EarthFest Celebration Designed for Rain or Shine

Earth Day 2012 is Sunday April 22nd and festivities in Clarke County will be centered on the Barns of Rose Hill as Valley EarthFest launches another great eco-friendly community event. The collaboration with the Barns will allow the event to proceed rain or shine as the majority of events and workshops will be held inside the Barns’ facilities. Event organizer Cheryl Ash said, “We are excited to offer a greener dynamic and a smaller footprint for this year’s celebration. Our event will be held inside the beautifully restored barns at Barns of Rose Hill.”

Working with the Barns has also provided the perfect venue for the addition of a Barn Dance featuring The Woodshedders & Holy Ghost Tent Revival. “The dance is not yet sold out but is close and the ticket “tickers” are ticking away,” Ash said.  Advance tickets are still available for $10.00 at until midnight on the 21st. Ticket prices at the door will be $17.00.

Whatever your tastes there are activities for the whole family throughout the day. The Main Festival begins at noon and runs through 5:00 p.m. followed by the Barn Dance which will run from 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. and food and libations will be served throughout both events.

A partial list of events and activities include:

  • Vendors selling naturally grown seedlings, beautiful native flowers and plants, wine goblets from recycled glass, eco-friendly candles, handmade soaps, essential oils, and much more.
  • A Green Sprouts Kids area where kids can plant seeds to take home in prepared pots.
  • Workshops will be offered all day including a backpackers workshop teaching how to properly pack back packs for a successful and comfortable hike, how to hand spin using natural fiber yarns, learning about permaculture and even a recreational tree climbing workshop.
  • Local farm sourced food vendors will delicious foods and beverages.
  • Live music kicks off at 3:00 p.m. with the Furnace Mountain Band followed by the original blues group The Hard Swimming Fish. Live performances will be capped off by the Hoot n the Hall Barn Dance in the Great Hall featuring The Woodshedders and Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

So come out and enjoy all things green with this Clarke County tradition and celebrate Earth Day in the valley.


  1. Looking forward to an awesome day!!!! Rain or Shine, it will be GREEN all day long as we celebrate Earth Day 2012!!!

  2. Sam Card says:

    The first Earth Day was on April 22,1970. Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson recruited Denis Hayes, a Harvard University student, to organize a nationwide Teach-In about Environmental issues and problems. More than 20 million Americans took part in that first Earth Day. The first federal land that was set aside and managed by the federal government for the enjoyment of the people was Yellowstone National Park in 1872. In the Sierra Nevada of California, Yosemite and 2 other national parks were established in 1890 to protect groves of Sequoia trees from the loggers axe. The Seqoia trees are the biggest trees in the world and the Redwoods, in coastal northern California, are the tallest trees in the world. The Forest Resrves were established in 1891, which are now managed by the US Forest Service under the US Department of Agriculture. President Theodore Roosevelt set aside the first US wildlife refuge at Pelican Isalnd in Florida. He used the Antiquities Act to establish Grand Canyon National Monument by executive order. Later on, Congress agreed and voted for the creation of Grand Canyon National Park. Until 1916, the US Army protected our national parks and built many of the roads and infrastructure. In 1916, the National Park Service under the US Department of the Interior was created. April 13, 1935 was Black Sunday, the worse day of the Dust Bowl in the prarie states. President Franklin Roosevelt establshed the US Soil Conservation Service. In 1962, Rachal Carson’s book Silent Spring expressed concerns about the overuse of pesticides. In 1969, there was huge oil spill n Santa Barbara, California that killed a lot of marine organisms. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in July 1969 and was amazed at the views of Earth from outer space. The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire and Lake Erie was polluted. Mercury poisoning was causing dead fish to was ashore in 1970 at Lake Chanplain which borders New York State and Vermont. Smog and traffic jams were common in Los Angeles in 1970. Wind blown sulfur dioxide from coal burning power plants emissions mixed with water fell as acid rain which led to fishless lakes in the Adirondacks of northern New Yok State. Increased citizen awareness as a result of the April 22,1970 Earth Day put pressure on the US Congress to pass enviornmental laws and create the EPA.

  3. chip schutte says:

    C’mon, no matter what the occasion, you put the woodshedders, furnace mountain, hard swimming fish, and holy ghost tent revival together, with a stocked bar, youve got a major musical party! If you havent heard Holy Ghost before, its somewhere between eclectic music and performance art-not to be missed. Thanks, Cheryl Ash, for once again pulling this event together-we missed it last year!