8th annual Green Fest
Saturday in Boonsboro
BOONSBORO, Md. (May 2, 2016) - The town of Boonsboro will play host to its first big outdoor festival of the season Saturday, May 7, when the 8th annual Boonsboro Green Fest starts at 10 a.m. at the conclusion of the opening ceremony.
The event runs until 5 p.m. in beautiful Shafer Memorial Park. Admission and parking are free to the rain-or-shine event.
The festival features 200 eco-friendly vendors, children's activities, live music all day, food, Wine & Beer Garden, drive-thru drop-off recycling zone with two dozen collection stations, the popular clothing and sports equipment swap and sale, and the new Eco-transportation zone, with some of the newest innovations in motor vehicles, as well as some more traditional modes of travel.
The festival is made possible by the monetary and in-kind donations from 67 sponsors, the modest vendor registration fees and the close to 150 volunteers. A total of 63 green banners, which have been purchased by sponsors since 2011, have been installed on the decorative lampposts along Main Street and park access streets.
The opening ceremony, beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the bandstand, features the singing of "This Land is Your Land" by singer-songwriter Tony M. Music and the introduction of visiting dignitaries, local officials, major festival sponsors and committee members. Author, columnist and humorist Tim Rowland will be the guest master of ceremonies and help out with announcements throughout the day. The Woody Guthrie composition has become the unofficial song of the Green Fest.
The festival offers a convenient way to recycle a wide range of items at two dozen collection stations in the drive-through, drop-off recycling zone set up in the parking lot of the community center. Items will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Items to be collected include electronics, televisions (one per person), bikes, medical equipment, batteries, fluorescent tubes (four-foot, limit of six), plastic buckets, furniture and play equipment, unwanted drugs, metal appliances including air conditioning units and clean block Styrofoam. Free paper shredding will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a limit of four boxes.
A complete list of items to be collected can be found on the festival's website at www.boonsborogreenfest.com.
Brochures listing all of the items were distributed with the April 1 quarterly utility bills to all the 1,600-plus households in Boonsboro and Keedysville. In addition, many customers of Weis Market in Boonsboro have received the brochure in their shopping bags, in advance of Green Fest.
Clothing Swap and Sale
Volunteers will be working all week to prepare for the huge community Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale in pavilion #1, next to the recycling zone. Residents can drop off items at the Community Center in the park on Tuesday through Friday from 4:30-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon. They will receive vouchers for the number of items donated and be able to redeem the vouchers for the same number of items at Green Fest on Saturday.
Items will also be sold at yard-sale prices to those without vouchers. Some of the donated clothes will be worn in a walk-around fashion show throughout the day to help promote the swap and sale.
All proceeds are donated to Micah's Backpack, a program providing food to school children during weekends. All excess donated clothing items are given to Children in Need of Washington County. Organizers expect to handle at least 12,000 pieces of clothing during the week.
Four Hagerstown car dealers will be showcasing a variety of energy efficient vehicles so festival-goers will have an opportunity to compare side-by-side the various features of the cars in the Eco-Transportation Zone. Participating in the new feature this year are Hagerstown Honda/Kia, Hoffman Chevrolet/Cadillac, Sharrett, Inc. Subaru and Younger Toyota.
In addition to the open-air car display, the zone will also include booths promoting a local bicycle club, a horse-drawn carriage/wagon service and a bicycle/kayak shop.
Wine & Beer Garden
Wines and beers produced locally will be available for purchase in the Wine & Beer Garden from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Beverages will be poured by: Antietam Brewery of Hagerstown, Big Cork Vineyards of Rohrersville, Boordy Vineyards of Hydes, Md., BP Lesky Distributing of Hagerstown, Brewer's Alley of Frederick, Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Knob Hall Winery of Clear Spring and Monocacy Brewing Co. of Frederick.
