Virtual Garlic and Arts Festival – October 3 and 4, 2020

Garlic and Arts Festival Supports Community Differently This Year with New, Virtual Offerings for the Whole Family!

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 We cannot be together this weekend but we remain committed to supporting our exhibitors, promoting skills for resilience, and uniting community in a variety of ways as this is an especially important year to uphold the values and actions that keep our communities strong.
On Saturday at 9:00 am, we’ll announce the release of our all new YouTube channel and expanded website featuring over 120 videos- original and from the event archives- that will inspire our festival community. In addition, please link up and share along with the 6,000 followers of the festival facebook page where we will release select curated links every 15 minutes to as many of the exhibitors, performers, and presenters who make the festival such a scent-sational and beloved event that we could squeeze in. Our virtual team has scoured the internet for videos of you. Some were taken from other YouTube channels or other sites and have been added to our channel. If you did not respond to our spring and summer requests for online content (videos, virtual tours, presentations), feel free to do so before Friday but we cannot guarantee that we can individually promote it on social media in this 11th hour, although we will add it to our channel when we can for it to be viewed well into the future. We plan to grow the channel for years to come. 

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival extends deep appreciation to the many thousands that have attended over the years, plus hundreds of volunteers and exhibitors who have been with us so long. Resilience, cooperation, and forward thinking have kept the festival strong for over twenty years, and it remains so, as a source of inspiration that extends well beyond the wonderful scent of garlic. We proceed into a new and different foreseeable future, one in which all will benefit as we work towards the greater good with creativity and clear vision that includes good food, beautiful art, clean energy, and health and wellness for all.  

See you online when we launch on Saturday!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkYQm-KC1j2hpZfSItEgS2w/playlists (after channel gains followers we will have a festival specific URL)

www.garlicandarts.org

facebook.com/NorthQuabbinGarlicAndArtsFestival

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Garlic and Arts Festival Supports Community—Differently this Year!

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival cannot hold its popular event this year given COVID-19 guidelines, but the organizers remain committed to supporting their exhibitors, promoting skills for resilience, and uniting community in a variety of ways. The festival is orchestrated by an all-volunteer committee of friends and neighbors, artists and farmers. “We’ve always said that the spirit of the festival extends beyond a weekend” say organizers, “and this is an especially important year to uphold the values and actions that keep our communities strong.” In keeping with the festival’s original mission to celebrate the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the North Quabbin region and support those whose livelihoods are connected to the land and arts, organizers are pleased to announce several ways that the festival is celebrating community- differently this year!

Everyone can still support their favorite festival exhibitors.  The committee grieves the loss of many valuable annual community gatherings, including the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, and understands the economic impact the loss of events has on local and regional small business owners. An enhanced list of Garlic and Arts farmers, artists, food vendors, healing arts practitioners, and community organizations is available at www.garlicandarts.org. Festival lovers are encouraged to reach out to the wonderful vendors for purchases, services, and gifts. Seeds of Solidarity Farm, one of the festival founders, will sell their popular eating and seed garlic at their self-serve farmstand, as well as Garlic Saturdays from 12-5 PM, Sept 12-Oct 10 at their farm, where there will planting demos and a pop-up artist each week.

Enjoy a variety of virtual presentations for the whole family.  A playlist of engaging educational videos, performances and other resources will inspire skills for local living, family art projects, and more. These virtual resources will be available on the festival website starting late September. Garlic and Arts lovers far and wide will be able to enjoy favorite presenters and performers, and gain inspiration and new ideas at their leisure.

Take a Day Trip! Enjoy exploring the North Quabbin. The festival has put together a list of some nearby, favorite farmstands and markets to gather items for a picnic, and special spots and activities to relax in the natural beauty of the region. Find these suggestions at garlicandarts.org.

