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2017 edition

Cool Green Fest  

success without sun

By Barbara Wetzel

BOONSBORO, MD (May 15, 2017) - When it came right down to it, organizers of the 9th annual Boonsboro Green Fest were only hoping for a rain-less stretch of time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. You see, it had rained off and on (mostly on) during the preceding two days.


They got their wish, as nary a drop fell from the 10 o'clock hour, as the opening ceremony was concluding, for the rest of the day Saturday, much to the pleasure of more than 200 vendors and a couple thousand visitors who put on an extra sweater and some waterproof footwear and enjoyed the many features for which the Green Fest is known.


The vendors selling solar systems were none too pleased with the weather, but they still maintained their sunny dispositions, despite only a  flicker of light in mid-afternoon by the shiny ball of energy that is their reason for being.


And of course, an hour after the festival closed, the sun came out while the clean-up crew was getting the park back in order.


All-in-all, though, the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, the hundred-plus volunteers, the vendors and the 70 sponsors were gratified to see the visitors enjoying the events of the day, including:


Opening ceremony

Lou Scally presided over the opening ceremony which was held shortly before the official start of the festival. Attendees included the members of the Green Fest Committee, elected officials including Julianna Albowicz, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Holland's representative and Mark Galinsky, Congressman John Delaney's field representative, who presented a resolution; Maryland Delegate Bill Wivell (Dist. 2-B), County Commissioner Jeff Cline, county treasurer Todd Hershey and register of wills Jason Malott; Boonsboro Mayor Howard Long and immediate past mayor, Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman, Jr., assistant mayor Cynthia Kauffman, town council members, Brigitte Schmidt and Janeen Solberg; Boonsboro police chief Chuck Stanford; former Frederick County commissioner, Kai Hagen; major sponsors, Bruce Wilder of Turn the Page Bookstore, Shannon Murphy of BodySense PT, Ellis Burress of Bellwether Printing, and Denise Russell of MOM's Organic Market; Tom Ruhf, coordinator of the first annual Green Fest Photo Contest; and members of the Green Fest Committee: Laura Schnackenberg, Amy Jones, Rosemary James, Janeen Solberg, Barbara Wetzel, Susan Simonson, Kathy Vesely, Dan Murphy, Renee Elias, Kim Payne, Sean Haardt and Tony Drury. Members unable to attend the ceremony were Greg Solberg and Leslie Haardt.


John Krowka (left) displays his winning photo in the inaugural Boonsboro Green Fest Photo Contest, with Tom Ruhf, the coordinator of the contest.

Inaugural Photo Contest winners

The winners of the first annual Green Fest Photo Contest were announced at the opening ceremony by honorary guest master of ceremony, Lou Scally, local broadcaster and weatherman. The winning entries were: first place, John Krowka's close-up photo of a large white owl; second place, Terri Packard's farm scene framed by a flowing tree; and third place, Alexis Miller's towering sunflower.


The contest was coordinated by Tom Ruhf, a Rohrersville resident and an excellent amateur photographer himself. Judges for the contest were Monika Wertman, Mary Pat Kelley and Dale Swope, all professional photographers.


The winning digital photos were printed and then professionally framed by Howard's Art & Frames of Hagerstown, who donated the framing. The framed photos were then presented to the winning photographers after being displayed during the festival.


The Green Fest is produced by the all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee and is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro. Also find us on Facebook.

Shaping up for 9th annual

Green Fest committee

readies for May 13 event

BOONSBORO, Md. (April 2017) - The countdown begins for the ninth annual Boonsboro Green Fest, set for Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the town's Shafer Park.

