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Renewable Energy Puppets

All day, throughout park

The four, giant, renewable energy puppets—representing solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro—
were created by mixed-media artist Mary Plaster in collaboration with an array of Louisville-area community members for the 2013 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. Created on behalf of their local social justice partner Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, they debuted at the Energy for Change Rally on June 2, 2013, co-hosted by the General Assembly and a variety of area environmental organizations. Featuring talks by Wendell Berry and Tim DeChristopher, it was the largest environmental-justice focused rally in Kentucky since the Marble Hill demonstrations of 1979. The puppets and those who "embody" them appear at regional environmental, spiritual, and educational gatherings.

Dubois County Humane Society Community Meet & Greet

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The Dubois County Humane Society will have a team out and about in the park all day during the Folk Fest. Their mission will to educate the community about the services the organization offers and introduce festival patrons to dogs hoping to be adopted into loving, forever homes. In addition to mingling with the crowd, the Humane Society will also have a booth where snacks (for humans ) will be sold and a photo booth where folks can have their picture taken FOR FREE with their favorite pet or one they might adopt.

The Talon Trust, with Live Raptors

4:45 -5:30 pm

FFF 2017 Talon Trust Red tailed Hawk Close upChildren and adults will enjoy an interactive personal experience with live raptors such as a falcon, an owl, and possibly a hawk. The Talon Trust, Inc., returning from last year and based in Evansville, IN, serve the southwestern Indiana region. Volunteers will share stories of birds that have been injured and can’t survive in the wild, and now serve as ambassadors for their species. The Talon Trust, Inc., is a local volunteer-based organization dedicated to the conservation of native raptors through rescue, rehabilitation, and education.
Operations are made possible through public individual and corporate donations, grants, and program fees. Volunteers operate all rescues and programs out in the community. All birds are cared for which currently are housed on private property, and the organization currently does not offer public tours. Funding goes toward helping to feed and care for the injured birds as well as outreach programs. The Talon Trust is a 501c3 pubic charity, and donations are tax-deductible.
For more info, visit http://thetalontrust.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/thetalontrust/.

Tesla and Eco-friendly Car Exhibit

By Ryan Zaricki

FFF 2018 Tent Talk Ryan Zaricki TeslaNear the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage, get an upclose and personal look at Ryan Zaricki’s brand new Tesla Model 3 and another eco-friendly car or two from our friends and supporters at Uebelhor and Sons—Chevy, Cadillac Toyota in Jasper.
As lithium ion technology keeps improving (cell phones, computer tablets/laptops, power tools, etc.), it was only a matter of time that the technology would evolve into home and car-based battery systems. The Tesla Model 3 is on the cutting edge of that battery revolution. Made in the USA with a range of 310 miles per charge, this Tesla model is pushing the envelope of what is possible in electric transportation.
South Spencer and Rose Hulman honors graduate Ryan Zaricki is owner and manager of Whole Sun Designs, who has been present at the festival since year one in 2010, powering the Kyana Woodstock Market stage with energy directly from the sun. For Ryan, the shift to a Tesla and a more sustainable lifestyle has been a natural progression. From being a leading installer of residential solar in the state, including many systems in and around Ferdinand, he first dipped his toes into an all-electric vehicle when he bought a used Nissan Leaf in 2015. Then he double-downed when in 2016 he waited in a long line in St. Louis to place his order for his Tesla Model 3. His brand new, brilliant blue model arrived in May of this year. Ryan and friends will be available throughout the afternoon to talk about the car, the technology, the future of automotive transportation, and the exciting developments in solar energy across the US.

Strings, Inc., Violin Concert and Instrument Interaction

4:00 - 4:40 pm, lower shelter house

FFF 2018 Strings 2Children will experience a live violin concert by children! Kids will be introduced to the regional music education group Strings, an organization dedicated to professional personalized violin instruction. They will also have the opportunity to hold and handle musical instruments.

Strings, Inc., the only organized string music education program in the region, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction for students. Although located primarily in the Jasper-Ferdinand area, during its history Strings, Inc., has served students from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin and Crawford counties. The organization was formed in part because local school districts in these counties do not offer formal orchestral, stringed instrument instruction in their schools. Using the Suzuki method of instruction, the program helps children learn how to read notes. The philosophy, recognized and used worldwide as a great tool for the training of the arts, is designed to develop concentration, awareness, and attention in student’s growing appreciation for the art of music.

For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/Strings-Inc-503194133092974/
and https://stringsinc.wordpress.com/.

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