Community building and generosity have remained core values of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival since inception in 1999. This spirit has enabled the festival to make contributions each year- now totaling over $45,000-to a wide range of groups and organizations that propagate agriculture and the arts, wellness and renewable energy, and economic and racial justice. For 2020, the festival provided a loan to the Cooperative Fund of New England’s COVID-19 emergency fund, and made grants to The North Quabbin Foodathon; Great Falls Books Behind Bars; The Nolumbeka Project; Pioneer Valley Workers Center cooperative farm; People’s Medicine Project; the Shea Theater; and a pottery kiln and supplies for The Launchspace maker-space in Orange.

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival extends deep appreciation to the many thousands that have attended over the years, plus hundreds of volunteers and exhibitors. Resilience, cooperation, and forward thinking have kept the festival strong for over twenty years, and it remains so, as a source of inspiration that extends well beyond the wonderful scent of garlic. We proceed into a new and different foreseeable future, one in which all will benefit as we work towards the greater good with creativity and clear vision that includes good food, beautiful art, clean energy, and health and wellness for all.  

Stay connected:

www.garlicandarts.org

facebook.com/NorthQuabbinGarlicAndArtsFestival

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Garlic and Arts is a Green Deal

Garlic and Arts is a Green Deal

September 28-29 festival includes speakers on eco-living, climate challenge

As the world’s ‘green lung’ in the Amazon basin burns, and glaciers and polar ice sheets melt at record levels, ever more people grasp the threat to our future well-being. But when we learn about the sharp decline in biodiversity, meaning that whole species of insects, animals and plants are disappearing… well it can be too much, or at least too much to think about. So what to do?

The challenge of thinking, learning – and acting – has always been part of the annual North Quabbin Garlic & Arts festival. This year, Saturday, September 28th and Sunday the 29th, will see the 21st gathering of this unique, all-volunteer event that brings thousands of visitors and families to a former hillside farm in Orange.

Along with delicious foods and farm produce, creative presents and information booths, those who venture past the large (solar powered) stage will enter a section called “The Portal to the Future.”

Each year portal organizers choose a theme. “This year,” says coordinator and Warwick Energy Committee member Janice Kurkoski, “we present this question:  What’s the Deal with the New Green? …or what can YOU do to ensure a livable Earth for present and future generations?”

Youth organizers from the Sunrise Movement and and Extinction Rebellion (XR) will join members from North Quabbin Energy to talk about how to Go Greener.  “Following a series of stations on the path from the Kids Activity Tent to the Portal, you can come up with your own Go Greener Goals and post them on a giant globe for others to see.”

Once in the Portal, with its exhibits and information, a popular goal is the speaker’s tent, site of eight 45 minute sessions with local experts on key topics, four each day from noon through 4 pm.

Saturday’s themes start at noon with a talk on protecting bees and other pollinators from harmful chemicals, and at 1pm, on using the Common Good payment card for community power. At 2 pm the focus is directly on climate politics, with speakers from the youth-led Sunrise Movement and activist Extinction Rebellion on the Green New Deal. The final presentation, starting at 3 pm, is on “Community Makerspace” a non-profit, member-based community workshop.

From Sunday noon, presentations continue with speakers on: community seed libraries; cooking healthy mushrooms; and the development of sustainable building products. The final session, starting at 3pm, is on greening the electrical grid, with speakers from the Center for Ecological Technology.

For detailed information on all talks and speakers see:
http://northquabbinenergy.org/?page_id=2921

SATURDAY, Sept. 28

12:00

Give Bees a Chance: What Everyone Needs to Know about Neonicotinoids – Tom Sullivan, Western MA Pollinators Network

 1:00

Common Good: a Payment Card for Community Power – Christine Lindstrom

 2:00

Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion and the Green New Deal

 3:00

Meet Your Community Makerspace – Brianna Drohen

 

SUNDAY, Sept. 29

12:00

Starting a Community Seed Library – Tony Reiber, Greenfield Community College

1:00

Mushrooms for Dinner: with a side order to heal your body and mind – Paul Lagreze, New England Wild Edibles

2:00

Moving Towards Sustainable Building Products: from where we are to where we need to be – Andy Cole, Andy Cole Builders

3:00

Greening the Grid – Molly Craft and Ed Rutledge, Center for Ecological Technology

 

(Anna Gyorgy is a member of the Wendell Energy Committee and North Quabbin Energy)

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21st Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Resilience and Re-LOVE-ution!