All aspects of the festival are taking shape. The Green Fest Committee is checking off final preparations as the Saturday before Mother's Day fast approaches:

  • 200-plus vendors have been chosen and their locations have been placed on the master map.
  • 69 sponsoring partners have generously extended support through monetary and in-kind donations.
  • 103 vendors and businesses have donated items for the popular Silent Auction, with values listed from $5 to $1,500.
  • Two great local bands -- the Plank Stompers and The Plate Scrapers -- are booked for a continuous concert, with the bands alternating stage time and then coming together for a grand finale.
  • T-shirts have been purchased, thanks to three community-minded businesses, for an expected 150 volunteers who will help with sundry tasks throughout the day. The deadline for applying to become a volunteer is April 30.
  • Families are gathering up their unwanted garments and sports gear in anticipation of swapping them for "new" items at the Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale. Close to 10,000 items were handled last year.
  • A flier listing all of the recyclables that will be collected in the drive-thru, drop-off Recycling Zone has been distributed to all of the households in the towns of Boonsboro and Keedysville; the same flier will be handed out at the local supermarket a couple weeks before the event. Check out the list here.
  • Posters and bookmarks are being distributed throughout the area.
  • Five new banners have been added, bringing to 68 the number of green banners that have been purchased over the years by sponsors. They will be mounted on all the lampposts along Main Street and in the park prior to the festival.
  • Arrangements have been made for tent rentals and installation, and for a composting company to staff the Resource Recovery Stations, which will handle all the recyclables, compostable materials and trash. All of the food vendors may only offer compostable containers and utensils to their customers.
  • A full day of activities has been scheduled for the Kids Zone, where youngsters will be able to participate in arts and crafts, make a Pledge to the Earth, learn about Geo-caching, plant some flower seeds and see completed exhibits, while listening to their own live entertainment by Tony M. Music, a family-friendly singer-songwriter.
  • Local wineries and brewers will have their products ready to pour in the Wine & Beer Garden. Proceeds go to the Friends of Shafer Park. More than $3,000 has been donated over the last three years.
  • For the second year in a row, exhibitors have been lined up for the Eco-Transportation Zone, where festival-goers will be able to see fuel efficient vehicles up close and personal.
  • For the first time, the Green Fest is sponsoring a photo contest for amateur photographers works that depict Washington County's natural environment. (See separate story below.)
  • Plans for the opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. are taking shape. Popular local radio and television personality Lou Scally will be the Honorary Guest Master of Ceremonies and singer-song writer Tony M. Music, who has performed at the festival almost every year, will lead the singing of "This Land is Your Land", the unofficial theme song of the Green Fest. Local, state and federal officials, along with individuals who have contributed to the success of the Green Fest have been invited to attend.
  • The official program brochure has been written and laid out. The 16-page printed piece will be handed out during the festival. It contains names of all the vendors and their locations in the park, a list of the sponsoring partners, a welcome page, a history of the festival and information about all the activities.
  • The First Hose Company of Boonsboro has again this year allowed the festival to park vehicles in its lot near the corner of North Main and Stouffer. 

The ninth annual festival is produced by the all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee and is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.

                South County landscape

                                                                                                   Photo by Tom Ruhf

Green Fest inaugurates

photography competition


Have you ever taken a picture and said to yourself, "Wow, that's a prize winner"? It just might be if you enter it into the inaugural photo contest sponsored by the Boonsboro Green Fest.


The Green Fest is seeking photographs that highlight the beauty of Washington County's natural environment, such as landscapes, plant life and animal life.

The top three winning submissions will be displayed at the 9th annual  Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boonsboro's Shafer Park.


Judging the contest will be three Hagerstown professional photographers: Dale Swope, the founding owner of Photography by Dale, and the company's current owner, Mary Pat Kelly, along with Monika Wertman of Wertman Photography.


Photos will be judged on subject matter, focus, lighting, composition, creativity and photographic impact.


Photos must be digital and be taken within Washington County, Maryland, by amateur photographers who earn less than half of their income from photography.

Each photo must be accompanied by an entry form and photo release which may be obtained by emailing [email protected]


Only one entry per person will be permitted. All entries must be digitally emailed by May 3, 2017, to: [email protected] No photo may contain images of recognizable people.


The top three printed and framed photos will be displayed throughout the day at the Green Fest and then be presented to the winning photographers.


The contest originator and coordinator is volunteer Tom Ruhf of Rohrersville.



