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r a e l f o s S t The New England Renewable Energy Festival Forget-Me-Not Farm - Tinmouth, VT

July 15, 16 & 17 2011

Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew

Roomful of Blues

“I haven’t heard anybody close to having absorbed so much funk and so many subtleties of the different genius piano players and guitar players and rhythms of New Orleans.” - Jazziz Magazine

“Roomful of Blues is eight guys who have the power of a full Big Band orchestra. They mix jump and jive with R&B, blues and rock and roll. They are one of America’s musical treasures. We have been lucky to have them so long and still have them today.” - Alligator Records

– In Memoriam – Jim Grundy of Elemental Energy

Keynote Speaker

Saturday – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday – 5:30 p.m.

Table of Contents About SolarFest . . . . . . . . . . 34 Camping Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Contact Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Driving Directions . . . . . . . . 36 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Exhibitors & Vendors . . . . . 24 Festival Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Important Information . . . . 5 Keynote Speaker . . . . . . . . . . 6 Kids’ Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Need Assistance? . . . . . . . . . . 5 Performer Merchandise . . . . 6 Schedule Grid . . . . . . . . 18 - 20 Silent Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Trustees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Workshop Presenters . . . . . 27 Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

- SolarFest Since 1995

SolarFest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit, Volunteer-run Organization

Jeffery D. Wolfe, P.E. Saturday - 5:00 p.m. - Main Stage

Jeff Wolfe, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of groSolar, will speak about renewable energy, our energy future, and cultural impediments to a clean energy future.

The SolarFest community is deeply saddened by the passing of one of our stalwart supporters, Jim Grundy of Elemental Energy of East Montpelier, VT. During the early years of the festival, Jim was involved as a volunteer and, more recently, was a perennial workshop presenter as well as a SolarFest sponsor. Jim was a pioneer in the Vermont renewable energy world and a founding member of Renewable Energy Vermont. We are extremely grateful for Jim’s tireless work promoting renewable energy for the good of our planet. He will be sorely missed.


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SolarFest offers 3 full days of Entertainment, Education & Family Fun!

Po s i t i v e E n e r g y !

Box Office Hours: Fri 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. • Sat 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • Sun 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.



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Welcome to



years ago, SolarFest began with an innovative and original idea: Hold a festival showcasing the power and possibilities of solar energy. SolarFest grew for eight years in Middletown Springs and two at Green Mountain College in Poultney. In 2005 it found its current home at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, a mere rocky-road mile or two from the original site. Today, SolarFest, Inc. produces the Northeast’s premier renewable energy and arts festival. We provide superb family entertainment on the Main Stage and Family Stage and in several off-stage performance venues. There are presentations by the region’s most knowledgeable Renewable Energy experts along with how-to and hands-on workshops on Green Building, Sustain-

able Agriculture and Thriving Locally.

We even offer a track of workshops designed especially for young people, The Solar Generation. The Arena and Outdoor Marketplace feature a wide variety of food, craft, renewable energy and sustainable living vendors. Kids’ Corner offers special children’s activities. Stop by the Juice Bar (aka power station) to chat with some of the folks that enable us to run the entire festival on solar energy and other forms of renewable power. Throughout the weekend, you will find time and space for serendipitous encounters, conversation, dancing, hiking, camping, relaxation, and an overall celebration of our planet’s beauty.

Enjoy the Festival!

Tickets ADVANCE TICKET SALES (Online May 15 - July 1 ONLY)

Weekend Pass:

Weekend Pass Multi-Pack: (four tickets or more)


$45 each

Advance Day Passes and Vehicle Camping Passes priced as shown below.

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Festival Rules


believe in the power of people and community building, so the most important rule at SolarFest is the Golden Rule ,“do unto others as you would want others to do unto you”. In addition, there are a few specific rules that must be followed by everyone who attends our festival. There are no exceptions, unless noted.

Glass Policy:

Horses and glass do not mix. Therefore, GLASS is PROHIBITED

on the festival site, including camping and parking areas. We are very serious about this rule No Exceptions. Forget-Me-Not Farm, our beautiful home for the weekend of SolarFest, is a therapeutic horse farm. Even a small bit of broken glass can pose life threatening risks to the health of the animals who live on this farm. Leave your glass bottles, cups, plates, mugs, etc. at home! Bring beverages in cans or plastic, or transfer them to thermal coolers prior to entering the festival grounds. Glass will be confiscated and we reserve the right to ask you to leave the festival grounds if you do not abide by this rule.

Pet Policy:

For everyone's peace of mind and safety,

PETS are PROHIBITED anywhere on the festival site.

Pets may not be left unattended in vehicles. Doing so may result in fine or imprisonment under Vermont law.

We reserve the right to ask you to leave if you bring an animal or leave one in your car. Area kennels can by found by searching for kennels in Rutland, VT. The only exception is for certified Working Guide Dogs (and we may ask to see your dog's certification).


Wristbands must be worn at all times during the festival. Do not remove yours unless you want to buy another one. We know wrist bands can be inconvenient and annoying, and we are certainly aware that they are not environmentally attuned. However, they are the way we keep ourselves accountable. The only valid wristband is the one on your wrist! Those without a valid wristband will be escorted to the main gate to purchase one.


Please smoke only in the designated Smoker’s Corral situated in sight of the Main Stage. Just as glass poses serious risks to the horses who live on this farm, so do cigarette butts. Anyone found smoking outside the corral will be herded into it.


You must be 21 to drink alcohol in Vermont and at this festival.

Registered Vendors Only:

There is no vending allowed outside the official festival vending areas. If you are interested in becoming a registered vendor, please go to our website to learn about vending opportunities and responsibilities.

Please be Tidy:

You are responsible for your own trash but since SolarFest belongs to all of us, please pitch in wherever you see a need. Pick up after yourself, others, and around your campsite. Each year we find a stunningly small amount of trash left behind, a record we are proud to keep.

Be Respectful:

Remember that tent walls are thin. Respecting people of all ages who come here includes keeping quiet after midnight and not using foul language. SolarFest stays a joyful event if we respect each other.

No Open Fires:

This includes charcoal. Small camp stoves are permitted in the camping areas.


Weekend Pass:


Friday only:


Sunday only:


Weekend Youth (13-17): $35 Saturday only: Vehicle Camping:

Walk-in Camping:

$30 $20*


*with purchase of a full Weekend Pass Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Seniors age 65 and older and college students (ID Required) get $10 off Weekend Pass and $5 off any Day Pass at the festival ONLY. (excludes camping and advanced ticket purchases)

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Tickets are available in advance until July 1, and at the Box Office during the festival. VISA, MasterCard and Discover accepted No Refunds Box office closes at 8:00 p.m. Only those with valid wristbands will be admitted after 8:00 p.m. Three ways to get your Tickets:

1. Use our secure online store at 2. Call our box office at 802.235.2707 3. Send your check, money order or credit card info, along with quantity and type of ticket(s) to: SolarFest 12 McNamara Road Middletown Springs, VT 05757

President’s Message


and sunny welcome to SolarFest! THE summer event in New England is right here in Tinmouth, VT at Forget-MeNot Farm. This is the place to learn about and experience Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living in action! Our festival is powered entirely by renewable energy and has been since the beginning 17 years ago. We are proud that this event continues to offer so much at a great value with a very welcoming family atmosphere. Our workshops are ever popular and are expanding this year to offer more hands on learning opportunities. Our amazing workshop team works hard to make sure there are presenters with topics that meet the needs of the professional as well as those doing their own improvements. Meet with our vendors and exhibitors and learn about the latest innovations, applications, and products. Be wowed with a variety of performances of music, song and dance with a second to none light show on our main stage. The ever popular Theater-in-the-Woods is not to be missed. Fresh local food from our creative food vendors will refresh and satisfy. Kid’s Corner will have Family Stage close by this year with some natural and manmade shade for added comfort so the family performances can be fully enjoyed. Join the crowd at the Contra Dance and then watch the magic of the bonfire. It is with wonder and gratitude that I am a part of this amazing SolarFest family and volunteer team with an unsurpassed Managing Director, all of whom work long and hard to shape this superlative event. We work year round to bring the best of education and entertainment to you, our audience and participants. Looking forward to sharing the weekend with you on our beautiful farm! Melody Squier, President, SolarFest Inc.

Wellness Need sunscreen? Rehydration? Recuperation? Visit our Wellness Tent located next to the Info Tent on the main thoroughfare.

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Zero Waste


is not sustainable to make packaging and products from virgin resources and then toss the items in the trash.

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste offers a new way of thinking about waste. Instead of “managing waste,” the goal is to eliminate waste and manage resources. In a Zero Waste world, products would be durable and repairable, made from recycled or renewable materials and be completely recyclable. Composting would be universal and compost would be used to enrich depleted soils. Zero Waste offers financial opportunity, green jobs, and a cleaner, more sustainable future.

SolarFest is a Zero Waste Festival

A zero waste event allows organizers and attendees to act and think about how a zero waste world could happen. At a zero waste event, food scraps, service-ware, and packaging are either recycled or composted. Detailed planning ensures that all materials used and discarded at the event are reusable, recyclable, or compostable. SolarFest food vendors are environmentally conscious and have agreed to provide cutlery made from cornstarch, potatoes, or bamboo that looks like plastic but is biodegradable at a composting facility. Paper plates and cups, as well as some biodegradable “plastic” cups will be used. Some vendors will serve “finger foods” that don’t need utensils.

Visit the Zero Waste Stations

Zero Waste Stations, consisting of recycling and compost containers, are located throughout SolarFest. Place plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and aluminum foil in the recycling containers. Place all food scraps, paper plates, cups, napkins, and biodegradable utensils in the compost containers. Garbage cans will be located near the

SolarFest participants are asked not to bring in outside packaging or disposable items which are not recyclable or compostable including Styrofoam cups and plastic bags. If you must bring in these items please carry them out with you. The result of our efforts can be measured in pounds. In 2009, our first zero waste year, we disposed of approximately 200 pounds of non-recyclable trash. In 2010, we cut that number to just 90 pounds of non-recyclable trash. We look forward to even further reductions in 2011. Recycle cans bottles foil newspaper & other clean paper • cardboard & boxboard • • • •

Compost • napkins, plates, cups • food scraps • compostable forks, knives, & spoons

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portapotties for hand wipes, disposable diapers and other genuine garbage. Volunteers will monitor the Zero Waste Stations and be available to answer questions. Recyclables will be collected by Casella Waste Systems. Food scraps, paper, and compostable plastic will be collected by Rutland Solid Waste District and transported to Fisk Haines Farm in Danby, VT for composting.

How you can Help

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Have Questions?

Need Assistance?

First Aid

While you are planning:

Our Security Team can be identified by their red SolarFest T-shirts, and our regular Volunteers by their yellow SolarFest T-shirts. Don’t hesitate to ask them for help or guidance.

If you need medical attention, the First Aid Tent is located in the center of the site between the white arena and the yellow barn. Contact Security or a Volunteer if you need an escort.

Go to to view our website, then look for our FAQ page located in the General Festival Information dropdown for information on camping, festival rules, directions and accommodations. Still have questions? Visit the Contact Us page for the appropriate contact person or email

While on Site:

Please visit our Information Booth located at the center of the festival grounds. Our friendly staff can help you find your workshop, send out news of lost keys, wallets, children, etc. (please don’t lose your children!).

Drinking Water


an effort to reduce our waste, we have asked vendors not to sell bottled water or beverages. We have drinking water taps around the site, indicated on the site map by the symbol at left, and we encourage you to bring and fill your own NON-GLASS vessels there to stay hydrated. Please Conserve: We are so blessed in Vermont to not have to worry about water as much as those in many parts of the world. However, even in Vermont, water is a precious resource. Forget-MeNot Farm has only one well and pump which supplies all of SolarFest’s taps. In recognition and solidarity, please be conservative when washing and rehydrating. Water gushing onto the ground is water wasted. The Solar Showers, a most wonderful amenity, are shared by all on site. Please shower quickly so the next person can be as grateful.

Where to Stay On-Site:

On-Site Camping is available for Friday and Saturday nights ONLY. See the box below or check our website for details.


Please check our website for information on off-site camping, inns, motels and hotels in the surrounding area.

On-Site Camping Info We offer Car/RV camping in open meadows and Walk-In camping in primitive wooded tent sites. Available for Friday and Saturday nights ONLY.

Car/RV Camping:

Car/RV camping passes are $20/vehicle and are sold with full weekend gate passes only.

The pass entitles you to camp on Friday and Saturday nights. Spaces are limited and are available by reservation with an advance ticket purchase. Remaining spaces will be available on a first-come first-served basis on Friday and Saturday during the festival. The car camping area is in the meadow directly above the festival grounds. The RV camping area is in a meadow across the road from the main festival parking lot. There are no RV hookups. For the safety and sanity of all our campers and volunteers, we cannot let you drive into the camping fields after dusk (approx. 8 p.m.). Please plan accordingly! no exceptions.

Walk-In Camping:

Walk-In camping passes are Free with the purchase of a full weekend gate pass.

The pass entitles you to camp on Friday and Saturday nights. Walk-In campers park in our main festival parking lot and walk to the designated wooded camping area. You must carry in all your gear; there is no vehicle access to free walk-in camping. Sleeping in your vehicle in the festival parking lot is strictly prohibited.

Things you need to know:

All campers have access to port-a-potties, solar showers and water stations. GLASS and PETS are PROHIBITED in the camping areas. Please read our Glass Policy, Pet Policy and Festival Rules on page 3 for details. No Open Fires. This includes charcoal. Small camp stoves are permitted in the camping areas. Smoke Only in the designated Smoker’s Corral.

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Entertainment Keynote Speaker:

Main Stage Performers

Jeffery D. Wolfe, P.E. Saturday 5:00 p.m. on the Main Stage


eff Wolfe is co-founder, CEO and Chairman of groSolar. Jeff is a recognized leader in the solar energy industry and a leading voice on solar energy policy throughout the U.S. Under his direction, groSolar has grown to be a large commercial EPC and nationwide distributor. Jeff is the elected chair of the PV Division of the Solar Electric Industry Association (SEIA), the country’s leading PV trade organization. He also serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board. He is a founding board member and former President of the Sustainable Energy Resource Group. He was a founding board member and former Chair of Renewable Energy Vermont, and founding board member and former Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association. Jeff has testified at the US Senate as well as state legislatures, and also frequently speaks on policy and workforce development issues in solar energy. Jeff is one of 1200 people in the US trained as a Climate Presenter for The Climate Project. A graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jeff is married to Dori Meeker Wolfe with whom he co-founded groSolar. They have two grown children, and live in Strafford, Vermont in a passive and active solar and wind powered, wood heated, home.

Share your energy

Become a Volunteer It is true that SolarFest is powered by the sun, but the sun is just part of the energy it takes to make a remarkable SolarFest year after year. Our festival is 99% volunteerrun: Annually, over 300 volunteers make SolarFest and its urgent call to action on renewable energy possible. We need people power— folks with passion for this Festival, and time, energy, and skills— to make it happen. Volunteers sell tickets, manage zero waste, run our workshops, and do just about everything else you see happening at SolarFest. Behind the scenes, our festival takes nearly a year to organize, and volunteers help in countless ways to make our organization stronger. Volunteers may trade 9 hours of weekend work for a 3 day SolarFest pass. If you’d like to join our amazing team, either on festival weekend (registrations due by June 24th) or during the year, please contact Jaya at or call 802-235-2329. We are beyond grateful for each and every volunteer that helps us do what we do!

Sunday - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday - 9:30 p.m.

“Roomful of Blues plays an inspired, lively and heated brand of rippling, up-tempo, horn-dominated R&B.” - Rolling Stone

“Jon Cleary is the ninth wonder in the world.” - Bonnie Raitt In the hallowed ranks of New Orleans “piano professors”, Jon Cleary is on the tenure track. With his new trio Philthy Phew, Cleary utilizes an acoustic format as a vehicle for his varied compositions embodying the flavors of New Orleans Funk, Classic R&B, and tropical rhythms. The lineup features Lafayette-native Doug Belote (Larry Carlton, Jerry Douglas) on drums, multi-instrumentalist Matt Perrine (Bonerama, The Nightcrawlers, Stanton Moore), and New Orleans stalwart James Singleton (Astral Project, Professor Longhair, James Booker) who alternate gigs on upright bass, with JC on acoustic piano.

Performer Merchandise! Main Stage performers will offer merchandise for sale in the Milk House, to the right of the Main Stage. Some merchandise will be available throughout the weekend, some immediately after a performer’s set only. The Milk House will be open from the start of the first performance through the last performance each day. Visit often to check out the latest selections.

Roomful of Blues

Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew

Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, “are in a class by themselves.” With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.” Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock‘n’ roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards (one for Blues Band Of The Year in 2005). continued on next page

Thank You! SolarFest owes hearty thanks to the generosity of our donors, our sponsors, our vendors, our audience, our hard working staff and our hosts Marshall and Melody Squier who have been with us since the beginning.

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Bluegrass Gospel Project Sunday - 12:45 p.m.

“This group is a force to be reckoned with onstage … their voices and harmonies can make you see the light, and tremble.” - Vermont Life The BGP’s repertoire draws from a sub-genre of bluegrass, the body of music developed in the mountains of the southeastern U.S. during the twentieth century. Bluegrass restyled all types of traditional Appalachian music in the southeast, including the hymns and spirituals of the Christian tradition. However, bluegrass gospel has evolved independently, outside of the church, and is therefore a populist form of spiritual music. The BGP keeps this tradition very much alive as they deliver a gospel meant for all people and all faiths.