Event Name: 21st Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2019. 10 AM to 5 PM both days. Shine or Rain

Location: Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange, MA. No pets allowed on site or in parking lots.

Travel and parking info; schedule of entertainment, activities, and exhibitors: www.garlicandarts.org

Facebook: facebook.com/NorthQuabbinGarlicAndArtsFestival/ Twitter hashtag: #NQGarlicandArts

Colorful image: jpg postcard image available for promotional use at garlicandarts.org

Admission: $10 (Good for the weekend!) $5 seniors, students, EBT cardholders. Kids 12 and under free.

Come prepared: No ATM on site, bring a water bottle for free water, and a bag to carry great goods!

Stages are filling with fabulous performers, vendors growing and crafting fabulous wares, and tents going up in preparation for the 21st Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, September 29 and 30 in Orange MA. The family friendly “festival that stinks” is renowned for exceptional art, local farm products, fabulous food, endless entertainment, and inspiration for a hopeful future. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, the event attracts and unites many thousands locally and across New England.

Great music, entertainment, and spoken word emanate from three stages and the rolling fields. The line-up of performers is testimony to the culturally diverse and abundant talents of the region. Over 100 bountiful booths feature regional artists, farmers, community organizations, and healing arts; everyone can strengthen the economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown! Travel the garlic globe in the chef demo tent, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine in four food courts. Over eighty engaging workshops and demos, activities and performances are scheduled throughout the weekend. Garlic games abound on the main field, including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Also for kids of all ages, a free art tent with clay fun, a giant weaving loom, and a path to illustrate your own “Go Greener” goals. Orange is the New Green: trash free (last year only two bags for 10,000 people!) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens not garbage. Bring your own bottle for the free drinking water provided, or buy a souvenir refillable one along with an artist-designed festival tee shirt and collector cookbook. The ‘Portal to the Future’ at the north end of the festival site is the place to visit for all things renewable energy, with inspiring local living workshops all weekend. Special urine-collecting toilets are provided in collaboration with The Rich Earth Institute. Make your golden contribution to the largest known event to divert urine, to be transformed into natural fertilizer!

Family friendly admission: $10 (Good for the weekend!) $5 for seniors, students, or EBT cardholders. Kids 12 and under free. NEW! The festival now participates in the MA Card to Culture program with discounts to EBT cardholders, plus accepts commongood.earth for admission payment.

Parking is FREE but limited so please carpool: on-site parking is for accessible tags and carpools of three or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed (service dogs only). Biking encouraged! Garlic lovers are hot, but no smoking on the festival site or shuttle bus lines. The festival is volunteer organized and run; proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects. Over $45,000 has been contributed to local organizations as well as socially responsible loan funds, and the festival donates hundreds of entry passes annually to organizations that serve low income local residents.

According to the organizers who are all volunteers, and friends and neighbors, “Twenty one years ago we dreamed up an idea to celebrate the beauty and bounty of our region, so often-overlooked, and ignite the cultural and agricultural economy of the North Quabbin. We each put 20 dollars on the table over a shared meal to initiate the first Garlic and Arts Festival, along with faith in the power of community and creativity, and a ‘let’s just do it’ attitude. More than ever, people of all walks of life need places to come together in celebration and gain inspiration for resilient lives and communities, and a saner world. That is at the heart of, and what happens every moment at the festival, and well beyond.”

Get the whole bulb at garlicandarts.org including the 2019 schedule of exhibitors, entertainment, and workshops and activities for all ages. Come find out why the festival is consistently rated in the top three among hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate Reader’s Poll. While in the North Quabbin, stop in at local businesses or enjoy ample hiking or paddling.

A volunteer committee of friends and neighbors, and Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, a non-profit organization, organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Supporters include the Forster/Stewart Family, over 100 exhibitors, and about 200 community volunteers the festival weekend!