In Boonsboro's Shafer Park

   Vendor sign-up

   underway for

   9th Green Fest

BOONSBORO, Md. (January 2017) - Vendor applications are being accepted for the 9th annual Boonsboro Green Fest to be held on Saturday, May 13 in Boonsboro's Shafer Park.


Applications may be submitted up until the March 15 deadline, however, prospective vendors who apply by March 1 will pay only $25 for a space; the fee doubles for applications received from March 2 to 15.


The spring festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Mother's Day. An opening ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the bandstand.


Organizers expect the park to be filled to capacity with 200 vendors for the third year in a row, so vendors are urged to apply as soon as possible before all the spaces are taken. The first Green Fest in 2009 drew 84 vendors. 


The festival will also feature live music all day long, recycling drop-off center, kids zone, food pavilion, and a wine and beer garden. Proceeds from the garden go directly to the Friends of Shafer Park and are dedicated to the future swimming pool project.

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.


The vendor application, as well as forms to volunteer and to become a sponsor, can be found on this website.  Forms are also available at Boonsboro Town Hall, 21 N. Main St., or by sending a request for a form to: Boonsboro Green Fest, PO Box 64, Boonsboro, MD 21713.


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. It is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.

2017 Volunteers

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  nine years of the festival. (Photo by Barbara Wetzel)

Volunteers keep Green Fest going smoothly

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.

  • There are those who donate their time during the week prior to the event by helping collect and sort items in the Community Center for the popular community Gently-Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap.

  • There are those who generously donate their time on Green Fest Day receive free yellow volunteer T-shirts  and perform a variety of chores, including:
    - Helping vendors set up their booths,

    - Handing out festival program guides,

     - Carrying signs and announcing program information,

    - Helping in the Kids Zone, Recycling Zone or the Swap pavilion,

    - Staffing the refuse/recycling/compost stations,

    - Parking vehicles in a nearby lot, and

    - Helping clean up after closing.

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

2017 Auction Items

Scroll down to see list of donors

2017 Silent Auction

Prizes big and small

worth from $5 to $1,500

The Silent Auction features donated items from vendors and exhibitors, local businesses and organizations.

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

Participants can submit 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.

2017 Silent Auction Donors

2017 Sponsors

Lamp-post banners adorn the town

(Photo by Barbara Wetzel)                                                         

Town is decked out

with sponsor banners

during Green Fest Week

The banners are purchased by sponsors and flown each year so as long as the banners remain in good condition. The banners are attached to the decorative lampposts  throughout Boonsboro.

All of the 68 lamp posts on Main Street, along Park Drive, and inside both sections of Shafer Park will be decorated with the green banners this year.

Sponsoring Partners

GREEN LEAF ($500 & up)

Michele Shaffer, CPA Brochure underwriter (email)

MOM's Organic Market

Hagerstown/Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Marketing funding & Volunteer T-shirt underwriter
Antietam Cable TV
Music/Stage underwriter

GOLD LEAF ($300-$499)

BodySense PT Volunteer T-shirt underwriter

Ryan Homes at Sycamore Run Volunteer T-shirt underwriter

Antietam Spirits Wine & Beer Garden coordinator (in kind)
Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS)
Turn the Page Bookstore
Bookmark & Paper Shredder underwriter
DM Designs Graphic in-kind design services
Bellwether Printing
Printing in-kind services

Cronise Corp. - General Contractor Poster underwriter 301-432-2868
Eby's Garage
Kids Zone underwriter
King Road Associates - Sycamore Run
Bonnie's at the Red Byrd Facebook
The Maryland Jockey Club
Stage/Music underwriter
Boordy Vineyards Wine & Beer Garden underwriter

SILVER LEAF ($200-$299)
Potomac Micro Greens email
Flynn & Son Electric 301-790-1632 email
Big Cork Vineyards
Wine & Beer Garden underwriter

ing Dog Brewery Wine & Beer Garden underwriter

Spoonire Auto Service Eco-Transportation Zone underwriter

Lamp-post Banners
($175 each)

Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home
Bonnie's at the Red Byrd
Facebook 301-432-5822
Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS)
High Tech Powder Coating

