Portal to the Future

Portal to the FutureThe North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival may look like just good old-fashioned fun or a great way to spend a day or a weekend in the present. But we also like to think of it as a “Portal to the Future,” and here’s why.

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.  We need to learn to root ourselves in place, community, and the kind of skills that let us make and do things for ourselves, by hand and with creativity and heart.  And we need to make thoughtful, respectful use of our precious resources.

The good news is that the future is already taking shape all around the festival site and in the community that supports it. You’ll find it everywhere, from our mission statement to the many features that make this a Green and Clean event to the amazing array of skills that our vendors bring to their work.

The 2016 festival will feature a new “Portal to the Future” area at the north end of the site that will highlight some of the ways that art, food, small-scale farming, renewable energy, care for the land, and hand skills all contribute to community-building and local resilience. Make sure to step through the portal for:

  • presentations on renewable energy, green buildings, growing food, and much more in the Energy tent
  • short demonstrations of hands-on skills for local living in the Portal tent
  • electric vehicle demonstrations and information
  • good food including garlic ice cream!

Click here for a PDF poster about the Portal area, including a full schedule of all presentations and mini-demos, or here for more detailed information about topics and presenters.

And look for the portal symbol at vendors’ tents around the festival site. It’s all connected!