GRE(V)EN(TS): Green Fest Exhibition

From the Watertown Daily Times:

Recycled trash, fabrics up for awards this weekend

‘GREEN FEST EXHIBITION’: Thousand Islands Young Leaders looking for volunteers, fashionistas for annual Clayton event
By JAEGUN LEE
 
CLAYTON — The Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization wants people to turn trash into fashionable art for its second annual “Green Fest Exhibition” Saturday at Cerow Recreation Park.

Alicia M. Dewey, co-founder of the organization, said the group plans to hold two new shows this year: a “Recycled Art Show” and an “Upcycled Fashion Show,” where people take apart outdated clothing and turn it into a fashionable item or outfit.

Both upcycled fashion items and recycled art must be made of at least 75 percent recycled materials, but natural elements — such as stone, sticks and bones — should not be used. Entry forms are available at the Young Leaders website.

A “People’s Choice” prize of $100 will be given to the item that gains the highest number of votes at the event.

 The 2011 Green Fest will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the arena complex, 615 East Line Road.

At the exhibition, some 35 vendors will showcase a hybrid car, display their locally grown products and provide information on the five principles of sustainability — eating locally, shopping locally, moving locally, powering locally and acting locally.

Also, students from Clarkson University, Potsdam, plan to make a presentation on its federally funded project to build a cold-climate greenhouse.

The group also is urging people to participate in the community cleanup before the Green Fest. Volunteers should gather at the recreation park parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

Lunch will be provided by the Young Leaders at 11 a.m., but volunteers should bring their own garden gloves and rakes.

Saturday’s event also will feature a bottle and can drive, electronics drop-off and children’s activities.

For more information, contact the leaders organization via email at tiylo@live.com or go to the group’s website.

The community cleanup and Green Fest event are supported by the Cool Air-Clean Planet Community Catalyst Grant Fund, the town of Clayton and Waste Management.

Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization: www.tiylo.org

More info and an updated list of speakers and exhibitors is available on the Young Leaders’ blog – looks like they really did their homework on local green(ish) people, places and things! I wish I didn’t work Saturdays…or at least had known about this event with enough advance notice to get someone to cover for me…

Photo from visit1000islands.com

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