading up sets of encyclopedias in the Recycling Collection Zone during the 2012 Green Fest. Rick Schulman (bottom) packs up some of the collected electronic recyclables during the 2012 event. Hoch and Schulman are members of the Green Fest Committee. The Community Center parking lot serves as the Recycling Zone for the daylong event. (Photos by Barbara Wetzel)


2013 Collectors of recyclables


More than two dozen collection stations will be set up in the Community Center parking lot. Items listed below will be collected. So save them up and drop them off when you arrive at the park on May 11.

 


SWAPS, SALES, SHREDDING & DRUG TURN-IN

1. Containers, bags, packing material

-Eggs cartons

-Large block #6 Styrofoam

-Packing peanuts/air pillows/small, clean boxes            

-Plastic flower pots & trays

-Solid color stretchy plastic bags (including newspaper bags)

2. Medical equipment, eyeglasses

-Metal wheelchairs, walkers, crutches & canes

-Eyeglasses & cases

3. Batteries

-Rechargeable batteries

-Car & lawnmower batteries

4. Books, magazines

-Used books, textbooks, encyclopedias

-National Geographics, other magazines

5.  Metal

-Aluminum

-Scrap metal

6. Jars, pull tabs, medicine bottles

-Canning jars & lids

-Aluminum can pull tabs, especially colored ones

-Empty prescription drug bottles (no labels)

7. Miscellaneous items

-Christmas tree light strings

-Coated electrical wire

-Bikes

-Sewing machines

-Band instruments

-Greeting cards (front panels - all themes, except holiday)

-Wine corks - including synthetic

-Plastic gift & credit cards, etc. (may be cut or shredded)

8. Clothing, hangers, sneakers

-Wire clothes hangers - clean, no rust

-Old sneakers - any brand

-Denim jeans, jackets, etc.

9. Computers, electronics, phones, cartridges

-Television sets (residential, 1 per household - no consoles)

-Computers

-Computer accessories

-Cell phones

-Ink cartridges

-CDs & DVDs - no cases

-VHS tapes

-Laptop computers

-Digital SLR cameras

-SLR lenses

-Digital cameras

-Handheld game systems

-Game consoles & Video games

-iPads & Tablets

-iPods & MP3 players

-E-Book readers

-Range finders

-Sky Caddies

-Mobile Hotspots

-MiFi devices

-4G USB Air Cards

-Portable GPS devices

-Radar detectors

-TI graphing calculators

10. Household recyclables

-Paper, cardboard, catalogs, phone books

-Food-grade glass bottles & jars

-Metal cans and #1-7 plastic containers


Please go to ARCHIVES for recycling information

from Green Fests in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.




2013 Green Fest



Girls and friend peek out of Green Fest photo-op board.


Colorful bottle caps


needed for giant mosaic

 

Do you save bottle caps, but have no idea what to do with them? They can’t be recycled and you don’t want to throw them out.

 

Boonsboro Green Fest committee will take them off your hands and re-purpose them for a children’s art project at this year’s fifth annual festival on Saturday, May 11, in Boonsboro’s Shafer Park.

 

“We need all colors of bottle caps for our giant mosaic project, except white and clear ones,” says Kids’ Zone co-chair Sean Haardt, adding that the caps should be well rinsed. 

 

Hundreds of blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, red, black, and orange bottle caps of all sizes must be collected before the Green Fest, says Haardt, who co-chairs the Kids Zone Committee along with his wife Leslie.


Bottle caps will be collected at two locations during the run-up to the May 11 Green Fest:

  • Turn The Page Bookstore, located at 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, during regular business hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Shafer Park’s Community Center during the following times the week before the festival: 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, May 7-10, and 9 a.m.-12 noon on Wednesday, May 8.

 

Children who visit the Kids’ Zone can help create the mosaic by gluing bottle caps to a 4-foot by 8-foot board, filling in the spaces of a design outline -- much like how a paint-by-numbers painting is created. The design will be revealed at the Green Fest.

 

Last year the children re-created a bottle-cap version of The Scream by 19th Century artist Edvard Munch. Coincidentally, the original pastel was sold for nearly $120 million at a Sotheby’s auction, just days before last year’s Green Fest.

 

The mosaic will be created in Pavilion #3 - near the playground equipment - where crafts, puppet shows, the Twister game, and other entertainment, will take place all day long.