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Duane Carleton & the Backwoods Messiahs

Saturday - 8:15 p.m. & Friday (SF House Band) 8:00 p.m.

“Songs are driven by Carleton’s fine guitar work and singing... it’s easy to laugh at some of the rock and roll bands making hits these days, but hearing rootsy rock done this well should make you feel a little better.” - Vintage Guitar Magazine Duane Carleton is the voice of rural America. His songs capture the essence of working class life. Whether describing the people of small town America and their relationships or their day-to-day struggles, he conveys the beauty and tragedy of a disappearing lifestyle. His music falls into the Americana style. He paints a vast and colorful landscape with his songwriting as he covers the spectrum from poetic ballads, to upbeat rockers, to political story songs that could be aptly described as the offspring of Steve Earle and The Rolling Stones.

Antje Duvekot

Saturday - 6:00 p.m.

“This is a brilliant, brilliant album” says former Rolling Stone music editor Dave Marsh. “I have had this reaction once in the last 10 years and that was the first time I heard Patty Griffin.” Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of America’s top emerging singer songwriters with Big Dream Boulevard, her debut studio release. The CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS. The project was released on acclaimed songwriter Ellis Paul’s label, Black Wolf Records and has quickly attracted international attention for Antje. This release was voted “#1 Folk Release of 2006” by the Boston Globe and was named to the “Top 10 Releases of the Year” by National Public Radio’s Folk Alley.

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Gold Town

Friday - 2:00 p.m.

Gold Town is a Southern Vermont string band formed in the summer of 2008. The band is Joshua Loun on Upright Bass, William Moshiem on Banjo/Guitar/Fiddle, Andrew Stearns on Guitar/Banjo and Mike Wheeler on Resonator/ Guitar. They practice in a big old train station in Rupert, Vermont, play instruments they have made, and love all kinds of music. From pig roasts to music venues, dive bars to farmers markets, Gold Town sings old songs and original songs that are played to be shared like the old time music that came before. Their first full-length album will be released this spring.

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Saturday - 7:00 p.m.

A lot can happen in five years, and for the husband-andwife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, the time between Exploration, their first album together in 2005, and Bright Examples, their new project, has been one nonstop whirlwind of activity. Not only has the couple toured extensively both as a duo and as part of the “Guthrie Family Rides Again” tour (with Sarah Lee’s dad, Arlo Guthrie), they’ve also released the children’s album Go Waggaloo, a live DVD entitled Folk Song, a solo album by Johnny, parented their two young daughters and moved from South Carolina to the Berkshires of Massachusetts, near where Sarah Lee was raised.

Phil Henry

Sunday - 10:45 a.m. & Friday (SF House Band) 8:00 p.m.

“… there’s no one quite like this quiet Vermonter whose powerful voice speaks for itself.” - Aaron Nathans Phil Henry is that rare contemporary folk artist who will impress you from every direction. There’s his sweet and strong voice, that intricate and flawless guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. Henry builds a connection, gently shaking an audience out of their own heads and into the vivid world he creates. He’s that rare breed of egoless musician who truly believes in the communal experience between performer and audience. He’s played the big stages - Kerrville, Falcon Ridge - and won top prize at SolarFest and the Susquehanna Arts and Music Festival.

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Entertainment Main Stage Performers

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In the Round

Peter Mulvey

SolarFest House Band

“I like making records,” reflects songwriter Peter Mulvey, “but my job is the live show: getting up in a room and taking people somewhere.” Peter’s latest tour is on his 12th CD, Letters From A Flying Machine. Relentlessly touring as a headliner - his attitude is, “When you love what you do, you can work all the time,” - he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

“They don’t remind me of A-ha! at all!” - Robin Chesnut-Tangerman

Friday - 4:15 p.m.

Friday - 1:00 p.m & Sunday - 11:45 a.m.

Enjoy the music as several performers surprise us with an impromptu set. See the program insert for a list of the individual musicians and check their bios elsewhere in this program.

Lynn Miles

Saturday - 2:45 p.m.

“Lynn Miles is one of the most acclaimed songwriters to cross the border since Joni Mitchell.” - Dallas Morning News

Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters with five albums to her credit including the stark Unravel, winning Miles a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional solo album of the year and Love Sweet Love earning her multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (best English songwriter, best contemporary singer).

Jessica Smucker & The Sleeping World

Saturday - 12:15 p.m.

(2010 Songwriter Showcase Winner)

“Woven with a sort of defiant sadness, a square-jawed resilience…” - Fly Magazine

Moors & McCumber

Friday - 6:45 p.m. & Friday (SF House Band) 8:00 p.m.

“A cross between Tom Petty and the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack.”

Influenced by the songwriting of Steve Earl, Gillian Welch and Neil Young, Moors and McCumber deliver songs full of rich harmonies that take you places. James Moors and Kort McCumber met at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2005. Sitting around a campfire swapping songs, James and Kort each heard something in the music of the other that just fit. The two have been performing and writing together since. Having collectively rger or bolder it is the primary frequency) 93.3 100.3 89.1from soldprint moreasthan 15,000 copies of independent releases the stage, Moors and McCumber are touring the nation in support of their initial self titled offering.

Jessica Smucker writes what could be considered “dark pop” songs: catchy melodies in minor keys, lyrics that masterfully infuse sad stories with tiny flecks of humor and hope. She performs in diverse configurations and contexts, but her songs have a consistent melodic edge. Her compositions often start down a familiar road but, through a series of subtle twists and curves, deliver the listener to an unexpected destination. With The Sleeping World, she expands the scope of her songs into a lush rock landscape: fuller, deeper arrangements created in collaboration with some of the Central PA region’s finest musicians.

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SolarFest Singer / Songwriter Showcase Saturday - 10:00 a.m.

Every year talented sing/songwriters from around the country send SolarFest recordings of their original songs. Some are on discs, some are mp3s, some are cassettes recorded in the living room; they are all the dreams of music makers. The ten finalists are invited to the SolarFest stage to perform two songs for you and the judges. The top three will win prizes including cash and recording studio time. The First Place winner will also perform a full set at SolarFest 2011.

In addition to the 300 volunteers whose work makes this festival a reality, we also rely on a group of Volunteers for Peace who come from all over the world and spend ten days in Vermont assisting with preparations for the event. Check out

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A recurring phenom! The SolarFest House Band brings together many of the area’s top musicians for a dynamic musical extravaganza. Start with the core group of Jim Gilmour, Jeff Poremski, Jon Berman, Paul Carroccio, Jerry Dubeau, and Charlie Rockwell, poached from a variety of the best local bands. Additional support and guest spots by Laura Molinelli, Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Phil Henry, Duane Carlton, and Kort McCumber. Add a dash of special guests found back stage. Stir well, sit back, and enjoy.

Thanks to our Volunteers For Peace!



Friday - 8:00 p.m.

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MOUNTAINFOLK Presenting nationally touring folk, bluegrass, world, blues and celtic musicians in Tunbridge, Vermont 802-431-3433 Harmonizing the beauty of the music, the mountains and the folk.


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July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Entertainment Main Stage Performers Soule Monde

Swing Noire

Soule Monde is a funk duo with Ray Paczkowski on Hammond organ and Russ Lawton on drums. Taking you on a journey with rhythms and melody from Afro-BeatTango-New Orleans and Down Home Funk. Ray and Russ are also known from their years of touring and recording with The Trey Anastasio Band. Ray also toured and recorded with Dave Matthews and Friends. Russ with The Afro Beat outfit Zzebra. DVD releases with Carlos Santana, Bonnoroo, Austin City Limits and late night shows from David Letterman to Jay Leno to Conan O’Brien.

Call it what you may... Gypsy jazz, hot swing, jazz manouche. In any case, Swing Noire invokes the energy of a swingin’ jazz club and transports audiences back to the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Swing Noire makes music that “will entrance and surprise you.”

Friday - 10:15 p.m.

Split Tongue Crow

Friday - 3:15 p.m.

A lifetime spent in the vast hills and rambling valleys of Vermont can do a lot for shaping a band’s sound. Coming off more as a frontporch musical family than an independent band, Split Tongue Crow’s backwoods harmonies and hauntingly earnest songwriting have become a favorite of fans and skeptics alike. One listen is all it takes to fall in love with such honest and unforgettable music.

The StereoFidelics

Friday - 5:30 p.m. & Friday (SF House Band) 8:00 p.m.

The StereoFidelics are a high-energy, indie groove-rock band that blends mind-bending improvisation and extreme instrumental choreography to deliver an exciting show for both the eyes and ears. By showcasing their multi-instrumental capability, the duet delivers a full sound. Chris shreds solos and lays down the groove on the guitar, tickles the electric piano, sings lead/harmony vocals, and pounds out synth bass lines on a floor keyboard while Melissa contributes lead/harmony vocals, holds down the rhythm on the kit, and throws in string pads and raging violin solos. Their live show has an intense tightness, both technically and emotionally.

Did you know that SolarFest runs its three day festival entirely on renewable energy, primarily solar?

Saturday - 4:00 p.m.

Pine Island violinist David Gusakov, twins Rob and Jim McCuen on solo guitar and double bass, and rhythm guitarist Jared Volpe make up Vermont’s newest acoustic, Hot Club style quartet.

Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck Sunday - 4:15 p.m.

Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck’s music come from a place that is rooted in the densely forested mountains of central Vermont. The result is a combination of no-nonsense traditionalism and forwardlooking individualism that reflects the mythical stories of the people and rugged landscape of that state. Forging influences as diverse as Fugazi, Yes, Stax/Motown, Lowell George (Little Feat), Buffalo Tom, Jerry Garcia and Ali Farke Toure, the band has realized the full potential of its soulful, modern mountain music touring behind its latest CD, Bottom of the Sky.

Reed Waddle

Saturday - 1:45 p.m. & Friday (SF House Band) 8:00 p.m.

Since moving from his hometown in Destin, Florida to Boston in 2009, Reed Waddle has experienced a series of career changing milestones. He recently won the Grand Prize at the New York Songwriters Circle, and an instant thrust into the heart of the New York music scene. A month earlier he was a winner in the Mountain Stage NewSong Competition in Charleston, West Virginia, competing with thousands of songwriters from the US and Canada. For the past three years he has played over 250 shows annually mostly in small clubs, colleges and listening rooms around the country while constantly writing and recording.


Main Stage Events These events take place on or near the Main Stage and feature interactive performances for all ages that are engaging, fun, and informative.

Friday 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Opening Ceremony

Join us to celebrate the opening of the seventeenth SolarFest!!

Presenters: SolarFest Staff

Saturday 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Yoga On the grass in front of the Main Stage

Sustainability for your body! Come salute the sun with a morning yoga class. Wake up your body and your soul. All levels are welcome; bring a mat if you have one. This class will take place on the grass in front of the Main Stage. Please dress accordingly.

Instructor: Abby Valenta

Sunday 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Yoga On the grass in front of the Main Stage

Sustainability for your body! Come salute the sun with a morning yoga class. Wake up your body and your soul. All levels are welcome; bring a mat if you have one. This class will take place on the grass in front of the Main Stage. Please dress accordingly.

Instructor: Abby Valenta

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Peace Pole Ceremony: May Peace Prevail on Earth On the grass in front of the Main Stage

Join us for the annual rededication of the SolarFest Peace Pole as we celebrate the oneness of our humanity, our community, and our planet. May Peace Prevail on Earth. This celebration will take place on the grass in front of the Main Stage -- rain or shine. Everyone welcome.

P resenters: Carol Tashie and Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman

With Our Appreciation A very special THANK YOU to Melody & Marshall Squier for allowing us to hold our event at Forget-Me-Not Farm.

For 50 weeks a year, Forget-Me-Not Farm is a therapeutic horse farm, home to beautiful and well cared-for animals. Because broken glass, sharp debris, and cigarette butts can be devastating to horses, we have a strict policy prohibiting glass on site and a clearly designated area for smoking. We know you will show your appreciation to Melody and Marshall by following these rules.



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Entertainment Family Stage Performers

Jackson Gillman

Friday - 4:15 p.m., Saturday - 11:30 a.m.

Sparkling with energy, wit and whimsy, the “Stand-Up Chameleon” magically transforms into a wide array of colorful characters. Song, dance, mime and/or sign language might be incorporated into his interactive comedy and stories, bringing any age audience along for a rollicking ride into his wildly imaginative worlds of creativity and fun. Much of Jackson’s environmental repertoire reflects his ecology background from the College of the Atlantic. Shining through his extraordinary versatility is his bemused, warm-hearted honesty in his perceptions of life, astute and askew.

Jennings & Ponder

Sunday - 1 p.m.

Vermont residents Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder are two of today’s finest interpreters of the traditional folk tale. Their live CD, The King and the Thrush, was named a Notable Children’s Recording of 2010 by the American Library Association, the highest award given, and the only storytelling record so honored this year. It’s their second “Notable”; a third album received Parents’ Choice Silver. They say, “Folktales are ageless. Rooted in antiquity, reborn with each retelling, they speak directly to that part of us which does not change as we move through our lives. We listen, time changes, and we become ageless too.”

Spice Kleinmann

programs, and--her favorite--around campfires. She will entice you with her spirit and joy.....Come and enjoy and sing!!!!

Spook Handy’s “Songwriting for the Solar Generation” participants will perform their own musical creations for our listening pleasure.

Much of John Porcino’s training for his many years as a storyteller and singer arose while creating and participating in the zany & touching moments around a campfire: all of life, seen through a flickering firelight, surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the natural world. These days John spins some 200 performances, workshops, and in-service trainings each year for folks of all ages. His performances are a mix of stories and songs that are sparked to life with warmth, humor, a playful touch of audience participation, and a twist of music from around the world. For John, the arts are joyful pathways toward celebrating our common humanity and the legacy of life on our planet.

Spook Handy

Saturday - 1:15 p.m., Sunday - 2:15 p.m.

Jody Scalise

Friday - 2:15 p.m.

BBQ Pork, Wraps, Burritos Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Sunday - 3:15 p.m.

“Spook really understands how to write a good song that says something important. Death Came Anyway is a great song!” 

- Pete Seeger

Spook Handy started out in this life on a path of respectable and predictable citizenship. But fresh out of college he turned down several lucrative job offers and bought his first guitar. Over 3000 gigs later Spook has a pocket full of songwriting awards and has performed his songs with Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow. True to the company he keeps, Spook’s songs are witty and courageous, informed by a desire for social justice and populated by a host of real and imagined friends. You could become one of these friends at Spook’s songwriting workshop in The Solar Generation track on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

“Jody Scalise stops the show with his myriad transformations!” ~The Boston Globe

The Swing Peepers

Reminiscent of the old days with a fresh new approach to variety theater. A little Groucho, a little Skelton, a lot of joy!! Forty years of performing from Lincoln Center Comedy Festival, ABC Television to PBS television. “He’s a great clown!”~Marcel Marceau

The Swing Peepers, a vocal-harmony and multi-instrument duo, feature fun, earth-friendly and water-loving interactive songs and stories. The Swing Peepers perform lively and improvisational energetic World Folk. Instruments strummed, swung, and tapped include guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion and egg-shaker. Many of their songs and stories are participatory, so come prepared to join in!

Family Stage Supporters SolarFest is deeply grateful to the following Family Stage Supporters who have underwritten some of our Family Stage performances this year:

Saturday - 3:15 p.m.

Tinmouth Community Fund - General

Rutland Area Food Co-op & Thrive Center of the Green Mountains - The Swing Peepers Sissy’s Kitchen - Spice Kleinmann Steve Goldsmith - Spook Handy Naga Bakehouse - General

The Barn Restaurant Back at SolarFest for their ELEVENTH YEAR!!!

Saturday - 12:30 p.m.

John Porcino

Saturday - 2:15 p.m., Sunday - 12:00 p.m.

Deborah “Spice” Kleinmann has been singing songs on stage or in front of people since she was 9 years old. Since then, she has sailed and sung on the Clearwater Boat on the Hudson River with Pete Seeger, worked for Wolftrap in Virginia teaching Headstart curriculum through Arts Integration, led songs at Farm and Wilderness camps for over 25 years, entertained many children of all ages at Earth Day Events, demonstrations of all sorts, libraries, senior centers, childcare

Songs from The Solar Generation

H a n d - F o r g e d W ro u g H t I ro n L I g H t I n g Ca s t le to n, Ve r m o n t

Enjoy SolarFest 2011!


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Off-Stage Events

Kids’ Corner Workshops

The Bog Stompers

On the grounds all weekend

The Bogstompers have become a fixture at SolarFest, playing their oldtime string band music in the food court and out and around the festival. Back before Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs, these high energy songs and tunes from the 1920’s were real country music, and the first country music on the radio. The Bogstompers bring them to life on banjos, fiddle, guitar, and rhythm toys. bogstompers.htm


Saturday - 11:00 p.m. to Midnight

Join us for the traditional SolarFest Bonfire. Singing, dancing, drumming and merriment take place as we watch Incendiary Artist Glenn Tarbell ignite his latest creation. This event is for Night Owls, but we ask that you return quietly to your car or campsite afterwards so we don’t disturb the Early Birds. Thanks!