Proceeds are donated to the Friends of Shafer Park and designated for use by the aquatic and recreation center project. The garden was introduced at the 2014 festival, when more than $600 was raised; last year 1,200 was donated to the park fund.
Live Music All Day
Three bands will keep the music going all day on the stage between pavilions 1 and 2:
10:30 a.m.-noon - Cookin' with Fire: Ernie Bradley, Dino Delray and Doug Five create a "Rockin Americana Blend" that draws from bluegrass, blues and rockabilly with a tasty mix of originals.
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Mountain Ride: This Pennsylvania quintet - vocalists Eric Avey (guitar), Drew Jones (mandolin), Scott Matlock (fiddle) and Kate Avey (bass), with Corey Woodcock, on the banjois, is deeply rooted in bluegrass - with a twist of jam grass and country.
3-5 p.m. - River Run: The soulful harmonies of singers/songwriters Glenn Holcomb, Crissy Tubbs and Mark Rommel bass, deliver a well-rounded performance of rock and blues with a little country.
Food & Refreshments
Some of the items offered by the food vendors in and around the concession pavilion #2, include falafels, apple pie, ice cream, breakfast sandwiches, Greek dishes and salad, pulled pork, German cuisine, ribs, Ruebens, vegetarian and vegan choices, Kombucha beverages, teas and organic juices.
Plenty of children's activities are planned all day long in and around the Kids' Zone pavilion, Youngsters will be able to create a Mother's Day card, make a Pledge to the Earth, help create a huge bottle-cap mosaic, plant flower seeds, explore Geo-caching, play Lawn Twister and enjoy the music of Tony M. Music.
In addition, students from Boonsboro, Pleasant Valley and Rockland Woods elementary schools, and Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School will be contributing clever green-themed arts and crafts projects. Art students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts prepared the mosaic design that the younger children will "color in" with bottle caps. A mosaic is done every other festival and is displayed in the community.
Almost 100 different items donated by vendors and local businesses will be up for bid in the Silent Auction tent, where festival-goers will have an opportunity to inspect the items and place bids. Three separate auctions are scheduled with winners announced at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Volunteers in Yellow
The nearly 150 volunteers will be wearing special yellow t-shirts provided by Ryan Homes at Sycamore Run, BodySense Physical Therapy and the Hagerstown-Washington County Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Green Fest Store
This year the official Green Fest t-shirt is blue. The organic cotton shirts made in the USA and the popular reusable water bottles will be on sale at the Green Fest tent across from the concession pavilion for $15 each.
The Green Fest was begun in 2009 on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend by a small group of Boonsboro residents who were advocating for a town residential curbside recycling program. Seven of the nine original members of the Green Fest Committee have remained active since the first year of the festival, whose mission is "to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."
The committee now has 15 members. The Washington County recycling coordinators have been liaisons to the committee and taken part in the planning of each year's event. The festival is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.
For more information, go the www.boonsborogreenfest.com. Attendees may pick up a free, 16-page program brochure which includes a handy map and location of the vendors.
Green Fest mosaic
Yellow, Purple, Pink ones
BOONSBORO, Md.( April 22, 2016) - Youngsters attending the upcoming Boonsboro Green Fest will have a hand in creating a mosaic masterpiece, if, that is, there are enough yellow, purple and pink bottle caps available to complete the huge four-by-eight-foot project.
Todd Geiman's art students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown are creating the design outline on a large piece of ply board. Children of all ages will be able to glue the colorful bottle caps onto the outline, filling in the spaces much like what would be done when painting a picture-by-numbers project.
The design will be revealed at the eighth annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, in the Kids Zone pavilion at Boonsboro Shafer Park. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The mosaic will require more yellow, purple and pink battle caps than are on hand, according to Sean and Leslie Haardt, festival committee members and coordinators of the children's activities for the last several years.
The mosaic project is done every other year at the festival. The last two designs were "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and "Lady with a Parasol" by Edgar Degas.
