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
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plans to hold two new shows this year: a “Recycled Art Show” and an “Upcycled Fashion Show,” where people take apart outdated clothing and turn it into a fashionable item or outfit.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 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:

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…

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