Earth Fest 2017

How will you celebrate Earth Day this year?

How about at an all-ages, FREE EVENT complete with Workshops, Children’s Activities, and exhibits by local Environmental Organizations and Green Businesses?

On Saturday April 22, join Angola community members on the square in the March for Science from 10-11.

Afterward, come on out to

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Earth Fest is a day to celebrate the amazing locally-minded, sustainability-oriented organizations in our area. The day will include:

  • Live music
  • Presentations & workshops
  • Games and activities for all ages
  • Family fun!

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00-11:00 at

Briali Vineyards and Winery

Be sure to visit the Facebook event page!

Click here for our downloadable poster/lineup:

Earth Fest Poster

EF2017 lineup

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.”

Henry David Thoreau

2017 Kids Activities

As usual, Earth Fest will feature lots of fun for the kids! Our Activities Committee is hard at work preparing environmentally-oriented games and crafts for kids ages 3 and up.

Who? Anyone three or older

What? Activities will most likely include a nature scavenger hunt, recycled art, making a bird feeder, and more!

When? 1:00pm-5:00pm

Where? On the green near the stage

Why? Because it’s always fun to play

2017 Music, Presenters, and Workshops

Here is the day’s lineup

Note: Throughout the day, bands will play for a half hour or so and will be followed by a half-hour presentation.

11:00 A.m.: Clusterfolk

NeoFolk Americana in Northern Indiana. Comprised of James Ellsworth, Sarah & Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman. Rich eclectic originals and covers peppered with cowboys, canines, and other feral creatures.

11:00 a.m. Workshop: Art with Barb

Details TBA

11:30 a.m.
Local Tree Identification
Rita Smith
TERRIFIC TREES! Discover some easy ways to identify the trees in your backyard and what native trees are ideal for planting in your area.

12:00 p.m.: Soltre

What is Soltre?

Linguists have debated the true meaning of Soltre for years.  Some say it refers to a philosophy of peace and love.  Others say it is a word rooted from a Gaeilge word for laundry soap.  To us, Soltre means 4 guys with a wide variety of musical background and talent that have come together to make music they love.  We hope you love it too!

12:00 p.m. Workshop: Nature Journaling with Amy Oberlin

Amy Oberlin, news editor at The Herald Republican, will take you on a minds-eye journey while discussing how to make nature journaling fun and relevant for you. A nature journal chronicles the world, its many facets and transformations. Some people may keep leaves or pressed flowers while other are moved to poetry. It’s something anyone can enjoy, and could even be a family or club project.

12:30 p.m.
Community Conservation
Bridgette Harrison
Community Conservation can be defined as the intersection of a land trust and community need. In a climate where federal grant funding is in jeopardy, it is vital that conservation be achieved with community backing and support. Let’s explore how conservation organizations and individuals can work together to conserve our treasured corner of northeast Indiana.

1:00 p.m.

My name is Jonathan Mathew Watkins and I write Eerie and Ornery Songs. I write love songs. I write funny songs. My preference is neither acoustic nor electric guitar, but since I don’t have a band, I will be playing my acoustic classical guitar for you. I will be happy to play some music, learn some things new to me, and maybe dance.

1:00 p.m. Workshop: What’s Inside your Garden Gate?” with LouAnn Homan

No matter how small your yard, with a little work and imagination, you can build an eco-friendly habitat.

1:30 p.m.
Sustainability Practices in Jamaica
Trine Students
On a recent cultural perspectives trip, Trine students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the mountain culture of Jamaica. Staying at a remote eco lodge west of Negril, they ate nothing but true Jamaican food that was seasonally available and used water sourced only from rain barrels. This presentation chronicles their week and how their perspective was altered—not just of the Jamaican people, but of what it means to live off the grid.

2:00 p.m.: Danielle Gyger

Danielle Gyger lives in Lansing and has been surrounded by music her entire life, playing old time fiddle, piano, keyboard, guitar, and dabbling in the theramin. Her musical inspirations include Joni Mitchell, Belle & Sebastian, Gillian Welch, Paul Simon, Townes Van Zandt, and Jesse & the Rippers.

2:00 p.m. Workshop: Wild Edibles (Lunch in Your Lawn) with Tammy Alvord

Details TBA

2:30 p.m.
If a tree falls in the woods…do the other trees react?
Sandra Messner with the Indiana Forest Alliance
New research has uncovered surprising information about trees and forests. In Trees Talk, the Indiana Forest Alliance shares fresh data about the unusual way trees communicate, share resources, fight pests, and react to change.

3:00 p.m.: John Getz

John Getz plays an intricate blend of hand-picked bluegrass originals and folk, old country and bluegrass blends. His guitar wizardry is well known throughout northeastern Indiana and his original songs are thoughtful and thought provoking. He draws his inspiration from simple life and love living off the grid in rural LaGrange County.

3:30 p.m.
Planting Natives for Beauty and Biodiversity 
Martha Ferguson with Riverview Nursery
How to create beautiful gardens using plants native to northeastern Indiana. These gardens bring added enjoyment when planted for pollinators, butterflies, birds and other wildlife as well as improvement of water quality. Included is a discussion of designing for habitat connectivity so your garden supports movement of biotic processes between larger patches of habitat.

