The organizers of the Green Living Festival (May 13-15, Rochester) today announced the event’s final program, schedule and layout. The announcements included several favorites from past Rochester Earth Day events and many significant additions and improvements.
As in past years, the festival will offer a full line-up of live presentations, group activities and film screenings throughout the weekend, at four venues – the Green Stage, Kids Corner, Wellness Activities and firehouse film theater. Highlighting the program this year is the Green Living Film Series, hosted by award-winning documentary filmmaker and Michigan resident, Chris Bedford, who will offer the Michigan premier of his latest film, “Getting Real about Food and the Future”, on Friday at 8pm.
The festival’s special events include a VIP Preview and Awards Ceremony on Thursday (May 12) from 7pm to 9pm. This year the preview will benefit the US Green Building Council’s green schools programs, and will be highlighted by the inaugural MI Green Living Hall of Fame Awards induction ceremony. A parade will be held on Sunday morning at 10am. This year it will be longer and will conclude with a pep rally and parade awards at the festival’s main stage.
The 2nd annual Party for the Planet is being transformed into an annual concert series by festival partner, Rochester Mills Beer Co. The concert will be presented throughout festival hours and until 11pm Friday and Saturday evenings. Broken Bravado, the Ragbirds, Motor City Josh and the Big 3 will top the bill of more than a dozen Michigan-connected bands. The party area will also feature multiple sustainable food and beverage vendors offering healthy, natural/organic and delicious meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, organic wine as well as Rochester Mills Beer Co. handcrafted beer.
“Green living is all about being local, and you can’t get more local than the Mills brewing beer and making waste-grease biodiesel for the festival, just a few steps from their door.”, said Janice Rex-Weaver, Member Services Manager of MI Green Team, the event organizers.
As in past years, the Green Living Festival will offer green and healthy living product/service exhibits and activities, for all ages, at more than 10 covered and outdoor venues. In addition, many networking and educational opportunities will be offered at round tables in the Connections Café, expertly staffed by local non-profit organizations.
Besides scheduling the event for warmer weather, several improvements are being made by the festival organizers, including: a smaller footprint for better vehicle and foot traffic; improved on-line event and exhibitor information leveraging smart phone and web technology for interactive maps, exhibitor information and schedules; and a greener event with power generated on-site using renewable resources including solar and biodiesel.
“If you liked the Earth Day events in Rochester, you’re going to love the Green Living Festival!”, stated Rex-Weaver.
Special event registration and complete festival information are available at www.MIGLF.com.
The Green Living Festival is one of the planet’s largest green & living events. It will be held in downtown Rochester, Friday May 13th through Sunday, May 15th, and highlight the commitment of local businesses, non-profits and government to a brighter, greener future. Shop. Learn. Celebrate! at this f r e e weekend event, offering 250+ exhibits & presentations, stage & street entertainment, contests & prizes, organic food & drink, free massage & wellness programs, as well as activities and fun for all ages. For details, visit www.MIGLF.com.
MI Green Team promotes green living, business & community thru Michigan’s premier green/wellness network, website and events. Visit www.migreenteam.com for information.
Source: MI Green Team