• Looking for something fun to do next weekend?
  • Are you concerned about climate change?
  • Do you love great music?
  • And beautiful Vermont scenery?
  • How about wonderful, enlightened people?

If you answered yes to any (and hopefully all) of the above, I highly recommend you check out Solarfest. Here is a trailer from 2006...

SolarFest is an Energy and Music Festival that is held for one weekend every year, and is run entirely on renewable energy! Held at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, VT, Solarfest blends art, education, and grassroots activism to inspire the conservation of Earth's limited resources, to promote renewable energy, and to support the creation of sustainable communities. Since its inception in 1995, SolarFest has built a reputation for promoting artistic excellence and community-building, and has raised more than a few eyebrows when people realize that our entire weekend festival is run on renewable energy (this includes ALL electricity on site; even the extensive sound and lighting on both performance stages), primarily solar with wind and bio-diesel in the mix.

SolarFest happens each year with the help of nearly 200 volunteers. These folks come together each summer to prepare the site, run the festival and break it down after it is over. MrMaple and I have volunteered many times over the years - everything from veggie prep in the food tent, to adjudicating the annual Singer/Songwriter Contest. We are also proud to be one of their donors.

Past performers have included Dar Williams and Ember Swift, and this year's keynote speaker is Bill McKibben. Workshops range from Sustainable Energy Technologies, such as small-scale hydro and wind power to Topics in Sustainability, such as energy conservation to Sustainability in Motion, such as biodiesel use and cob construction.

Learn more here and come join us for a great weekend. I can't put it any better than the mission statement of one of this year's scheduled performers (Pulse Prophets): "elevate your mind and shake your behind!"

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