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Celebrating North Quabbin’s bounty … and 20 years

Greenfield Recorder, Sunday, September 22, 2018, LIFE & TIMES

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20th Anniversary – North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Still Stinkin’ After All These Years

  • Event Name: 20th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
  • Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018. 10 AM to 5 PM both days. Shine or Rain
  • Location: Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange, MA. No pets allowed on site or in parking lots.
  • Travel and parking info; schedule of entertainment, activities, and exhibitors: www.garlicandarts.org
  • Facebook: facebook.com/NorthQuabbinGarlicAndArtsFestival/ Twitter hashtag: #NQGarlicandArts
  • Admission: Only $5 per day for adults, $8 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.
  • Come prepared: No ATM on site, bring a water bottle for free water, and a bag to carry great goods!

The 20th Anniversary of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is September 29 and 30 in Orange, MA. This family friendly destination is bursting with exceptional art, local farm products, fabulous food, endless entertainment, and inspiration for a hopeful future. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, the festival attracts thousands from throughout New England.

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary: Pick up a packet of pollinator seeds in several festival locations- a gift from the festival to sow seeds of goodness far and wide. Then at 3PM on Sunday partake in a parade, circle of peace and community, and a giant cake!

Over 100 bountiful booths feature regional artists, farmers, community organizations, and healing arts; strengthen community and economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Plus, over eighty engaging workshops and demos, activities and performances are scheduled throughout the weekend! Great music, entertainment, and spoken word fill three stages and the rolling fields. The line-up of performers this year is an amazing testimony to the culturally diverse and abundant talents of the region. Garlic games abound on the main field, including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe in the chef demo tent, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine in four food courts. Orange is the New Green: trash free (only three bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens not garbage. Bring your own bottle for the free drinking water provided, or buy a souvenir refillable one along with an artist-designed festival tee shirt and collector cookbook. Visit the ‘The World We Love,’ a giant handcrafted globe at the kid’s art and activity tent. Add your vision for a positive future. The ‘Portal to the Future’ at the north end of the festival site is the place to visit for all things renewable energy, with an inspiring workshop line-up, demo gardens, and special urine-collecting toilets provided in collaboration with The Rich Earth Institute. Make your golden contribution to the largest known event to divert urine, to be transformed into natural fertilizer!

Family friendly admission: Still only $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free. On-site parking is for accessible tags and carpools of 3 or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed (service dogs only). Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects.

Get the whole bulb at garlicandarts.org including the 2018 schedule of exhibitors, entertainment, and workshops and activities for all ages. Come find out why the festival is consistently rated in the top three among hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate Reader’s Poll. While in the North Quabbin, stop in at local businesses and Honest Weight brewery, or enjoy ample hiking or paddling.

A fully volunteer committee of friends and neighbors, and Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, a non-profit organization, organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Supporters include the Forster/Stewart Family, our exhibitors, and over 200 community volunteers the festival weekend!

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19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Resilience and Re-LOVE-ution!

Event Name: 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017. 10 AM to 5 PM both days. Shine or Rain

Location: Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange, MA. No pets allowed on site or in parking lots.

Travel and parking info; schedule of entertainment, activities, and exhibitors: www.garlicandarts.org

Facebook: facebook.com/NorthQuabbinGarlicAndArtsFestival/ Twitter hashtag: #NQGarlicandArts

Admission: Only $5 per day for adults, $8 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.

The 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, September 23rd and 24th in Orange MA is infused with vibrancy and action for a hopeful future along with exceptional art, local farm products, fabulous food, and fun for all ages. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, the festival is a popular destination that attracts thousands from throughout New England.

Over 100 bountiful booths feature regional artists, farmers, community organizations, and healing arts; strengthen community and economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Plus, over eighty engaging workshops and demos, activities and performances are scheduled throughout the weekend! Great music, entertainment, and spoken word fill three stages and the rolling fields. Garlic games abound, including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe in the chef demo tent, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine in four food courts. Orange is the New Green: trash free (only three bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens not garbage. Bring your own bottle for the free drinking water provided, or buy a souvenir refillable one along with an artist-designed festival tee shirt and collector cookbook.

