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7th annual biggest ever

Spectacular Day!

Nearly 5,000 enjoy

Boonsboro Green Fest

 

By Barbara Wetzel

Green Fest Co-Chair

BOONSBORO, Md. (May 10, 2015) - Wow! What a spectacular day it was Saturday for the seventh annual Boonsboro Green Fest, held at Shafer Park.

 

A year of planning paid off in spades, as the only uncontrollable element - the weather - cooperated, bringing upwards to 5,000 people to the beautiful park in the middle of town for the seven-hour festival, the largest of its kind in Western Maryland.

 

A big drawing card, no doubt, was the wide variety of Eco-friendly vendors, numbering 200 -- the most of any previous Green Fest.  Besides the dozens of vendor booths throughout the park, other popular venues included the Kids Zone which was visited by hundreds youngsters, the Health & Fitness tent, the guest speaker tent, the Wine & Beer Garden and Silent Auction tent, which was a new feature this year.

 

Some of the recycling collection stations were a high priority of festival-goers, who deposited unwanted items for recycling and repurposing in the drive-through, drop-off Recycling Zone. More than two dozen stations were set up for everything from TVs to sneakers, from bikes to flower pots, from household items to big plastic play equipment.

 

Unicor, the TV and electronics recycling contractor for the Washington County landfill, accepted  enough TV sets and other electronic devices (15 tall pallets) to fill a large box truck. The pallets were shipped to the recycling facility at the federal prison in Lewistown, Pa. Again this year, the county waived the recycling fee, which normally is about $10 per TV.

 

Talk about records. More than 15,000 items were swapped and purchased at the Gently-Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap and Sale in the pavilion nearest the recycling collectors. That was nearly twice as many as last year's record of 8,000 items.


Dozens of people were lined up before the swap opened, with the opening of the festival at 10 a.m. There was a frenzy of activity in the pavilion all day, but nothing came close to the early morning rush. Sales proceeds of $265.31 will be donated to Micah's Backpack and the leftover clothing was carried off in four vehicles by Children in Need of Washington County, Inc., after the festival closed down at 5 o'clock.

 

Some of the other items collected included: a cubic yard of empty amber prescription bottles destined for the local veterinarian's practice,  18 cubic yards of clean block Styrofoam crammed into a two-horse trailer, a large box truck filled with household furnishings and materials headed for ReStore of Washington County, 12,000 plastic film bags, an extra-large Conservit roll-off filled with metal, a large roll-off filled with co-mingled household recyclables and 30 bikes collected by the Bikes for the World program.

 

"We couldn't be happier with the response again this year from everyone who brought in their recyclables," said Janeen Solberg, general co-chair of the festival whose husband Greg co-chaired the Recycling Zone.


"This is a huge part of our mission. We hope that someday we can establish a year-around 'resource recovery station' where residents will have a convenient place to deposit recyclable materials like the ones we collect during Green Fest," she explained.


Three outstanding local area acts provided the music all day long on the special stage. They were Strung Tight of Waynesboro, Pa., Andy Carignan of Mt. Airy, Md., and Dino Delray and the Compadres.

 

Visitors who attended programs in the guest speaker tent heard presentations from Shawn Walker, of Shepherdstown, W.V., on trees; Rick Lowman, of Martinsburg, W.V., on backyard composting, and Nicole McCann of Green America, in Washington, D.C., on GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

 

The Kids Zone added geocaching and a scavenger hunt to its repertoire of years past, which included making a Mother's Day card, signing a Pledge to the Earth, watching a puppet show produced by students from Boonsboro Middle Schools ECO-BMS club, and planting some flower seeds and making crafts to take home.

 

The festival held it first silent auction during this year's event. In fact, three auctions were held throughout the day, netting $1,128 for Green Fest programs. Most of the items were donated by vendors. Two beautifully painted rain barrels were donated by local artists, Linda Barnhart of Hagerstown, and Gail Padgett and Roni Nehemias of Garden Spires.

 

The Wine & Beer Garden featured products from local wineries and breweries. Tent sponsors were Big Cork Vineyards and Antietam Spirits, whose owner John Holmes acted as project coordinator. Proceeds of $1,200 were to be donated to the Friends of Shafer Park, for the new Aquatic & Recreation Center.

 

Other major sponsors of the Green Fest were: King Road Associates (Sycamore Run), Boonsboro Family Dentistry, Herald-Mail Co., Michele Shaffer, CPA, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Middletown Valley Bank, Ryan Homes, Eby's Garage, Cronise Corp., Diagnostic Imaging Services, Antietam Cable TV, Turn the Page Bookstore, Dan's Restaurant & Tap House, DM Designs, Bellwether Printing, Cochran Auctioneers, Natural Fusion Hair Studio, Flynn & Son Electric, Donna Brightman.

 

The 11 green lamppost banners purchased by sponsors this year brought to 59 the total number now available to decorate most of the posts along Main Street and Shafer Park Drive and inside both sections of the park. Only six more are needed to complete the project. Banners will go on sale Jan. 1, 2016.


The eighth edition of Boonsboro Green Fest will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016.


An Official Event

of the Town of Boonsboro

 


 




A spectacular day

  Scenes from 2015 Green Fest



Shoppers check out the merchandise at a stocked up booth.



A festival attendee hikes to her next stop along one of the busy trails in Shafer Park.



Youngsters in the Kids Zone anxiously await the start of one of the five puppet shows presented by ECO-BMS, the environmental club from Boonsboro Middle School, under the direction of science teacher Sabrina Blair.



Popular area solo artist Andy Carignan croons a familiar tune during his midday appearance.



Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Vesely (green jacket) checks in youngsters at volunteer headquarters. More than 150 students and adults helped keep things moving at the festival. Those putting in 2 1/2 hours or more received a free t-shirts, donated by sponsoring partners Middletown Valley Bank and Ryan Homes.



Tent Master John Holmes, of Antietam Spirits, describes some of the locally-brewed beers offered up in the Wine & Been Garden. Profits from the sales are donated to the Friends of Shafer Park for the proposed Aquatic & Recreation Center for South Washington County.



Richard and Bette Willson proudly show off the myriad of free trade products in the Ten Thousand Villages tent.



Shoppers take a close look at the Garden Spires display along a busy pathway in Shafer Park.



Having a light-hearted moment are (from left) Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts, Washington County school board member Justin Hartings, festival co-chair Barbara Wetzel and school board president Donna Brightman.



"Greens" was the topic of conversation at the Farm of Peace booth.