Reese's Home Improvement

BRONZE LEAF ($100-$199)

Bee Landscaping

Cedar Ridge Soaps

Boonsboro Pharmacy

Boonsboro Wellness Center

Marcel's Alpine Eatery  301-331-1999

BoonsboroBuckets Facebook

Lavender Moon LLC
Milestone Solar Consultants
Talon Studio
Common Market
Canal View Candle & Barrel Co.
Jason A. Malott, Register of Wills of Washington County
Antietam Brewery
BP Lesky Distributing Co. 301-733-0787
Brewer's Alley
Knob Hall Winery
Monocacy Brewing Co.
Whiskey Bottom Candle Company
Western Maryland Solar
Mountain View Solar
Melanie Files & Richard Lowman III
Rasco NY Pizza
Peter & Cynthia Perini, Hagerstown
The Columbia Bank
Donna Brightman - Horticultural Consultant 301-491-3178
Town of Keedysville, Maryland
Middletown Valley Bank

($10 to $99)

Act Naturally

Sherm's Designer Wood 301-712-6488

Millhouse Candles


Doterra with Maggie

Inn BoonsBoro

Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant

Fit In BoonsBoro

Gifts Inn BoonsBoro

NatureJems Facebook

Whistle Punk Farm LLC

Young Living Essential Oils email

Sacred Roots

Shifrah's Sisters Holistic Birth Services

Suzy's Treasure Chest

South Mountain Health Center

National Road Heritage Foundation

 68 Lamppost Banners

All Sponsors from 2011-17

Number of banners sponsored by donors in parenthesis (   )

 AC&T (2), Antietam Spirits (1), Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home (1), Bee Landscaping (3), BodySense Physical Therapy (3), Bonnie's at The Red Byrd (3), Boonsboro Recycling Task Force (3), Cronise Corp. General Contractors (2), Dan's Restaurant & Tap House (4), Diagnostic Imaging Services - DIS (2), DM Designs (1), Donna Brightman (3), Eby's Garage (1), Enkore Kids (2), Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village (1), First Hose Co. of Boonsboro (1), Fit In BoonsBoro (4), Gifts Inn BoonsBoro (1), Gratzer Graphics LLC (1), High Tech Powder Coating (4), Inn BoonsBoro (2) Josie's on Main (1), Town of Keedysville (1), Michele R. Shaffer, CPA (1), Natural Fusion Hair Studio (1), Reese's Home Improvement (4), Renewable Energy Solar (1), Ryan Homes at Sycamore Run (1), South Mountain Creamery (1), South Mountain MicroFARM (1), Spoonire Auto Service (1), Thompson Gas (4), Town of Boonsboro (1), Town of Keedysville (1), Turn the Page Bookstore (1) Valley Co-Op (1), Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant (2), Your Comfort Services (1)

Silent Auction Donors

(Please go to Auction Page)


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 continued support, the festival would be impossible to produce each year.


Sponsors are listed on this web page and in the printed program brochure available at the festival. The levels of sponsorship are:

  • Green Leaf ($500 & up)
  • Gold Leaf ($300-$499)
  • Silver Leaf ($200-$299)
  • Bronze Leaf ($100-$199)
  • Patron ($10 to $99) (May not be listed in printed 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 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 festival.

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, General Co-Chair - Vendor Coordinator
Barbara Wetzel, General Co-Chair - Website & Publicity
                     Laura Schnackenberg, Treasurer - Food Concessions
                     Kathy Vesely, Corresponding Secretary - Volunteers
Renee Elias - Logistics Management 

                     Leslie & Sean Haardt - Kid Zone Co-Chairs & Entertainment
                     Rosemary James - Festival Information Tent
                     Amy & Darrell Jones - Recycling Zone & Post-fest Event
                     Dan Murphy - Artist & Graphic Designer
                Susan Simonson - Coordinating Committee
Greg Solberg - Recycling Zone
Anthony Drury, County Liaison

2017 Vendors



This year's Green Fest poster and program booklet cover feature the beautiful Monarch butterfly. Some of the following vendors will offer plants that will attract the endangered creatures and literature about starting your own Monarch garden.