"If you are one of the many people who saves caps with hopes of reusing them in some fashion, our mosaic project will help you get rid of at least some of them," says Sean Haardt, adding, "The dozens of kids who help complete the mosaic will be grateful."
Clean caps may be dropped off at Turn the Page Bookstore, at 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Children will also be able to create a Mother's Day card, make a Pledge to the Earth, plant seeds, explore Geo-caching, play lawn Twister and enjoy the music of singer-songwriter Tony M. Music, who also will be performing at the festival's opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at the bandstand.
Students from Washington County schools will also be displaying clever green-themed arts and crafts projects for youngsters at the Kids' Zone. Participating will be: Kim Brown's art students from Pleasant Valley Elementary, Jordyn Himes' students from Boonsboro Elementary, Sabrina Blair's students from the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview, and Lorna Burdick's students from Rockland Woods Elementary, in addition to Geiman's BISFA students.
The Green Fest features 200 Eco-friendly vendors, exhibitors and crafters who will share information about green products and offer demonstrations. In addition to the children's activities, there will be live music, food, a wine and beer garden, a silent auction and a new Eco-transportation zone with vehicles of all kinds.
The popular drive-through, drop-off Recycling Zone in the Community Center parking lot will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature two dozen collection stations for everything from TVs (one per household, no consoles) and electronics, to wine corks, medical equipment, unwanted drugs, bikes, denim, wire clothes hangers, flower pots, batteries of all kinds, shoes, clothing swap including a walk-around fashion show, household goods, appliances, pet supplies, musical instruments and eyeglasses. The free paper shredding service, with a four-box limit per vehicle, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.
Admission is free and there will be free parking in the lot behind the gas station at the corner of North Main Street and Stouffer Avenue. For more information, go to www.boonsborogreenfest.com.
The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor and producer of the annual spring festival, which is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.
200 vendors sign up
for 2016 Green Fest
BOONSBORO, Md. (March 16, 2016) - As predicted, Shafer Park will be filled to capacity for the eighth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Besides the 200 vendors, the festival will also feature two favorites: the drive-thru drop-off recycling zone with more than two dozen collection stations and the Gently-Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap which handled more than 10,000 pieces last year.
There will be fun children's activities all day long, live music by four outstanding regional acts, a food concession pavilion and several food trucks, the Wine & Beer Garden, silent auctions throughout the day, and the introduction of the Eco-Transportation Zone, featuring a display of various modes of travel.
The number "200" is significant, as that is the maximum number of good vendor spaces in the original section of the park. When the old and new sections of the park are connected by an access road, which is in the works, the number of vendors could possibly increase. But, as it stands now, only 200 vendors will comfortably fit.
The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee plans and produces the annual spring festival, which is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro. A total of 150 volunteers are needed. Volunteers may sign up on line.
Members of the committee are co-chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel, treasurer Laura Schnackenberg, Secretary Kathy Vesely, Renee Elias, Leslie and Sean Haardt, Rosemary James, Amy and Darrell Jones, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, Rick Schulman, Susan Simonson, Greg Solberg and Tony Drury, county liaison.
An opening ceremony at the Bandstand will kick off the one-day activities at 9:45 a.m. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BOONSBORO, MD (Jan. 1, 2016) - Vendor applications for the eighth annual Boonsboro Green Fest are now being accepted. The popular spring event will be held on Saturday, May 7 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 200 at the May 2015 event. Organizers expect the park to be filled to capacity again this year with vendors and other special features, including a music performance stage, recycling drop-off center, kids zone, food pavilion, wine and beer garden and Eco-friendly transportation display -- a new feature.
Vendors are chosen based on adherence to the Green Fest mission "to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."
Vendors are listed on the website and in the program brochure based on their themes or products. The categories are: Eco-Home, Eco-Lifestyle, Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening, Conservation & Recycling, Eco-Kids, Clean Energy Options, Health & Wellness, Go Local, and Food & Refreshments.
The Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor of the annual festival, which is planned and produced by volunteers and is financed by modest vendor fees and the generosity of dozens of sponsoring partners. It is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.
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.
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)
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.
Volunteer Registration Deadline: April 30, 2017
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 Committee, has been the volunteer coordinator all eight 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.
Then there are those who generously donate their time on Green Fest day by performing a variety of chores, including
If you have a few hours to spare, sign up to be a volunteer at the ninth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 13, 2017, and we guarantee you will get more than you give!
Volunteers must register by April 30, 2017. 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.
Students are busy sorting items for a past Gently-Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale
Scroll down to see list of donors
2016 Silent Auction
Prizes big and small
The Silent Auction features donated items from vendors and exhibitors, local businesses and organizations.
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.
The winners of prizes for the three different auction "flights" will be announced at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 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.
2016 Silent Auction Donors
Alex Rossino, Author
Alexandra Windsong - Healing, Music & Art
Art Glass Elements
Beck's Pillow Shop
Bee Landscaping installed
Beneath the Leaf
Black Sparrow Soaps
Blue Eyed Dragonfly
Bluebell Ridge Nursery
Boonsboro Wellness Center
Bushtail Creek Unique Gifts
Canal View Candles & Barrel Co.
Cedar Ridge Soaps
doTerra Essential Oils
Even Rose Love
Every Child Ministries
Fabric Friends & St. Marks Episcopal Church, Lappans
Faerie Springs Farm
Four Rebels & a Yankee Sewing
Frannie Phillips Seaglass
Girl Scout Troop 40709
GreenGingerGoods & Sarah's Stitches
Hagerstown Community College
Hospice of Washington County: Boonsboro Community Life Center
Josie's on Main
Kyle's Custom Woodworking
Limekiln Rd Woodworks
Little Green Market
Little Jay's Bows
Mama Bear Natural Care
Marcel's Alpine Eatery
MOM's Organic Market
Nailed It Pallet Designs
Natural Fusion Hair Studio
Peaceful Glen Metaphysical Solutions
Pineline Poultry & Meats
Primitive Recycle Repurpose Reuse
Recycled Granite Solutions
Reels& Wheels Primitives & River Art
River & Trail Outfitters
Sarah Scolaro, Birth Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor
Secret Gardens Seeds
Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle
Sherm's Designer Woods
Sleeping Cats Studio
Sleepy Hollow Lights
South Mountain Dental
South Mountain MicroFARM
St. James Catholic Church
Stony Ridge Farm
The Cultured Leaf Kombucha
The Herb Connection
The Monarch Alliance
The Sweet Farm
Three Simple Treasures
Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ of Boonsboro
Wee Folk Haus
Wild & Woolly Beard Clan
Wild Rose Soap Company
Young Living Essential Oils
Younique by Jessica Rohrer
SCROLL DOWN FOR SPONSOR LIST
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 are listed on this webpage and in the program brochure available at the festival. The sponsor categories are:
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 64
Boonsboro, MD 21713-0064.
You may also donate Silent Auction items by filling out the Sponsor Form. All proceeds from the auction 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
Lamp-post banners adorn the town
Photo by Barbara Wetzel
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. Banners are displayed for a couple weeks leading up to the Saturday festival. There are fewer than 10 lamp-posts spaces left to fill for the 2016 festival. Banners are used from year to year until they wear out.
Town is decked out
with sponsor banners
during Green Fest Week
Sponsors purchase a lamp-post banners once and have their names displayed each year during Green Fest Week ... for as long as the banners remain in good condition. The banners are attached to the decorative lamp posts throughout Boonsboro.
All of the 63 lamp posts on Main Street, along Park Drive, and inside both sections of Shafer Park will be decorated with the green banners this year.