Strung Tight, a duo from Waynesboro, Pa., loosens up festival-goers during the morning session. 



Tall drink of water: Laura Schnackenberg, Green Fest Committee member, fills of a cup at the Water Tower Cooler, an invention of another committee member, Greg Solberg.


Many busy hands rifle through piles and piles of items at the Gently Used Clothing Swap & Sale. More than 15,000 pieces were handled by the cadre of volunteers who sorted and folded and folded and sorted all day long. Profits are donated to Micah's Backpack and the leftover garments and accessories were gratefully received by Children in Need of Washington County.


Pleasant Valley Ruritan members cook up tasty meals for festival-goers.



Boonsboro Police Chief Chuck Stanford and department Administrative Specialist Donna Burcker set up Drug Turn-In booth in Recycling Zone.


Customers get ready to make a purchase at Cedar Ridge Soaps' booth.


People pondering plants.


Bottle-top mosaic lady takes a stroll with a fan.


Dino Delray & the Compadres belt one out on stage in the afternoon at the 2015 Green Fest.



Headquarters team checks in vendors and makes announcements. From left: Dick Keesecker, Green Fest Committee Co-chair Janeen Solberg, Committee Member Laura Schnackenberg and Jill Reddecliff, announcer.



Kids Zone coordinators Leslie Haardt (left) and Sean Haardt (in green shirts) organize an activities with some eager youngsters.


Brunswick City Council member Ellis Burress (left) and Mayor Karin Tome literally "pitch in" at a resource recovery station.



The apple of his eye gets a ride.



Flowers, vegetable plants, herbs and shrubs were offered.







2015 Clothing Swap



7th Annual Gently-used Clothing

& Sports Equipment Swap & Sale


Have lots of clothes in those closets and drawers just taking up space?  Kids outgrown their clothes again?   How about soccer cleats?   Be sure to attend the Annual Gently Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap & Sale held in conjunction with Green Fest.

  

Click HERE for the 2015 Clothing Swap Drop-off Schedule



Here's How It Works:

The week before Green Fest, drop off clean, gently-used clothing of any size (infant - adult) and gently used sports equipment to the Community Center at Shafer Park.   (See link above for drop-off times.)  Earn a credit for each piece you drop off. Please do not drop-off clothing with stains, holes, or tears.


On the day of Green Fest, take the credit vouchers to the Green Fest swap in Pavilion #1 and choose an equal number of pieces. Items may also be swapped during the Green Fest, but it is preferable if the clothing is received in advance so items can be sorted appropriately.


Clothes should be folded and in bags labeled with the donor's name. Those with nothing to swap may purchase clothing at yard-sale prices (50 cents each). Donation tax receipts are available upon request.


All clothing not swapped or sold will be donated to Children in Need, Inc. of Washington County.  All monetary proceeds will be donated to Micah's Backpack, which provides nutritious meals and snacks to hungry kids during the weekend when they don't have access to meals at school.  For more information, visit: www.southcountyfoodpantry.org.


Want to volunteer?

We can always use volunteers, including high school students looking for SSL (Student Service Learning) hours.  Click here for volunteering information.




More about THE SWAP


The Gently Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap & Sale has been in operation since the first Green Fest in May 2009.  The Swap will occupy Pavilion #1, next to the Recycling Zone parking lot, during this year's Green Fest on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Every year the Swap gets bigger and bigger. Last year more than 8,000 pieces of clothing were swapped. This year organizers predict that as many as 10,000 pieces will be swapped or donated.

 

With all those items to be sorted into sizes, you can only imagine how much work must be done in advance of the Saturday swap and sale. So, organizers begin accepting items in the Community Center at Shafer Park four days during the week prior to the festival: Tuesday through Friday, May 5-8, from 4:30-8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

Local churches and the Town of Boonsboro make this event possible by donating collection space for a full week before the Green Fest.

 

A number of church groups and local nonprofits, led by a group of area moms, assist with collecting, sorting and selling items.  Organizations taking part in the project over the years have included: St. James Catholic Church, St. Agnes Catholic Church, a local Cub Scout troop, Boonsboro High School National Junior Honors Society, Benevola United Methodist Church, Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, and many individuals.

 

Everyone involved benefits:

  • Citizens feel good about cleaning out their closets and donating reusable items. 
  • Moms who must clothe their growing youngsters can swap outgrown clothing for "new" wardrobes  at no charge.
  • Adults of all shapes and sizes can shop for needed items either by swapping unwanted items or buying items for 50 cents each.
  • Volunteers feel good by sorting, folding and organizing the clothing. 
  • Students volunteers are eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.

 

Proceeds from the sale of items are donated to Micah's Backpack to be used in a program that reaches children from area elementary schools whose families experience trouble in providing meals over the weekend when the youngsters are not in school. The program is part of the services provided by the South County Food Bank.

 

Items that are leftover are donated to Washington County Children In Need, a non-profit organization providing Washington County children the necessities needed for learning.

 

The popularity of the clothing swap sparked the addition of a Sports Equipment Swap, which is run concurrently with the clothing swap.

 

Tax receipts are available for donations.





7th annual biggest ever

Click here for list of Vendors.
Click here for list of Sponsors.

Click here for Event schedules
Click here for Recycling information

Click here for list of Silent Auction items


Meet the people

who make it happen



2015 Green Fest Committee

Front, from left - Laura Schnackenberg, Barbara Wetzel, Amy Jones, Rosemary James, Sean Haardt. Middle row - Dan Murphy, Kathy Vesely, Janeen  Solberg and Brigitte Schmidt. Back - Rick Schulman, Greg Solberg, Tony Drury, Leslie Haardt and Darrell Jones.



Green Fest

ready to go

Biggest event of its kind

in Western Maryland


 By Barbara Wetzel

BOONSBORO, Md. (May 4, 2015) - The committee is putting the final touches on preparations for the 7th Annual Boonsboro Green Fest, set for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the town's Shafer Park.  

 

The free festival is the largest event of its kind in Western Maryland, drawing several thousand from the entire region. It is held rain or shine.

 

Sponsored by the all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee and more than 70 sponsoring partners, the day-long event features 200 Earth-friendly vendors and exhibitors and includes live music by local artists, children's activities, three dynamic expert speakers, a Health and Fitness tent, a Wine and Beer Garden and lots of food selections.

 

More than 150 volunteers of all ages have signed up to help during Green Fest activities. Volunteers will be easily identified by their bright yellow t-shirts.