Vendor List below updated April 2017

Conservation & Recycling

Clean Energy Options

Eco Kids

Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening

Eco Home

Eco Lifestyle

Transportation Zone

Go Local

Health & Wellness

Food & Refreshments

Wine & Beer Garden


Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

More than two dozen collection stations will be set up in the Community Center parking lot. Save your recyclable items listed below and drop them off when you arrive at Shafer Park for the 9th annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Recyclables (Collector/Destination)

Appliances [working] & furniture (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Batteries - rechargeable & non-rechargeable (Washington County Recycling)

Bikes helmets/tires/tubes & sewing machines (Bikes for the World)

Blankets (clean) & luggage - Pavilion #1 (Green Fest Clothing Swap)

Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)

Building materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Canning jars (Green Fest Committee)

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.)

Cell Phones & handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)

Clothing & sports equipment - Pavilion #1 (Green Fest Clothing Swap)

Computers, monitors, computer items for recycling (Horizon Goodwill)

Crayons - wrappers on (Green Fest Committee)

Denim - jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)

Egg Cartons - must be clean; no Styrofoam (Green Fest Committee)

Electronics - usable (Horizon Goodwill)

Electronics - UNusable - electrical cords, Christmas lights (e-End USA)

Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)

Fluorescent tubes [4-ft., limit of 6] & CFL bulbs (Green Fest Committee)

Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Green Fest Committee)

Ink Cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)

Linens & textiles (clean), housewares, furniture (Horizon Goodwill)

Musical instruments (Boonsboro Band Boosters)

Paper shredding [limit 4 boxes] 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ONLY (Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred)

Pet supplies: beds, crates, towels, rugs, food (Washington County Humane Society)

Plastic bags/film [stretchy plastic] & plastic cardboard (Washington County 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 Department)

Prescription bottles, empty with labels removed (Green Fest Committee)

Scrap metal, appliances, i.e. AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)

Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates, etc. - no holes, pairs only (Green Fest Committee)

Sneakers - all brands, any condition (Nike)

Styrofoam: clean block pieces only (Washington County Recycling)

Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)

TVs [one/person] & electronics (Washington County Recycling)

Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Joni & Friends/Wheels for the World)

Wine corks - but synthetic corks go to Washington Co. Recycling (MOM's Organic Market)

Wire clothes hangers - clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)