Contra Dance with Atlantic Crossing

Rick Davis

Saturday all day on the grounds

Rick is delighted to return to SolarFest. He spent four years as a clown with Ringling Brothers Circus and has performed at Epcot Center, Radio City Music Hall, The White House, and on the Bill Cosby Show. For 28 years he has been touring colleges and festivals, teaching us all the skills we didn’t learn in 6th grade. Rick can often be found near the Family Stage.

Theater-in-the-Woods Friday - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. Sunday - 10:00 a.m.

Theater-in-the-Woods director Wheaton Squier, a veteran himself of many Theaterin-the-Woods performances, looks forward to harnessing the boundless talents of the extended SolarFest family. This play is an engaging story of Tinmouth’s 250 year history, sprinkled with local lore along with factual nuggets and embellishments from the book Reflections of Tinmouth by Mildred E. Allen. The performances have become a spectacle in themselves as hundreds of spectators follow the characters and the evolving story through the woods.

Kids’ Corner is a place to enjoy fun and creative activities, from sunprints, to playing with boats in a tub of water, to body painting and felting. Kids young and old pay frequent visits to Kids’ Corner, knowing there’s always something new to experience. Join us!

Friday 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Magical Shrinky Dinks with April Simpson (recommended ages 5-12) Making Shrinky Dinks is a great way to recycle your #6 plastic! Use colored pencils and permanent markers to create a fun design on the plastic. Then, watch it shrink in the solar oven! It’s fun, easy, and magical!

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Body Art

(all ages welcome) Paint your face, your arms, your hands, your legs…become a wandering work of art!

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. String Arts Galore! w/ Pam Maynard & Rosemary Moser

(recommended ages 5 & up) Explore weaving, braiding, macramé, and more as you create something colorful to take away with you.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Yoga for Kids with Stephanie Jones

(recommended ages 5 & up) Come move like animals, stretch like plants and breath like the wind. And--of course--salute the sun.

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Parachute Games with John Porcino (all ages welcome) If you don’t know how much fun parachute games are, ask a kid!

11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Spontabulous Song & Dance with The Swing Peepers

Saturday - 7:45 p.m.

(recommended ages 6-12) From scratch the Swing Peepers will gather kids’ impromptu ideas, slap a fun song together as quick as a treehouse, add some rhythm, movement, dance, and costumes for flair, and then perform it.

For over 15 years, the Vermont band Atlantic Crossing has been thrilling concert audiences and contra-dancers with traditional songs and acoustic instrumental music from New England -- music which has deep Celtic roots in the British Isles and in French & Maritime Canada -together with original compositions inspired by these traditions. Atlantic Crossing has appeared at numerous festivals, concert series, and on Public Radio. They have toured frequently in the USA and in the UK and, as a high energy contra-dance band, they have played at many of the major US dance series as well as dance weekends.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Cyanotype Prints with George Bouret

(recommended ages 7 & up) Make real photographic sunprints on cyanotype paper with a professional photographer.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Sing-along, Sign-along, Movealong Songs w/ Jackson Gillman (recommended ages 4 & up) FACTOID: The average American car pollutes its own weight in carbon in just one year


1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Felting with Marilyn Brandner (recommended ages 6 & up) A Kids’ Corner perennial favorite; use special felting needles to make your own colorful felted wool creatures and designs.

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Body Art (all ages welcome) Paint your face, your arms, your hands, your legs…become a wandering work of art!

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Clay Suns with Jen Hogan

(all ages welcome; children under 4 may need adult assistance) Come get your hands muddy while exploring the wonders of clay. Clay and tools will be available for young ones to play. We’ll create a gallery of suns to exhibit during the last day of the festival assuring plenty of “sunshine”! Take yours when you go, or recycle it back into the bucket.

Sunday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Kids Yoga with Bess Lewis (recommended ages 5-11) A fun-filled class in which participants learn about breath and movement of the body. We’ll mimic graceful postures of animals while creating a yoga game to take home and share. Elementary School Teachers and Childcare Providers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Parachute Games with John Porcino

(all ages welcome) If you don’t know how much fun parachute games are, ask a kid!

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bug Sculpture Garden with Jen Hogan

(all ages welcome; children under 4 may need adult assistance) Join us in creating vibrant bugs using true trash, recyclables, and imagination! Three-dimensional forms will sprout from our little hands and big minds into a collaborative garden for all to enjoy. Please bring any useable supplies you may have acquired over the weekend (cups, plates, silverware, etc.).

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. String Arts Galore! w/ Pam Maynard & Rosemary Moser

(recommended ages 5 & up) Explore weaving, braiding, macramé, and more as you create something colorful to take away with you.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Felting with Marilyn Brandner

(recommended ages 6 & up) A Kids’ Corner perennial favorite; use special felting needles to make your own colorful felted wool creatures and designs.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Body Art

(all ages welcome) Paint your face, your arms, your hands, your legs…become a wandering work of art!


July 15, 16 & 17, 2011


Renewable Energ y Energy consumption is increasing while traditional supplies are dwindling. Learn how to conserve and power your life with renewable energy.

Renewable Energy workshops take place in the USA Solar Store Tent or Outdoors as noted.

Friday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Renewable Energy Landscape: Germany March 2011

Please join Chris as he presents a photo collage of photovoltaic, solar hot water and wind in the northern Germany countryside. He will include information about passive/PV/heat-pump hybrids that are close to Net Zero, as well as a short introduction to an Energy Plus home in Hanover, Germany that produces more energy than it needs.

Presenter: Chris Wetherby

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Village Empowerment: Peru Project

The Village Empowerment “Peru Project” has designed over 75 sustainable systems in 35 villages in the Peruvian Andes. The systems, powered mostly by solar energy, provide radio, lights, vaccine refrigerators, water supply and purification, aquaculture fish, laptops, and science experiments in schools, clinics, and municipalities. Join Steve and Janice as they discuss this important project.

Presenters: Janice & Steve Kurkoski

Workshop Tips Maximize your workshop experience

SolarFest offers over 80 different workshops organized into five tracks, each with a common theme. You may attend workshops in any track and in any order. The tracks are:

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Renewable Energy Green Building Sustainable Agriculture Thriving Locally The Solar Generation (youth workshops)

How to find your workshop

Workshops are held under tents unless otherwise noted. Tents are identified by track name and sponsor and are color coded on the map and schedule grids on pages 17-20.

Outdoor workshop locations vary. Meeting spots are noted in this list as well as on the schedule grids.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Net-Metered PV Systems

Join Kirk as he covers the basics of netmetered PV systems: how they operate, expected production, local and on-line monitoring, economics, and plenty of anecdotal bits of solar war stories from a long-time field installer. As time permits, Kirk will explore both residential and commercial systems.

Presenter: Kirk Herander

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The SolarFest Site Tour

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the “Juice Bar” (aka Power Station)

SolarFest is powered by renewable energy equipment in a great number of configurations. The site tour is a great way to learn how all of this equipment interacts to power this unique event. The first hour will provide an overview; the second will offer a more detailed view for those who continue on the tour. (This tour is also offered on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. A site tour specifically for young people is offered in The Solar Generation track.)

Presenter: John Blittersdorf

Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Photovoltaics (PV) 101

This popular SolarFest workshop is back -- in a new two hour format! Join Richard and Carol as they provide an introduction to photovoltaics (PV) technology and its use as a source of electric power for the home. The workshop begins with a narrated slideshow, followed by a brief lecture. Ample time at the end of the workshop will be reserved for a Q&A session. If you are interested in developing a solid foundation on the basics of PV, this workshop is for you.

Presenters: Richard Gottlieb and Carol Levin

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The SolarFest Site Tour

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the “Juice Bar” (aka Power Station)

SolarFest is powered by renewable energy equipment in a great number of configurations. The site tour is a great way to learn how all of this equipment interacts to power this unique event. The first hour will provide an overview; the second will offer a more detailed view for those who continue on the tour. (This tour is also offered on Friday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. A site tour specifically for young people is offered in The Solar Generation track.)

P resenter: John Blittersdorf

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Batteries 101 & More

This workshop offers an overview of batteries, starting from operation through new technologies. Jeff will cover battery safety, care and maintenance, troubleshooting, as well as how the best connections make the best battery banks. He will also include the tools of the trade and how to use them.

P resenter: Jeff Skelskie

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The Green Marketing How-To

For handcrafters, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who are selling green products and services or starting a new business, this highly engaging workshop will help you get the basics of creating and refining a marketing plan, conducting basic market research to test your product idea, and developing some effective low/ no-cost marketing tactics both online and offline.

P resenter: Pamela Cargill

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Zero Energy Homes Through Retrofits: Are they Possible and Affordable?

Join this active discussion of what zero energy buildings mean and how they can be achieved through affordable retrofits. Learn how to “read” your home and how to take advantage of natural conditions to reduce the building’s energy demands. Also to be discussed: heating and ventilation systems performance and placement, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the CVPS Smart Meter Program.

P resenters: Ken Welch, Steve Spatz and Steve Letendre

Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. NABCEP: PV Entry-Level Exam

NABCEP (North American Board of Energy Practitioners) is a non-governmental organization setting standards of practice for renewable energy installers in the areas of PV, solar hot water, and wind. Join Richard and Carol to learn their view of the organization with a focus on the areas of knowledge necessary for the PV Entry-Level Exam.

Presenters: Richard Gottlieb and Carol Levin

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. A Zero Net Energy Historic Building

At last year’s SolarFest, Kimberley presented the goals, models and simulations for renovating her 1860 house shell into a zero net energy building. This year she expands on this topic by providing details and photographs of the progress, as well as data on actual energy usage.

Presenter: Kimberley Quirk

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Low-Tech Owner Built Wind Power

This workshop will introduce a simple but productive vertical-axis wind device, the Augmented Savonius Rotor. Our prototype device was researched and built with funding from NESARE (The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education). Erik will describe the design, construction, and installation, and review project costs and production data. This presentation will include an audiovisual review of our windmill project.

Presenter: Erik Andrus

Did you know that the festival’s site is a therapeutic horse farm 50 weeks out of the year?

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. The SolarFest Site Tour

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the “Juice Bar” (aka Power Station)

SolarFest is powered by renewable energy equipment in a great number of configurations. The site tour is a great way to learn how all of this equipment interacts to power this unique event. The first hour will provide an overview; the second will offer a more detailed view for those who continue on the tour. (This tour is also offered on Friday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A site tour specifically for young people is offered in The Solar Generation track.)

Presenter: John Blittersdorf

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Heat Capture and Transfer from Aerobic Composting

Heat capture and transfer from aerobic composting is a clean, green, renewable energy source that can be used for heating homes, offices, greenhouses or even aquaculture operations. It has recently been introduced for use by medium and largescale composters. This presentation provides an overview of the technology and shows its use at two large farms in New England.

Presenter: Josh Nelson

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Building a Solid Solar Thermal System

Join Chris as he discusses the construction of solar thermal systems (domestic hot water and solar space heating) that will last and will meet design goals for BTUs.

P resenter: Chris Wetherby

Green Building Discover new and innovative or traditional, time-tested ways to build or renovate in a more earth-conscious manner with sustainable materials.

Green Building workshops take place in the Batteries International Tent or Outdoors as noted.

Friday 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. An Introduction to American Clay Earthen Plaster

This is a hands-on workshop for everyone who wants to learn the basics of installing American Clay Earth plaster. Karen will discuss materials needed, surface preparation, American Clay products and application. This workshop will provide participants with the basic skills and resources to proceed with a project of their own. For design and building professioncontinued on next page


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Workshops Green Building - Friday - continued als, it will provide a sound understanding of the product to confidently recommend it to their clients.

Presenter: Karen Totino

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. In-Depth look at Natural Plasters and Finishes

In this workshop, we will discuss how to make your own clay based plasters and finishes appropriate for wall surfaces of all kinds; from straw bale to drywall. This will be a hands-on experience, so bring your questions, soil samples, plaster samples and your enthusiasm for getting your hands in the mud. Mud lovers of all ages are welcome!

Presenter: Liz Johndrow

Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. The Seven Essentials of Green Building

Join architect Michael Beattie and builder Doug Fontein as they team up to share six decades of experience with shades of green construction and explore their seven basic principles.

Presenters: Michael Beattie and Doug Fontein

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Timber Framing

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Timber Frame Site

Enjoy a hands-on timber framing experience and an open discussion of practices and techniques, with a focus on how to cut simple timber frame joinery with simple tools. Watch or help as Greg builds an 8x12 timber frame with fully housed knee braces and rafter trusses using traditional mortise and tenon joinery. Greg will cover different approaches to timber framing practices as well as issues such as enclosure techniques, timber sourcing and milling and hybrid construction techniques. (This workshop is also offered on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

Presenter: Greg Wallace

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Ecological House New England

In these times of transition we are looking ahead at a world with less oil. The Ecological House not only embraces renewable energy but also the concept of whole design learned from nature. But what is an ecological house? What do we need in terms of sustainable shelter? Is it attainable right now? Join us as we tap into the collective genius of the Northeast to develop the criteria for the ecological house of the future.

Presenters: Ben Graham and David Young

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. High Performance Natural Buildings for Cold Climates

Join Jacob and Ace as they present their findings of their research field-testing seven natural building projects throughout Vermont and New York. Their testing included a combination of blower-door testing, infrared camera scanning, and both

surface and probe moisture testing, in order to develop a clear understanding of the efficacy of current design detailing practices, the most common sources of heat loss in straw bale construction, and the viability of moisture control in these assemblies.

Presenters: Ace McArleton and Jacob Deva Racusin

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Timber Framing

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Timber Frame Site

Enjoy a hands-on timber framing experience and an open discussion of practices and techniques, with a focus on how to cut simple timber frame joinery with simple tools. Watch or help as Greg builds an 8x12 timber frame with fully housed knee braces and rafter trusses using traditional mortise and tenon joinery. Greg will cover different approaches to timber framing practices as well as issues such as enclosure techniques, timber sourcing and milling and hybrid construction techniques. (This workshop is also offered on Saturday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

Presenter: Greg Wallace

Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Healthy Home, Clean Waters

Did you know white vinegar kills over 80% of germs? Or that antibacterial soap doesn’t protect us from colds and flus any more than regular soap? Or that “non-toxic” can be put on a product label if fewer than 50% of animals died in testing? Or that two-thirds of U.S. lipsticks tested have lead in them? Learn how to read labels, choose safer cleaners and personal care products, and make non-toxic cleaners at home.

Presenter: Charen Fegard

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Building Performance - Basic Efficiency Analysis

This workshop will introduce the main concepts and tools used to analyze energy usage and some formulas used to measure performance before and after retrofits. Included in the discussion will be: what heat loss looks like to an IR camera, blower door diagnostics, efficiency measurements of combustion appliances and what to expect from different vintages of technology and fuel types, calculating of major electrical loads in KWH and how to determine their individual cost to run.

P resenter: Harley Blake

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. How to Design a Zero-Carbon, Net-Zero-Energy Home

Join Mel as he discusses his personal experiences in designing, building and owning a home that uses no carbon-based energy sources--neither biofuels nor fossil fuels. This house, completed in January 2008, cost 65K extra to build but will save 165K in energy costs over the first 20 years of operation. Measured data on the performance of the house will be presented. The house features an open-loop geothermal heat pump, a 10 kW turbine, and 10 kW PV system.

Presenter: Mel Tyree

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Striving for Sustainability

Come hear the story of an alternative energy expert’s success and challenges of rt building his own home and office nse off the i grid. The project began ain n. before r m 1992, tioterm, and “Green Building” wasro a gcommon a p ormJim will share has been evolving f theeverinsince. e d his experience and building se intedesigning e as including da this home, design, size, natural e p l u P orsolar materials, energy, super insulation f and more.

Presenter: Jim Grundy

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Improving Energy Efficiency in Homes

Join Mitchell as he discusses how to use building science to diagnose and identify energy consumption in homes. He will also address insulation options and health and safety concerns in your home.

P resenter: Mitchell Estrin

Sustainable Agriculture Food is Life. Find out where the food chain is broken and how to bring healthful, locally grown foods to your table.

Sustainable Agriculture workshops take place in the Morgan Mountain

Organic Gardeners Tent

or Outdoors as noted.

Friday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Composting and the Carbon Cycle

Join Josh as he delves into the importance of composting on a local and global scale. Improve your soil with compost and help improve the world. Learn how to cut the greenhouse gases emitted from agricultural practices by starting your own composting system. This workshop is followed by a hands-on demonstration where you can test your compost pile building skills.

P resenter: Josh Nelson

To All Who Smoke We respectfully and firmly request that you only smoke in the designated smoker’s corral. We’ve sited it so you can see the Main Stage and a whole lot else besides. We ask you to help keep the pastures clean for the horses’ health, and we need to honor the Squier’s request that no butt be left on the ground to be eaten. The best way to do this is to have the one designated area. Smokers outside the corral will be herded into it. Please respect our hosts and follow this rule.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Hands-On Building Compost Piles

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Open Air Workshop Area

Time to get your hands dirty and build some soil. Using information from the previous workshop (2:00 - 3:00) on making smart choices while mixing compost, this hands-on workshop will give you the chance to build compost piles out a variety of materials, Don’t worry if you missed the previous workshop, you can still join the compost building fun.

Presenter: Josh Nelson

5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Home Gardening Season Extension

Do you want to grow more food in your garden without adding any square feet? Would you like more days in your growing season but have no plans of heading south? Then season extension is for you. Join us as we discuss simple and doable techniques for the home gardener. (For those interested in more advanced methods, please see the advanced workshop held on Sunday from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.)