 

Recycling Opportunities

The drive-thru, drop-off Recycling Zone in the Community Center parking lot will feature more than 24 collection stations for everything from TVs (one per household), denim, sneakers, household items, to hard plastic furniture and children's playground sets to wheelchairs and bicycles to rechargeable batteries and CFL bulbs to paper shredding (four-box limit) and unwanted medications.

 

A complete list of recyclables can be found on the festival's website at www.boonsborogreenfest.com. Fliers with the entire list of recyclables were distributed to about 1,700 households in Boonsboro and Keedysville in early April with quarterly municipal utilities bills and to customers of Weis Market in Boonsboro about two weeks before the event.

 

Trees, Composting & GMO Speakers

Expert speakers will give presentations in the tent behind the Bandstand on trees, backyard composting and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). At 10:15 a.m., Shawn Walker, an arborist and independent tree consultant from Shepherdstown, W.V., will discuss the anatomy of trees with an emphasis on the planting and caring for trees. Beginning at 11:15 a.m., Rick Lowman, a master composter of Martinsburg, W.V., will present a program that will be of interest to both first-time and experienced composters. At 12:15 p.m., Nicole McCann, the food campaigns director for  Green American in Washington, D.C., will lead a discussion about GMOs and how consumers can avoid them.

 

Children's Activities

Youngsters can stay busy all day in the Kids Zone where they will be able to create a Mother's Day card, play lawn Twister, write a Pledge to the Earth, go on a scavenger hunt, explore Geo-caching, plant seeds, learn how to make a bird feeder, make a magazine collage and enjoy a puppet show.

 

Students from Sabrina Blair's Boonsboro Middle School's environmental club (ECO-BMS), Christina Hammer-Atkins' Boonsboro Elementary School class and Rockland Woods Elementary School will be helping with the presentations.

 

The ECO-BMS students will present the puppet show on the half-hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., while live music will be offered throughout the day in the Kids Zone by Tony M. Music, a popular singer-songwriter who has been a regular performer at the Green Fest.

 

Music Will Fill the Spring Air

Three local area acts will provide the music throughout the day on the special stage near the array of picnic tables. Festival-goers everywhere in the park will be able to hear the performances over the park's PA system.

 

Yoga Instruction for Everyone

Yoga Groove, a fun-filled 20-minute workout will be presented by Fit In BoonsBoro to anyone interested in participating beginning at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m., between the music acts, in the grassy area in front of the stage. This yoga and dance inspired movement will "energize your soul, relax your body and excite your spirit."

 

Wine & Beer Garden

Representatives of local wineries and breweries will be pouring their products in the Wine & Beer Garden, in the large tent in front of the stage, from noon until 5 p.m. only. Participating this year are Antietam Brewery of Hagerstown, Big Cork Vineyards of Rohrersville, Knob Hall Winery of Clear Spring, BP Lesky Distributing of Hagerstown, and Brewer's Alley, Flying Dog Brewery and Monocacy Brewing Co., all of Frederick. Proceeds will be donated to Friends of Shafer Park and designated to the town's new Aquatics & Recreation Center project.

 

Variety of Food & Beverages

Food vendors will fill the concession pavilion and dispense their tasty offerings from food trucks stationed nearby. Offerings will include breakfast fare, a variety of Greek food items, felafel, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, two kinds of ice creams, shaved ice, herb drinks, Kombucha -- a fermented effervescent drink made with tea -- and two food trucks.

 

A water bottle filling station will be set up nearby. Festival-goers and vendors are encouraged to bring refillable bottles, to cut down on the use of plastic beverage containers.

 

Health & Fitness Tent

The yellow and white striped, big top tent in the southeast corner of the park will be filled with health and fitness professionals who will be ready to dispense information and advice. Participating will be BodySense PT, Boonsboro Family Dentistry, Boonsboro Wellness Center, Diagnostic Imaging Services, Hauser Health, Hospice of Washington County, South Mountain Dental, Renaissance Lavender and Washington County Health Department.

 

Silent Auction

More than 80 items, most of which are being donated by the vendors, will be up for bid in the Silent Auction tent. Participants can write down bids, then hope their bid is the highest when the winners are called at different intervals throughout the day. Participants must be present to win. Proceeds from the auction will be plowed back into the Green Fest, helping to defray the cost of producing the festival which is financed by monetary and in-kind contributions and the modest vendor fees (only $20 for early bird registrants).

 

Generous Sponsoring Partners

A total of 72 sponsoring partners, including 11 new lamppost banner sponsors, make it possible for the festival and most all of the activities to be free of charge to festival-goers. Major sponsors are King Road Associates (Sycamore Run), Boonsboro Family Dentistry, Herald-Mail Co., Michele Shaffer, CPA, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Middletown Valley Bank, Ryan Homes, Eby's Garage, Cronise Corp., Diagnostic Imaging Services, Antietam Cable TV, Big Cork Vineyards, Antietam Spirits, Turn the Page Bookstore, Dan's Restaurant & Tap House, DM Designs, Bellwether Printing, Cochran Auctioneers, Natural Fusion Hair Studio, Flynn & Son Electric and Donna Brightman.

 

Lamppost Banners

Over the first five years of the program, 34 different sponsors have purchased a total of 58 green lamppost banners, which are displayed on the decorative lampposts along Boonsboro's Main Street and in Shafer Park during Green Fest week. A few more will be needed next year so that all the lampposts, including the 10 in the newer section of the park, off of Potomac Street, will be decked out in green. The banners are used from year to year as long as they are in good repair. The good news is that none of the banners has been retired yet.

 

Clothing Swap & Sale

Adjacent to the Recycling Zone will be the popular Gently-Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale, a very long title for an equally as large enterprise. Community volunteers will work the week before the festival collecting and sorting an anticipated 10,000 items for the annual project. Festival-goers will be able to shop in the pavilion using vouchers received for donated articles or purchase items for 50 cents each. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Micah's Backpack, while leftover articles will go immediately after the event to Children in Need of Washington County, Inc. Tax donation slips will be available.

 

Committee Produces Festival

The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee members are Co-chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel, Leslie and Sean Haardt, Rosemary James, Amy and Darrell Jones, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Rick Schulman, Greg Solberg, Kathy Vesely and county liaison Tony Drury. Seven of the 14 members have been on the committee since the first Green Fest in 2009.

 

For more information, go to www.boonsborogreenfest.com or check out Facebook. The festival is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.