KEY:    P1 - Pavilion 1

            P2 - Pavilion 2

            P3 - Pavilion 3

            P4 - Pavilion 4

            ET Zone - Eco-Transportation Zone

            WBG - Wine and Beer Garden


1treeyoga - 135

3 Barrels 4 YNO - Food Truck

Act Naturally - 156

American Chestnut Foundation, Md. Chapter - 140

Antietam Brewery - WBG

Aquabarrel Rain Barrel - 126

Arleen's Succulents - 41

Art Glass Elements  - 94

Artpoptart - 11

Authentic Sea Glass Jewelry - 3

Basil Vintage - 16

Becky's Pillow Shop - 48

Bee Landscaping, LLC - 145

Big Cork Vineyards - WBG - 146

Birthing Circle - 130

Black Sparrow Soaps - 61

Blacksmith Guild of Western Maryland - 143

Blessed with Baby - 80

Bluebell Ridge Nursery - 19

Blue Ridge Creations - 70

BodySense PT - 14

Boonsboro Environmental Commission - 21

Boonsboro Free Library - 54

Boonsboro Green Fest Committee - 21

Boonsboro Trunks - 23

Boonsboro Wellness Center - 13

BoonsboroBuckets - 7

Boonsboro Titans - P3 area

Boordy Vineyards  - WBG

BP Lesky Distributing Co. - WBG

Brewers Alley - WBG

Bushtail Creek Unique Gifts - 24

Canal View Candle & Barrel Co. - 1 & 2

Castiel Piggy - 87

Cat's Paw Organic Farm - 27 & 28

Cedar Ridge Soaps - 110

Clustered Spires Quilt Guild - 165

Common Market  - 109

Crafting Bohemians - 162

Creative Art and Soul - 33

Cultured Leaf Kombucha - 77

Cutler Tigh Farm - 163

Diagnostic Imaging Services - 106

DM Designs  - 147

doTerra Essential Oils - 81

Echo Consignments - 123

Ecologia - 111 & 112

Enkore Kids - 133               

Even Rose Love - 18

Faerie Springs Farm - 157

Falafel Shack -  P2

Farm of Peace - 65

Fahrney-Keedy Senior Living Community - 52

Flying Dog Brewery - WBG                                   

For the Birds - 90

Fresh Relic Design - 129

Fresh Starts - 85

Frog Hall Designs - 68

Girl Scout Troop #40709 - 89

Glass Garden - 71-2

Glory Energy Solutions - 125

GmaJanisew - 60

Gourds by Daphne - 105

Gray Wolf Walking Sticks - 138

Green Fest Community Clothing Swap - P1

Green Fest Sports & Dance Equipment Swap - P1

GreenGingerGoods & Sarah's Stitches - 56 & 57

Gypsetta Up-cycled Art to Wear - 122

Hagerstown Honda - ET Zone

Happy Pappy Hardware - 34-5

Hagerstown Vegan Meetup - 155

Harmony Hollow Farm - 42

Heal with Heart - 119

Hoffman Chevrolet - ET Zone

Holistic Therapies - 168

J & L Woodcrafts - 95

Janet's Going Green Bags - 101

Josie's on Main - 8

Kelly Moore Sheds - 127

Kids Zone Crafts and Pledge to the Earth - P3

Knob Hall Winery - WGB

Kyle's Custom Woodworking - 102-3

Lacewing Candle Company - 124

LaLeche League of Hagerstown-118

Landscape HMO - 113

Lavender Moon - 82

Lavender Renaissance - 66

Llewellyn Homestead - 167

Lovebug Creations - 37 & 38

M&D Gift Art - 32

Magic Moon Mavis Studio - 47

Major Creations - 43

Mama Bear's Natural Care - 115

Marcel's Alpine Eatery - Food Truck

Marsh Farm Designs - 39 & 40

Maryland Department of the Environment - 149

Megan Webber's Plants and Herbs - 5 & 6

Memory Crafts and Toys - 150, 151 &152

Message Monkeys - 88

MD EV - ET zone

MF Henna - 120

Michelle VanMetre: For the Sake of Christ - 160

Milestone Solar - 158 & 159

Milk & Honey Farms - 96

Miller's Music Instruction - 86

Millhouse Candles - 144

MOM's Organic Market - 15

Monocacy Brewery  - WBG

Monarch Alliance - 20

Moonshine Forge - 59

Mountain View Solar - 108

Munro Home Energy Check-Ups - 99

Myers Barn Shop - 31

Mt. Nebo UMC - P2

Natural Fusion Hair Studio - 22

NatureJems - 134

NexGreen - 98

Norwex - 100

Open Book Farm - 169

Outdoor School of Washington County - P3

Peaceful Glen Metaphysical Solutions - 12

Pineline Poultry and Meats - 166

Pizza Llama - 78

Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club - P2

Potomac Micro-Greens - 91

Potomac Valley Audubon Society - 132

Primitive Recycle Repurpose Reuse - 4

Raven Rock Spring Farms - 58

Reels & Wheels - 36

Regenerate Float Center - 67

Renaissance Lavender -  66

River and Trail Outfitters - 142

Rogue Owl Designs - 46

Sacred Roots - 50

Scents by Sherry - 104

Sharrett Auto-Subaru - ET Zone

Sherm's Designer Wood - 29 & 30

Shifrah's Sisters Holistic Birth Service - 116 & 117

Sierra Club Catoctin Group -  55

Silver Kat - 25

Simply Stated - 74-5

Sleepy Hollow Lights - 139

Sly Fox Farm - 128

South Mountain Creamery - Food Truck

South Mountain MicroFARM -141

Spoon Me - 131

Sports and Dance Equipment Swap - P1

Spruce Run Farm - 10

St. Catherine's Eastern Orthodox-Greek Fare - P2

St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 153

Suzy's Treasure Chest - 73

Sweet Farm - 62, 63 & 64

Talon Studio - 76

Ten Thousand Villages - 92

Terressentials - 69

Tesla-Electric Vehicle - ET Zone

Tiffany's Oven-Vegan Fare - P2

Time ReStrung - 9

Tiny Chef Baked Goods - P2

Tiny House Vegan -  83

Todd Geiman's Vegan Pottery - 154

Tonic Herb Shop - 26

Top Dog Turnings - 137     

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ - 53

Tri-State Astronomers - P3 area

