15 Years of Celebration – North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

15th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

15 Years of Celebration Event Name: 15th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 PM both days.  Shine or Rain
Location:   Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd.  Orange, MA 01364. No Pets Allowed
Admission: Adults $5 per day, $8 for weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.
Full Program, Exhibitors, Travel and Parking details: www.garlicandarts.org
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The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is the place to be on October 5 and 6, 2013!

Celebrate and be inspired; it’s the 15th anniversary of ‘The Festival that Stinks,’ consistently rated in the Top Three Local Festivals by the Valley Advocate ‘Best Of’ readers poll. And, the ‘buck drops here!’ to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this fully volunteer organized, community revitalizing event, during the weekend a small plane will take off from Orange’s very own airport and drop 1,500 ‘Garlic and Arts Bucks’ from the sky to help everyone enjoy the wonderful wares of the festival exhibitors and support local!

There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination, held on a beautiful historic farm in Orange, MA. Buy local, be local: support the bounty of over 100 booths featuring juried regional artists, farmers, and community organizations.  All ages gain creative inspiration from an array of on-going and scheduled demonstrations. Watch leatherwork or wool spinning, press cider and learn to grow garlic, learn to entice pollinators or keep chickens, relax at a healing arts booth, and see skilled local craftspeople timber framing, milling lumber and turning bowls.

The fall foliage and beautiful rolling fields of the historic Forster family farm create a relaxing setting for fabulous entertainment. Get the full schedule of festival events at garlicandarts.org, but here’s a taste: The 2013 main stage line-up includes: Inside/Out Dance Company, Celtic Heels, The Pangeans, The Equalites, Crow’s Rebellion, Gaia Roots, and The Impulse Ensemble. Family activities have expanded to the ‘North End’ festival field where a big canopy will be filled with storytelling, crafts activities, face painting, and dance and movement performances for kids and families. Over 30 spoken word artists organized by Human Error Publishing emerge out of the woods and onto the stage in the food court to season your meal with poetry and song.

To fill your belly as well as soul, fabulous food vendors fill four food courts with amazing local, garlic and savory dishes that transcend your average fair fare. In the cooking demo tent, chefs from The Gill Tavern, Stockbridge Farm, The Kitchen Garden, Fireside Bar and Grill, The Farm Table and the Rendezvous will arouse your own garlic and farm-fresh creations. After you eat, enjoy a ‘Gardens not Garbage’ installation created by Seeds of Solidarity to learn how the festival- known for producing only 3 bags of trash for 10,000 people- instead generates compost sufficient to make 20 local community gardens! Orange is the New Green. There’s an incredible line-up of renewable energy and local living workshops that will energize and transform your lifestyle. Add to all this garlic games galore on the main field, a chance to try your hand at disc golf, or for those who dare, the famous raw garlic eating contest.

     All this for an inflation busting, family friendly admission of $5.00 per day for adults, $8.00 for a weekend pass, and kids 12 and under are always free. Vibrant with creative culture, sense of community, family fun and skills for local living, the festival has been likened to  ‘a giant family picnic where everyone gets along.’

To Get to the Festival: Take Route 2 to Exit 16, or Route 202 from the south, and follow the signs to the main parking area and shuttle lot on the corner of Holtshire and Fairman Roads to catch a free, five- minute ride right to the festival entrance gate. Parking at the festival site is reserved for carpools of three or more or those with handicap tags. Or Hike! Exercise enthusiasts can hike 45 minutes from the shuttle lot through the forest and over the hills to the festival via the Chestnut Hill trails. Get full directions and travel details at www.garlicandarts.org /directions/. No pets are allowed on the festival site or left in cars. Visit the website at www.garlicandarts.org for the complete 2013 schedules of exhibitors, music, entertainment, kids activities and games, chef demos, renewable energy, local living and healing arts workshops.

Help us write the Book of Garlic! Bring your favorite garlic recipes, reminiscences about the festival (past and present), photos or drawings to be included in this exciting, if stinky, community project. Submissions will be accepted at several festival locations or email thebookofgarlic@gmail.com through February 2014.

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, local businesses, 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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Press Photo – ‘Garlic and Arts Bucks’ Drop

Aerial View of the FestivalThe 15th Anniversary of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, nestled in the beautiful North Quabbin, will include a ‘Garlic and Arts Bucks’ drop by plane, along with ample art, agriculture, great food, and entertainment for all ages.

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Artsy Garlic PhotoCelebrating the artistic, agricultural, and cultural bounty of the North Quabbin region.

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2013 Festival Postcard

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Share this Postcard for the 2013 Festival with your friends and family via email, social media, or print it out and send via snail mail.

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2013 Festival Press Release, May 2013

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival – 15 Years of Celebration!

15th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Date and Time:  Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 PM both days.  Shine or Rain
Location:   Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd.  Orange, MA 01364, No Pets Allowed
Full Details on the festival Website: www.garlicandarts.org
Admission: Only: $5 per day for Adults, $8 for weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.  