200 vendors sign up

for Green Fest, May 9

BOONSBORO, Md. (March 23, 2015) - A record number  of 200 earth-friendly vendors, exhibitors, crafters and collectors will be participating in the seventh annual Boonsboro Green Fest, set for Saturday, May 9.


To be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the town's Shafer Park, the free spring festival is the largest one of its kind in the region.


The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor and producer of the event, which has been held each year since 2009 on the Saturday preceding Mother's Day.


Festival-goers will be able to purchase vegetable and herb plants, shrubs, handcrafted jewelry and home decor, handmade soaps and lotions, wood products, pottery, candles, totes, rain barrels, and many other items made from reused and re-purposed materials. There will be companies providing information about clean energy systems and others selling children's products and furnishings.


The festival will also feature a variety of activities, including a large recycling drive-thru, drop-off area, the popular clothing swap, live music all day, an active Kids Zone, a health and fitness tent, speakers, a wine and beer garden (from12-2 p.m.), free paper shredding and prescription drop-off.


New this year will be a Silent Auction, replacing the door prize give-away. It will be held in the east end of the Wine & Beer Garden tent. Items, many from vendors and exhibitors, will be auctioned off at several times during the day.


 The committee has produced a flier which will be distributed throughout the community, detailing the dozens of items that will be collected in the Recycling Zone, located in the parking lot of the Community Center.

 

Up-to-date lists of the vendors and exhibitors and the collectors of recyclables may be accessed on this website.



Nearly a dozen more light-post banners have been purchased by local businesses, organizations and individuals. The goal of the committee is to have a green banner for each of the lamp-posts along Main Street and inside the old and new sections of the park. It looks like that will happen this year.


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Application deadline

March 15 for vendors

BOONSBORO, Md. (March 8, 2015)
- Vendors wishing to participate in the 7th Annual Boonsboro Green Fest have until Sunday, March 15 to apply.


"We fill spaces on a first-come, first-served basis," says vendor coordinator Janeen Solberg, who also serves as a general co-chair, along with Barbara Wetzel.


Last year the park was filled to capacity with 184 vendors. "We have only about two dozen good spaces left," Solberg added.


This year's festival will be held Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boonsboro's Shafer Park.


Check out vendors already registered

Businesses, organizations and individuals may apply by going to the Vendor page and follow the instructions. Spaces are now $40 each; they were $20 each before the Early Bird deadline on March 1.


The largest festival of its kind in the region, it is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro and is produced by the Green Fest Committee with the support of as many as 150 volunteers and dozens of sponsoring partners who donate funds and in-kind services.


Supporters may sign up to be volunteers and sponsors on this website. Volunteers may name their own hours and request to help out with a variety of activities. Only volunteers who sign up in advance will be able to participate, according to Kathy Vesely, volunteer coordinator.


This year's festival will feature live music, speakers, children's activities, a large recycling drop-off area with more than two dozen collection stations, health and fitness tent, and a wine and beer garden featuring products from local wineries and breweries, with proceeds going to the Friends of  Shafer Park and designed for a new aquatics and recreation center at the park.


New this year will be a silent auction, featuring donated articles of varying values; proceeds will help with the festival's production expenses.


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Early Bird deadline

Sunday, March 1

for 2015 vendors




BOONSBORO, Md. (Feb. 24, 2015) - Vendors and exhibitors who would like to take part in the seventh annual Boonsboro Green Fest can save on registration fees by applying before the March 1 Early Bird deadline.

 

Nearly 100 vendors have already registered, according to Janeen Solberg, festival co-chair and vendor coordinator.

 

The largest event of its kind in the region, the Green Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boonsboro's Shafer Park.

 

Last year, 184 Eco-friendly vendors filled the park. The number of vendors has increased each year since the inaugural event in 2009 when 84 vendors signed up.

 

Vendor applications received by March 1 will pay only $20 for a space, while those received between March 2 and 15 must pay $40. The final deadline for applying is March 15.

 

An application form may be found here.

 

An official event of the Town of Boonsboro, the festival is produced by the all-volunteer Green Fest Committee with the support of several dozen sponsoring partners and nearly 150 volunteers, who may also sign up online.

 

The event is held each year on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend.


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Vendor applications

now being accepted

for 7th Green Fest


BOONSBORO, Md. (Jan. 4, 2015) -- Vendor applications for the 7th annual Boonsboro Green Fest are now being accepted. The popular spring event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 in Shafer Park.

 

Applications may be submitted up until March 15, however, prospective vendors who apply by March 1 will pay only $20 for a space; the fee doubles for applications received from March 2 to 15.

 

The number of vendors has increased from 84 in 2009 -- the festival's first year -- to 184 in 2014, when the park was filled to capacity with vendors and other features, including a music stage, recycling drop-off center, kids zone, food pavilion, and three large tents housing -- speakers, health and fitness displays, and a wine and beer garden.


Vendors are chosen based on adherence to the Green Fest mission "to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."


Based on the themes or products of the vendors, they will be listed on the website and in the program brochure in various categories, such as Eco-Home, Eco-Lifestyle, Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening, Conservation & Recycling, Eco-Kids, Clean Energy Options, Health & Wellness, Go Local, and Food & Refreshments.


For an application, go to the Vendor Page.


 The Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor of the annual festival, which is planned and produced by volunteers and is financed by vendor fees and the generosity of dozens of sponsoring partners.


Official event
of the Town of Boonsboro




More vendors, more features




Thousands
 
attend 6th
 
Green Fest


New attractions popular

BOONSBORO, Md. (May 10, 2014) - Other than a couple of afternoon showers, sponsored by Mother Nature herself, the 6th Annual Boonsboro Green Fest in Shafer Memorial Park went off just as planned today without even a hiccup.


Nearly 3,500 festival-goers were treated to live music performances by three accomplished local acts; a variety of foods and refreshments, including the new Wine & Beer Garden with local breweries and wineries; children's activities all day, featuring rock climbing; special guest speakers on current hot topics; a new venue for professional health and fitness providers, who offered tests and screenings; and 184 vendors, a record number.


Better than 80
sponsoring partners supported the festival with monetary, as well as in-kind, contributions. The Boonsboro Green Fest Committee served as the general sponsor.

The festival was an official event of the Town of Boonsboro, as it has been since its inception in 2009. Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel served as general co-chairs for the fourth year.