Twelve Winds Farm - 121

Valley Co-op of Washington County - 84

Vesta Pizzeria - P2

Volunteer Zone - 107

Washington Co. Beekeepers Association - 170

Washington Co. Div. of Environmental Mgmt . - 161

Washington Co. Master Gardeners (University of Maryland Extension) - 49

Washington Co. Soil Conservation District - 51

Wee Folk Haus - 17

Weis Market of Boonsboro - 45              

Western Maryland Solar - 164

Whistle Punk Farm - 44

Wild Rose Soap Co. - 79

Whiskey Bottom Candles - 148

Workshop Earth - 114        

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



2017 BGF Gear


                                                                              Photo by Barbara Wetzel
Stacks of blue, 100 per cent organic cotton tees, made in the USA,
are for sale in the Green Fest tent near the concession pavilion.

Green Fest tee-shirts & water bottles

Sky-blue tee-shirts and reusable metal water bottles will be available for sale at the Green Fest Committee tent on the day of the festival.

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

The tent, which the committee shares with the Boonsboro Environmental Commission, will be located near the footbridge closest to the concession pavilion.

Last year's Green Fest poster

Designed by Daniel Paul Murphy

Local artist and graphic designer Daniel Paul Murphy has created the Green Fest posters for seven of the nine years of the festival. The recycling theme is carried over in the design on the back of the tee-shirts and on the water bottles. 

2017 Recycling Zone

Working in the Recycling Zone

Greg Solberg (top photo), co-chair of the Recycling Collection Zone, moves a tall stack of Styrofoam. Volunteers Harvey Hoch (middle photo, left) and Jack Nerlinger rest after loading up sets of encyclopedias, 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 up recyclables. (Photos by Barbara Wetzel)


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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 9th annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Recyclables (Collected/Destination)

Appliances [working] & furniture (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Batteries - rechargeable & non-rechargeable (Battery One)

Bikes helmets/tires/tubes & sewing machines (Bikes for the World)

Blankets [clean] & luggage [Clothing Swap in Pavilion #1] (Green Fest Committee)

Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)

Building materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Canning jars (Green Fest Committee)

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 Education Department)

Cell phones & handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)

Clothing & sports equipment (Green Fest Clothing Swap in Pavilion #1)

Electronics (usable) - (Horizon Goodwill)

Crayons - wrappers on (Green Fest Committee)

Egg cartons - no Styrofoam - must be clean (Green Fest Committee)

Electronics (usable) computers  (Horizon Goodwill)

Electronics (unusable), electrical cords, Christmas lights (e-End USA)

Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)

Fluorescent tubes [4-ft., limit of 6] & CFL bulbs (Green Fest Committee)

Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Green Fest Committee)

Ink cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)

Linens & textiles (clean), housewares, furniture, etc. (Horizon Goodwill)

Musical instruments (Boonsboro Band Boosters)

Paper shredding [limit 4 boxes] 10 a.m. - 1 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] (Washington County Recycling)

Plastic buckets, plastic cardboard & 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 Department)

Prescription bottles - empty with labels removed (Green Fest Committee)

Scrap metal, appliances, including AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)

Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates, etc. - no holes, pairs only (Green Fest Committee)

Sneakers - all brands, any condition (Nike)

Styrofoam: clean block pieces only (Washington County Recycling)

Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)

TVs [one/person] (Washington County Recycling)

Used denim - jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)

Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Joni & Friends/Wheels for the World)

Wine corks - Natural [synthetic corks go to recycling] (MOM's Organic Market)

Wire clothes hangers - clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)

Please go to ARCHIVES for recycling information

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

2015 2016

2017 Clothing Swap

Swap & Sale more popular each year

9th 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 & 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 9-12, from 4:30-8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 10, 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:

  • 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 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.