Presenter: Josh Brill

Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Goats 101

This workshop will discuss basic goat management techniques including goat health, nutrition, and pasture/browse. We will also review the differences in goat breeds and what to look for when buying your first goat. Once you find your goat you’ll need to know what to do with the milk and we’ll go over that too.

Presenters: Margot Brooks and Alex Eaton

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Raw Milk: Sustainable Dairy in Practice and Policy

Americans used to be able buy raw milk and other dairy products directly from their farmer. However, with the advent of the industrialized food system, government laws prescribed unreasonable regulations. Join Lisa Kaiman, a farmer, and Robb Kidd, of Rural Vermont, as they discuss raw milk dairying, the health and environmental benefits, the political issues and ways to advance raw milk policy.

P resenter: Lisa Kaiman and Robb Kidd

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Festival program

July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Workshops Sustainable Ag - Saturday - continued

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hands-On Mushroom Production

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Upper Shed

Join us in inoculating shiitake and wine cap mushrooms using both logs and woodchips. This two and a half hour workshop will explore the principles of successful mushroom cultivation, the benefits to the homesteader and small farmer and will practice the two most common types of inoculation. Participants will leave with a familiarity of all tools involved and will be ready to grow mushrooms at home.

Presenter: Ben Falk

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Holistic Pasture Management

Learn how to make the most out of your fields and pastures by naturally increasing soil fertility, herd productivity, and livestock profits through the proper planning of grazing. Learn how to assess forage supply, figure out graze period and recovery time, and how to monitor your land for results. Ensure your animals will be in the right place at the right time and for the right reason.

Presenter: Craig Leggett

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Growing Rice in Cold Climates

This presentation will cover the water and paddy-based, terraced brown rice production happening at the Whole Systems Design research farm in Vermont. Ben will explore the principles and techniques used to produce grain crop on poor-soiled steep hillsides. Lessons learned in our 3 years of research into the world’s most prolific food crop and its applicability for New England will be the focus of this exciting workshop.

Presenter Ben Falk

Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Solar Thermal + Root-Zone Heating = ?

Imagine combining solar thermal panels, root-zone heating, and a passive solar high tunnel. Now imagine a twin passive solar high tunnel with no supplementary heat. What would be the differences in the crop yields and payoffs? Come learn the lessons and the early crop research results from Green Mountain College and get the basics of garden season extension systems, from the simple to the complex.

Presenters: Philip Ackerman-Leist and Lucas Brown

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fossil Fuel Free Farming

Modern food production is heavily dependent on cheap fossil fuels creating a critical vulnerability regarding how we feed ourselves. This workshop will examine the uses of fossil energy in modern agriculture and present alternative production methods and systems, including human-powered and animal-powered systems for tillage, weed control, nutrient management and

pest control, as well as hay harvesting. Following this workshop, join Kenneth for a demonstration of these methods. (To attend the demonstration workshop, please meet at the SolarFest Peace Pole at 12:30 p.m.)

P resenter: Kenneth Mulder

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Fossil Fuel Free Farming Demo

Outdoor Workshop Meet at the Peace Pole

In this follow up hands-on workshop on Fossil Fuel Free Farming, Kenneth will demonstrate how to use many of the tools and methods that are used on the Green Mountain College farm. Participants will be able to use some of these tools to test their own farming skills.

P resenter: Kenneth Mulder

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Got Worms? An Introduction to Home and Industrial Scale Vermicomposting

Worms are some of nature’s greatest unsung heroes. In this workshop, Josh Nelson will provide an overview of the role and importance of worms. He will discuss their role in managing “waste” materials, from a home to industrial scale. The workshop will end with a demonstration on how to make and manage a high performing home sized worm bin.

Presenter: Joshua Nelson

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Managing Vermont’s Food Resources for an Equitable Food System

14% of Vermonters are considered food insecure and at the same time there is a resurgence of importance in regionally grown and raised food. How do we make these two issues meet? Join Theresa as she describes how hunger is addressed in our nation compared to what is occurring in the agricultural sector of Vermont. She will discuss programs that are taking progressive, creative measures to address hunger, food inequalities and injustices here at home.

P resenter: Theresa Snow

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Permaculture Mindset

Have you heard of permaculture but you are not sure what it is or what it means? In this workshop Josh will help you begin to see the world through permaculture glasses. He will explore the basic theory of permaculture and offer a few examples of things you can do to begin on your path towards conscious ecosystem development.

Presenter: Josh Brill

T hriving Locally Discover the world just outside your door and how you can leave a smaller footprint by taking advantage of what you find there.

Thriving Locally workshops take place in the Southview Arts Tent or Outdoors as noted.

Friday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Moors & McCumber Songwriting / Co-writing Workshop

James Moors & Kort McCumber met at the Folks Fest in Colorado and since then have written, recorded and released nearly 60 original songs. In this workshop, they will show, through example, how their words, melodies and rhythms have been enhanced by the editing, revision and arrangement that comes through the co-writing process. This workshop is for the aspiring songwriter and the accomplished veteran alike and will include a brief Q & A.

Presenters: James Moors and Kort McCumber

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Only Five Percent! Strategies to Increase the Amount of Local Food We Eat

Vermont’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan estimated that 5% of all the food purchased in Vermont is locally produced -which means approximately 95% of what we eat comes from outside the state. Join Jill as she shares the steps being taken in Rutland County to increase local food purchases and details strategies we can all use to bring local food to our plates at home and in the community.

P resenter: Jill Perry Balzano

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Weed Walk and Talk

Outdoor Workshop Meet at the Peace Pole

Come take an informative walk through the fields of Forget-Me-NotFarm. Visit our plant relatives and learn about their gifts to us. Learn how to listen to the plants and gather information intuitively. (We offer four weed walks during the festival: Friday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Space is limited: first come-first served.)

Presenter: Helena Wu

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Building a Vermont Climate Movement

Last year’s keynote speaker Bill McKibben encouraged us to build a movement to take on the Climate Crisis. This workshop will bring together folks trying to do just that. People from Vermont’s Climate Movement will talk about what’s happening now and where we need to

go. We’ll talk strategy, learning from past movements and using social media to make change.

P resenters: Theo Talcott, Joe Solomon, David Strember, Brian Tokar and Jenna Wilson

Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Homestead Technologies & Tradeoffs

If homesteading is about conscious and conscientious choices, then how do the technological choices fit into these decisions? Philip & Erin will share thoughts and images from their fifteen years of homesteading--shifting from eight years of no electricity, no running water, and no kids to seven years with an off-grid system, indoor plumbing, and three kids. Included in the discussion will be a review of a variety of homestead technologies and their impacts on quality of life.

P resenters: Phillip and Erin Ackerman-Leist

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Soy Whey Furniture Refinishing

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Upper Shed

If you are thinking about renovating an old piece of furniture, you are already thinking ecologically, economically and sustainably! Join Melody for this hands-on workshop demonstrating furniture refinishing using non-toxic products. Attendees can bring small project pieces to work on (no lead paint please) and there will be some items available for practice. Sample refinishing products will be provided.

Presenter: Melody Squier

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Funding and Supporting Community Change

Come and talk with Cheryl Fischer from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Gaye Symington from the High Meadows Fund, and Jen Peterson from the Vermont Community Foundation about funding and other resources available for organizations working for social change. Pick their brains about where to find funds, what makes a good grant proposal, and ways to build support for your work.

Presenters: Cheryl King Fischer, Gaye Symington and Jen Peterson

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Weed Walk

Outdoor Workshop Meet at the Peace Pole

Come take an informative walk through the fields of Forget-Me-NotFarm, identifying and learning about the medicinal and edible plants of our community. Come meet your neighbors, the green growing plants we often call weeds, and possibly change your idea of what to do with a weed. (We offer four weed walks during the festival: Friday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Space is limited: first come-first served.)

Presenter: Leslie Silver

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Festival program

July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Workshops Thriving Locally - Saturday - continued

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Wild Mushrooms: Sustainable Foraging for the Locavore (12:30 - 1:30 in Workshop Tent; 1:30 - 3:30 walk through SolarFest grounds)

Successful mushroom foraging requires that you know your intended goal in order to separate the tasty from the toxic. Come join an expert guide on an introduction to the common edible and medicinal mushrooms of New England. This 3-hour workshop will start in the workshop tent, with an introduction to mushroom identification, and then move onto the SolarFest grounds to look at the common mushrooms in their habitat. We will talk of ecology, mushroom lore, and sustainable collecting.

Presenter: Greg Marley

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Bike Repair 101

Curious to know how a derailleur works? Want to adjust your squeaking brakes? Ever changed your own flat tire? Join Jules for an experiential workshop that will leave you feeling more confident about working on your own bike at home. Audience members are encouraged to bring their bicycles to this fun and informative workshop that provides great insight into the seemingly complicated workings of today’s bicycle.

Presenter: Jules Harrell

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Cooking Close to Home

Join Diane Imrie, author of Cooking Close to Home, for an informative workshop on the health and environmental impacts of our current food system. Learn why sustainable food is important, as well as some valuable how-to’s and buying tips for every season. Diane will conclude this workshop with a food demonstration, tasting and book signing.

Presenter: Diane Imrie

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. West African Dance

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Open Air Workshop Area

Let the rhythms of West Africa awaken your dancing spirit! Join Shelby as she warms us up with simple stretches and basic dance moves and then progresses toward teaching us a traditional West African dance and story. No experience is needed, just the willingness to pulse, shake and release your inner dancer through this beautiful and dynamic dance form.

Presenter: Shelby Jones

Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Sustainable Urbanism: What It Is and Why It Works

Sustainable urbanism knits together smart growth, new urbanism, and high performance building and is becoming recognized as one of the most viable ways to meet and mitigate some of our most pressing global environmental challenges. Join Tim and Jim as they look at communities

around the country and then discuss how Sustainable Rutland is working to support sustainability in Rutland, Vermont.

P resenters: Tim O’Connor and Jim Sabataso

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Weed Walk and Talk

Outdoor Workshop Meet at the Peace Pole

Come take an informative walk through the fields of Forget-Me-NotFarm. Visit our plant relatives and learn about their gifts to us. Learn how to listen to the plants and gather information intuitively. (We offer four weed walks during the festival: Friday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Space is limited: first come-first served.)

Presenter: Helena Wu

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Small Really is Beautiful (and Profitable Too)

The media world is in turmoil as conventional media try to understand the new kid on the block (the Internet) and the new kid tries to figure out how to be financially viable. Yet in Vermont, tiny Green Living Journal has been profitably publishing for more than 21 years and was recognized with the Governor’s Award in 2010 for excellence in environmental education. Come join Stephen for this lively discussion.

Presenter: Stephen Morris

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Laughter Fitness

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Open Air Workshop Area

Laughter Fitness, a practice of laughing as a form of exercise, is a deceptively simple yet very powerful and potentially life-changing form of exercise that almost anybody can do, anytime, anywhere. Its core premise is that your body can and knows how to laugh, regardless of what your mind has to say about it.

P resenter: Traci Pena

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Green And Profitable: Harnessing the Marketing Advantages of Going Green

Is your company’s commitment to improve the world a “best-kept secret?” Are you using your values in your marketing but not getting the results you want? Learn how to get the most marketing value out of your values, to build sales and customer loyalty. Learn ways for your customers to become word-of-mouth fans and ambassadors.

Presenter: Shel Horowitz

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Weed Walk

Outdoor Workshop Meet at the Peace Pole

Come take an informative walk through the fields of Forget-Me-NotFarm, identifying and learning about the medicinal and edible plants of our community. Come meet your neighbors, the green growing plants we often call weeds, and possibly change your idea of what to do with a weed. (We offer four weed walks

during the festival: Friday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Sunday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Space is limited: first come-first served.)

Presenter: Leslie Silver

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Life After Vermont Yankee

With Vermont Yankee’s closure in 2012, the issues of transition, decommissioning and how Entergy will address these matters are significant. Can we survive without Vermont Yankee? How can we replace VY with sustainable energy solutions? Join Deb, Chris and Bob as they discuss the issues surrounding the decommissioning, clean up and replacement of Vermont Yankee.

P resenters: Deb Katz, Chris Williams, Bob Stannard

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Creating Resilient Communities

How do we increase our own resilience and strengthen our communities as energy costs rise and economic and environmental problems deepen? Transition Towns inspire community resilience projects on local food, buildings, energy, economy and culture that bring people together for positive, creative action and fun. How does the process work? How does it support existing local groups and leaders? We’ll share experiences and successful models, and together build our skills and knowledge for thriving in changing times.

P resenter: Tina Clarke

T he Solar Generation Adult actions are shaped by childhood experiences. These workshops give young people opportunities to think, learn and create while having fun.

The Solar Generation workshops take place in the Vermont Tent Company Tent or Outdoors as noted.

A Solar Generation Program is available at the Box Office and Information Booth.

Friday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Full Circle Grease: From Collection to Filtration to Community (For young people 14 years and older) This presentation will offer a hands-on overview, from the Tunbridge Grease Collective, on the do’s and don’ts of collecting Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO). Information will be provided on how to properly filter WVO, how to use it in your converted vehicle, and how to creatively reach out to the wider renewable community.

Presenter: Todd Tyson


3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Fading the Footprint (For young people 14 years and older) Come to this offbeat, upbeat breezy workshop and learn how you can live offgrid and have a great, green life! Todd will discuss water and energy conservation and how you can reduce your carbon footprint and live well on less of everything.

Presenter: Todd Tyson

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. SolarFest Site Tour For Young People

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the “Juice Bar” (aka Power Station)

(For young people of all ages. Anyone under the age of 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult.) Have you ever wondered how we manage to power everything at SolarFest using renewable energy? This SolarFest Site Tour, designed for young people of all ages, will visit SolarFest’s on-site energy technologies, including our solar hot water installations, our numerous photovoltaic panels, and the main Power Station. The tour is led by some of the young people who have grown up at SolarFest (along with a few adult energy experts and some Sock Puppets!) and will use kid-friendly terms. (This tour is also offered on Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

Presenters: Sarah Goldsmith, Adam Goldsmith, Kiah Laramie and a whole lot of Sock Puppets!

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Climate Change 101

(For young people 11-15 years old) Every day we hear about climate change, greenhouse effect, and carbon dioxide, but what does it all mean? In this hands-on workshop, we will conduct experiments to understand how carbon dioxide creates the greenhouse effect that is causing global climate change. We’ll examine the amount of carbon dioxide humans emit every time we exhale compared to how much our machines make and get hands-on experience on how carbon dioxide affects our weather.

Presenters: Angela Ferrelli & Beth Otto

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. SolarFest Friday Night at the Movies

Come to the movies! Enjoy organic popcorn! After the movie there will be a brief discussion and question and answer session. Check the Solar Generation program guide for the title and description of this year’s movie.

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Festival program

July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Workshops The Solar Generation- continued

Saturday 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Service Learning Curriculum for the Classroom (A special workshop for educators of any discipline and age group) The Roots & Shoots Service Learning Curriculum (putting youth in the leadership roles; incorporating reflection and reporting; and encouraging and rewarding long-term service through mentoring and certificates) is aligned with national K-12 educational standards. Come learn effective and flexible tools for your students and become part of a global network of adult mentors making the world a better place.

Presenters: Jane Goodall ’s Roots & Shoots Interns and Leadership Council

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. You Can Build and Race a Solar Car! The Initial Meeting

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Open Air Workshop Area

(Open to young people ages 1014 years old. This initial meeting is required for everyone who wants to participate in the final showcase on Sunday) In this hands-on workshop, you will start with a solar panel and an electric motor and use them to design, test, build and race your own solar powered cars! We provide the tools, materials, and know-how -- you provide the creativity, determination and hard work. This initial meeting, where safety issues and guidelines will be discussed, is required for everyone who is interested in building a car and participating in the final showcase (held on Sunday from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) There will be several opportunities during the festival to work on your cars -- most young people spend a total of 4-6 hours -- at a designated area inside the main arena. Please check The Solar Generation program guide for complete details. Open only to young people ages 10-14 years old.

Presenters: Kevin Kiefaber and Joao Leao

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Songwriting for the Solar Generation

(For teenagers only) Do you have a great idea about renewable energy that you want to turn into a song, poem, story or a speech? This workshop -- for teens only -- will give you a variety of tools for finding the right words, melody, rhythm and sound. Bring in your own song ideas or come up with new ones in the workshop. We will perform some of the songs written in this workshop on our Family Stage during the festival.

Presenter: Spook Handy

Did you know that it requires over 300 volunteers to produce this festival?

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Solar Generation Herb Walk

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the Cob House in Kids’ Corner

(For young people of all ages and their families. Anyone under the age of 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All plants identified during the walk are safe) Come and explore Forget-Me-Not Farm during this family-friendly weed walk. We will introduce you to the helpful nature of our backyard “weeds” and demonstrate a deeper interdependence between our health and well being with the natural world -- in a fun, creative manner.

Presenter: Jennifer LangstaffFrench

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Healthy Eating For You and the Planet: No Vegan Diet - No Vegan Powers

(For young people of all ages) Have you ever wondered what it means to be vegan? In this workshop, we will discuss the environmental and personal issues related to our food choices and discuss how to lower your impact on the earth by choosing a vegan diet. Come discover what foods are vegan, how to veganize recipes, and how to eat healthy vegan food vs. junk food vegan. We will taste-test some delicious vegan food like kale chips, yummy vegan cake, a variety of mock meats.

