Thursday, June 28, 2007

NY Green Fest

Friday-Sunday, August 10-12, 2007
Ithaca and Cayutaville
Spend a weekend in the country sharing ideas on sustainability

Green Fest starts on Friday evening, Aug. 10, in Ithaca at the Community School auditorium with an outstanding panel of thinkers discussing the politics of sustainability. Saturday, Aug. 11, we meet in a beautiful grove of white pine trees at Cayuta Sun, an off-the-grid permaculture homestead in Cayutaville, 15 miles southwest of Ithaca. On Sunday, Aug. 12, Green Fest will take place at the Bernie Milton Pavilion in the Ithaca Commons. NY Green Fest 2007 is the second Green Fest held in the Ithaca-area. 150 people turned out for our first Green Fest in 2003 at an off-the grid homestead in Freeville. We had so many good ideas for workshops and panels this year, that we decided to expand to an entire weekend. We also wanted to make it worthwhile for friends who live farther away to travel to the event. We look forward to having you join us!
Great Panels and Workshops

We have commitments from a wonderful group of presenters for our panels and workshops at this year's Green Fest, and more presenters are being added. Our confirmed speakers include Art Weaver from Renovus Energy, Victoria Rasmussen from POCLAD, Dan Hill from the Cayuga Nation, Gay Nicholson from Sustainable Tompkins, Barry Miller on wind turbines, Howie Hawkins on electoral politics, Kinamo Curry, VP Candidate, Michael Burns and Steve Gabriel from Finger Lakes Permaculture, Craig Seeman from Third Planet Video, Bill Huston, Carl Lawrence from GreenVision, Lois Hilton from Tickletown Trade, Matthew Glenn from Muddy Fingers Farm, Lexie Hain from Mother Plants and Ilonka Wloch from Positive News.
Earth Oven Baking, Permaculture, Green Media, Cob for Kids

Check out the schedules below. Children are welcome to attend the Green Fest.
Grass Roots Organizing for Sustainability

Saturday, Aug. 11, opens with a stimulating panel discussing grass roots organizing for sustainability. Mike Sellars, the Green Mayor of Cobleskill and the founder of Sustainable Cobleskill, will join Gay Nicholson who has led Sustainable Tompkins since 2003 and Tony and Mary Lipnicki, the founders of a monthly discussion group on sustainability and Green issues in Andover, NY.

Creating Change through Third Party Politics

Sunday, August 12
, Howie Hawkins, Kinamo Curry and other third party candidates and activists will discuss how third party electoral politics assists in effecting social change, and present the view that issue-oriented activism alone is not enough to challenge the fundamental underpinnings of corporate power. Howie was the 2006 Green Party candidate for US Senate from New York and Kinamo Curry is a Green Party candidate for Vice President. Kinamo lives in California and is visiting us on her way back from Ghana.

Make Your Own Small Wind Turbine

Saturday, August 11, Barry Miller will lead a workshop on how to make your own small wind turbine. Barry is from Hinsdale, NY and has used wind and solar power off and on since 1976. He is a mechanical engineer and has spent 20 years in the wind energy business. For nine years he operated a wind farm in Altamont Pass west of San Franciso. Barry recently taught a class at Olean BOCES on how to build your own small wind turbine.

Friday, August 10 Schedule

4:00 — Cayuta Sun open to set up camp sites, Cayutaville
Evening program at Community School, Ithaca
7:00 — Opening and welcome
7:15 — 9:00 pm - The Politics of Sustainability
Art Weaver, Renovus Energy, Social Change and Its Connection to Renewable Energy*
Virgina Rasmussen, Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy*
Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation rep to the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force*