2017 Events

Green Fest 2017 Schedule

Opening Ceremony

(9:45 a.m. at the Bandstand)

Lou Scally

Popular broadcaster to MC

Opening Ceremony at Green Fest

We are pleased to have Lou Scally, popular local radio and television broadcaster, as our Honorary Guest Master of Ceremony for our Opening Ceremony. Lou also led off the festivities at the fifth annual Green Fest in 2013.

The ceremony will feature the introduction of special guests and the Green Fest Committee. It will begin
at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Bandstand.

Known as "The Voice of the Valley," Lou Scally is at the mic on Hagerstown's WJEJ-AM 1240 from 5 a.m. to noon weekdays. He is also the popular weather caster on WHAG-TV Channel 25, Monday through Friday.

Highlighting the ceremony will be the singing of "This Land is Your Land" led by Tony M. Music, a noted regional singer-songwriter from Martinsburg, WV. 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.

 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 many fun and educational activities in and around the Kids Zone pavilion, including:


Students from four Washington County schools will also be bringing clever green-themed arts and crafts projects for youngsters of all ages. Participating will be:

Thanks to both Boonsboro and Middletown high school students who assist younger children in the Kids Zone with arts and crafts and other activities.


Three Silent Auctions

11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm

(Tent is next to Wine & Beer Garden tent)

  More than 100 items will be up for bid today during the Green Fest's third annual Silent Auction.

Browse through the donated items - many original creations donated by Green Fest vendors - and jot down your bids. Then hope you hear your name called when the winning bids are announced.

Three separate auctions are scheduled, with winners announced at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Funds raised go directly to the Green Fest to defray festival expenses.

THANK YOU: The Green Fest Committee appreciates the generosity of the vendors and other local businesses who donated items for the auction, which helps raise funds to support the festival.




Underwritten by
Antietam Cable TV
The Maryland Jockey Club

  (Stage located near picnic tables and Wine & Beer Garden tent)
Live music will be presented starting at 10:30 a.m. on the covered stage --  next to the Wine & Beer Garden and in front of the large grouping of picnic tables near the food pavilion -- and broadcast over the park's sound system.

Two lively area bands will alternate throughout the day and get together for a grand finale performance before the music program concludes with the closing of the festival at 5 p.m.

Listeners will be treated to the innovative Blue Grass styles of The Plate Scrapers and the Appalachia-inspired Plank Stompers.

The Plate Scrapers consist of Brett Kretzer (mandolin, vocals), Derek Kretzer (banjo, vocals), along with Andrew Jordan (guitar, vocals), Kevin Johnson (upright bass) and Jody Mosser (resophonic guitar). The band serves up its own flavor of bluegrass by way of a winding wormhole through folk, jazz, and heavy metal dimensions.

Members of the Plank Stompers are Erik Burnham (mandolin), Rudy Bzdyk (keyboard, trumpet), Danny Shyti (drums), Will Spalding (electric guitar) and Ben Walters (electric bass). Their sound blends traditional and modern instrumentation in a fusion of timeless American music styles, including country, blues, jazz, jam and bluegrass.


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 throughout the day.

2017 Homepage

2017 Deadlines-at-a-Glance

Vendor Application Deadline was March 15


Sponsor Commitment Deadline was April 1


Volunteer Application Deadline was April 30




  2016 Boonsboro Green Fest

Photo by Ana Solberg

Last year's opening ceremony

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.


Scenes from the 2016

Boonsboro Green Fest

Committee member Greg Solberg moves a load of Styrofoam.

Tony M. Music & committee member Sean Haardt (right) 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.

Big electronic information sign on N. Main St., Boonsboro