 

The Green Fest, held annually on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, is produced by the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, with help from dozens of volunteers and sponsoring partners, who donate funds, materials, time, in-kind services, and door prizes.

 

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, with the opening ceremony slated for 9:30 a.m. at the Band Stand. Admission and parking are free.

 

The spring festival features an array of more than 160 Eco-friendly vendors, exhibitors and crafters who will share information about green products, offer demonstrations, and provide dozens of recycling opportunities. Music, special speakers and children’s activities are featured throughout the day. A variety of food will be available in Pavilion #2.

 

 

 Check out


recyclable items


to be collected


At least two dozen drop-off stations will be collecting dozens and dozens of recyclable items in the parking lot of the Community Center during Green Fest on May 11, 2013. Residents are invited to drive through and drop off stuff they want to recycle.


Here is the updated list of the drop-off stations in the Recycling Collection Zone:


ARC of Washington County - Cardboard, newspapers and aluminum

Boonsboro High School Band Boosters - Musical instruments

Boonsboro High School Environmental Club - Ink cartridges, cell phones, hand-held electronics

Bikes of the World - Bikes and sewing machines

Booksavers - Books, magazines, textbooks and encyclopedias

Boonsboro Lions Club - Eyeglasses and cases

Cats Paw Organic Farm - Plastic flower pots and nursery trays

Conservit - Scrap metal recycling

Cork ReHarvest - Wine corks

Cotton from Blue to Green - Used denim, including jeans and jackets

Crazy Crayon Recycle Program - Unwanted, rejected, broken crayons made in the USA. 

Earthworks - Gift cards, store cards, credit cards (may be cut up or shredded)

Horizon Goodwill - Wheelchairs and metal walkers, crutches and canes

Keefauver Dry Cleaners - Wire clothes hangers

Nike - Sneakers (all brands, any condition)

Purr Haven - Car and lawnmower batteries

Recycled Crochet - Colored, plastic newspaper delivery bags

Ring Leader Recycling Program - Plastic, six-pack rings. 

Turn the Page Bookstore & All-Shred - Paper shredding from 10-2 (limit four boxes)

Valley Co-Op - Canning jars and lids, and egg cartons

Washington County Recycling - Three stations:

  1. Television sets (no consoles)
  2. Rechargeable batteries, block Styrofoam, strings of holiday tree lights, and coated electrical wire
  3. Household recyclables: cardboard, paper, glass, metal and #1-7 plastics

Washington County Sheriff's Department - Unwanted prescription drugs, including lotions and drops, and over-the-counter medications. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only

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Get ready for popular Swap:
save up clothing & sports equipment


The title is long but the idea is pretty simple: swap your unwanted items for ones you can use.


The fifth annual Gently-Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale will be housed again this year in Pavilion #1 during the daylong Green Fest on Saturday, May 11, 2013.


Before that can happen, the items must be collected and sorted by volunteers. This operation takes time in advance of the festival. So, this year items will be collected during specific times on the four days prior to the Green Fest.


Items can be dropped off at the Community Center in Boonsboro's Shafer Park on:


Swap coordinator Brigitte Schmidt says several church groups and other organizations are banding together to present the popular swap and sale. Last year more than 4,000 pieces of clothing were donated.


Clean, gently-used clothing of any size (infant through adult) and any usable sports equipment, clothing and shoes will be accepted in exchange for a voucher, which can be used for an equal number of "new" items at Pavilion #1 during Green Fest on Saturday, May 11.


Clothes should be folded and in bags labeled with the donor's name. Items may be purchased at yard sale prices by those who have nothing to swap. Donation tax receipts will be available upon request.


Although items can be swapped on the day of Green Fest, volunteers would prefer receiving the items beforehand so they can be sorted, says coordinator Ms. Schmidt.


All clothing not swapped or sold will be donated to Children in Need, Inc. of Washington County, while monetary proceeds will be donated to Micah's Backpack project, which is coordinated by the South County Food Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro.


If your organization would like to participate in the swap, either before or during the Green Fest, please email Brigitte Schmidt.

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POST IT ON THE BULLETIN BOARD - Click here for a printable flyer/poster containing information about the swap which may be posted in your place of business, your place of worship or your organization's meeting place.

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Festival highlights

 

sustainable living,

 

conservation, recycling

 

 The Boonsboro Green Fest was established on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend in May 2009 to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community. Every year since, the  Green Fest's attendance, number of vendors, variety of activities and recycling opportunities have increased.