Presenters: Kathi Altobell & Maureen Cain

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Explore the Forest Like Jane Goodall!

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the Cob House in Kids’ Corner

(For young people of all ages. Children under the age of 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult) We invite young everyone to join us on a mini-hike full of interactive storytelling and real life stories about Dr. Jane Goodall’s experiences in Tanzania. Learn how to communicate like a chimpanzee, become an explorer and scientist, and share a message of hope with the world!

P resenters: Jane Goodall ’s Roots & Shoots Interns and Leadership Council

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. WWOOFING AS A WAY OF LIFE

(For young people of all ages) Come learn about WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). Join Michael as he shares his family’s experience WWOOFing in New Zealand, Hawaii and the United States as well as their experience hosting WWOOFers on their homestead in Vermont. Discover the real-world practical educational experience of living and working with others on sustainable projects involving organic practices, community building and the sharing of knowledge.

Presenter: Michael Travis

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. SolarFest Site Tour For Young People

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the “Juice Bar” (aka Power Station)

(For young people of all ages. Anyone under the age of 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult) Have you ever wondered how we manage to power everything at SolarFest using renewable energy? This SolarFest Site Tour, designed for young people of all ages, will visit SolarFest’s on-site energy technologies, including our solar hot water installations, our numerous photovoltaic panels, and the main Power Station. The tour is led by some of the young people who have grown up at SolarFest (along with a few adult energy experts and some Sock Puppets!) and will use kid-friendly terms. (This tour is also offered on Friday from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

Presenters: Sarah Goldsmith, Adam Goldsmith, Kiah Laramie and a whole lot of Sock Puppets!

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Harnessing the Power of the Wind

(For young people 10-16 years old) For centuries, people have been harnessing the power of the wind to grind grain, pump water and power our machines. Come learn how wind is used to make electricity and get some hands-on experience with small-scale wind turbines. Learn how to use a voltage meter to determine how much electricity different types of turbine designs create and why some designs work better then others.

P resenters: Angela Ferrelli & Beth Otto

SUNDAY 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. WWOOFing in Vermont and Around the World (For young people of all ages) WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Scott and Lindsay will share their stories about what they learn from WWOOFing at a self-sufficient permaculture commune in Italy and a goat dairy in North Carolina. Sue will share her experience as a host site in Vermont. Together, they will show photos and share the skills they learned and taught, the challenges they faced, and the adventures they had.

P resenters: Lindsay Arbuckle, Scott Courcelle, and Sue Katt

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Making the World a Better Place: Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

(For young people of all ages) Are you a young person who wants to change the world? Do you want to inspire other young people to engage in service projects that address important social and environmental concerns? Come and learn

FACTOID: Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

how you can make the world a better place by working with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots to create youth-led service projects and connect to young people in 120 countries around the world!

Presenters: Jane Goodall ’s Roots & Shoots Interns and Leadership Council

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Forest Explorers

Outdoor Workshop

Meet at the Cob House in Kids’ Corner

(For young people ages 6-10. All children must be accompanied by a Parent) In this workshop we will leave the SolarFest main grounds and go exploring in the woods. Be prepared to get dirty as we discover nature at work in the forest. We’ll look at the kinds of shelters critters create for themselves and we’ll make some of our own. Come hug a tree, crawl like an ant and slither like a snake to encounter the natural world on various levels. (All children must be accompanied by a Parent.)

P resenter: Leora Mallach

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. How Solar and Hydro Power Work

(For young people age 5 and older) Look around the festival, there are solar panels everywhere. But how do they work? Through discussion, photos and hands-on demonstrations, we will learn about passive solar design, how photovoltaic cells work, and how we can create electricity from flowing water. We will make a snack using a solar oven and learn how the weather effects power production for solar and hydropower systems.

Presenters: Angela Ferrelli & Beth Otto

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Finding Heroes in Nature: An environmental writing workshop

(For young people of all ages) Join Pamela for a creative writing exercise using things found around ForgetMe-Not Farm. Gather sticks, stones, flowers, dirt, or even horse poo to help us plot an exciting SolarFest story! After a halfhour nature walk, we will flesh out our stories with action, conflict and dialogue. Finally, we will polish our stories in hopes of getting them published in a By Kids/ For Kids Magazine or in the SolarFest newsletter.

P resenter: Pamela Maynard

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. The SolarFest Solar Car Showcase

Outdoor Workshop

Located at the Open Air Workshop Area

Everyone is invited to the SolarFest Solar Car Showcase to watch young people demonstrate and race the solar cars they designed and built during the festival. If you are between the ages of 10-14 years old and you want to participate in this Solar Car Showcase, you must attend the Initial Meeting on Saturday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Please check The Solar Generation program guide for complete details.


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Yoga for Kids

String Arts Galore!

Body Art


Net Metered PV Systems

Village Empowerment: Peru

Renewable Energy: Germany

In-Depth Natural Plasters & Finishes

Arena Main Entrance

(Juice Bar)

SolarFest Site Tour

Intro to American Clay Earthen Plaster

Batteries International

Tent Sponsor:

(Meet at location noted)

Tent Sponsor:

USA Solar Store

indoor Workshops:

Outdoor Workshops:

indoor Workshops:

Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners

Tent Sponsor:

indoor Workshops: (Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops:

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Sustainable Agriculture

Tent Sponsor:

Southview Arts

indoor Workshops:

Building a Timber Frame

The Art Wall

Home Gardening Season Extension

Composting & Carbon Cycle

Building a Vermont Climate Movement

Only Five Percent !

A SolarFest Sunset

Shopping in the Arena

(Open Air Workshop Area)

Hands-On Composting

Songwriting/ Co-Writing

(Peace Pole)

Weed Walk

(Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops:

Page 14

thriving Locally

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(Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops:

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Green Building

Friday Night at the Movies

Climate Change 101

Fading the Footprint

Full Circle Grease

Vermont Tent Company

Tent Sponsor:

indoor Workshops:

(Juice Bar)

Site Tour For Young People

(Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops:

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The Solar Generation

July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Mysterious Light Foms

Jackson Gillman

Jody Scalise

(various spots)

BogStompers All Day

Magical Shrinky Dinks

11:00 am 11:15 am 11:30 am 11:45 am Noon 12:15 pm 12:30 pm 12:45 pm 1:00 pm 1:15 pm 1:30 pm 1:45 pm 2:00 pm 2:15 pm 2:30 pm 2:45 pm 3:00 pm 3:15 pm 3:30 pm 3:45 pm 4:00 pm 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 6:15 pm 6:30 pm 6:45 pm 7:00 pm 7:15 pm 7:30 pm 7:45 pm 8:00 pm 8:15 pm 8:30 pm 8:45 pm 9:00 pm 9:15 pm 9:30 pm 9:45 pm 10:00 pm 10:15 pm 10:30 pm 10:45 pm

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Renewable Energy


Sustainability Conference


Soule Monde

SolarFest House Band

Moors & McCumber


Peter Mulvey

Split Tongue Crow

Gold Town

In the Round

Opening Ceremony

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Main Stage


Friday Schedule Festival program



Contra Dance with Atlantic Crossing

- All Day (various spots)


Totally Useless Skills - All Day -

Rick Davis

Bonfire - (Follow the Crowd)

Swing Peepers

Spice Kleinmann

John Porcino

Body Art

Singalong, Signalong

8:30 am 8:45 am 9:00 am 9:15 am 9:30 am 9:45 am 10:00 am 10:15 am 10:30 am 10:45 am 11:00 am 11:15 am 11:30 am 11:45 am Noon 12:15 pm 12:30 pm 12:45 pm 1:00 pm 1:15 pm 1:30 pm 1:45 pm 2:00 pm 2:15 pm 2:30 pm 2:45 pm 3:00 pm 3:15 pm 3:30 pm 3:45 pm 4:00 pm 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 6:15 pm 6:30 pm 6:45 pm 7:00 pm 7:15 pm 7:30 pm 7:45 pm 8:00 pm 8:15 pm 8:30 pm 8:45 pm 9:00 pm 9:15 pm 9:30 pm 9:45 pm 10:00 pm 10:15 pm 10:30 pm 10:45 pm

T i m e

11:00 - Midnight

Clay Suns


Cyanotype Prints

Spontabulous Song & Dance

Parachute Games

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Kids Corner

Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners

Tent Sponsor:

indoor Workshops:

Growing Rice in Cold Climates

Holistic Pasture Management

Raw MilkPractice & Policy

Goats 101

Backline Staging


Systems Engineering


(Timber Frame Site)

Timber Framing

(Timber Frame Site)

Timber Framing


Vi d e o

(Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops: Tent Sponsor:

Southview Arts

indoor Workshops:

(Upper Shed)

Hands-On Mushroom Production

Cooking Close to Home

Bike Repair 101

Continues Outdoors

Wild Mushrooms

Funding Community Change

Homestead Technologies & Tradeoffs

(Juice Bar)

(Cob House)

Explore the Forest

(Cob House)

Herb Walk

(Open Air Workshop Area)


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Harness the Power of the Wind

Site Tour For WWOOFing: A Young People Way of Life

Healthy Eating Going Vegan


Service Learning Curriculum

Solar Car

(Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops:

Roots & Shoots Initial Meeting

Vermont Tent Company

Tent Sponsor:

indoor Workshops:

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The Solar Generation

(Open Air Workshop Area)

West African Dance

(Thriving Locally Tent)

Wild Mushrooms

(Peace Pole)

Weed Walk

(Upper Shed)

Soy Whey Furniture Refinishing

(Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops:

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thriving Locally

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(Meet at location noted)

Outdoor Workshops:

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Sustainable Agriculture

P P rr o ou ud d ll y y S Su up pp po o rr tt ii n ng g S So o ll a a rr F Fe e ss tt ff rr o om m tt h he e B Be eg g ii n nn n ii n ng g



Re n t a l s

P ro d u c t i o n s

Inst allations

P ro A u d i o

Natural Buildings for Cold Climates

Ecological House New England

(Juice Bar)

SolarFest Site Tour


Zero Energy Homes Through Retrofits

Green Marketing How-To

Batteries 101 & More

Photovoltaics (PV) 101

Seven Essentials of Green Building

Batteries International

Tent Sponsor:

(Meet at location noted)

Tent Sponsor:

USA Solar Store

indoor Workshops:

Outdoor Workshops:

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Green Building

indoor Workshops:

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Renewable Energy


Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew

Duane Carleton & the Backwoods Messiahs

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Antje Duvekot

Jeff Wolfe

Keynote Speaker:

Swing Noire

Lynn Miles

Reed Waddle

SS Winner

- All Day (various spots)



Rick Davis

Totally Useless Skills - All Day -

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Off Stage


Sustainability Conference

Festival program

Jessica Smucker & The Sleeping Songs from the World Solar Generation

Singer/ Songwriter Showcase

(on the grass)

Jackson Gillman

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Family Stage

Main Stage


Saturday Schedule 19 July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Jennings & Ponder

Spook Handy

(various spots)

BogStompers - All Day -


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Off Stage

Parachute Games


The Band is Smokin’ !

Body Art

String Arts

Bug Sculpture

Kids Yoga

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Kids Corner

8:30 am 8:45 am 9:00 am 9:15 am 9:30 am 9:45 am 10:00 am 10:15 am 10:30 am 10:45 am 11:00 am 11:15 am 11:30 am 11:45 am Noon 12:15 pm 12:30 pm 12:45 pm 1:00 pm 1:15 pm 1:30 pm 1:45 pm 2:00 pm 2:15 pm 2:30 pm 2:45 pm 3:00 pm 3:15 pm 3:30 pm 3:45 pm 4:00 pm 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 6:15 pm 6:30 pm 6:45 pm

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Page 12

Green Building Page 13

Sustainable Agriculture Page 14

thriving Locally

Page 15

The Solar Generation

(Juice Bar)

SolarFest Site Tour

See Program Insert for details

(Grease Car Parking)

Straight Vegetable Oil 101

(Meet at location noted)

A Great Performance

Solid Solar Thermal System

Heat Capture from Aerobic Composting

Owner Built Wind Power

Zero Net Energy Historic Building

NABCEP:PV Entry-Level Exam

USA Solar Store

Tent Sponsor:

Improving Energy Efficiency

Striving for Sustainability

Zero-Carbon, Net-ZeroEnergy Home

PerformanceEfficiency Analysis

Healthy Home, Clean Waters

Batteries International

Tent Sponsor:

Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners

Tent Sponsor:

(Meet at location noted)

Tent Sponsor:

Southview Arts

Permaculture Mindset

Managing Vermont’s Food Resources

Creating Resilient Communities

Life After Vermont Yankee

Green and Profitable

Small Really is Beautiful

Sustainable Urbanism What & Why

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(Open Air Workshop Area)

Solar Car Showcase

(Cob House)

(Meet at location noted)

Forest Explorers

$ave ... trees,

Finding Heros in Nature A Writing Workshop

Solar and Hydro Power

Making the World a Better Place

WWOOFing Around The World

Vermont Tent Company

Tent Sponsor:

Rutland Herald e-Edition.

(Peace Pole)

Weed Walk

(Open Air Workshop Area)

Laughter Fitness

(Peace Pole)

Weed Walk

(Meet at location noted)

Thank You SolarFest

Got Worms? Fossil Fuel Free Intro to Farming Demo (Peace Pole) Vermicompost

Fossil Fuel Free Farming

Solar Thermal + Root Zone Heating=?

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Renewable Energy


Sustainability Conference


Fun at the Family Stage

Roomful of Blues

Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck

Special Guest

Justin Black & Big Heart John Porcino

Bluegrass Gospel Project

In the Round

Phil Henry

Peace Pole Ceremony (on the grass)

(on the grass)

Spice Kleinmann

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Family Stage

Main Stage


SUNDAY SCHEDULE Festival program



Festival program

July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Our Sponsors Exhibiting Sponsors Central Vermont Solar & Wind

Sales installation and support of renewable energy systems in southwest Vermont since 1996. Nova Sponsor

Downtown Rutland Partnership & Rutland Economic Development Corporation

Downtown Rutland Partnership - In Rutland, we’ve long been known as a crossroads, a place that is connected to our region and a center of commerce. Rutland has a dynamic downtown with a great mix of shops, restaurants, cultural amenities including a world-class theater as well as a many seasonal events thought out downtown. We are also deeply connected to the natural surroundings, whether it is the farms that produce our food, the activities that place our region on the national stage, or simple pleasures of walk in the woods or a stunning sunset over the mountains. Most importantly, we are connected to one another; we are families and friends working to make ours a better place. These connections make us who we are they are what make “Rutland…Connected, Naturally”. Rutland Economic Development Corporation (REDC) is a private, not-forprofit whose mission is to encourage and enhance business success in Rutland County. It offers assistance in areas such as financing, site location, business expansion, business recruitment, business counseling by the Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), and more. REDC supports “Green” initiatives from increasing efficiencies in our workplaces to preserving our environment. The Greener Mountains event (featuring local businesses ready to help you discover how “Green” can improve homes and businesses) will take place on November 5, 2011. Visit for more information. Sunburst Sponsor

Forget-Me-Not Farm

Beautiful Host Site. Nestled in the hills of Tinmouth, VT, our 80 acre farm is not only host to SolarFest every summer, but offers year-round Natural Horse Care, Bed & Breakfast facilities, and is Vermont’s premier eco-friendly wedding site. Offering many picturesque settings for your


olarFest is grateful for all the help that has come our way over the years but

we are especially grateful for the support of our corporate and media sponsors who believe in our mission. Without them, this festival would not be possible.