Mark your calendars for the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, on October 5 and 6, 2013.  Celebrate and Be Inspired; it’s the 15th year of ‘The Festival that Stinks,’ consistently rated in the Top 3 Local Festivals by the Valley Advocate ‘Best Of’ readers poll.
There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination, held on a beautiful historic farm in Orange, MA. Buy local, be local: support the bounty of over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, and community organizations; strengthen communities by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Relax and celebrate life with great music, performance, spoken word, and dance on two solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Gain inspiration with over sixty inspiring presentations and activities, plus exhibitor demos, and great art and nature activities for kids. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated chef demos, and fill your belly with glorious, farm fresh and savory cuisine as you relax in the food courts overlooking the festivities. Energize your life with informative workshops in the renewable energy and healing arts tents. Orange is the New Green: trash free (well, only three bags of garbage for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost. All this for an incredible, affordable family friendly admission: $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking too. Celebrate and Be Inspired!

 To get there: Route 2 to Exit 16, then route 202 South (or 202 North from points south) and follow the signs to the free shuttle for a short ride to the festival entrance. Parking at the festival site is for carpools of 3 or more or handicap tags. Save Fuel: bike or carpool. Hikers! Park at the shuttle lot and enjoy a mile hike to the festival gate. No pets allowed at the festival or parking areas; please leave yours at home.

Get the whole bulb at: www.garlicandarts.org; the 2013 schedule of exhibitors, music, entertainment and games, chef demos, renewable energy, local living and healing arts workshops will be updated by July.

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, local businesses, 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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Garlic, art, and celebration of all things creative and local abound at this scent-sational family destination

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Press Release – August 28, 2012

14th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

Where Orange is the New Green!

 
Event Name: 14th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 10 a.m. to 5 PM both days.  Shine or Rain
Location:   Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd.  Orange, MA 01364
Admission: Adults $5 per day, $8 for weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free.
Full travel and schedule details: www.garlicandarts.org; No Pets Allowed.
Writing an article? Contact: deb@seedsofsolidarity.org  
     Follow your nose to the 14th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival on September 29and 30.  This scent-sational and much anticipated event fondly known as “The Festival that Stinks” emanates non-stop entertainment and education for everyone in the family.
     Festival enthusiasts wander among 100 exhibitors featuring the region’s finest artists and craftspeople, farmers, specialty food creators and innovative organizations. All ages gain creative inspiration from more than 25 art and agriculture demonstrations, from leather work to weaving, cider pressing to growing garlic, composting with worms, raising bees, and turning wooden bowls. Purchasing locally grown and handcrafted products strengthens local economies! Vibrant with creative culture, sense of community, family fun and skills for local living, the festival has been likened to  ‘a giant family picnic where everyone gets along.’
     The fall foliage and beautiful rolling fields of the historic Forster family farm create a relaxing setting for fabulous performances on two stages. The 2012 musical line-up includes: Wishbone Zoe, Carrie Ferguson, Dave Dersham Band, Trailer Park, Empty Banks, The Gaslight Tinkers, Fenibo, and Mother Turtle. The family stage includes Inside Out Dance Company, Attar Bellydance, Celtic Heels Irish Dance, Joshua Pearson, Peter Seigel and Jay Mankita, Skeleton Crew Theater, Gaia Roots and Ricardo Frota, plus performances by the SOL Garden ‘Grow Food Everywhere’ Theater. Local chefs from Magpie Pizzeria, Stockbridge Farm, The Kitchen Garden, Franklin Community Coop, and the Rendezvous, plus workshops at the wood fired oven will arouse your own garlic and farm-fresh creations. Renewable energy workshops like building a net zero home, micro-hydro power, wind energy, masonry wood heaters, mulching and more fuel your life. Presentations on the Alexander Technique, body care for working bodies, reducing allergies naturally, and self-acupressure offer a healing break. Add to all this ample kids art and nature activities and garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest that make this event a draw for families across New England.
     New this Year! A Spoken Word stage organized by Human Error Publishing and featuring over 40 local poets, and a new children’s circle to inspire natural creativity are nestled along a peaceful forest path under the pines.Definitely come hungry; fabulous food vendors fill four food courts with amazing local, garlic and savory dishes that transcend your average fair fare. The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has helped inspire many other trash free events in the region by producing only three bags of garbage for 10,000 people. Orange IS the New Green! All this for an inflation busting, family friendly admission of $5.00 per day for adults, $8.00 for a weekend pass, and kids 12 and under are always free.
     To Get to the Festival: Take Route 2 to Exit 16, or Route 202 from the south, and follow the signs to the main parking area and shuttle lot on the corner of Holtshire and Fairman Roads to catch a free, five- minute ride right to the festival entrance gate. Parking at the festival site is reserved for carpools of three or more or those with handicap tags. New! Exercise enthusiasts can hike 45 minutes from the shuttle lot through the forest and over the hills to the festival via the Chestnut Hill trails. Get full directions and travel details at www.garlicandarts.org /directions/.
No pets are allowed on the festival site or left in cars. Visit the website at www.garlicandarts.org for the complete 2012 schedules of exhibitors, music, entertainment, kids activities and games, chef demos, renewable energy, local living and healing arts workshops.

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, local businesses, 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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