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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Phoenixville Green Earth Festival to be held Saturday, August 6th

Phoenixville is going green at the second annual Green Earth Festival on the Schuylkill River Trail on August 6 from 9AM – 2PM. The festival will celebrate area businesses and service groups that are working to make Phoenixville a sustainable community. Organized by the Phoenixville Green Team, in association with the Farmer’s Market, the market and festival will stretch along the creek side trail from Taylor Ave to the Foundry.

The event features exhibitors, food, music, children’s entertainment and a Speaker Forum. Our first GoodGreenWorks project invites everyone to bring good clothing and shoes to the Clothing Swap and Shoe Drop. Participation art projects will encourage everyone to craft several public art creations with clay and chalk.

The festival will host exhibitors that specialize in eco-friendly products, renewable energy, earth-friendly services, environmental advocacy, and organizations that are making a difference by protecting the environment and building a sustainable and maintainable local economy. Exhibitor spaces are still available.

The public is invited to do some good at our first ever GoodGreenWorks event. The Clothing Swap, managed by LuLu Boutique & Gifterie, is a great way to clean out your closets and contribute to repurposing items that are still in great shape. Bring some old and bag some newish threads. All left over clothing will be donated to local charities. The Shoe Drop, organized by Busy Bee Organizing Solutions, will accept all kinds of shoes, including boots and sandals, to be donated to Soles4Souls, who recycle and distribute shoes to developing countries and to areas hit by disasters.

The Speakers Forum will feature presentations on solar energy, energy audits, recycling, the New American Garden, Time Bank, sustainable business development, local bike trail updates, and for the kids --- a book reading and discussion on “10 Things I Can Do to Help My World.”

Entertainment will include music and public art projects that everyone can join in. Artist young and old will be able to decorate the trail with your own chalk sidewalk art masterpiece. Come down and get brown by adding your inspiration to the Green Man and Wild Woman wall sculptures. Two large clay panels will be created by clay artist, John Matthews, to jump-start this public art creation. An educational exhibit will highlight endangered plant and animal species in PA. The public will be encouraged to participate by sculpting one of these plant or animal forms to contribute to the work. The wall panels will be fired and installed locally.
Free bike rentals will be available on the trail through Phoenix Cycles as part of the Bike Schuylkill – Phoenixville program. The Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor and the Green Team sponsor this program so that people can explore the town and local trails on two wheels. A one hour guided bike tour to the Black Rock Dam Fish Ladder will start at noon.

The Phoenixville Green Team is a volunteer committee of the Phoenixville Main Street Community Development Corporation (CDC). Our mission is to advocate for a greener Phoenixville that preserves the environment and promotes sustainable lifestyles and businesses. We meet monthly to develop and report on our green initiatives and also sponsor an informative free forum at Molly McGuires. The presentations provide interesting information and free flowing discussion. Best of all......you get to meet other Phoenixville folks interested in exploring and advocating local sustainable and environmental ways to live and work green.

The Green Team has active projects pursuing the following goals:

  • Brownfield Remediation
  • Public Transit / Walkability / Biking
  • Natural Resource and Water Conservation
  • Waste and Recycling
  • Energy Conservation / Renewable Energy
  • Buy Local

Questions regarding this press release – Mark Connolly, 610-763-8227 or markjconnolly@gmail.com
Exhibitor inquiries – Pam Long 484-995-8305 or pam@longcsi.com
Visit the Green Earth Festival at www.phxgreen.org

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