Michele Shaffer, CPA
Volunteer T-shirt underwriter
Volunteer T-shirt underwriter
MOM's Organic Market
Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
Marketing funding & Volunteer T-shirt underwriter
Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS)
Kids' Zone underwriter
King Road Associates - Sycamore Run
Big Cork Vineyards
Wine & Beer Garden underwriter
Dan's Restaurant & Tap House www.drnth.com
Bee Landscaping www.beelandscaping.com
Bonnie's at The Red Byrd (Facebook)Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) www.diagnosticimagingservices.com
BRONZE LEAF ($100-$199)
Bee Landscaping www.beelandscaping.com
Cedar Ridge Soaps www.cedarridgesoaps.com
Shepherd's Spring www.shepherdsspring.orgCatseye Studio (email)
Boonsboro Historical Society (www.boonsborohistoricalsociety.org)
Sherm's Designer Wood (email)
Millhouse Candles www.millhousecandles.com
Terressentials Organic www.terressentials.com
Josie's on Main www.josiesonmain.com
Boonsboro Wellness Center www.boonsborowellness.com
NutriGrown LLC www.nutrigrown.com
Inn BoonsBoro www.innboonsboro.com
Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant www.vestapizza.com
Fit In BoonsBoro www.fitinboonsboro.com
Gifts Inn BoonsBoro www.giftsinnboonsboro.com
Acclivity Creations www.etsy.com/shop/AcclivityCreations
MF Henna www.mfhenna.com
Kinderdance by Olga www.kinderdancebyolga.com
Blue Ridge Creations (Facebook)
Kelly Moore Sheds www.kellymooresheds.com
Faerie Springs Farm www.faeriespringsfarm.com
Soap Du Jour (email)
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(Vendors A-Z: Scroll All the Way Down)
Clean Energy Options
Conservation & Recycling
Health & Wellness
Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening
FOOD & REFRESHMENTS
Wine & Beer Garden
Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
KEY: P1 - Pavilion 1
P2 - Pavilion 2
P3 - Pavilion 3
P4 - Pavilion 4
ET Zone - Eco-Transportation Zone
WBG - Wine and Beer Garden
VENDOR ___ LOCATION IN PARK
3 Barrels 4 YNO Food Truck
Acclivity Creations 124
Alex Rossino, author 134
Alexandra Windsong 169
American Chestnut Foundation, Maryland Chapter 140
Antietam Brewery WBG
Aquabarrel Rain Barrel 126
Armel's Woodworking 95
Art Glass Elements 94
Authentic Sea Glass Jewelry 4
Baby MoonShine 82
Baltimore Tea Company P2
Barbara Swanhart, Realtor 111
Shifrah's Sisters Holistic Birth Services 118
Bee Landscaping, LLC 145
Beneath the Leaf 45
Big Cork Vineyards WBG
Black Sparrow Soaps 62
Blessed with Baby 80
Blue Eyed Dragonfly 129
Blue Ridge Creations 71
Bluebell Ridge Nursery 20
BodySense PT 14
Boonsboro Environmental Commission 21
Boonsboro Free Library 54
Boonsboro Green Fest Committee 21
Boonsboro Trunks 23-4
Boonsboro Wellness Center 13
Boordy Vineyards WBG
BP Lesky Distributing Co. WBG
Brew'd Pub Food Truck
Brewers Alley WBG
Brunswick Food Forest 155
Bum de Yada Diapers and Baby Gear 121
Bushtail Creek Unique Gifts 131
Butterfly Bean 116
Canal View Candle & Barrel Co. 1-2
Cat's Paw Organic Farm 27-8
Catseye Studio Home Composting 130
Cedar Ridge Soaps 110
Clustered Spires Quilt Guild 165
Common Market 112
Cultured Leaf 77
Cumberland Valley Cycling Club ET Zone
Diagnostic Imaging Services 73
DM Designs 147
doTerra Essential Oils 81
Echo Consignments 123
Enkore Kids 133
Even Rose Love 19
Every Child Ministries 122
Fabric Friends & St. Mark's Episcopal Church 106
Faerie Springs Farm 157
Falafel Shack P2
Farm of Peace 65
Flying Dog Brewery WBG
Four Rebels & a Yankee Sewing 63
Girl Scout Troop #40709 89
Glass Garden 70
