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SolarFest, July 16 & 17 Forget-Me-Not Farm, Tinmouth VT

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Posted by Dave Pyles on June 26, 2005, 6:10 pm
Dar Williams, The Duhks, Mecca Bodega Among The Stellar Line-Up For
Solarfest In Tinmouth, Vt, July 16 And 17.

Also Featured: Jim Gilmour Band, Performance Poet Chris Chandler, Steph
Pappas, Village Harmony, Studio Bliss Dancers, Frank Asch's

Solarfest's Keynote Speaker Is David Holmgren, Originator Of The
Perma-Culture Concept

SolarFest, dedicated to educating people about renewable energy and
sustainable living, has another strong line-up of top-notch performers
for its eleventh annual festival at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth,
Vermont, July 16 and 17.

New Folk singer Dar Willliams, http://www.darwilliams.com , a long-time
friend to SolarFest, graces the stage on Sunday, July 17 in a rare
appearance (Ms. Williams has sharply curtailed her touring in recent
years). Dar Williams is one of this generation's truth-telling
songwriters, who delivers her gems of song with great wit and energy.

The Dukhs, http://duhks.com , a five-member band from Winnipeg, Manitoba,
ply their high-energy "CajunCelticFolkPunkFusion," "progressive
soul-grass," blend of Irish fiddle tunes, Canadian French and
Scots/Maritime folk, and Appalachian Old Time string band with salsa and
soul polyrhythms.

Top billing on Saturday night goes to the high-energy percussive-driven
Mecca Bodega <http://www.meccabodega.com> , from New York City. Their
instrumentation ranges from African drums and Brazilian percussion to
hammered dulcimer, found objects, guitars, didjeridoo, and voice.

Also appearing on the renewable-energy powered stage are the Jim Gilmour
Band, Patino Vasquez and Mondo Sweetie, performance poet Chris Chandler,
singer-songwriter Steph Pappas, Village Harmony, the Studio Bliss
Dancers, and winner of last year's SolarFest Singer/Songwriter contest,
cellist Nick Ogawa.

Children's book author Frank Asch <http://www.frankasch.com/>  has
written a new original play for SolarFest's Theater-In-the-Woods, where
the audience follows the characters as the plot develops among the trees
and rocks of Forget-Me-Not-Farm's wooded acres. Mr. Asch has also
written a performance piece for adults that explores the issues
surrounding children who are conscripted to fight in wars around the
world. The performance piece will be presented Saturday evening at the

SolarFest’s keynote speaker, David Holmgren, http://www.holmgren.com.au/  
, is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the
permaculture concept following the publication of "Permaculture One" in
1978. Since then he has written several more books, developed three
properties using permaculture principles, conducted workshops and
courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Within the growing
and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his
commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects
and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a
realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism.
As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture,
David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations
for sustainability which are highlighted in his latest book,
Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. With this
book already on its second print run, and an increasingly high profile
as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his
refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.

Holmgren's talk is entitled Global Energy Peak: Threat Or Opportunity.

The historically momentous global peak in production of high quality
fossil fuels due this decade is already causing shock waves through the
world economy and reshaping geopolitics. Barely recognized by the
public, policy makers or even activists, this event will precipitate a
cascade of environmental, economic, political and cultural changes for
which society is totally unprepared.

While these changes will be seen as a threat, global energy peak has the
potential to quickly eclipse climate change as the driving force behind
the sustainability imperative.

For over 25 years permaculture has provided a coherent design framework
for a broad range of empowering strategies for living and livelihood
with less and less energy. While the understanding and adoption of these
strategies has been slow in an era of expanding energy, the emerging
energy descent era will make many radical permaculture solutions natural
and obvious.

David Holmgren's dramatic graphical presentation gives an empowering and
inclusive understanding of permaculture as a multi-faceted design
response to energy crisis.

In addition to the keynote speaker and two-day schedule of performances,
over twenty workshops on renewable energy and sustainable living will
take place. Also, SolarFest is working with Renewable Energy Vermont to
present a series of in-depth hands-on workshops in the week leading up
to the festival.

More than fifty renewable energy and sustainable living vendors will
exhibit, among numerous craft and food vendors.

SolarFest is the only festival of its kind, combining top-notch
performance, including music, theater and dance, two days of relevant
and practical educational opportunities, all powered with 100% renewable

The low $0 weekend ticket price includes free walk-in camping. Tickets
can be purchased at the SolarFest web site or at the gate.

For detailed schedules and more information about SolarFest, please
visit the web site at www.solarfest.org.

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