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The Ferdinand Folk Festival is accepting applications for art, environmental/wellness, and food booths for the ninth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival on Saturday, September 15, 2018, located in beautiful 18th Street Park. Forms, fees, and details are available online at www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com. Applicants interested in supporting the festival's family-friendly, earth-friendly, and homegrown art/music themes are encouraged to apply.

Talented local and regional artisans who have created hand-crafted items are encouraged to apply. Examples of welcomed items include woven rugs, homemade clothing, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, greeting cards, bird houses, etc.—and other creative/natural items such as upcycled goods, baked food, homemade soaps/lotions/candles, seasonal flowers, heirloom plants/seeds, honey, etc. Certified Fair Trade items, handmade by artisans from Third World countries and indigenous communities in the US, are also accepted.

To promote a healthy region and healthy communities, groups and individuals may share/demonstrate a variety of environmental/wellness education and services such as solar power and other alternative renewable energy and conservation ideas, sustainable, green living initiatives, creating natural wildlife habitats, animal rescue opportunities, permaculture design, organic gardening and farming, tree trimming tips, recycling ideas, recycled and new books, etc.

If possible, food vendors are asked to honor the festival’s healthy environment theme by serving all food and drinks in compostable, earth-friendly containers. Many recycling stations will be available in an effort to reduce waste. For safety reasons, glass is not permitted in the park. Festival goers are encouraged to bring reusable, eco-friendly water bottles or to purchase a customized one at the merch tent.

All booths will surround the shaded Kyana Woodstock Market Stage area, where the winners of the Folk Fest Singer-Songwriter Contest will perform, adding to the fun, creative vibe of the festival. The event will take place rain or shine. Preferred application deadline is Friday, July 27. For planning purposes, early submissions are appreciated.

The festival's vibrant diversity of art, environmental/wellness, and food booths complement the renowned, local and nationally-touring musicians performing on the NextEra Energy Main Stage on the adjacent,sweeping lawn, the multiple nearby activities for children, and the surrounding folk jam, yoga, workshops, and Tent Talks for all ages. All are welcomed.

The festival is co-presented by Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets. The main stage is sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources, and the market stage sponsor is Kyana Woodstock. The folk jammers and hospitality tent are sponsored by Moore Music & Guitars.

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.

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.

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.

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