Saturday, August 11 Schedule

At Cayuta Sun Permaculture Homestead, Cayutaville
8:30 am — Early Bird Workshop: Baking in an Earth Oven
Lois Hilton, Tickletown Trade, Great Valley, NY*
10:00 am — Opening and welcome
10:15 am — Grassroots Organizing for Sustainability
Gay Nicholson, Sustainable Tompkins, Ithaca, NY*
Anthony and Mary Lipnicki, First Fridays, Andover, NY*
Mike Sellers, Sustainable Cobleskill, Mayor, Cobleskill, NY*
10:15 am — Cob for Kids Workshop
11:45 pm — Building a Local Food Network
Lois Hilton, Tickletown Trade food coop, Great Valley, NY*
Gwen Quigley, Keuka Cookin, Hammondsport, NY*
Matt and Liz Glenn, Muddy Fingers CSA, Ithaca Farmers Market*
1:00 pm — Lunch
1:45 am — Permaculture Workshop
Michael Burns and Steven Gabriel, Finger Lakes Permaculture*
1:45 pm — Living off the Grid
Steve Nicholson, Ithaca, NY* Tony Moretti, Hammondsort, NY
Bill Castle, Pollywogg Holler, Alfred, NY
3:15 pm — Getting Green Media Access
Bill Huston, Binghamton, NY*
Carl Lawrence, Producer, Green Vision, BCAT, Brooklyn, NY*
Deborah Magone, Green Cable Producer, Greece, NY*
3:15 pm — Make Your Own Wind Turbine
Barry Miller, Hinsdale, NY*
4:40 pm — Break
6:00 pm — Dinner
7:00-9:00 pm — Campfire, music and group discussion of Living Sustainably
Sunday, August 12 Schedule

8:00 am — Tour of Ithaca Farmer’s Market, breakfast at the market
At Ithaca Commons, downtown Ithaca
10:00 am — Opening with music
10:15 am — Green Roof Demonstration
Lexie Hain, Motherplants, Ithaca NY*
10:45 am — Music
11:00 pm — Building New Media Outlets
Ilonka Wloch, Positive News, Ithaca*
Craig Seeman, Third Planet Video*
12:00 pm — Peacesmiths Performance*
1:00 pm — Creating Change through Third Party Politics
Howie Hawkins, 2006 Green Party candidate for US Senate, Syracuse, NY*
Kinamo Curry, Green Party candidate for Vice President, CA*
2:15 pm — Music
2:30 pm — Campus Organizing for Sustainability
Peter LaVenia, Albany U Campus Greens
Krista Carlson, Alfred U Campus Greens*
3:45 pm — Closing with music
*Confirmed presenter
A Benefit for the Green Party of New York State

Green Fest is being organized by an ad-hoc group of Greens as a benefit for the Green Party of New York State. All are welcome to attend.
Camp Out and Watch the Stars

Overnight camping is available at Cayuta Sun for $5 per tent per night. Sign up on our registration form, Camping is also available at Robert Treman State Park, 12 miles from Cayuta Sun. The rugged gorge of Enfield Glen is the park's scenic highlight. Winding trails follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls. Campers can choose from tent or RV sites or cabins. Swim in a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall. Swimming is allowed in lifeguarded area only. A campsite on Friday or Saturday night is $18.75 for the first night, $13.00 each additional night. Six people, two cars, two tents are allowed per campsite. Sign-up on the park's website. Camping out at NY Green Fest will give good opportunities to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. It is one of the best meteor showers of the year. 2007 is a good year for viewing the Perseid Shower because the moon is new on Sun., Aug. 12, the night the shower will be at its peak.
Stay at a Local B&B

Check for a list of lodgings near Cayuta Sun. Folks may want to try one of the B&B's in Eco Village. Eco Village is west of Ithaca on the way to Cayutaville, and accessible by bus from Ithaca. The Wild Goose B&B at Eco Village is $65 per night for two. Their website is
Take the Bus to Green Fest

Rides are available from the Ithaca Bus Station for those who have pre-registered. Please email us at greenfest at to arrange your ride. It will not be possible to schedule a pick-up once Green Fest has begun.
Print and Mail Registration Form

Download registration form at and mail to NY Green Fest, PO Box 363, Hammondsport, NY 14840.
Directions to Cayuta Sun

For directions to Cayuta Sun, visit
New York Green Fest 2007
Fri. evening, Aug. 10 at the Community School, 330 E. State St., Ithaca
Sat., Aug. 11 at Cayuta Sun, 2962 Swamp Rd., Cayutaville
Sun., Aug. 12 at Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Commons, Ithaca

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