Glory Energy Solutions 125
Gray Wolf Walking Sticks 138
Green Fest Community Clothing Swap P1
GreenGingerGoods & Sarah's Stitches 57
Hagerstown Community College 163
Hagerstown Honda ET Zone
Happy Pappy Hardware 34-5
Herb Connection 78 & P2
Hoffman Chevrolet Cadillac ETZone
Holistic Therapies 168
Hospice of Washington County 52
Joelle's Essentials 33
Josie's on Main 8-9
Kelly Moore Sheds 127
Kids Zone Crafts and Pledge to the Earth P3
Kinderdance by Olga 83
Knob Hall Winery WBG
Kyle's Custom Woodworking 102-3
Landscape HMO 113
Larry and Sons 142-3
Lemongrass Spa Products 16
Limekiln Road Woodworks 137
Little Green Market 114
Little Jay's Bows 48
Little Slick 93
Lovebug Creations 37-8
M&D Gift Art 31
Mama Bear's Natural Care 115
Marcel's Alpine Eatery Food Truck
Marsh Farm Designs 39-40
Maryland Department of the Environment 149
Maryland Satsang Society 119
Megan Webber's Plants and Herbs 5-6
Memory Crafts and Toys 150-2
Message Monkeys 88
MF Henna 120
Michelle VanMetre: For the Sake of Christ 159
Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing 101
Milestone Solar 158
Millennium 3 Energy 26
Miller's Music Instruction 86
Millhouse Candles 144
MOM'S Organic Market 15
Monarch Alliance 90
Monocacy Brewing Co. WBG
Moonshine Forge 59
Mountain View Solar Near Kids Zone
Mt. Nebo UMC P2
Nailed It Pallet Design 32
Nappie Pies P2
Natural Fusion Hair Studio 22
NutriGrown, LLC 98-99
Open Book Farm 166
Outdoor School of Washington County P3
Parsonage Handmade Soap 44
Peaceful Glen Metaphysical Solutions 12
Pineline Poultry and Meats 156
Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club P2
Potomac Valley Audubon Society 132
Presents Past & Todd Geiman's Vegan Pottery 154
Primitive Recycle Repurpose Reuse 96
Raven Rock Spring Farms 58
Reels & Wheels 36
Renaissance Lavender 3
River and Trail Outfitters Infield
Rocky Bottom Farm 42-43
Rustic Design 41
Sacred Roots 50
Sarah Scolaro, Doula 87
Secret Gardens Seeds 46
Sharrett Auto ET Zone
Shepherd's Spring, Inc. 128
Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle ET Zone
Sherm's Designer Wood 29
Sierra Club Catoctin Group 55
Silver Kat 25
Simply Stated 74-5
Sleeping Cats Studio 68
Sleepy Hollow Lights 139
Smart Egg 85
South Mountain Creamery Food Truck
South Mountain Dental 76
South Mountain MicroFARM 141
Sports and Dance Equipment Swap P1
St. Catherine's Eastern Orthodox P2
St. James Catholic Church P2
St. Paul's Episcopal Church 153
Stony Ridge Farm 30
Sweet Farm 167
Talon Studio 56
Ten Thousand Villages 92
Three Simple Treasures 160
Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ 53
Triple R Livery ET Zone
Tri-State Astronomers P3 area
Under the Same Sun 11
University of Maryland Extension-Master Gardeners 49
Valley Co-op of Washington County 84
Vija's Jewelry and Glass 61
Viridian Energy 10
Volunteer Zone 107
Wash. Co. Dept. of Social Services 66
Wash. Co. Div. of Environmental Mgmt. 161-2
Washington County Farm Bureau Unit P4 area
Washington County Forestry Board 47
Washington County Health Department 72
Wee Folk Haus 18
Weis Markets of Boonsboro 105
Western Maryland Solar 164
Whiskey Bottom Candles 148
Wild & Wooly Beard Clan 136
Wild Rose Soap Co. 79
Wood Eye Wood Products 109
Young Living Essential Oils 97
Younger Toyota ET Zone
KEY: P1 - Pavilion 1
P2 - Pavilion 2
P3 - Pavilion 3
P4 - Pavilion 4
ET Zone - Eco-Transportation Zone
WBG - Wine and Beer Garden
Green Fest tee-shirts & water bottles
Sky-blue 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 near the footbridge closest to the concession pavilion.
