Boone in Blossom
Sometimes all you need is a simple idea and some springtime
High Country sunshine – just ask the folks at Boone in Blossom.
What started as a simple community service project has grown into a three-day local outreach festival hosted by Boone-based Gati Productions April 12 to 14 at the High Country Fairgrounds, located on Roby Green Road in Boone, just off Old U.S. 421.
The organization’s fifth festival, Boone in Blossom brings together some of Boone’s most creative talents for a worthy cause – and that’s the point, event coordinator Jeremiah Brown said.
“I’d been to an event in Colorado where you could do community service to get in,” Brown said. “I’ve also played the piano for 20 years and played in bands, so when we decided to put together a community service event, that’s kind of where the idea grew from.”
Boone in Blossom, which has raised more than two tons of food to benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition, is also designed to help the Joy Cove group home, Half Hippie Farm, the Boone community garden and F.A.R.M. Café, according to Brown. And while it began as a one-off community service project , it’s grown into something more.
“For one, its like a built-in networking tool,” Brown said. “It’s a chance to do service, talk to folks and enjoy the festival, too, but it also helps people make contacts and be exposed to different things.”
Boone in Blossom brings together artists, musicians, workshop leaders and the High Country community to share their gifts and talents, a fact Brown said was reflected in the festival’s musical lineup and workshop schedule.
Musical acts include Inverted Friends, Supatight, Boom One Sound System, Wave Lynx, the Get Downs, Donnie Dies, the Honeychasers, C* (C-Star), Grow Well, Brian Swanson, BooneTang Mamas, Kendra Warren and Samantha O’Brien & Friends, among others.
Boone in Blossom’s diverse workshop lineup includes outdoor living skills with Kevin Tincher, Yoga with Akal Dev Sharonne, Moving Meditation with Anna Maynard, Conscious Consumerism with Debbie Golembieski, Acro-Yoga with Taylor Drouet and Christina Bailey and a birth workshop with Jaydee Sperry, in addition to presentations on worm composting, belly dancing, juggling and permaculture.
The festival will also feature an African drum group, the Inspiral Fire Troupe, Caroline Daniels and Jacqui & Jillian’s modern dance performance, Fireflies Acro-fire show and Mary Margaret Johnson’s classical piano performance.
“There’s a little bit of everything there,” Brown said with a laugh. “But I also think this is really a testament to just how talented a place Boone truly is.”
With community service at its heart, Boone in Blossom offers several entrance options. Festival attendees can bring $20 or 20 non-perishable food items to the venue – or offer their personal skills, crafts, workshop leadership or volunteer time during the festival.
Boone in Blossom also offers a Community Service Ticket Option – “Over the course of the next couple months, we will be offering several different community service projects organized by Neighborhood Yogas’ Teacher Trainers,” Brown said. “This is an opportunity for you to become directly involved with the organization that Boone in Blossom serves, as well as others like it in the local community.”
Upcoming community service events include:
Half Hippie Farm Help Day
Saturday, March 22, Half Hippie Farm, 1 p.m.
Butterfly Hole Clean Up
Saturday, March 30, Guy Ford Road, noon
Against the Grain Farm Help Day
Sunday, March 31, Holly Whiteside’s Farm, noon
Compression Falls Clean Up
Saturday, April 6, at noon
For more information, visit http://www.gatiproductions.com/boone-in-blossom.html, or contact Anna M. Maynard at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeremiah Brown at (email@example.com)