SolarFest Celebrates Its 19th Annual Sustainable Living Festival With Exciting New Programming

SolarFest celebrates the 19th Annual SolarFest Sustainable Living Festival July 12th, 13th and 14th at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont. SolarFest is the only event of its kind in the Northeast where a traditional sustainable living fair blends harmoniously with a music and arts festival and this unique mix, plus new exciting events like the first SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® and 350.Org Climate Camp is what keeps people coming back year after year.

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Tinmouth, VT (PRWEB) July 05, 2013

SolarFest celebrates the 19th Annual SolarFest Sustainable Living Festival July 12th, 13th and 14th at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont. The only event of its kind in the Northeast – maybe even this side of the Rockies - where a traditional sustainable living fair blends harmoniously with a music and arts festival. This unique mix, plus new exciting events like the first SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® and 350.Org Climate Camp is what keeps people coming back year after year.

The entire festival, including the main performance stage, which has incredible sound and light shows, is powered entirely by renewable energy. “One of the best testimonials is that SolarFest itself has been completely solar-powered for years--and by its existence, challenges scores of other large-scale temporary events to do the same.“ says Shel Horowitz a recent SolarFest workshop presenter.

The 2013 summer festival is shaping up to be one of the best ever. The 2013 SolarFest Sustainability Conference will feature over 80 workshops on a broad range of topics including, Renewable Energy, Green Building, Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change, a Youth Workshop track and Thriving Locally. Workshop highlights include workshops on Solar Heating, Solar Electric, Grid Tie Interconnection and Net Metering, Community Solar, an on-site Tiny House Build, Zero Energy and Fossil Free Homes, New Insulation Techniques, Biodiversity, Agricultural Water Reduction, Composting, Garden and Farm Pest Mitigation, Using Social Media to Promote Your Cause, Socially Responsible Investing, Grassroots Democracy, Solar Car Build and Racing, Solar Cooking, World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms, a Trash to Fashion Show and Contest, and an entire series of workshops in partnership with 350.Org as part of their summer Climate Camp on Climate Change and Activism. A complete list of Sustainability Conference Workshops can be found at http://www.solarfest.org/solarfest_workshops.php

350VT, the Vermont Chapter of 350.Org will be hosting the first-ever Climate Camp during SolarFest 2013. It will feature an entire Climate Change workshop track focused on addressing the impacts of Climate Change, as well as training and information on climate activism. Climate Camp will provide an opportunity for climate activists from Vermont and throughout the Northeast to get together and share their ideas and strategies, as well as share information about climate change and ways to address it with the public.

The SolarFest Main Stage will feature world class musicians such as Max Creek, The Skatalites, Jesse Dee, Jatoba, Kina Zorѐ, Sparkplug , Seth Yacovone, Melodeego -- SolarFest’s first ever bicycle powered band, Soule Monde and The SolarFest House Band. There are also activities and workshops for kids throughout the weekend along with a new Theater in the Woods production, a Contra Dance and a bonfire. A complete listing of entertainment can be found at http://www.solarfest.org/solarfest_performers.php

The SolarFest 2013 keynote speaker will be Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Today, Ben is President and “Head Stamper” at the Stamp Stampede an organization whose goal is to help build the movement to amend the constitution to get money out of politics. The Stamp Stampede’s Amend-O-Matic Stamp Mobile which has been touring with Crosby, Stills and Nash this spring will also be on hand and operating throughout the weekend.

SolarFest is extremely excited to announce the introduction of the first ever SolarFest Mini Maker Faire®. Inspired by Make Magazine, Maker Faire® is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire® is a “fair” that is fun and engaging. On Sunday July 14th on the final day of the three day SolarFest weekend the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® will bring together local Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts to learn from and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of Makers. At the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® you’ll find all sorts of interesting projects, technologies, ideas, innovations and smart, imaginative people actively developing a maker culture and displaying their creations in a show-and-tell format. The SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® is an interactive, hands-on community based learning experience that inspires everyone to become a Maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. Come and talk with the Makers, learn about their creations and find your inspiration to create something. Complete details about the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire can be found at http://minimakerfaire.solarfest.org

A weekend pass costs just $39 at the gate. Single day tickets are $15. Children 14 and under are Free when accompanied by an adult. There is on-site camping and RV parking available.

Forget-Me-Not Farm is located at 12 McNamara Road in Tinmouth, VT. For more information about SolarFest, visit the website at http://www.solarfest.org.

About SolarFest, Inc.

SolarFest, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, our mission statement is quite simple, and yet so vital: SolarFest blends art, education, and outreach to inspire conservation, promote renewable energy, and support sustainable communities. Through our steadfast commitment to education, arts and community outreach, SolarFest, Inc. teaches and demonstrates the power and sensibilities of renewable energy and sustainable living at conferences, performances and venues throughout the year. SolarFest, Inc. produces the Northeast's premier renewable energy and arts festival—SolarFest, a three-day, family-fun festival that combines world-class entertainment with not-to-be-missed workshops in renewable energy, sustainability and community engagement.

For More Information, Contact
Patty Kenyon
Managing Director, SolarFest, Inc.
12 McNamara Road
Middletown Springs, VT 05757
pkenyon(at)SolarFest(dot)org
http://www.solarfest.org 802-235-1513


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