4:00 p.m.: The Thriftniks

The Thriftniks are a Folk N Roll band based in Angola, Indiana. Their music blends bluegrass with soul, folk with early rock n roll; all with an indie twist.  Their first EP, “Second Hand Band” highlight the group’s originality in lyrics and intensity in harmonies sung by husband and wife singers, Allie and Ruben Ryan. Mandolin and accordion player, Noah Parnell, has been performing with Ruben for fifteen years under various guises; the two have an album together called “Paupers Cult Pleasure Classics.” On cajon, congas, and sundry other percussive elements, Joe Patton blends his roots sensibility into the rhythmic heartbeat of the band. Playing the music of the future in the past-tense, The Thriftniks have established themselves in northern Indiana as worthy of multiple listens.

Link to their first single, “Communicable Empathy” from the EP “Second Hand Band”  https://clyp.it/tb43xrzv

4:30 p.m.
Examining the drivers and consequences of global climate change 
Wes Bickford
Climate change is an issue that we all have some familiarity with. While the issue can seem complex, the science behind it is not difficult. We will discuss the basics of the global carbon cycle on Earth wherein carbon changes forms and moves between different pools. We will examine natural shifts in the carbon balance throughout history and resulting changes in ambient temperatures. Through these explorations, we will discover the impacts of current human-induced shifts in the carbon balance on our climate, our natural resources, and our way of life.

5:00 p.m.: Rachael Barry

I received an acoustic guitar about eight years ago. I took lessons for those first three months, and in that time, I was able to learn the basic chords. Whenever I want to learn a song, I will look for sheet music I believe I can play and it will be trial and error trying to learn to pick it or I will look up a tutorial on YouTube. Because I prefer the picking style when I play, I started playing with a classical guitar this the past year. I still consider myself very much a beginner.

soundcloud: rachaelerin

5:30 p.m.
Invasive Species
Dave Drogos
This presentation is an introduction to the basics of native and non-native plant communities. Why are native communities important, why can’t they sustain themselves, and how can we make a difference?

6:00 PM

Andru Bemis

Andru Bemis is an American musician from New Mexico, currently living in New York State. He performs on the banjo, violin, guitar and banjo-ukulele. Bemis lives a minimalist lifestyle, and is known for his engaging live shows throughout the United States. He tours primarily by train, public transportation, and hitchhiking

Bemis has released three solo albums: “Plays Past His Bedtime” (2002), “Singer” (2004), and “Rail To Reel” (2006) He has collaborated on albums with Jason Webley, Trent Wagler & Jay Lapp,] Rachel Ries, and Elisabeth Pixley-Fink.

Since 2007, Bemis has operated Foundry Hall, a non-profit, all-ages community center and performance venue in South Haven, Michigan.

7:00 p.m.
WE THE 7th
Seth Sutton
Using Standing Rock as the backdrop, wiinwaa niizhaasing documents the rich and vibrant Indigenous community of West Michigan. Themes discussed; Standing Rock, the United Statesʼ current political landscape, tribal sovereignty and traditional arts. Sutton is currently completing his new multi-media project, How do we tell our children? (the commodity of culture). Along with his collective, We the 7th will be exhibiting with Standing Rock Solid; a changing retrospective of Indigenous protest art, currently on display at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways in Mt. Pleasant Michigan. His commercial work can be seen at Anchor Hocking, Amazon, Home Depot, HGTV, Log Home Living, Necco Candy Company, CBM Motorcycles along with several other national and global publications as well as global Internet commerce sites. 2017 Sutton was nominated for Teacher of the Year.

8:00 p.m.: Drew Nelson & Friends (performing with Seth Sutton)

Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.

He first met John Gorka in 2006, when Drew performed as part of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting contest. John found him backstage after his performance and told him how much his songs moved him. Since then, Drew has shared the stage with John several times, including at such big events as the Kerrville Folk Festival. “Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists,” John Gorka says. “His songs sound like the rest of us feel….dazed, angry, amazed and climbing.”

Drew garnered further attention in 2009, when he released Dusty Road to Beulah Land (Waterbug Records), and it topped the folk radio charts. It also caught the attention of the Grammy-winning indie label Red House
Records, which just signed him. “I love that Drew can rock out as well as write sensitive ballads,” Red House president Eric Peltoniemi says. “I admire his down-to-earth songwriting which portrays our world and ordinary people with such deep feeling and unflinching clarity. He has worked hard in life and hasn’t been afraid to get his hands dirty. He has 100% credibility in the subject matter he writes about, and I’m excited to get the chance to work with him.”

Drew’s Red House debut Tilt-A-Whirl comes out in early 2012. He can also be heard on the new album Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era, along with Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry and new label-mate Eliza Gilkyson.

In support of his new album, Drew Nelson will be showcasing at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and will be touring across North America and Europe.

When Drew is not on the road, he enjoys reading, rooting for the Detroit Tigers, doing hot yoga and working as an amateur luthier, building guitars and octave mandolins. He is also working on putting together a photography show.

 

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