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ceremony and reception from open fields with mountain vistas to cool and secluded wooded areas. For more information on any of our special services visit us on the web at or Nova Sponsor

Goddard College

Goddard’s low-residency education model accommodates the lifestyles of working adults and self-directed students. Experience the best of both worlds -- on-campus residencies with distinguished faculty advisors and the freedom to study wherever you are. BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degree programs in Individualized Studies, Sustainability, Education, Health Arts & Sciences, Psychology & Counseling, Sustainable Business & Communities, Creative Writing, Interdisciplinary Arts and -- new! -- BA in Sustainability. For more information: Solstice Sponsor

Green Conscience

is a retail showroom that features environmentally responsible, non-toxic and ecofriendly interior finishes and organic lawn and garden products. We carry FSC certified wood flooring, cork and Marmoleum flooring, wool carpeting, American Clay, non-toxic paint and stains, counter tops made with recycled and other sustainable materials, and formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinetry. We also have available an allnatural organic latex mattresses. In the spring, summer and fall, we offer organic lawn fertilizer, composters, and garden supplies. Green Conscience is a one-stop shop that makes it easy for people to select non-toxic materials for their home or business renovation projects. Our knowledgeable staff is here to guide and help you with selecting finishes and to answer any questions about the products. Sunburst Sponsor

Green Energy Times

is the premier publication in the Northeast dedicated to energy awareness, understanding and independence. Solstice Sponsor

Green Living Journal

is a grassroots quarterly for friends of the environment. Now published in four regional editions. Solstice Sponsor

Green Mountain College

Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College offers 25 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs in Environmental Studies, Adventure Education, and majors in the arts, sciences and humanities. Our low-residency online graduate programs, an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business and a M.S. in Environmental Studies, offer flexibility for working professionals. Sunburst Sponsor

Mach’s Brick Oven

is a Vermont Certified Organic Processor offering gourmet, all-natural pizzas. Using organic white and 6-grain pizza dough we add ingredients that are seasonal, local and organic. Our flour is locally sourced from Champlain Valley Milling. We understand the importance of buying from local farms to support a sustainable agriculture and support a true local economy. Come visit our retail shop located on the corner of Rt 133 & Rt 30. Sit by the Flower Brook Falls and enjoy some pizza. Retail Hours Thurs - Sun. open at 4:30pm Sunburst Sponsor

Marble Valley Regional Transit District

“The Bus” is the largest non-urban public transportation system in the State of Vermont and as such provides transportation to the general public throughout Rutland County as well as to Social and Human Service Agencies, schools, and area business. Live Green, Ride The Bus. Solstice Sponsor

Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners

Owned and operated by Paul and Meredith Morgan. Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners is an Organic Landscape/Gardening Company that practices Organic


Gardening Techniques for the home and commercial landscape. We pride ourselves in nurturing the soil environment to produce the safest and healthiest landscapes. Aurora Borealis Sponsor

Northshire Bookstore

One of New England’s premier independent bookstores -- devoted to a sustainable future! Solstice Sponsor

Progressive Asset Management

The nation’s largest socially responsible financial services firm, offering the widest selection of green investment options. Sunburst Sponsor


is a Vermont based company and has been in business since 1979. We specialize in affordable and efficient radiant heating and solar thermal systems for the do-it-yourselfer. Our radiant systems are recognized by the International Code Council and our solar systems were designed under grant support from the US Department of Energy and are approved by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). Nova Sponsor

Radio Free Vermont

Vermont’s largest online radio station. We feature locally grown, Vermont-made music. At Radio Free Vermont the listeners program the station. Join in the fun and register for your free account and start requesting, rating, commenting, and dedicating your favorite Vermont made music. Tune your browser to Solstice Sponsor

Special Services

Warehouse distributor for QuickCable™ custom cables, wire, connectors, testers, plus PulseTech™ battery maintenance technology. Solstice Sponsor

Stiebel Eltron

Harvest the sun, solar thermal products for a warm home. Solstice Sponsor

Sunnyside Solar

30 year history in renewable energy technologies, focusing on photovoltaic systems design and installation. Expansion to educational programs and training installers continued on next page



Festival program

July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Our Sponsors continued from previous page in photovoltaic systems. Instructing the pre-festival “Advanced Photovoltaic Technologies” workshop and will present several SolarFest programs during the festival. Sunburst Sponsor

Sunweaver Solar

A New Hampshire based solar energy company specializing in off-grid electric power systems as well as solar domestic hot water heating. Established in 1989, we have installed hundreds of systems and gained extensive experience over the past 20 years. We are happy to share our knowledge. Please come visit us during SolarFest at our Solar Cafe. Solstice Sponsor

The Barn Restaurant

The Barn Restaurant in Pawlet, Vermont has been the area’s most popular restaurant for many years. The antique post and beam structure with massive stone fireplaces, seasonal deck, and beautiful views down the Mettowee valley creates an ambience like no other. Food is prepared entirely on premise, with local ingredients used whenever possible. Service is prompt, but not rushed, and reflects the personality of an independent restaurant. And the prices are nothing short of stunning: every entrée on the menu is just $13, all night, every night. Four cornerstones -Ambience, Food, Service and Value -- all equally important, and all the reasons The Barn remains so popular. We look forward

to seeing you. Open Wednesday-Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ~ Open Mic Every Friday (866)-The Barn Sunburst Sponsor

USA Solar Store, Inc.

We are your local renewable energy experts -- a continuously expanding, nationwide cooperative of businesses connected by a common purpose, with centralized buying power. Our mission is to be a local neighborhood resource for information, education, products and services on energy conservation, efficiency and the many renewable energy options available. Founded in 2001 by “Green” Entrepreneur Dave Bonta, the USA Solar Store network has grown from a single store in Springfield, Vermont to an ever expanding network of more than 30 stores across the U.S. In this unique business model, each store tailors its offerings and “personality” to its local community while, at the same time, having instant access to a vast support network of knowledge, experience and thousands of products. In other words, we offer the services of a million dollar enterprise with the “local” flavor of a neighborhood corner store. Aurora Borealis Sponsor

Vermont Soapworks

We make organic stuff that foams. Sunburst Sponsor

Non-Exhibiting Sponsors AllEarth Renewables, Inc.

designs and manufactures the AllSun Tracker, a complete grid-connected solar renewable energy system for homes and businesses. Our turnkey systems enable individuals to decrease their dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a more secure energy future. Sunburst Sponsor

American Solar Energy Society

a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies in the U.S. and publisher of the awardwinning magazine SOLAR TODAY. Pick up a free copy at the SolarFest Info Tent. Solstice Sponsor

Batteries International

is a quarterly magazine distributed and read around the globe by the battery and energy storage professionals. Published for the first time more than 20 years ago, Batteries International is the famed for its intelligently researched editorial, industry news and reporting on the latest innovations. Aurora Borealis Sponsor


specializes in strategic consulting based on over a decade of combined experience in creative new media marketing and successful solar company operations. From business consulting to marketing strategy and product advice -- our experience will help you streamline your company and successfully grow your business, whether a renewable energy installer or a vendor of green products. Learn more at Nova Sponsor

Chelsea Green Publishing

Founded in 1984, Chelsea Green Publishing is regarded as the preeminent publisher of books on sustainable living. Solstice Sponsor

Co-operative Insurance Companies

A Vermont-based, member-owned company providing home, auto, business and farm insurance throughout Vermont and New Hampshire for nearly 100 years. Sunburst Sponsor

Dark Star Lighting and Production

“Design, Technical and Production Services for the Arts”. Provider of lighting, sound, video and production management for SolarFest since its inception. Super Nova Sponsor

Elemental Energy

Elemental Energy is a small solar energy contractor serving central Vermont from our off grid solar offices in East Montpelier, VT. Our mission is to install high quality reliable and aesthetically pleasing PV and solar hot water systems for residential home owners in Vermont. Our staff have been in Vermont’s solar industry for nearly 20 years. We have a strong commitment to helping Vermonters transition to a green and sustainable way of life. Sunburst Sponsor

Farmer Mold & Machine Works, Inc.

An international provider of battery manufacturing equipment, has been family owned and operated since 1938. Nova Sponsor

Green Screen Graphics

Business identification services. Solstice Sponsor

Hubbardton Forge

Hand-forged Vermont-made lighting and accessories. Sunburst Sponsor

MountainFolk (based in Tunbridge, VT)

presents several eclectic folk concerts per year at the historic Tunbridge Town Hall. Past artists have included Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, the Woody Guthrie Tribute Tour, Tom Russell, Harry Manx and the Old Blind Dogs. Further information online at Sunburst Sponsor


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Our Sponsors continued from previous page

Parker Geothermal

a division of Parker Water Wells, are the geothermal professionals you can count on. Sunburst Sponsor

Rutland Area Food Co-op

A community-owned cooperative natural food store with a strong commitment to local foods and to supporting the local economy. Sunburst Sponsor

Rutland Herald

Providing our community with the most up to date information covering Vermont since 1794. Nova Sponsor

segTEL, Inc.

is a fiber optic-based competitive access provider and a registered competitive local exchange carrier. We offer a full array of communications services to carrier and enterprise customers throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts. segTEL maintains and operates a fiber-optic network that is scheduled to exceed 100,000 fiber-miles by Q4 of 2011. Sunburst Sponsor

Southview Arts Studio

Offering a full range of recording services, we specialize in music recording. Beautiful surroundings and a lack of distraction make for an excellent opportunity to make a great recording. Proud sponsor of the SolarFest Singer/Songwriter competition. Aurora Borealis Sponsor

The Point Radio

93.3, 100.3, 104.7, 98.1, 95.7, 103.1, 107.1 on your FM dial. The Point salutes SolarFest for its vision and commitment to creating a better world. Solstice Sponsor

True Green Bliss

Great ideas for living green and being happy with less. Solstice Sponsor

Did you know that SolarFest runs its three day festival entirely on renewable energy, primarily solar?

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Tunbridge Grease Collective

A local non-profit focused on collecting, filtering and distributing waste vegetable oil as an alternative transportation and heating fuel. Sunburst Sponsor

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)

is a mission-driven nonprofit organization, founded in 1986, that is dedicated to reducing the economic, social, and environmental costs of energy consumption through cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Sunburst Sponsor

VERMONT Magazine

is a bi-monthly, paid-subscriber based magazine that is also sold nationwide in bookstores and retail outlets. From its beginnings in 1989, it has grown to become known as the magazine of Vermont. It is acclaimed by readers across the country for its stunning photography and editorial content, both closely connected to contemporary as well as traditional Vermont lifestyle. Sunburst Sponsor

Vermont Tent Company

helps people plan successful special events. We provide superior rental equipment and consulting services for weddings, corporate and social events. Aurora Borealis Sponsor

WPTZ NewsChannel 5 & WNNE NewsChannel 31

The NBC affiliates for Vermont and upstate New York, are Where the News Comes First. Our mission is to serve our communities with integrity and innovation -- anytime, anywhere. Get breaking news and important community info 24/7 on For marketing, community programs and special projects information, call Jill Soulia at 802-655-5455, ext. 423 or email Nova Sponsor

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Festival program

July 15, 16 & 17, 2011

Exhibitors & Vendors

Renewable Energy & Sustainability Vendors & Exhibitors

Central Vermont Solar & Wind

Energize Vermont

advocates for renewable energy solutions that are in harmony with the irreplaceable character of Vermont and contribute to the

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

Green Energy Times

Green Living Journal

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is a grassroots environmental organization working to end the use of unaffordable and dangerous nuclear power in the Northeast and replace it with sustainable, reliable and affordable energy generation. CAN envisions a future of safety, prosperity, and good health for all where: * People generate electricity for their own homes and communities *Local energy production and conservation create new local jobs *Renewable energy is integrated into all of our homes and public buildings *It is easy for everyone to access sustainable and affordable energy *Clean, efficient energy use is standard practice *Family farms and locally owned businesses are the backbone of our communities.

The go-to people for ecological design and natural building.

Green Conscience

Please see complete listing on page 21.

Please see complete listing on page 21.

Ecological Design/Build Group & New Frameworks Natural Builders Company


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is building a multi-class, multi-cultural movement for a just and sustainable future by creating community owned green jobs and energy resources.

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

Composting with worms creates microbial rich castings that are really good for your plants. Worm composting is educational, practical, and fun.

Co-op Power

Polar Solar NH

Goddard College

Ben’s Bins

Citizens Awareness Network (CAN)

people’s well-being. Stop by today to learn how you can be involved in our solar orchard project.

Please see complete listing on page 21.

Green Mountain College

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

Kelly J Backus Mechanical Energy efficient heating systems.

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

Middlebury Solar Decathlon Team

Group of undergraduate students design and build a solar-powered home.

MidNite Solar Inc.

Wholesaling, research and development of alternative energy components.

NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad

The one-stop shop for Rutland County residents to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Phoenix Composting Toilets

for commercial and residential applications, and for public facilities, campsites, and ecologically sensitive areas. Phoenixes are the way to go.

Renewable energy and green building dealer for solar hot water, on/off grid P.V., composting and rainwater collection products.

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

ReKnew Energy Systems, Inc.

ReKnew designs and installs solar hot water and solar electric year-round throughout VT, NH, and MA. Ask us about rebates, SRECs, and financing! reKnew can help you find the best energy system for your unique needs.

Solar LED Innovations, LLC

Solar flashlights and lighting, cell phone chargers and other LED items.

Special Services

Craft or Product Vendors Africa Traders Market

Traditional West African instuments including drums, balafons & kalimbas; African fabric, clothing, accessories; crafts and jewelry; market baskets.

Design it Together

Founded by artist/musician Ben KarisNix and designer Taylor Gillis as an art & design studio based in Troy, NY. DIT offers design, illustration, and video services and also features original artwork from contributing artists. Additionally, DIT is the new home for Ben’s popular Run, We Must eco-clothing line which now enjoys the collaborative energy and talent from the DIT studio.

Please see complete listing on page 21.

Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources

The goal of Suburb Solar is to increase the adoption rate of renewable energies for the average US household. The EasySun appliance, sold by Suburb Solar, makes solar electricity available to a broader market.


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Suburb Solar

Stiebel Eltron

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

Sunnyside Solar

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

USA Solar Store, Inc.

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Please see complete listing on page 22.

Donnelly/Colt provides custom printing services for progressive activitists, and has an online catalog of over 1,000 instock buttons, stickers, posters, postcards, DVD’s, books, t-shirts, banners and more. Eco and Ethical Fashion. Recycled sari silk skirts, hand-woven cotton scarves and other eco & fair-trade items.

Forget-Me-Not Farm

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

Groovy Green Bean

Our products feature a fun, light hearted character promoting a green lifestyle. Designs are hand silk screened on organic USA made t-shirts.

Vermont Green Building Network

Hemp Power Bag Co.

Vermont Renewable Fuels

Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners

VGBN is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing Vermont’s participation in and understanding of green building. delivers wood pellets in bag and bulk, installs bulk pellet storage systems and converts eating systems from oil to pellet.

My mission is to make an environmentally friendly product, promoting the concept of sustainability and social awareness.

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

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Congratulations SolarFest on your 17th Anniversary! Many thanks to all the festival organizers, staff, volunteers, attendees, workshop presenters, vendors, solar power providers, stage production crew, and Forget-Me-Not Farm.

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Food Vendors

Northshire Bookstore

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The Barn

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Back for our 11th year with apple-wood smoked barbeque, huge wraps and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Pisces Designs

Hand-dyed and tie-dyed clothes and home décor.

Progressive Asset Management

Best Moon

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is back with some of your favorite goodies. As always, we use as many local ingredients as possible and look forward to seeing you at SolarFest.

Please see complete listing on page 21.

Red Moon Artisans

Hand carved pendants, macrame jewelry, imports from Mexico and Peru.

Burger Barn

Your resource for books on sustainable living, renewable energy and rural enterprise.

Mach’s Mobile Wood Fired Pizza

Handcrafted wooden clothes racks 2 sizes.

SolarFest Ice Cream Cart

Sandy’s Books and Bakery Vermont Drying Racks

Vermont Herbal General Store

Herbal remedies and gem stones and assorted handmade items.

Vermont Soapworks

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All natural, fresh, local & organic wood fired pizza. SolarFest board members and staff will be on hand to serve up a mouth watering array of Vermont’s original ice cream from Wilcox dairy of Manchester, VT. Look for us at the entrance to the Arena.

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Serving smoothies, fresh juice, fair-trade coffee, vegetarian and vegan food choices.

Please see complete listing on page 22.

Wildflower Beads

Organic Grass-fed gourmet hamburgers, hand-cut fries and more.

Handmade beadwork jewelry, beads and beading supplies. Come make some jewelry!

Vermont Bean Crafters

Local, organic fare that’s exceptional in taste and ethic. Vegan, raw & gluten free options.

FACTOID: More than 2.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in 2008. Although the amount of plastic bottles recycled in the U.S. has grown every year since 1990, the actual recycling rate remains steady at around 27 percent.

Non-Profit Exhibitors Denur Crafts

We are a women’s collective making crafts to help send children to school. We are a school project.

Downtown Rutland Partnership & Rutland Economic Development Corporation 4 2011 SolarFest Sponsor 4

Please see complete listing on page 21.

The Eden’s Rose Foundation

We work to enrich children’s lives, build job skills and encourage sustainability in marginalized communities in Ecuador.

Green Mountain Club

A friendly, member-base and volunteerpowered non-profit that protects and maintains the Long Trail System.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

The global environmental and humanitarian youth program of the Jane Goodall Institute. Did you know that there are over 80 workshops to choose from this year?


People for the Planet

Our purpose is to work toward a just, peaceful, ecologically healthy and sustainable world, through education, advocacy and non-violent activism.

Radio Free Vermont

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Please see complete listing on page 21.

Supreme Master Ching Hai International Mediation Association of Boston

promotes sustainable energy and sustainable living, especially through vegan diet.

The Sustainability Project

a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, promotes a love of nature, environmental stewardship, caring communities and ways of living that deepen our understanding for the interconnected web of life. Our guiding principle is that diversity, inclusion and compassion are fundamental to the long term well-being of our planet and its inhabitants.

VT Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign

Grassroots organization working for healthcare reform, and the basic human right to healthcare.


Power Providers: Many thanks to the Sun and the technology & people who bring us its power. SolarFest is powered by a combination of off-grid and grid-tied renewable energy including solar, wind, and CVPS Cow PowerTM. We are proud that we generate all the electricity used at the festival from renewable sources. Our solar energy is being generated by SolarFest’s Solar Roller and Permanent PV Array along with equipment donated by:

Central Vermont Solar & Wind Foxfire Energy Corp. Sunnyside Solar, Inc.

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Workshop Presenters Erin Ackerman-Leist

is a homesteader, farmer, and homeschooling mother. She is the illustrator for Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, and she tries to live artfully even when there’s too little time to pursue her art projects.

Philip Ackerman-Leist

is a homesteader, farmer, and college professor at Green Mountain College where he directs the Farm & Food Project as well as the undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainable agriculture & food systems. His latest book, Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, published by Chelsea Green, encourages readers to reconsider certain assumptions about what it means to homestead in our contemporary world.

Kathi Altobell

has been a vegan for 3 years and believes we have a responsibility to be compassionate toward animals and informed of the fact that we need to change the way we eat in order to live healthier lives on a healthier planet. She works at Rutland Regional Medical Center as an LNA, technician, and secretary.

