What’s New?

In 2019 the Organizers will continue to celebrate 21 years of this Fantastic Festival.  Who would have imagined that in 1999, when a small group of people gathered and decided to hold a Festival, that it would have thrived and grown into its current incarnation — a family-friendly and hugely popular event that showcases the beauty and talent of the North Quabbin region.  Still passionate about upholding the mission of the festival to preserve and support the environment and the community, the organizers strive to bring new ideas, exhibitors, vendors, and experiences to festival attendees each year.

We made some changes to the admissions prices and process.  The new admission is:  $10 for adults; $5 for students, seniors and EBT cardholders; kids 12 and under free.  Your Saturday admission will get you in on Sunday too.  Credit and debit cards as well as Common Good local currency will be accepted at the Entry Gates and the Sales Tent.

Once again, thanks to Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics and Domestic DC Systems, the entire festival — stages and vendors — will be powered by solar and batteries.  No running generators will be required.

In 2018 the organizers shared the bounty of the North Quabbin region with the Festival attendees.  Attendees could pick up a packet of Bee the Change pollinator seeds from American Meadows at the Portal to the Future, The Seeds of Solidarity booth, the Info/Sales Booth, or the Kids Activity Tent — a gift from the festival to sow goodness far and wide.

Got lawn?  There are more sustainable alternatives.  Folks stepped through the Portal to the Future to see how they could make their lawn disappear — into cover crops, pollinator plants, and food for your family and friends.

On Sunday, at 3 PM, a parade, led by the Inside Out Dance Company, the Expandable Brass Band and MuZen Puppet Theater, began at the Kids Activity Tent and circled the field, joined by children, puppets, and enthusiastic supporters.  A moment of peaceful silence was observed in the games area.  And a giant “birthday” cake served to all.

If you want to know how the Festival came to be held at Forster’s Farm, the story as performed by Grandma Forster herself was available — as part of the contribution of MuZen Puppet Theater to the 2018 festival.  Twice a day “Grandma” told the “Tales of the Farm” in the MuZen Puppet tent on the Main Field, below the bread oven.