Compliments like these abounded:

  • "This is the best one. Every year it just gets better and better".
  • "The Green Fest Committee needs to be congratulated for doing an outstanding job again this year."
  • "As a first-time vendor here, I have never seen a better organized affair. It is the best run festival I have attended."
  • "All of the green banners coming into town are a sight to behold!"
  • "This is the cleanest event I've ever seen. There is no litter anywhere. What a great crowd."


The festival opened at 10 o'clock with Boonsboro songstress Patti McTigue leading everyone in the singing of "This Land Is Your Land."

The sun shone brightly as the vendors opened up shop to throngs of  festival-goers looking for original art, crafty gifts, information on solar and rain gardens, jewelry made from sea glass and old silverware, tomato plants for their gardens, tote bags made from woven plastic bags, fresh vegetables, breakfast prepared by a local service organization, hummingbird feeders, or a "new" wardrobe at the clothing swap.

The Recycling Zone played host to hundreds of area residents dropping off articles at the 25 different collection stations. At times, the line of waiting vehicles stretched all the way out to Main Street. Zone coordinators Greg Solberg, Darrell and Amy Jones were assisted by Jack Nerlinger and Rick Schulman, parking supervisor, as well as many volunteers who signed up to help during the day.


More than 8,000 items were swapped and sold in Pavilion #1, the site of the Gently Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap and Sale. Proceeds from the sale were donated to Micah's Backpack program, which provides school children in South County with food items to take home over the weekend. The leftover clothing was donated to Children in Need of Washington County. Committee member Brigitte Schmidt coordinated the effort during all six Green Fests.


Committee member Kathy Vesely coordinated more than 100 volunteers throughout the day, as they assisted with setting up, passing out brochures, monitoring waste stations, and breaking down at the end of the event.



Festival goers shop for plants.


All areas of the park were bustling with activity when the first live music act, the Prophets of the Abstract Truth, of Hagerstown, began their set at 10:30 p.m. The Prophets were the first to perform. They were followed by Tony M. Music, of Martinsburg, W. Va., and Andy Carignan, of Mt. Airy. The smaller stage set-up was a little more intimate than in past years, because no more than three persons performed at any one time.

Not far from the stage was the new Wine & Beer Garden, featuring wines, beers and distilled ciders from local producers. The canopy provided much sought-after cover from the rain showers for festival-goers. They were able  to take a little break and try out some of the locally-produced beverages, while listening to the music from the nearby stage. The tent was coordinated by John Holmes of Antietam Spirits, who was also a major tent sponsor along with Big Cork Vineyards of Rohrersville.

The food concessions, coordinated by committee member Laura Schnackenburg, featured a variety of choices from Greek and German foods to pulled pork sandwiches, vegetarian selections to hamburgers and hotdogs to soft ice cream and brownies to hand-dipped cones. A water bottle filling station was also offered near the food pavilion.


More than 80 doors prizes were handed out to lucky winners in drawings between musical acts. Most of the prizes were donated by vendors and local businesses.


Another new feature was the Health & Fitness tent, which was filled with medical and physical fitness professionals who offered information, as well as testing and screening, including those for blood pressure, blood sugar, breast cancer, skin hydration, eye health, and substance abuse. The tent was coordinated by Mary Ellis, a supervisor with Diagnostic Imaging Services. DIS, of Hagerstown, was a major sponsor of the tent along with South Mountain Family Practice of Boonsboro.


Program topics in the speakers' tent included fracking, super foods used to fight allergies, composting, green jobs and bees. One planned speaker on GMOs was unable to attend due to a transportation problem, but a couple of Boonsboro High School advanced placement students in the audience led a lively discussion on the topic, which was one of the highlights of the day, according to speaker coordinator Rosemary James. Major sponsors of the speakers were Antietam Cable, Eby's Garage and Sycamore Run.


 

Young rock climber reaching
for the top.


The Kids Zone was busy all day with crafts, projects and puppet shows. One of the highlights each year is the creation of a huge bottle cap mosaic. This year's was outlined by art students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. It will be on display at difference venues throughout the community. Sean and Leslie Haardt coordinated the children's activities.

 

Other major sponsors of the event were Michele R. Shaffer, CPA of Boonsboro, who sponsored the printed program; Turn The Page Bookstore, free shredding service and bookmark printing; Reese's Home Improvements, Inc.; DM Designs, design services; Bellwether Printing, printing services; Cochran Auctioneers & Associates, poster printing; Millennium 3 Energy, and Natural Fusion Hair Studio.

Prior to the event, Committee members Frances Lynch and Jennifer Guenther coordinated the distribution of posters and bookmarks, while graphic artist and designer Dan Murphy designed printed materials, t-shirts, refillable water bottles, signs, and banners.

In addition, Janeen Solberg coordinated the vendor sign-up and placement, while Barbara Wetzel was in charge sponsors, the website, and publicity, and Jill Reddecliff served as the announcer and coordinated advertising.

Tony Drury, the Washington County recycling coordinator, served as liaison on the committee again this year.


Scott McIlwee of Bee Landscaping
displays a working water feature.


Lamp-post banners, which are displayed along Main Street and in the park, were purchased this year by the Town of Keedysville, BodySense PT, Enkore Kids, Fit in Boonsboro, Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, High Tech Powder Coating, Dan's Restaurant & Tap House (2), Inn BoonsBoro, and Bee Landscaping.

Next year might be the last opportunity for awhile for businesses, organizations and individuals to purchase banners, as all the lamp-posts will be decorated with the addition of only nine more banners. The banners are used each year, so long as they might last.

Go to www.boonsborogreenfest.com for more information.





2015 Volunteers


VOLUNTEER HEADQUARTERS - Kathy Vesely (right), Green Fest volunteer coordinator, talks with some of her charges during a past Green Fest. As many as 150 people of all ages volunteer their time and energy each year to put on the annual event. Kathy, a founding member of the Green Fest Committe, has been the volunteer coordinator all  seven 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 festival each year.


Then there are those who donate their time during the week prior to the event by helping collect and sort items for the massive Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap in the Community Center. (See volunteer form for times.)


Then there are those who generously donate their time on Green Fest day by performing a variety of chores, including

  • helping vendors set up their booths,
  • passing out festival program guides,
  • carrying signs and announcing program information,
  • helping in the Kid Zone or Recycling Zone,
  • staffing the refuse/recycling/compost stations,
  • parking vehicles in a near-by lot, and
  • helping clean up after closing.


If you have a few hours to spare, sign up to be a volunteer at the seventh  annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 9,  2015, and we guarantee you will get more than you give!


