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Stories and Songs: Sharing and Building Community through Performance Art

Stories and Songs:  Sharing and Building Community through Performance Art
by Gary Spear 
GaryBeing conscious of our community brings a sense of depth and purpose. Together we are writing, singing, and discovering the story of life. This tent talk will share the experiences of how performance art can enhance the collective experience of community. If you enjoy storytelling, music, and adventure, then come lend your imagination to this discussion.
Gary Spear was homegrown in Paoli, Indiana. Although he now lives a few miles north, he still considers Orange County his home. Gary has been a music arranger, conductor, and director for over 25 years. He also specializes in script writing and storytelling. One of Gary's current projects, Hoosier Hometown Live, is a live radio show in the old time spirit of Prairie Home Companion.

Blues Guitar and Roots Music Workshop

Blues Guitar and Roots Music Workshop
by Justin Johnson 2:00 pm upper shelter house

FFF 2017 Justin Johnson Workshop PhotoCome on out and bring your questions for the "wizard of blues and roots guitars"!  For years Justin Johnson has been expanding the frontlines of guitar and roots music, and in this interactive workshop, you will have to opportunity to get your questions answered face-to-face.  Whether it's about blues guitar styles, slide guitar, roots instrument building, or playing, gear, practice techniques… whatever you’re wondering, enjoy a rare opportunity to get the advice from a roots music master.  For more information, visit www.JustinJohnsonLive.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JustinJohnsonLive

Justin Johnson will perform on the NextEra Energy Main Stage from 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET.

Fire Horse Yoga on the Hill

Fire Horse Yoga on the Hill

10:00 am - 11:00 am  on the hill above the main stage lawn

FFF 2017 Lydia LagenourBegin your day at the Folk Fest by joining Lydia Lagenour for a 45-minute yoga session, including 15 minutes of guided relaxation. All are welcome, including kiddos and those brand new to yoga. The session is free. Bring your own mat if you can, but extras will be provided. Bring water to drink afterwards. And be prepared to smile! Visit http://www.firehorseyogaonline.com/ for more info.

Songwriting: Sources of Inspiration

Songwriting: Sources of Inspiration
by Tim Grimm 1:00 pm upper shelter house

FFF 2017 Tim Grimm Workshop Photo 2Tim Grimm is an award-winning songwriter who tours the states and Europe. He has released more than a dozen recordings and has had songs placed in films (including A WALK IN THE WOODS), and in theatrical productions across the states. This workshop will focus on where songs can come from--the "sources of inspiration". The best songs are written with the heart AND the mind, and contain elements of the universal and specific (details). Tim will play some examples and will be open to conversation and questions.  For more information, visit www.timgrimm.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/timgrimmmusic.

Tim Grimm and the Family Band will perform on the NextEra Energy Main Stage from 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET.

Solar Energy in Indiana

Solar Energy in Indiana
by Ryan Zaricki
2:00 pm South Tent (near totem pole by playground)
FFF 2017 Tent Talk Ryan Logo Whole SunSeveral residents in the Ferdinand community have installed solar panels on their rooftops and lawns in recent years.  Whole Sun Designs, owned and operated by Ryan Zaricki, has likely installed these systems.  In this talk, participants will learn about the effects of recent state legislation on Indiana's residential and business solar energy outlook and discuss ways that citizens can get involved in the ongoing success of this exciting renewable energy.  Citizens interested in installing their own solar energy will also have the opportunity for a personal discussion about the technology.
Ryan Zaricki, President of Whole Sun Designs, Inc., has been installing solar panels for nearly thirteen years.  An honors graduate of South Spencer High School and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ryan worked in the solar field in Colorado for several years.  In 2007 he brought his skills and knowledge back to the Midwest.  This culminated in the formation of Whole Sun Designs, a regional solar provider, in the summer of 2011. Since then, WSD has installed many systems in the region, including grid-tied solar electric, battery-based/off-grid solar electric, and solar thermal/hot water as well as designed and built passive solar buildings.  Ryan is a licensed Master Electrician and a NABCEP certified solar installer.  Whole Sun Design’s website featuring some of his installations is found at http://www.wholesundesigns.com/.

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