 

The 5th annual spring festival, sponsored by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Saturday, May 11, 2013, rain or shine, at Boonsboro's historic Shafer Park. Admission is FREE.

 

The festival could feature as many as 150 vendors or more, food concessions, children's activities, speakers, door prizes, entertainment, and the Recycling Zone, which will include a wide variety of recycling collection stations.


Everything from solar energy systems to composting to fair trade products to heirloom tomato plants to clothing and sports equipment swaps to jewelry and rain barrels to information booths and exhibits will be featured throughout the park.

 

Vendors wishing to participate may apply on line beginning on Jan. 1, 2013. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013. Vendors are required to pay a $20 registration fee for each 10-foot-square space. See the Vendor Standards and Practices here.

 

A printed program brochure, including a map and list of vendors and sponsors, will be available to attendees. In advance of the festival, committee members will be distributing bookmarks and posters promoting the events of the day.

 

Lapel sticker worn

by festival attendees


Volunteers needed

Scores of volunteers will be needed throughout the day, helping vendors with setup, passing out programs, collecting recyclables in the Recycling Zone, helping in the Kid Zone with the children's activities, directing traffic, helping with parking and cleaning up afterwords. Volunteers must sign up in advance and by May 8, 2013. Volunteer Form


Students may earn Student Service Learning hours by volunteering at the festival.


Donations welcome

The committee is determined to produce an event that is free and open to the public. To help defray expenses associated with promotion and production, the committee gratefully accepts monetary donations and in-kind contributions. Five levels of giving have been established. They are Green Leaf ($300 & over), Gold Leaf ($200-299), Silver Leaf ($100-199), Bronze Leaf ($50-99) and Patron ($49 & under). 

 

Special sponsorship opportunities are available, including underwriting the program guide printing cost and purchasing green lamp post banners. Go to the sponsor page for details.

 

If you are able to help in any way, please make checks payable to "Boonsboro Green Fest" and mail to: Boonsboro Green Fest, PO Box 64, Boonsboro, MD 21713-0064. If you have questions or would like to make a comment, please email the committee or write to the above address.

 


Green Fest organizers

Working with Green Fest 2013 Co-Chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel again this year are returning committee members: Sean and Leslie Haardt, Harvey Hoch, Rosemary James, Amy Jones, Frances Lynch, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Rick Schulman and Kathy Vesely.

 

Ms. Solberg also is the founding chair of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, which sponsored the Green Fest the first four years, and serves on the Boonsboro Town Council with Ms. Wetzel and Sean Haardt; Ms. James is immediate past chair of the Recycling Task Force; Ms. Vesely served as chair of the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee for four years with Mr. Schulman, Mr. Hoch is the former county recycling coordinator and Ms. Schnackenberg is a current member of the town's Park Board, which oversees the operation of the expanding Shafer Park, location of the annual festival.


Four of the founding members of the Recycling Task Force -- Ms. James, Ms. Schnackenberg, Brigitte Schmidt and Ms. Vesely -- are now serving on the newly formed Boonsboro Environmental Commission, along with Ms. Wetzel, who is the council's liaison. The commission (see photo below) was established in the fall of 2012 by the Boonsboro Mayor and Council and will tackle a wider range of environmental issues. The Recycling Task Force completed its work by seeing the implementation of the new curbside recycling program for Boonsboro residents in July 2012.


The Green Fest Committee supplants the task force as the festival's general sponsor and operating committee. It is in the process of seeking 501(c)3, non-profit status.


The New Boonsboro Environmental Commission


Members of the new Boonsboro Environmental Commission (BEC) gather for a group picture following their first official meeting on Dec. 11, 2012 at the Community Center in Shafer Park. Officers are (seated, from left) Amanda Whitmore, secretary, Brigitte Schmidt, chairperson, and Kathy Vesely, vice chairperson. Other members are (standing, from left) Jessica Renner, Todd Kennedy, Linda Moser, Scott McIlwee, Laura Schnackenberg, and Rosemary James; and Town Planner and Zoning Administrator Megan Clark, who serves as the town staff person on the commission. The Town Council liaison on the commission is Barbara Wetzel (not pictured).



Come learn ways

to help Mother Earth

on Mother's Day weekend


 

 



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