Volunteers must register by April 27, 2015. All volunteers, including students needing SSL (Student Service Learning) hours must sign up in advance. Volunteers cannot register the day of the event, according to Kathy Vesely, volunteer coordinator.


7th Annual Gently-Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale
Click here to download the flier for more information







2015 Sponsors

Scroll down for list of Sponsors

Click here for list of Silent Auction items


Lamp-post banners adorn the town


Town employees Greg Huntsberry (left) and David Lewis carefully install a sponsor's Green Fest banner to a lamp-post in front of Inn BoonsBoro at the Town Square in preparation for Green Fest Week.



2015
Sponsoring Partners


Green Leaf
($500 & up)

King Road Associates - Sycamore Run

www.arc.land/land


Boonsboro Family Dentistry

Health & Fitness Tent underwriter

(email)


Herald-Mail Company

Advertising services

www.HeraldMailMedia.com


Michele Shaffer, CPA

Brochure underwriter

(email)


Hagerstown/Washington County

Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

Marketing funding

www.marylandmemories.org


Middletown Valley Bank

Volunteer T-shirt underwriter

www.mvbbank.com


Ryan Homes

Volunteer T-shirt underwriter

www.ryanhomes.com



Gold Leaf ($300-$499)
Eby's Garage
www.ebysgarage.com

Cronise Corp.
Speaker Tent underwriter
301-432-2868

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS)

Health & Fitness Tent underwriter

www.diagnosticimagingservices.com


Antietam Cable TV
Music & Stage underwriter
www.antietamcable.com


Big Cork Vineyards
Wine & Beer Garden underwriter
www.bigcorkvineyards.com

Antietam Spirits
Wine & Beer Garden underwriter

www.antietamspirits.com

Turn the Page Bookstore
Bookmark & Paper Shredder underwriter

www.ttpbooks.com


Silver Leaf ($200-$299)

Cochran Auctioneers & Associates
Poster underwriter
www.cochranauctions.com

Natural Fusion Hair Studio

www.naturalfusionhairstudio.com

Flynn & Son Electric
301-790-1632 (email)

Donna Brightman, Horticultural Consultant
Music & Stage underwriter
301-491-3178

DM Designs
Graphic design services

www.dmwps.com

 

Bellwether Printing

Printing services

301-834-5389




(Photos by Barbara Wetzel)


Lamp-post Banner Sponsors ($175 each)

Gratzer Graphics LLC www.gratzergraphics.com

Dan's Restaurant & Tap House www.drnth.com

Bee Landscaping www.beelandscaping.com

South Mountain MicroFARM (email)

Ryan Homes at Sycamore Run www.ryanhomes.com

Valley Co-Op www.valleycoop.org

Fit In BoonsBoro www.fitinboonsboro.com

First Hose Company of Boonsboro www.boonsborofire.org

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

Spoonire Auto Service www.spoonireauto.com

Bonnie's at The Red Byrd (Facebook)


Bronze Leaf ($100-$199)

Dr. Sunil Thadani, Maryland Vision Center www.marylandvisioncenter.com
AC&T www.acandt.com
Hometown Harvest www.hometownharvest.com
Catseye Studio (email)
Shepherd's Spring www.shepherdsspring.org
Paradise Energy Solutions www.paradiseenergysolutions.com
Milestone Solar www.milestonesolarsolutions.com
Cedar Ridge Soaps www.cedarridgesoaps.com
BodySense PT www.bodysensept.com Health & Fitness Tent underwriter
MOMS Organic Market www.momsorganicmarket.com
Marcel's Catering Service www.marcelscatering.com
Jason A. Malott, Register of Wills of Washington County www.registers.maryland.gov/main

Weis Markets
www.weismarkets.com
Antietam Brewery www.antietambrewery.com
BP Lesky Distributing Co. 301-733-0787
Brewer's Alley www.brewers-alley.com
Flying Dog Brewery www.flyingdogbrewery.com
Knob Hall Winery www.knobhallwinery.com
Monocacy Brewing Co. www.monocacybrewing.com

Re
newable Energy Corp. www.renewableenergysolar.com

Patron
($10 to $99) 

Boonsboro Historical Society, PO Box 213, Boonsboro, Md. 21713

Knotty by Nature www.knottybynature.net

Aldene Etter MED, LMT - Intuitive Bodywork (email)

Josie's on Main www.josiesonmain.com

Sherm's Designer Wood (email)

Millhouse Candles www.millhousecandles.com

Scents by Sherry www.scentsbysherry.com
BoonsboroBuckets (Facebook)
Recycled Granite Solutions LLC www.recycledgranitesolutions.com
Sleeping Cats Studio (email)
NutriGrown LLC www.nutrigrown.com
DQ Puzzling (Facebook)
do Terra International www.mydoterra.com
Young Living Essential Oils (Facebook)
Terressentials Organic www.terressentials.com
Boonsboro Wellness Center www.boonsborowellness.com
Farmers Insurance-B Todd Stocks Insurance Agency (email)
Simply Stated (email)
Your Next Occasion Catering www.ynocatering.com
Recycled Granite Solutions, LLC www.recycledgranitesolutions.com
Mountain View Solar www.mtvsolar.com


Silent Auction Items

(Please go to Auction Page)

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Sponsoring Partners help sustain


the Green Fest movement each year


Our generous sponsoring partners and energetic volunteers are the backbone of the annual Green Fest. Without their support, the festival would be impossible to produce.

 

Sponsors donating by April 1, 2015 are listed on this webpage and in the program brochure available at the festival. The sponsor categories are:

  • Green Leaf ($500 & up)
  • Gold Leaf ($300-$499)
  • Silver Leaf ($200-$299)
  • Bronze Leaf ($100-$199)
  • Patron ($10 to $99) (Not included in brochure)
  • Lamp-post Banner Sponsor ($175 each)


If you would like to make a donation of any kind to the Green Fest, please fill out the Sponsor Form and mail it with your donation to:

   Boonsboro Green Fest

   PO Box 6

    Boonsboro, MD 21713-0064.


You may also donate Silent Auction items by filling out the Sponsor Form.  All proceeds from the auction -- a new feature this year -- will help defray the cost of producing the Green Fest.


We are grateful for all who contribute time, energy, funds and services to make the festival one of the most successful annual Eco-friendly events in the region.


