Monday, September 8, 2008

The Day We've All Been Waiting for is Almost Here: Grey to Green Festival September 13, 2008

The Grey to Green Festival is this Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Wick Park will be transformed into a "Green World" for the first ever "Grey to Green" Festival on Youngstown's North Side. Many environmentally oriented businesses, community organizations, and local, regional, and state agencies will participate in the inaugural event which strives to increase awareness of environmental issues, highlighting the grey-to-green concept in the Youngstown 2010 Plan as well as the Wick Park Revitalization effort that is currently underway.

The Grey to Green Festival organizing coalition's shared belief and vision is that a collaboration of citizens, agencies, organizations, and government can mobilize communities to address important issues and solve problems in new ways by moving from problem-driven solutions to vision-driven solutions in a post-industrial era of transition where many areas such as Youngstown Struggle to cope with such change.

The Grey to Green Festival organizing committee includes the office of the U.S.Congressman Tim Ryan, the Raymond John Wean Foundation, the Green Team,Youngstown Litter Control and Recycling, Defend Youngstown, CityScape, ReCreate, Treez Please, Grow Youngstown, First Book Mahoning Valley, the Oakland Center for the Arts, Art Youngstown, the Wick Park Revitalization Committee, the City of Youngstown, Youngstown State University,Defend Youngstown,YESS, and the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, and many great citizens of the area.

Our wonderful sponsors include: The Raymond John Wean Foundation, Youngstown State University, The City of Youngstown, Treez Please, Grow Youngstown, Home Depot, Common Wealth Inc., The Energy Detectives, Superior Chemicals,McCauley Funeral Home, Time Bank of the Mahoning Valley, Sherman Creative, Lien Forward Ohio, Susie and Ray Beiersdorfer, Richard Moore, Sister Barbara O'Donnell,and Frank Bishop and Attorney Debra Weaver.

Special thanks to the Youngstown Business Incubator, Kontinuous Jam, the Unitarian Church and all of our wonderful performers and volunteers.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers we have a day full of fun activities and entertainment, food and "green" merchandise vendors. The central theme of the festival will emphasize sustainable practices- minimal energy and resource consumption with maximum recycling and waste reduction.

Schedule of Events

Main Stage
11:00 Welcome
11:30 –Market Street Muppet Show
12:30 The Youngstown Connection
1:15 Jim Scott (song writer and performer of environmental songs)
2:30 – 4:30 Chaibababa with Machete (alternative world music)
5:00 Brady’s Leap (Celtic Rock)

Children's Activities
Dora the Explorer and activities
11:30 1:00 2:00 4:30
Trash and Treasure k- 4th grade 12:00 -12:30
Trash and Treasure 5th – 12th graders
12:35 – 1:00
Bird Craft and Walk
12:00 1:30 2:30 5:00

Yoga/ Tai Chi
Jack Wolp Tai chi - 12:00
Deb Wilson - Yoga - 1:00
Marie Lew Tai Chi Step One - 3:00

Other Events and Happenings
Drop and Shop 11:00 -3:00
Leaf Bag Distribution- throughout the day
Farmers Market 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Art Youngstown 11:00 – 6:00 PM
The Nasa Aero Bus
The EPA traveling Exhibit
Patty Evans drumming throughout the day in various locations
Belly Dance Class/ Demonstration
Bring your empty/clean spray bottles to the Shaklee Vending area and receive a free sample of their cleaning products.

Please note that one of the major goals of the festival is to generate as little waste as possible. We ask that you avoid the use of plastic bags, and that if possible bring your own reusable bag or purchase a beautiful new one from one of our vendors. We also ask that you leave the park clean. Recycling bins will be available throughout the park.

We will be providing programs to visitors with the list of activities, vendors, and events. We encourage you to recycle them if you chose not to keep them. Please note that inside the programs will be a small form to be completed with your name and address so that we can establish a contact list and so that you may win one of our wonderful gifts. Please complete the form and drop them into the box at the Pavilion or in the food area.

The Farmers Market will sell food across Elm Street in the area of the Unitarian Church from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Please note that all utensils being used at the church are compostable as are napkins and cups., There will be a composter available specifically for this purpose. Also, please feel free to bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs, and blankets.

Please note that the Drop and Shop will operate from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Drop & Shop for Freeat the Grey to Green Festival
Get rid of UNWANTED but USABLE household items!
Take stuff you need for FREE!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wick Park, 260 Park Ave. Youngstown, OH 44504

Bring unwanted but usable/working household items! Take items you need! It’s a
fast, easy, free way to get rid of stuff or get stuff you need. Plus, you’ll help your environment by saving landfill space and natural resources.
Questions? Call YSU re:CREATE at (330) 941-2238.
Sponsors YSU re:CREATE, Green Team, Grey to Green Festival Committee
Drop It & Shop for FREE!
Example of Items to Bring:
Any usable/working, non hazardous household items
Baby Items
Beds, Bedding, & Bed Frames w/o stains, odors, or rips
Canned Goods
Carpet w/o stains, odors, or rips
Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories
Construction Supplies
First Aid Items
Furniture w/o stains, odors, or rips
Kids Toys, Clothes, & Shoes
Knick Knacks
Kitchen items
Paper & Plastic Products
Remodeling Supplies
Tableware: Plates/Dishes & Silverware & Glasses
Toiletries-unused/new – any size
Computers Electronics
Gas Cans
Hazardous Items
Hospital, water, or sofa beds
Hot water tanks
Scrap Metal
For info on donation/safe
disposal call re:CREATE
(330) 941-2238
Printed on Recycled Content Paper
Don’t Trash It !


Lucy said...

It looks like a full day! I'm particularly intrigued by the Drop and Shop--I love this idea!

susie said...

The closer it gets, the more excited I get!

I find myself asking strangers "Have you heard about the Grey to Green Festival this Saturday?" ANd more and more are saying YES!

This is innovative, cutting-edge and transformational!

Spread the word!

Peace and Grey to Green...

Phil Kidd said...

Should be a great event. Can't wait! Thanks to all who are putting in their own personal time outside of their personal schedules to help make this event possible. See everyone Saturday!

Phil Kidd