• Celebrating all things solar
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     | July 12,2013
     
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    Ellory Lane, of Clarendon Springs, hammers down stakes at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth on Thursday in preparation for this year’s SolarFest beginning today.

    Showcasing the power and possibilities of solar energy, the 2013 SolarFest Sustainability Conference and Music Festival starts today in Tinmouth.

    The family-friendly festival combines entertainment with informative workshops.

    This year’s festival, held at Forget-Me-Not Farm, runs through Sunday.

    More than 70 featured workshops, including a hands-on “tiny house” build and a climate camp, will focus on climate change, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and green building.

    Live entertainment includes performers such as Max Creek, The Skatalites, Jesse Dee, Soule Monde, and the SolarFest House Band who will light up the solar-powered main stage through the weekend.

    “There’s a big mix of entertainment this year,” said managing director Patty Kenyon, “Along with a lot of new, exciting things.”

    Ben & Jerry’s ice cream co-founder Ben Cohen will be the 2013 SolarFest keynote speaker.

    Now president of the Stamp Stampede campaign, Cohen has devoted his time to building efforts to amend the Constitution to get money out of politics.

    Cohen will speak Saturday at noon about the movement, as well as the importance of social justice and sustainability.

    New this year to the SolarFest lineup is “Funk and Flash From Junk and Trash.”

    During the weekendlong workshop, participants will transform discarded and reused items into wearable fashions to be modeled and judged at SolarFest’s first “Trashion Show.”

    The show will begin Sunday at 10 a.m. with an award ceremony to follow.

    Continuing along with the celebration of creativity and innovation will be the SolarFest Mini Makers Faire.

    Beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, participants can create and showcase their own inventions, projects or ideas, highlighting everything from homemade clothing to robots.

    SolarFest will also feature entertainment and activities for children.

    The play “Bad Wolf Goes to Hollywood,” written by Frank Asch, will be featured as the annual Theatre in the Woods production.

    In addition, an arts and crafts corner, as well as youth workshops geared toward informing the younger generation about renewables, will be available.

    “Our goal is to educate and spread the word that renewable energy is possible,” said Kenyon. “We want people thinking about it.”

    Festival passes, $15 for any day and $39 for the weekend, are available at the site.

    For more information, visit www.solarfest.org.

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