New this Year! Two festival-wide happenings: Visit the ‘The World We Love,’ a giant handcrafted globe in the kid’s activity tent. Add your vision for a positive future for the earth and humanity, and then join in a celebratory parade at the end of each festival day. The ‘Portal to the Future’ at the north end of the festival site is the place to visit for all things renewable energy, including special urine-collecting toilets provided in collaboration with The Rich Earth Institute. Make your golden contribution to the largest known event to divert urine, to be transformed into nitrogen and phosphorus-rich natural fertilizer!

Family friendly admission: Still only $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free. On-site parking is for accessible tags and carpools of 3 or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed (service dogs only). Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects.

Get the whole bulb at garlicandarts.org including the 2017 schedule of exhibitors, entertainment, and workshops and activities for all ages. Come find out why the festival is consistently rated in the top three among hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate Reader’s Poll. While in Orange, enjoy a river paddle from the boathouse or a beer at Honest Weight Brewery. Stop in at local businesses downtown- recently transformed into ‘Castle Rock,’ the set for the upcoming Steven King Hulu TV series!

A fully volunteer committee of friends and neighbors, and Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, a non-profit organization, organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Supporters include the Forster/Stewart Family and over 200 community volunteers the festival weekend! Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for regional arts, agriculture, health and energy projects.

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Video: Garlic, a crop of many powers

Greenfield Recorder – 9/20/16

http://www.recorder.com/Garlic-4840686

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North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is in the air

MassLive – 9/10/16

http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/09/north_quabbin_garlic_and_arts_2.html

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18th Annual Garlic and Arts Festival

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival – 18 Years of the Festival that Never Gets Old

 Event Name: 18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2016

10 AM to 5 PM both days.  Shine or Rain

Location:  Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd.  Orange, MA 01364, No Pets Allowed

Travel and Shuttle Info, Schedule of Events and List of Exhibitors at: www.garlicandarts.org

Admission: Only $5 per day for Adults, $8 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.  

The scent-sational 18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival takes place September 24th and 25th in Orange Massachusetts. There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event, held on a beautiful historic farm amidst autumn foliage. Kindness, community and inspiration are always in style at this popular destination that attracts lovers of art and alliums from throughout New England.

Meander among 100 bountiful booths featuring regional artists, farmers, community organizations and garlic cuisine; strengthen community and economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Celebrate and relax with great bands, spoken word, and performance on three stages- including a solar-powered music stage – and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Be inspired by exhibitor demos and ample activities for kids and families. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Soothe the soul with healing arts exhibitors. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated chef demos, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine as you relax in the food courts. There are over eighty engaging workshops, activities and performances scheduled throughout the weekend! Orange is the New Green: trash free (well, only three bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens not garbage.

New this Year! The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a great way to spend a fun-filled day or full weekend in the present. But it is also a ‘Portal to the Future.’  So many of the large-scale systems that support our modern lives are stretched thin, breaking, or already broken.  Creating a more just and sustainable future asks us to live in very different ways.  The 2016 festival features a new ‘Portal to the Future’ area that highlights ways that art, food, small-scale farming, renewable energy, care for the land, and hand skills all contribute to community-building and local resilience. You can even experience electric vehicles and test drive one from the festival shuttle lot in collaboration with Plug in America.

Family friendly admission: Still only $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free. On-site parking for accessible tags and carpools of 3 or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed. Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects.

Get the whole bulb at garlicandarts.org including the complete 2016 schedule of exhibitors, music and entertainment, chef demos, renewable energy, local living workshops and activities for all ages. Find out why this event was awarded 2nd best festival out of hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate Reader’s Poll.

A fully volunteer committee of friends and neighbors, and Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, a non-profit organization, organize the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Supporters include the Forster/Stewart Family and over 200 community volunteers the festival weekend! Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for regional arts, agriculture, health and energy projects.

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