Erik Andrus

farms with draft horses in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. He has 12 years of experience as a builder and has been operating Bound-


To our Presenters:

Thank You!

ithout the generosity, talents and passions of the following people,

SolarFest could never have grown into the premier educational event it is today. Each person listed below volunteers her or his time and expertise to provide the SolarFest community with inspiration, information and practical experience, helping us all to live more gently and authentically within our communities and upon our planet Earth. Thank you to all of our presenters. You are the educational heart and soul of SolarFest. brook Farm since 2006. He has a strong interest in simple technologies and historically-proven approaches.

Lindsay Arbuckle,

with her partner Scott, runs Alchemy Gardens, a 1-acre mixed vegetable farm. Together they also manage the Shrewsbury Cooperative at Pierce’s Store, a 150-year old general store that reopened in August 2009. Lindsay loves gardening, visiting other farms and building community.,

Jill Perry Balzano

has been involved in local agriculture as a farmer, writer, and now as the New Markets Specialist for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL). In developing new markets for farmers, Jill is managing a workplace CSA, pursuing avenues for increasing farm to institution sales in Rutland County, and planning collabora-

tive ventures for farmers to reach larger markets. She and her husband are starting a farm and orchard in Wells, Vermont.

Michael Beattie,

an adjunct professor at Green Mountain College, has been working as an architect in Vermont since the mid-1970’s. He came of age just as the modern renewable energy era was sprouting, and has been laboring in that garden ever since. His work spans solar composting toilets to ski resort base areas. Recent work has included rescue, renovation and energy retrofit of dilapidated commercial structures and the first LEED Gold certified house in Rutland County.

Harley Blake

holds certifications in Building Analyst (BPI), Envelope Specialist (BPI), Thermographer Level 1 (Snell IR) and has been applying building science methods to retrofit homes, businesses, municipal, and agricultural properties through the Weatherization Assistance Program. He owns Earth ROI and is a Participating Contractor under the Home Performance with Energy Star and Building Performance Programs with Efficiency Vermont.

Josh Brill,

along with his partner Meadow Squier, runs Breezy Meadows Orchards & Nursery in Tinmouth, VT. Breezy Meadows is a permaculturly, biodynamically, and organically influenced farm where experimental farming practices is the norm. He is also on the SolarFest and Vermont Farmers Market Board of Trustees.

Margot Brooks,

along with Alex Eaton, is the farm manager of the Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet, VT. There they manage a heard of 100 Oberhaslis milking goats which supply the majority of milk for the farm’s artisan cheese.

Lucas Brown

is a green architect who teaches design/ build and renewable energy classes at Green Mountain College, where he is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. As well as finding innovative ways to incorporate these topics into a liberal arts college, Lucas is also a talented furniture maker and--by necessity and vocation--a jack of all trades.

Maureen “Reeni“ Cain

currently works with children who have autism and has worked with preschool children at the Rutland Recreation Department. She recently trained her dog, Martini, to play Toto in the Rutland Youth Theater production of the Wizard of OZ. She currently lives a “veganish” lifestyle.

Pamela Cargill

is principal of Chaolysti, a solar marketing and business consulting firm. She has grown a Massachusetts solar contracting company from a three-person basement office into a $1M 8-person operation and over two mergers/acquisitions into a major regional player posting $60M in sales. Cargill is a 2004 graduate of Hampshire College, where she designed her program of study in solar energy, sustainability advocacy, and interest-based new media.

Melissa ChesnutTangerman

has been a SolarFest volunteer for 16 years. She has also served as Co-Executive Director, promotional and grantwriter, Board President, and Volunteer Coordinator.

Tina Clarke

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and local nonprofit organizations. She directed several national training programs in Washington, D.C. and directed Greenpeace USA’s citizen activist network. Tina lives in a passive solar, Platinum LEED, low-toxic “Power House” that she helped design and build.

Scott Courcelle

is co-owner of Alchemy Gardens and co-manager of the Shrewsbury Co-op at Pierce’s Store. Born in Rutland, Scott returned to this area after working in environmental education in Maine and serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Montpelier’s Parks Department and Conservation Commission. His educational background is in environmental science with a focus in natural resources.

Charen Fegard

has worked for the Association of VT Recyclers for 5 years, leading workshops and providing technical assistance to Vermont schools around solid and hazardous waste issues. She worked in the Civil Service overseas on military bases in Haz-Mat/Environmental Compliance and has a bachelor’s degree in biology. She lives in a little cabin in the woods.

Angela Ferrelli

is a Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps member who is currently serving with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Air Bureau. She also helps the Maine Energy Education Program present to schoolchildren on Energy and the Environment, Climate Change, and Maine Green School Projects.

Cheryl King Fischer

is the Executive Director of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, a funder/activist grantmaking collaborative that focuses on community-based environmental issues, civic engagement, democracy and social justice. In 14 years, NEGEF has made grants totaling over $3.5 million to over 1100 grassroots groups throughout the region. She and her husband, Monty Fischer, live in Montpelier. They have two grown children who are now making their own ways in the world of social change.

Alex Eaton,

along with Margot Brooks, is the farm manager of the Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet, VT. There they manage a heard of 100 Oberhaslis milking goats which supply the majority of milk for the farm’s artisan cheese.

Mitchell Estrin

was raised in his family’s hardware store where he developed his love of tools, customer service and knowledge of the detailed inner workings of a house. He is a Certified Energy Efficiency Home Specialist for Efficiency Vermont and consults on how to improve homes’ energy performance. He lives with his family in a Five Star Plus energy efficiency rated home he built using local, natural materials.

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D.,

operates a small farm and post-peak oil homestead and directs the permaculture design and land development company Whole Systems Design. He has been growing rice and other nutrient-dense crops on his 10 acre homestead for 7 years, as well as growing mushrooms for food and soil enhancement in various settings for 5 years.

Doug Fontein

is an accomplished builder and woodworker. He uses diagnostic equipment and techniques, including infrared thermography and the blower door. Since the 1980’s, his projects have included energy efficient passive solar houses, barns, outbuildings and sheds, renovations and cabinetry. He specializes in energy efficient, cost effective construction.

Sarah Goldsmith

is a New Hampshire native who has been attending SolarFest for 13 years. Outside of SolarFest, her hobbies include music, horseback riding, reading, ceramics and vegan cooking.

Richard Gottlieb

has been teaching renewable energy since receiving his master’s degree in solar energy in 1977. His installation company, Sunnyside Solar, Inc., has installed homeowner, commercial and public PV systems since 1970. He recently received Master Trainer status through ISPQ and IREC.

Ben Graham

is an architectural designer, natural builder, permaculturalist, teacher, community organizer and student. He founded Natural Design/Build in 2001 and helped developed the Local Directory of Skills, Resources and Farms in the PlainfieldMarshfield area. He teaches at Yestermorrow, founded the Villagebuilding Convergence in Montpelier, and is on the steering committee of Transition Town Montpelier.

Spook Handy

has written hundreds of songs and performed over 2,000 concerts in his 20year career. His songs have been covered by dozens of other artists including Pete Seeger, and he has won numerous awards and accolades including Best Folk Artist by Upstage Magazine. His most recent CD,

Whatcha Gonna Do? topped out at #12 on the Folk Radio Charts and his song, Vote, was a top 10 hit on Folk Radio in October 2008.

Jules Harrell

is a mother, wife, farmer, educator, and writer. She’s published two books on bicycling for women, both of which contain bicycle repair chapters. Jules teaches bike repair to inner city youth and helped the Albany Police Department by repairing and distributing stolen bikes to economically challenged young people. Jules is the proud mom of Reesa Harrell, sophomore at Darrow School.

Kirk Herander

is a nationally certified solar practitioner and founder of VT Solar Engineering, now celebrating 20 years as a design/build company of solar systems of all types. With systems from Maine to North Carolina, VT Solar is one of the most experienced and accomplished solar companies in the Northeast U.S.

Shel Horowitz,

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Adam Goldsmith

was born and raised in New Hampshire and has attended every SolarFest since he was born. When he isn’t at SolarFest, his hobbies include quantum physics, taking things apart, stop motion animation, robotics and making Linux work on everything.

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Diane Imrie

is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s of Business Administration from UVM and has 20 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare food service operations. She is passionate about local food, both personally and professionally, and is the co-author of a cookbook highlighting seasonal cooking titled Cooking Close to Home. For the past 12 years she has worked as Director of Nutrition Services at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Liz Johndrow

of Earthen Endeavors has been working with natural plasters for several years starting with her first straw bale project in 2004. She has been exploring different plasters on a variety of wall systems and has most recently been playing with veneer plasters on sheetrock. She is excited to share how you can transform your home through creating your own custom plasters for reasonably low cost.

Shelby Jones

is the owner of the Cobra Gymnastics & Dance Center in Rultand, VT. Born to be a dancer, Shelby has been sharing her knowledge of West African and Middle Eastern dance with the greater Rutland Community since 2004. She has performed many venues throughout the area including SolarFest, EthnicFest and Temple Night. As her passions for gymnastics and dance run deep within, she is excited to share this dance form with the community of SolarFest once again.

Lisa Kaiman

is a raw milk farmer in Chester, Vermont. Lisa established Jersey Girls Dairy in 1999, where she milks 24 registered Jerseys. Her girls live a pampered life featuring intensive rotational grazing and an open space barn. Lisa sells raw milk from the farm, and in 2008, she opened We Are What We Eat (WAWWE), a year round farmers’ market featuring farm foods from 75+ local producers.

Sue Katt

has 10 years of vegetable farming experience and several years experience working with livestock. She has managed a farm for a non-profit as well as run her own. She has hosted WWOOF volunteers for 6 years, and has a commitment to making WWOOFing a mutually beneficial, educational experience.

Deb Katz,

the Executive Director of Citizen Awareness Network, is a social worker and community organizer. In 2000, she won the Giraffe Award for sticking her neck out to protect Northeast reactor communities and the MA House of Representative cited her for outstanding leadership and service in the public health field.

Robb Kidd

is the Organizer for Rural Vermont, an organization founded by farmers with the mission of promoting economic justice for farmers. Previously, Robb had worked for numerous Vermont political campaigns and causes in and out of the Vermont State House. He lives in Montpelier.

Kevin Kiefaber

is a social worker by training, and is still hoping to be an engineer when he grows up.

Janice Kurkoski

is an auto mechanic since the 70s (including electric vehicles at Solectria Corp.) and an electrical apprentice, installing PV systems in Massachusetts and Peru. In 2000, she joined the Village Empowerment Project in Peru and has participated in over 20 trips so far. htm


Steve Kurkoski

is a Master Electrician and has been working in the photovoltaic field for over 12 years. He provides code compliant installation services and technical support for PV companies serving Massachusetts. He also teaches PV courses at the technical college level. He joined the Village Empowerment Project in Peru in 2002.

Jennifer Langstaff-French

is a certified practicing Herbalist, Health Coach and Holistic Lifestyle Educator. With over ten years in the field of sustainable health, she offers rich insight into the natural world around us and how our health and the health of our environment are interdependent.

Kiah Laramie

is a New Hampshire native. This is her fourth year attending and volunteering at SolarFest. Her hobbies include stop motion animation, robotics, softball, field hockey, Destination Imagination, music and art.

Joao Leao

is a physicist and computer geek when he’s not producing short films and videos. He enjoys learning by doing and helping young people do the same.

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Craig Leggett,

a Holistic Management Trainer, is a graduate of UVM’s College of Agriculture and a student of Rangeland Ecosystem Science at CSU. He has worked with ranchers in the western US and pastoralists in eastern Africa to regenerate grasslands with the use of livestock. He is spurred on by the belief that the health of our communities -- and our planet -- is in the hands of agriculturalists.

Steve Letendre

was a long time member of the SolarFest Board of Trustees, has presented at many SolarFests, is a Green Mountain College professor, an inhabitant of a sustainable home with renewables (Solar) and a leading authority on electric vehicles and their propulsion systems.

Carol Levin

is Richard Gottlieb’s wife and has been his assistant for over 30 years.

Leora Mallach

has been teaching environmental education experientially for the better part of the past 14 years. She is currently co-launching the Boston area Jewish Garden Project and would love to talk about it. She is an avid hiker, backpacker and berry picker.

Greg Marley

has been collecting, studying, eating, growing and teaching mushrooms for over 35 years and is the founder of Mushrooms for Health, a small company providing medicinal mushroom education and products made with Maine medicinal mushrooms. He is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, (Downeast Books , 2009) and Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystic of Mushrooms, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Marley lives and mushrooms along the coast of Maine.

Pamela Maynard

writes from a 7.5 acre happy homestead that she shares with her husband, son, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 turtles, 8 chickens, 3 roosters and 11 guinea hens. Grit magazine published Pam’s first article, Poultry Pest Patrol in 2009 and she has had several children’s stories published in Kidz Rule USA and The Kids Ark Magazine.

Ace McArleton,

co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Building, LLC, teaches classes on natural building and teaches youth and adults about gender, sexuality and access to the building trades. Ace is a member of Natural Builders NorthEast and the Timber Framers Guild and is currently working on a forthcoming book/DVD project on natural building to be published in the spring of 2012.

Kort McCumber

is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, dedicated performer, prolific songwriter, gifted and expressive vocalist. Kort McCumber has wandered beyond good and into the elusive land of great. More than a decade into his musical pilgrimage, he continues to define, and redefine, his sound, his persona, his love for music and his unwavering commitment to bringing good music, “no make that great” music, to listeners throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

James Moors

lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters. In 1996 he walked away from a secure job and headed to the north woods of Minnesota, sold all of his electric equipment, bought an acoustic guitar and started down the path from musician to troubadour. He now does more than 100 live shows every year, sometimes with co-writer and musical partner Kort McCumber.

Stephen Morris

is the editor and publisher of the quarterly Green Living Journal and has a career that has spanned a variety of industries ranging from woodstoves to solar panels to books. He has helped companies and non-profit organizations define missions and develop effective marketing strategies and is the co-founder of The Public Press, a book publishing business that provides new options for writers whose works are too specialized for traditional publishers.

between Maine Energy Education Program and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Traci Pena,

Giggle Ambassador, Reiki Master, Life Stylist & Travel Companion, has been on a journey to learn and share as much as possible. Reaching, helping, and bridging; teaching, guiding, and comforting; lighting, showing, and paving; reaching thousands upon thousands when you count the infinite ripple thing.

Jen Peterson

is Vice President for Grantmaking at the Vermont Community Foundation, the largest foundation in Vermont with a goal of building vital and healthy Vermont communities by increasing the philanthropic spirit and capital available to serve those needs. Prior to VCF, Jen worked at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE), most recently as their Annual Fund Director. Jen has a BA in sociology/anthropology and lives in Huntington with her two children Owein and Mae.

Kimberley Quirk,

a graduate of Dartmouth College, has spent 25 years working in engineering design, technical and customer support, and engineering management. In 2009 she launched the Energy Emporium, an

information center and showroom which designs, installs, and services solar hot water and solar electric systems, as well as providing products to foster sustainability for our households and our planet.

Jacob Deva Racusin

has been creating functional art with wood, stone, straw, earth, and other assorted materials since 2000. As co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Building, he explores interests in cold-climate straw bale construction, natural painting and plastering, and the integration between buildings and their environments. He is currently working on a forthcoming book/DVD project on natural building to be published in the spring of 2012.

The Roots & Shoots program

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Kenneth Mulder

is farm manager and research associate at Green Mountain College. He is a farmer, ecological economist, and educator who has been practicing and studying humanpowered and animal-powered farming systems since the mid 1990s. His primary focus is on low-input, energy-efficient food production.

Joshua Nelson

is an eco-entrepreneur who has been involved with sustainable agriculture, composting and product development for over 30 years. He works domestically and internationally, helping people and farmers capture and re-use critically important resources which need to be diverted from improper disposal. He has been worm composting for over 25 years.

Tim O’Connor,

a writer, teacher, and builder, has worked with sustainability efforts and green building for many years. Tim has started a community garden, designed and built a passive solar home, and holds the LEED Green Associate credential. He is currently teaching for the Community College of Vermont and writing articles on sustainable cities and the triple bottom line of natural capitalism -- people, planet, and profit.

Beth Otto

is the Carbon Footprint Educator as well as the central person working with Maine Green School Projects. She splits her time

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Jim Sabataso

is a fourth-generation member of the Rutland community who works as a writer and editor for the Rutland Herald and the Rutland Business Journal. Since 1933, his family has owned and operated The Palms restaurant in Rutland. Jim is Coordinator of Sustainable Rutland, and a member of the Board of both the Downtown Rutland Partnership and the Rutland Creative Economy.

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These are exciting times for renewable energy. New technologies and business models are popping up all over the place in response to a growing demand. Some are tried and true and have evidence to support their claims; others remain risky prospects with little to no research yet available to the public. SolarFest does not test products made by our vendors and cannot be held responsible for their claims, but we will do our best to provide you with the knowledge that can make you a smarter shopper. Educate yourself and become an informed consumer. Ask the hard questions and demand reasonable answers before you buy anything. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to learn about conservation strategies as part of your own overall energy plan. Even the smallest steps taken as a result of SolarFest can yield great rewards in the future. Our hope is that we all learn to walk the whatever pace is presently most comfortable for us. Did you know that SolarFest is a Zero Waste event?

