Watch this video if you want to learn about how the very first Festival was imagined and created in 1999. Lydia Grey and Deb Habib, two of the founding Organizers tell the story.
Here are photos from the very first Festival, held in 1999 in a field at Seeds of Solidarity Farm. Many of the people you see here are still involved in organizing the event 25 years later.
Below is a picture of Morris Metcalf and Tiger. They provided hay rides all day. Organizer Bruce Sherer says this: “Children lulled by the hay and the rhythm of the hooves and sway of the wagon were found at the end of the day peacefully sleeping inside the wagon. Tiger had the high honor of carrying Morris’s casket down Main Street in Orange to his final rest. The procession was over a mile long. Morris was the literal embodiment of the festival values of friendship and love.”
These are photos from the first Garlic and Arts Festival, held in 1999 in a field at the Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center Photo credit goes to Nicole Perron.