                    Thank you to our Green Fest friends,

                    A grateful Green Fest Committee

                     Janeen Solberg & Barbara Wetzel, Co-Chairs
                     Laura Schnackenberg, Treasurer - Food Concessions
                     Kathy Vesely, Corresponding Secretary - Volunteers
                     Leslie & Sean Haardt - Kid Zone Co-Chairs
                     Rosemary James - Speaker Series
                     Amy & Darrell Jones - Recycling Zone & Post-fest Event
                     Dan Murphy - Graphic Designer
                     Brigitte Schmidt - Clothing Swap
                     Rick Schulman - Parking
                     Greg Solberg - Recycling Zone
                     Anthony Drury, County Liaison


Town is decked out


with sponsor banners


during Green Fest Week


16 more needed to decorate all town lamp-posts


Sponsor a lamp-post banner once for $175 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.


With the addition of about a half-dozen banners this year, all of the 53 lamp posts on Main Street, along Park Drive, and inside the original section of the park will sport banners.


Another 10 banners will be needed for new lamp-posts along the access road off of Potomac Street into the new park addition. Those posts will need both banners and banner brackets. 


The Green Fest Committee hopes to have all of the 63 total posts decorated with banners by the week before this year's festival.






2015 Events


Green Fest 2015 Schedule

Speakers

Underwritten by Cronise Corp.

(Programs held in tent behind Bandstand/Gazebo)

Experts on trees, backyard composting and GMOs are set to make presentations in the Speakers Tent during the day. All of them will provide helpful ways to obtain useful information that audience members can take away.


 

Shawn Walker (front), of Trees 101 in Shepherdstown, relaxes after giving a presentation in February 2015, as part of the Boonsboro Environmental Commission's Speaker Series.


10:15 a.m. "Trees 101" by Shawn Walker, arborist and independent tree consultant of Shepherdstown, W.V. Learn tree anatomy with emphasis on planting and caring for trees.

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Speaker Rick Lowman (right) prepares compost with Melanie Files. Both are Master Composters and Melanie herself has been a speaker at past Green Fests.


11:15 a.m. Backyard Composting by Rick Lowman, Master Composter of Martinsburg, W.V. Beginners and experienced gardeners alike can benefit from this short course on ways to set a successful compost pile.

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Nicole McCann


12:15 p.m. GMOs by Nicole McCann, Food Campaigns Director at Green America. Information about what are GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and how consumers can avoid them. Learn the myths and facts and the risks they pose to the environment.

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Kids Zone

(Pavilion #3 and vicinity)


Tony M. Music entertains

all day in the Kids Zone.


Kids, get ready for some fun, games & music!


Plenty of children's activities are scheduled all day long. Youngsters can participate in 11 different activities in and around the Kids Zone pavilion.



 


 

Silent Auction

(In tent nearest to stage)

  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and place your bids on some very fine Eco-friendly merchandise and services.

  Browse through the tent, jot down your bid and hope yours is the highest bid when winners are announced.




ENTERTAINMENT

Underwritten by Donna Brightman, Horticultural Consultant 
  (Stage located near picnic tables and Wine & Beer Garden tent)

Live music all day long ...
and some yoga for everyone in between

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 and broadcast over the park's sound system throughout the park.


Yoga Groove, a fun-filled 20-minute workout will be presented by Fit of BoonsBoro to anyone interested in participating beginning at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m., between the music acts, in the grassy area in front of the stage. This yoga and dance inspired movement will "energize your soul, relax your body and excite your spirit."

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Appearing for the first time at a Green Fest is Strung Tight, starting off the day's entertainment.

10:30 a.m.-12 noon - Strung Tight is a powerful acoustic duo from Waynesboro, Pa., consisting of singer/guitarist, Eric Avey and singer/bassist, Kate Avey.  Eric and Kate have been making music together for over a decade, and they formed Strung Tight in 2013. 

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Andy Carignan returns to the Green Fest stage in 2015.

12:30-2:30 p.m. - Andy Carignan's loyal fans will be pleased to know that he plans to make a return visit to the Green Fest stage after having entertained an appreciative audience last year. An acoustic rock guitarist and singer from Mt. Airy, Md., Andy has been a popular entertainer in the tri-state area for many years. 

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Dino Delray & the Compadres new to Green Fest stage in 2015

3:00-5:00 p.m. - Dino Delray & the Compadres is an acoustic rockabilly band playing traditional folk, Americana, rock and alternative country.

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Tony M. Music

10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Tony M. Music, songwriter-singer from Martinsburg, W.Va., has a perfect repertoire for the family-oriented Green Fest. He will be entertaining the youngsters (and the adults) in and around the Kids Zone pavilion several times throughout the day.




2015 BGF Gear

     2015 Green Fest poster

Designed by Daniel Paul Murphy


Green Fest tee-shirts & water bottles

Bright green t-shirts and reusable metal water bottles will be available for sale at the tent that the Green Fest Committee shares with the Boonsboro Environmental Commission on the day of the festival.


Both the t-shirts and bottles are priced at $15 each.


The tent will be located at Space #15 near the footbridge closest to the concession pavilion.


This year's poster design, created by local artist and graphic designer Daniel Paul Murphy, is carried over in the design of both items. It signifies how important recycling is to being good stewards of the Planet Earth.











2015 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.




2015 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 a past Green Fest, while Rick Schulman (bottom) packs up some of the collected electronic recyclables. The Community Center parking lot serves as the Recycling Zone for the day-long event. Volunteers are needed all day to receive and pack recyclables. (Photos by Barbara Wetzel)


RECYCLING ZONE

More than two dozen recycling collection stations will be set up in and around the Community Center parking lot at Shafer Park on festival day, Saturday, May 9. Festival-goers will be able to drive through and drop off items. Volunteers will assist donors with unloading.