This year's poster design is again created by local artist and graphic designer Daniel Paul Murphy and is carried over in the design of both items. It signifies how important recycling is to being good stewards of the Planet Earth.
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)
Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Batteries - rechargeable & non-rechargeable (Wash. Co. Recycling)
Bikes helmets/tires/tubes & sewing machines (Bikes for the World)
Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)
Building materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)
Canning jars (Green Fest Comm.)
Car seats - no metal frames (Apple Valley Waste)
Cardboard, paper, glass, metal & #1-7 plastics (Apple Valley Waste)
CDs & DVDs - no cases (Frederick Co. Public Schools - Tech Ed. Dept.)
Clothing & sports equipment (Green Fest Clothing Swap in Pavilion #1)
Computers, monitors, computer items for recycling (Horizon Goodwill)
Crayons - wrappers on (Green Fest Comm.)
Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)
Fluorescent tubes [4-ft., limit of 6] & CFL bulbs (Green Fest Comm.)
Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Green Fest Comm.)
Ink Cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Comm.)
Paper shredding [limit 4 boxes] 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ONLY (Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred)
Pet supplies: beds, crates, towels, rugs, food (Wash. Co. Humane Soc.)
Plastic bags/film [stretchy plastic] & plastic cardboard (Wash. Co. Recycling)
Plastic buckets & Rubbermaid containers (Apple Valley Waste)
Plastic flower pots & nursery trays (Cat's Paw Organic Farm)
Plastic furniture, children's playground, i.e. Little Tykes, etc. (Apple Valley)
Prescription & over-the-counter medications (Boonsboro Police Depart.)
Prescription bottles with labels removed (Green Fest Comm.)
Scrap metal, appliances, including AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)
Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates, etc. - no holes, pairs only (Green Fest Comm.)
Sneakers - all brands, any condition (Nike)
Styrofoam: clean block pieces only (Wash. Co. Recycling)
Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)
TVs [one/person] & electronics (Wash. Co. Recycling/UNICOR)
Used denim - jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)
Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Joni & Friends/Wheels for the World)
Wine corks [but synthetic corks go in #7 plastic recycling] (MOM's Organic Mkt.)
Wire clothes hangers - clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)
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.
Here's How It Works:
The week before Green Fest, you may drop off clean, gently-used clothing of any size (infant - adult) and gently used sports equipment at the Community Center in Shafer Park. 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 weekends when they don't have access to meals at school.
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 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Every year the Swap gets bigger and bigger. Last year more than 10,000 pieces of clothing were swapped. Again this year, organizers predict that at least 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 3-6, from 4:30-8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Click here for a flyer, suitable for posting.
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, including scores of students.
Everyone involved benefits from the swap:
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 Children In Need, Inc. of Washington County, a non-profit organization providing local 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.
We are pleased to have Tim Rowland -- noted author, humorist and Herald-Mail columnist -- as our Honorary Guest Master of Ceremony for our Opening Ceremony again this year. (Tim also led off the festivities at the fourth annual Green Fest in 2012.)
Highlighting the ceremony will be the singing of "This Land is Your Land" led by singer-songwriter Tony M. Music. The Woody Guthrie masterpiece, made even more popular by the late, great Pete Seeger, is the unofficial theme song of Green Fest.
