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Ann: SolarFest: The New England Renewable Energy Festival, July 14 & 15

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Posted by David Pyles on June 15, 2007, 2:53 pm
June 15, 2007

JULY 14 and 15, 2007.

CONTACT: PATTY KENYON at 802-235-2707

SolarFest: Energy Education Through the Arts - educating thousands of
people since it began in 1995.  The 100 per cent renewable-energy
powered festival has something for absolutely everyone.  Two solar-
powered stages host dance bands, folk singers, world beat drummers, jam
bands, "rockappella" groups, singer/songwriters, and music from many
other genres.  "We're like the Trust Us film series: you may not have
heard of who's playing at SolarFest, but you know it's going to be
good," says Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, who has booked the festival since 1999.

If music is not the primary interest, there are over forty workshops on
renewable energy and sustainable living topics, beginning at 9:00 AM
each day.  The workshops take place in covered tents, and employ
state-of-the-art visual aids and amplification, so as to reach people in
the back row.  Typically the workshop tents are full; there are also
workshops on agriculture, beekeeping, and local plant identification
that rove around the farm's acres.  Topics range from the technical
(Solar 101 and Solar Hot water for do-it-yourselfers, Biofuels) to green
building (cob house and straw bale construction, Recycling Building
Materials) to the steps anyone can take to reduce energy use and save
money (the Home Energy Diet, The Least Expensive kilowatt is the One
Never Used, Healthy Home - Clean Up and Green Up) to tips on living more
sustainably (Localvores, Community Supported Energy, Stretching Seasonal

In addition, there are dozens of renewable energy and sustainable living
vendors and businesspeople who will exhibit and demonstrate and share
their knowledge with attendees.

Two prominent authors on environmental issues are keynote speakers:
Bill McKibben will address the crowd from the main stage on Saturday
evening, and John Elder on Sunday afternoon.

A children's area with a full schedule of activities engages the
under-twelve set, who are admitted to the festival free when accompanied
by an adult.  There are many entertainers scheduled for the Kid's Corner
and family stage as well.  Food and craft vendors fill the site.

Two favorite events occur over the festival weekend which are absolutely
unique to SolarFest: children's book author Frank Asch writes an
original quirky fairy tale performed by young actors in the highly
popular Theater-in-the-Woods, and fire artist Glenn Tarbell creates a
flammable sculpture, often with moving parts, that is the centerpiece of
spontaneous nighttime music making and celebration.

The festival is a true community event, using the energy and talents of
more than 200 volunteers over the year and the weekend.

With all the concern about climate change and high gas prices, this
year's SolarFest promises to deliver much-needed information and
inspiration to help people make constructive changes.  Parking at the
beautiful rural farm site is limited; people are highly encouraged to
carpool, or bicycle to the event.  Weekend tickets and day passes are
available.  Walk-in camping is free; car camping is an additional $0.
Ticket information and other details can be found on the web site:
www.solarfest.org or by calling 802-235-1513.  Absolutely no glass is
allowed, nor animals of any kind with the exception of guide dogs.

For interviews with board members, staff or more details call Patty
Kenyon, Festival Manager at 802-235-2707.

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