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Swaps, shredding & drug turn-in

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Recyclables by Category


1. Containers, packing material, flower pots

2. Medical equipment, eyeglasses

3. Rechargeable batteries ONLY

4. Books, magazines, newspapers

5. Aluminum, scrap metal, appliances

6. Jars, medicine bottles

 7. Bikes, band instruments, big plastic items

 8. Clothing, hangers, sneakers

9. TVs, computers, electronics, phones, cartridges

10. Household recyclables

11. Construction materials, appliances, furniture

12. Pet Supplies


Items to be collected

& where they're going


More than two dozen collection stations will be set up in the Community Center parking lot. Save up recyclable items listed below and drop them off when you arrive at Shafer Park for the 7th annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Recyclables (Collector/Destination)

Bikes, bike helmets, bike tires/tubes, clothing, sewing machines (Bikes for the World)
Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)
Canning jars (Green Fest Committee)
Cardboard & aluminum (ARC of Washington County)
Cardboard, paper, glass, metal & #1-7 plastics (Apple Valley Waste)
CDs & DVDs - no cases (Frederick Co. Public Schools - Tech Ed. Dept.)
CFL bulbs (Green Fest Committee)
Clean block Styrofoam (Washington Co. Recycling)

Clean egg cartons (Valley Co-Op of Washington County)
Clothing  & sports equipment swap & sale in Pavilion #1 (Community event)
Computers, monitors, other computer items for recycling (Horizon Goodwill)
Crayons: wrappers on, made in the USA only (Crazy Crayons)

Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)

Full/nearly full paint cans with no rust, hardware (ReStore of Hagerstown)
Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Earthworks)
Hard plastic furniture & children's playground sets (Apple Valley Waste)
Ink Cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)
Musical instruments (Boonsboro High School Band Boosters)
Packing peanuts, air pillows, small clean boxes (Turn the Page Bookstore)
Paper shredding: 10 am-2 pm only, limit 4 boxes (Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred)
Pet supplies: beds, crates, collars, toys, towels, rugs, food (Washington Co. Humane Society)
Plastic bags/film (stretchy plastic) & plastic cardboard (Washington Co. Recycling)
Plastic buckets & Rubbermaid containers (Apple Valley Waste)
Plastic flower pots & nursery trays (Cat's Paw Organic Farm)
Prescription & over-the-counter medications: 10 am-2 pm (Boonsboro Police Department)
Prescription bottles, empty with labels removed (Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital)
Rechargeable batteries (Washington Co. Recycling)
Scrap metal, appliances, including AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)
Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates - no holes, pairs only (Purr Haven/World Wear Project)
Sneakers: all brands, any condition (Nike)
Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)
TVs (one per person) & electronics (Washington Co. Recycling/UNICOR)
Used denim: jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)
Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Horizon Goodwill)
Wine corks; synthetic corks go in #7 plastic recycling) (MOM's Organic Market)
Wire clothes hangers: clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)
Working appliances, furniture, bldg. materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)

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Please go to ARCHIVES for recycling information

from Green Fests in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014




2015 Vendors



2015 VENDORS


& EXHIBITORS


ECO-HOME


ECO-LIFESTYLE



SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & GARDENING


CONSERVATION & RECYCLING



CLEAN ENERGY OPTIONS


ECO-KIDS


HEALTH & WELLNESS


GO LOCAL


FOOD & REFRESHMENTS

RECYCLING ZONE

More than two dozen recycling collection stations will be set up in and around the Community Center parking lot at Shafer Park on festival day, Saturday, May 9. Festival-goers will be able to drive through and drop off items. Volunteers will assist donors with unloading.

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Swaps, shredding & drug turn-in

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Recyclables by Category

1. Containers, packing material, flower pots

2. Medical equipment, eyeglasses

3. Rechargeable batteries ONLY

4. Books, magazines, newspapers

5. Aluminum, scrap metal, appliances

6. Jars, medicine bottles

 7. Bikes, band instruments, big plastic items

 8. Clothing, hangers, sneakers

9. TVs, computers, electronics, phones, cartridges

10. Household recyclables

11. Construction materials, appliances, furniture

12. Pet Supplies


Items to be collected

& where they're going


More than two dozen collection stations will be set up in the Community Center parking lot. Save up recyclable items listed below and drop them off when you arrive at Shafer Park for the 7th annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 9, 2015.


Recyclables (Collector/Destination)

Bikes, bike helmets, bike tires/tubes, clothing, sewing machines (Bikes for the World)
Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)
Canning jars (Green Fest Committee)
Cardboard & aluminum (ARC of Washington County)
Cardboard, paper, glass, metal & #1-7 plastics (Apple Valley Waste)
CDs & DVDs - no cases (Frederick Co. Public Schools - Tech Ed. Dept.)
Clean block Styrofoam (Washington Co. Recycling)
Clean egg cartons (Valley Co-Op of Washington County)
Clothing  & sports equipment swap & sale in Pavilion #1 (Community event)
Computers, monitors, other computer items for recycling (Horizon Goodwill)
Crayons: wrappers on, made in the USA only (Crazy Crayons)
Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)
Fluorescent tubes (4-ft.) & CFL bulbs (Green Fest Committee)
Full/nearly full paint cans with no rust, hardware (ReStore of Hagerstown)
Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Earthworks)
Hard plastic furniture & children's playground sets (Apple Valley Waste)
Ink Cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)
Musical instruments (Boonsboro High School Band Boosters)
Packing peanuts, air pillows, small clean boxes (Turn the Page Bookstore)
Paper shredding: 10 am-2 pm only, limit 4 boxes (Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred)
Pet supplies: beds, crates, collars, toys, towels, rugs, food (Washington Co. Humane Society)
Plastic bags/film (stretchy plastic) & plastic cardboard (Washington Co. Recycling)
Plastic buckets & Rubbermaid containers (Apple Valley Waste)
Plastic flower pots & nursery trays (Cat's Paw Organic Farm)
Prescription & over-the-counter medications: 10 am-2 pm (Boonsboro Police Department)
Prescription bottles, empty with labels removed (Boonsboro Veterinary Hospital)
Rechargeable batteries (Washington Co. Recycling)
Scrap metal, appliances, including AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)
Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates - no holes, pairs only (Purr Haven/World Wear Project)
Sneakers: all brands, any condition (Nike)
Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)
TVs (one per person) & electronics (Washington Co. Recycling/UNICOR)
Used denim: jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)
Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Horizon Goodwill)
Wine corks; synthetic corks go in #7 plastic recycling) (MOM's Organic Market)
Wire clothes hangers: clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)
Working appliances, furniture, bldg. materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)







2015 Auction Items

Scroll down to see list of items to be auctioned


2015 Silent Auction


Prizes big and small


A new feature this year, the Silent Auction will feature donated items from vendors and exhibitors, local businesses and organizations.


Prizes range in value from a bar of natural hand soap to an outdoor lighting system (installed) for $1,350.


Auction items will be displayed in a special small Big Top tent near the Wine & Beer Garden.


Participants can write down bids for items and hope theirs ends up as the highest bids. Auction winners will be announced periodically during Green Fest. You must be present to win.


Proceeds from the auction will help defray the cost of producing the Green Fest, including advertising, printing, tent rentals and other supplies.


Silent Auction Items

(Items donated by April 1, 2015 are included on list)





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