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Jeff Skelskie

has a strong electrical/mechanical background, has been involved with batteries for 25+ years, and works as a consultant, teacher, and supplier for the alternative energy field. Jeff was a major player in the Tour de Sol and in 2009 received the Distinguished Service Award from NESEA. Jeff is currently a member of the SolarFest Board of Trustees.

Theresa Snow

is the Director of Agricultural Resources for the Vermont Foodbank. Her work as co-founder of the grassroots non-profit Salvation Farms, now the Vermont Foodbank’s Gleaning Program, has been recognized through awards from Vermont Granges, the Vermont Secretary of Human Services, and E-town. She is proud to have worked within the farming community for the past ten years.

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are wonderful site guides for the SolarFest Site Tour For Young People. Having spent their youth on our youth’s feet, they now spend their golden retirement years helping explain the complexities of alternative energy in fun and easy to understand ways.

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Joe Solomon

is the social media coordinator for, and a climate activist based in Burlington, VT.

Steve Spatz

is a sustainable home designer, builder and Building Performance Institute trained Shell Improvement Specialist. He has presented at SolarFest in the past.

Melody Squier

is the host of SolarFest, among many other things! Melody cultivated an appreciation for antique and vintage items through her grandmother who had a large Victorian home full of antiques. Recently Melody became interested again in refinishing and rejuvenating furniture and researched home recipes as well as planet and user friendly products now available. After experimenting she is happy to share what she has learned with others.


Bob Stannard

is a registered lobbyist in Vermont having represented entities ranging from municipalities to citizen groups and issues from education funding to genetically modified organisms, to Right to Farm/nuisance issues. Currently, he represents the Vt. Citizens Action Network assisting them in their effort to close the Vermont Yankee power plant as scheduled in 2012.

David Stember

is a volunteer organizer in several community-based climate action initiatives in Vermont. Like most of us, he’s still trying to figure out what actually works to address the global climate crises and brings a grounding in organizational and business development, community organizing and project management. David facilitates the Climate Action Now social networking site and is a content and advertising coordinator at Green Energy Times.

Gaye Symington

is the Executive Director of the High Meadows Fund (www.highmeadowsfund. org), a philanthropic fund based at the Vermont Community Foundation that focuses its grantmaking on initiatives that reduce the use of fossil fuels, strengthen sustainable agriculture and promote land conservation. For twelve years, Gaye served in the Vermont House, including one term as Minority Leader and two as Speaker of the Vermont House. Throughout her leadership she emphasized the importance of attracting thoughtful Vermonters to run for public office, particularly those who don’t think of themselves as “political.”

Theo Talcott

is a climate activist, writer, small farmer, musician and a spiritual being. He blogs at

Carol Tashie,

along with her partner Dennis Duhaime, owns Radical Roots Farm in Rutland. She serves on the Boards of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link and the Rutland Creative Economy and is Board President of Sustainable Rutland. She is also a columnist for the Rutland Herald.

Brian Tokar,

is an activist and author who lectures widely on environmental issues and popular movements. He is the director of the Vermont-based Institute for Social Ecology, a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, and the author of The Green Alternative, Earth for Sale, and Toward Climate Justice.

Karen Totino,

owner of Green Conscience, has a history of caring about environmental issues starting with her own family and neighborhood. Beginning with her already successful organic lawn care business, Karen became actively involved in community efforts supporting work on cleanups and conservation through Friends of Kayaderosseras, a not-forprofit organization focused on conserving the creek. continued on next page



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Michael Travis,

along with his wife Colleen and their two daughters Ambiana and Jakobi, are hosting WWOOFERS to help with their organic garden and their sustainable building projects. The family spent three months WWOOFING in New Zealand and have WOOFED in Hawaii and across the United States.

Mel Tyree

is a research scientist in biophysics who used his scientific skills to design his own sustainable home in Ellenburg, NY. He has a BA from Pomona College and PhD from Cambridge University and is a Professor of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta.

Todd Tyson

is a grassroots environmental, cultural and political activist. He and his partner, Betsy, live off the grid way up a dirt road in Tunbridge, Vermont with the help of the sun, a spring, a few chickens and cows.

Abby Valenta

has been practicing yoga in various forms since 2001. In October of 2009, she received her 200 hour teacher training certification through Yoga Vermont, in Burlington, and has been teaching a weekly Ashtanga class on Mondays from 5:307:00 p.m. at Cobra Gymnastics and Dance Studio in Rutland.

Greg Wallace

is the founder of Sticks and Stones Construction which designs, builds, and renovates homes using green building techniques and materials. Greg has extensive experience timber framing and has a strong personal commitment to building and renovation projects that are affordable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly. He lives with his wife, 5 year old son, dog and one very large squirrel that eats a lot of compost.

Ken Welch

is a home performance analyst and green rehabilitation specialist with NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and has presented at SolarFest in the past.

Chris Wetherby

is a Vermont native who received a BS in Forestry from the University of Maine at Orono. He currently sets up solar manufacturing (SHW collector) for Stiebel El-

tron USA in Hatfield, MA and is the owner of Advanced Solar Heating Systems, Inc. of Rutland, VT. Chris is a member of the SolarFest Board of Trustees.

Chris Williams

is a long-time sustainable energy policy activist. He has been active in campaigns fighting several nuclear power plants and is currently the Vermont Organizer for the Citizens Awareness Network, a grassroots organization working to end the use of nuclear power in the Northeast and replace it with sustainable, reliable and affordable energy generation.

Jenna Wilson of Vermont350

Helena Wu

is an herbalist and midwife living and practicing in southern Vermont. She enjoys helping people build relationships with plants.

David Young

has been practicing architectural design, regional planning and information systems modeling since 1990, after decade as a carpenter, shipwright and chef. Trained as a Passive House Consultant and Permaculture Designer, he founded Eco-Logos LLC (aka New England Ecologic). He is faculty at CCV, where he teaches in the Environmental Sciences department a course in Sustainable Building Technologies.

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Kids’ Corner Workshop Presenters George Bouret

has made his living as a photographer for almost thirty years and still practices Antique, Traditional, and Digital processes.

Marilyn Brandner

lives in Chittenden where she raises sheep and angora rabbits. She has been exploring fiber arts for many years, including spinning, felting & weaving.

Jen Hogan,

educator at Hands On Minds On Children’s Art Studio, is an avid creator in the arts, writing, and exploring nature. Jen loves sharing her artistic discoveries with children, while enhancing and encouraging their imaginations and creative processes. Jen studied Education at Castleton State College and Landscape Horticulture at Ohio State University. Jen lives in Rutland with her husband and two sons.

Stephanie Alice Jones

first discovered yoga in 1994. After several years of casual study, she began to practice seriously in 2004 when she started teaching yoga to children and adolescents at the day and residential treatments schools at Vermont Achievement Center where she is a schoolteacher. Stephanie completed a 200-hour teacher training through Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2006. She loves to share her passion for yoga with others and strives to grow as a student and teach-

er through daily practice and continued training. Stephanie teaches students of all ages around Rutland.

Bess Lewis

is a graduate of Hartwick College where she studied art and environmental sciences. She is a local artist and certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor. A former teacher for Nature’s Classroom, Bess especially enjoyed teaching environmental art classes. Currently she is enrolled in an apprenticeship program, TAP, to teach K-12 Art.

Pamela Maynard

writes and creates from a 7.5 acre happy homestead that she shares with her husband, son, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and a variety of chickens, guinea hens, turtles and geckos in New Hampshire. In her spare time, Pam fills full-time roles as wife, mom and MRI Technologist.

Rosemary Moser

is a veteran Early Childhood Educator and Vermont Extension Master Gardener with a passion for cooking and the natural world, and especially for the places where all of those things meet. She is also the long-time coordinator of Kids’ Corner at SolarFest, and now of Family Stage at SolarFest. Rosemary lives, grows, & creates in Middletown Springs with her husband, 6 birds, two cats, one dog, and a flock of chickens.

April Simpson

has been teaching art to elementary school children in this area for 3 years. She enjoys drawing, rug hooking, gardening, and taking care of her cat, goat, and 10 hens.


Board of Trustees Melody Squier, Trustee, President Forget-Me-Not-Farm

Michael Sorce, Trustee, Vice President Darkstar Lighting & Production

Mark McChesney, Trustee, Treasurer The Barn Restaurant

Laura Daubenspeck, Trustee, Clerk Rutland Area Food Coop

John Blittersdorf, Trustee

Central Vermont Solar & Wind

Josh Brill, Trustee

Breezy Meadows Orchard & Nursery

Steve Goldsmith, Trustee segTEL, Inc.

Matt Kenyon, Trustee Quality Carpentry

Chip Mauck, Trustee Sunweaver Solar

Jeff Skelskie, Trustee Special Services

Wheaton Squier, Trustee Independent Care Provider

Todd Tyson, Trustee

Tunbridge Grease Collective

Chris Wetherby, Trustee Advanced Solar Heating

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Other Interesting Stuff Our Intrepid Staff

Managing Director

Patty Kenyon

Assistant to the Director

Jaya Holliman Booking

Jim Gilmour - Main Stage Rosemary Moser - Family Stage Box Office

Jenny Talke Munyak Shirley Oskamp Joel Pliner First Aid

Middletown Springs First Response Graphic Design

Ruby Fannin Wendy Fannin Mike Gauthier - Green Screen Graphics Patty Kenyon Hosts

Melody & Marshall Squier Information

Michelle Goldsmith Kids’ Corner

Rosemary Moser Mikki Lane Jan Krantz Parking

Dennis Duhaime Brian Kerns Rebecca Kerns

Performer Merchandise


John Blittersdorf

Production/Sound Manager

Don’t miss

Vendor/performer Entrance

Haley Kenyon Jean Sapula

Michael Sorce, Dark Star Lighting & Production

Volunteer Coordinator

David Munyak

Nan Gilmour Helen Mango

Program Design & Layout Sales Tent

Laura Daubenspeck Malindi Chesnut-Tangerman Security

Marshall Squier Signs

Lydia Mathewson

Site Coordinators

Matt Kenyon David Munyak Marshall Squier

Site Decoration

Sarah Goldsmith Kiah Laramie Adam Goldsmith

Site Electrician

Oscar Daubenspeck

Songwriter Showcase

Phil Henry

Sponsor Hospitality

Diane Rosenmiller


Wheaton Squier - Director

Jaya Holliman

Volunteer Food Coordinators

the SolarFest Silent Auction! the Arena near the SolarFest Sales Booth. Our generous sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and supporters continue to delight us with their donations. Get a great deal and support SolarFest at the same time. Items will be on display and bids may be placed until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 when the auction closes and items will be available to the winning bidders. Check out the great items we have committed so far. Good Luck! Batik Tableau Africa Traders Market

Worm Bin

Ben Drake

Carol Tashie

Wooden Animal

Workshop Coordinator Workshop Onsite Hosting & Tech

Carol Tashie Steve Goldsmith Chris Wetherby Heather Keith Steve Fesmire

Workshop Organizers

Carol Tashie Steve Goldsmith Kevin Kiefaber Jim Malloy Josh Brill Gene Bertsche

Green Mountain Club Publications

NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad

Organic Shirt

Red Moon Artisans

Groovy Green Bean

Tote Bag

Denur Crafts

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

The Vermont Herbal General Store

Poster, DVD, $10 Gift Certificate

Battery Capacity Meter


Hand-stitched wall hanging

Morgan Mountain Organic Gardeners

Shelburne Vineyard Gift Certificate $20


Eden’s Rose Foundation

And hundreds of volunteers!

Patty Kenyon

Made on a Mac

SolarFest Eco-Car Show!

Did you know that you can be a SolarFest volunteer? visit us on the web for details or email

Goodies! The SolarFest Sales Booth, located in the Arena, has an exciting assortment of T-shirts, tank tops, hats, organic cotton tote bags, bumper stickers, cookbooks and other fun items. Open Fri. & Sat. ‘til 8, Sun. ‘til 6.

Photo Credits SolarFest photos courtesy of: Hugh Coyle, David Munyak, Michael O’Brien



Vermont Green Building Network

SolarFest runs on the energy from the sun, but also on the countless hours of more than 300 volunteers. KUDOS to the folks who come together to create a fun, successful and smoothly run festival each year. It could not happen without you!

SolarFest was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1999 after operating for five years as a collaboration of like-minded individuals who were determined to educate others about the advantages of solar energy. Today, seventeen years after its inception, SolarFest remains a volunteer organization, though we depend heavily on one very dedicated, part-time Managing Director. We are governed by a Board of Trustees with experience in a range of disciplines. Our Board and Festival Committee are committed to the idea that educating people about renewable energy and conservation can help ensure a brighter, greener future for our world. They also firmly believe that the Arts play a key role in inspiring and energizing those who seek a more sustainable society. SolarFest, Inc.’s mission statement is quite simple, and yet so vital: SolarFest blends art, education, and outreach to inspire conservation, promote renewable energy, and support sustainable communities. SolarFest fulfills this mission through our three-day festival and our year-long commitment to education and community outreach, which provides New England with its most comprehensive and entertaining exposure to renewable energy and its many rewards.

A Message From Your Hosts

Live Green-Ride the Bus

True Green Bliss

About SolarFest

Joe Bossen

We are excited to announce our First Annual SolarFest Eco-car Show to be held on festival grounds, Sunday July 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Festival comers can view and test-drive some of the most ecological and fuel efficient vehicles offered in our area by various local dealers. This new addition to our festival comes at a critical time of alltime high gas prices and fossil fuel crunch. Stop by the lot and compare models side by side. Details on manufacturers and models are online and in our program insert available at the gate.

Herbal Remedies Sustainability Goodie Bag

Zero Waste

First Annual

Solar LED Innovations, LLC

MidNite Solar

Vendor Coordinator

Kaarin Alsop Traci Pena


Sandy’s Books & Bakery

Solar i-pad charger

Reusable Tote bag times two

Design It Together

Hemp Power Bag Co.

Risograph Poster Print

Silk sari skirt

Chrysacolla Pendant

Green Mountain Club



Home Energy Check-up (in Rutland County )

Green Energy Times

Ben’s Bins

Marketing Consultation Session


Subscription to Green Energy Times


SolarFest belongs to all of us. It succeeds because so many people feel a part of it. Though right now it looks like a festival site, 50 weeks of the year it is a family farm. Please feel very free to pitch in wherever you see a need. Pick up after yourself, others, and around your campsite. Each year we find a stunningly small amount of trash left behind, a record we are proud to keep. Also, be aware that tent walls are thin, and showing respect for the folks of all ages who come here includes keeping quiet after midnight and not using foul language. SolarFest stays a joyful event when we respect each other. Thank You!! Marshall and Melody Squier, owners of Forget-Me-Not Farm.


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a rfes l o S t Solarfest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit, Volunteer-run Organization

How to Get Here...

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Please support our generous sponsors who make SolarFest possible!!

Aurora Borealis Sponsors

Super Nova Sponsor

SolarFest is at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, VT. Get to the intersection of VT Route 133 and VT Route 140 in Tinmouth, 15 miles southwest of Rutland. (Note: There is also an intersection of VT Route 133 and VT Route 140 in Middletown Springs, you want the one in Tinmouth.) Go south on Rt. 140 for 500 feet and turn right on McNamara Rd. Parking attendants will direct you from there. Detailed directions are available on our website:

Approximate Driving Times...

Less than 2 hours from Burlington, VT, Albany, NY, Greenfield, MA & Keene, NH. Less than 4 hours from Boston, and about 4 hours from New York City.

Please Note:

GLASS and PETS are PROHIBITED anywhere on festival grounds. Please read our Glass Policy and Pet Policy on page 3 for details.

Nova Sponsors

Forget-Me-Not Farm Gr eenLivingJour

A Practical Journal for Friends of the Environment

Visit the SolarFest Eco-Car Show Featuring new models from local dealers See page 34 for details

12 McNamara Road Middletown Springs, VT 05757 802-235-1513

Box Office closes at 8 p.m.

Bulk Rate Postage PAID Middletown Springs VT 05757 Permit Number 3

See a Tesla !

Dr. Mel Tyree will be on site displaying his 2008 Tesla Roadster 1.5 !


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of Po s i t i v e E n e r g y !


The New England Renewable Energy Festival

Solstice Sponsors

The Roadster on February 9, 2011,the day it arrived in Ellenburg, NY. Bought used.

4 AllEarth Renewables 4 Cooperative Insurance 4 Downtown Rutland Partnership & Rutland Economic Development Corporation 4 Elemental Energy, Inc. 4 Green Conscience Home & Garden 4 Green Mountain College

Sunburst Sponsors 4 Hubbardton Forge 4 Mach’s Wood Fired Pizza 4 Mountain Folk 4 Parker Geothermal 4 Progressive Asset Management 4 Rutland Area Food Co-op

4 segTEL, Inc. 4 Sunnyside Solar, Inc. 4 The Barn Restaurant 4 Tunbridge Grease Collective 4 Vermont Energy Investment Corp. 4 Vermont Magazine 4 Vermont Soap

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- SolarFest, Inc recipient of a

2011 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

SolarFest 2011 Program Guide  

SolarFest - The New England Renewable Energy Festival - July 15, 16 & 17, 2011. Forget-Me-Not Farm, Tinmouth, Vermont. Over 80 workshops in...

SolarFest 2011 Program Guide  

SolarFest - The New England Renewable Energy Festival - July 15, 16 & 17, 2011. Forget-Me-Not Farm, Tinmouth, Vermont. Over 80 workshops in...