Tony, who has performed at many of the Green Fests down through the years, can also be seen throughout the day in the Kids' Zone. (See photo below.) Please be sure to stop by to hear some of his original compositions.
(Pavilion #3 and vicinity)
Tony M. Music entertains
all day in the Kids Zone.
Kids, get ready for some fun, games & music!
Plenty of children's activities are scheduled all day long. Youngsters can participate in many fun and educational activities in and around the Kids Zone pavilion, including:
Students from five Washington County schools will also be bringing clever green-themed arts and crafts projects for youngsters of all ages. Participating will be:
Cookin' with Fire
10:30 a.m.-12 noon - Cookin' with Fire: Ernie Bradley and Dino Delray founded the band which is
based on common musical influences. The combo creates a "Rockin Americana Blend" that
draws from bluegrass, blues, rockabilly and more, with a tasty mix of originals.
Doug Five, a multi-instrumentalist rounds out the band.
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Mountain Ride: This Pennsylvania quintet fancies progressive and traditional music, with sound deeply rooted in bluegrass - with a twist of jam grass and country. Members are vocalists Eric Avey (guitar), Drew Jones (mandolin), Scott Matlock (fiddle) and Kate Avey (bass), along with Corey Woodcock on the banjo. The band is currently busy writing and recording its first album. Stand by.
Tony M. Music
Festivities get under way
The rain took a break as blue skies and blue t-shirts came out for eighth annual Boonsboro Green Fest at Shafer Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Close to 5,000 attended the day-long event. The opening ceremony at the Bandstand was delayed because some of the attendees, including master of ceremonies Tim Rowland, Herald-Mail columnist, were delayed because of a traffic accident on I-70.
Pictured (above) at the ceremony are (first row, from left) committee members (in blue shirts) Sean Haardt, Laura Schnackenberg and Amy Jones, Rowland, committee members Barbara Wetzel and Rosemary James, and Mark Widmyer, the governor's Western Maryland coordinator; (second row) committee members Renee Elias and Kathy Vesely, Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline, Brunswick Mayor Karin Tome and committee member Janeen Solberg; (third row) committee member Brigitte Schmidt, Boonsboro council member Cindy Kauffman, sponsor Shannon Murphy of BodySense PT, Congressman John Delaney's representative Caitlin Ainge', Washington County Board of Education president Donna Brightman and sponsor JoAnne Grove of Turn the Page Bookstore; (fourth row) Boonsboro town manager Megan Clark, Boonsboro assistant mayor Howard Long, Boonsboro police chief Chuck Stanford, Boonsboro Middle School principal Gary Willow and Brunswick city council member Ellis Burress; and (back row) Charles "Skip" Kauffman, Washington County register of wills Jason Malott, county treasurer Todd Hershey, Boonsboro Economic Development Commission chair Dick Keesecker, Hagerstown mayor David Gysberts and Kai Hagen of Envision Frederick and former Frederick County commissioner.
Committee members not pictured included Leslie Haardt, Darrell Jones, Dan Murphy, Rick Schulman, Susan Simonson, Greg Solberg and county liaison Tony Drury, recycling coordinator, who were busy working in the park as the festival got under way.
The opening program that kicked off the all-day event included the singing of "This Land is Your Land", led by area singer-songwriter Tony M. Music. The Woody Guthrie song has been adopted by the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee as the festival's unofficial theme song.
Both Congressman Delaney and U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski sent resolutions of congratulations to the committee. New Washington County commissioner Wayne Keefer did not arrive in time for the ceremony due to the traffic accident.
Committee member Greg Solberg hoist a load of Styrofoam.
Tony M. Music & committee member Sean Haardt entertain youngsters in the Kids' Zone. Sean and his wife Leslie, also a committee member, have co-chaired the children's activities for the last several years.