Appalachian South Folklife Center to Host Earth Day Festival 2011

Earth Day Festival 2011@ Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, West Virginia

Admission is Free

The Festival will feature musical performances, community art workshops, puppet theater, panel discussions, meals and more.  The event will be held rain or shine at the Folklife Center on Saturday April 23rd from 11am to 11pm.

This is the 8th annual Earth day festival for LLyniuM entertainment, and the 6th in a cooperative effort with the Appalachian South Folklife Center.
More on the festival is available on the Facebook event page.  Find out more about the Folklife Center at

Click here for directions.  Questions? Call 304-320-8833.
(click links for info. about each performance)
11 am- Bumblebuzz community art project begins  *details below*
12 pm – LUNCH
12:30 pm- "Bugs in Love" performance featuring Bumblebuzz workshop participants.
1 pm- Panel Discussion – "Creating Sustainable Communities" ** Details below**
2:30 pm-  Music Performances Begin:  Kathleen Coffee
3:30 pm-  600LBS of SIN!
4:45 pm-Option 22
6:00 pm- C.J. Mitchell
6:20 pm- Drum Circle!
6:45 pm- Albert Perrone
7:45 – Captain Lazertblast Band
8:45 pm- the Ions
9:30 pm- Shadow Puppet Theatre
9:45 pm- TBA

**The panel discussion will include Wendy Johnston of Oakwyn Farms speaking about community supported agriculture, Robin Wilson of WV Citizen Action Group addressing energy efficiency, Jordan Freeman who will be showing a short clip of his new film "Low Coal," and others TBA. Coal River Mountain Watch and Mountain Justice Summer will have displays set up with information and opportunities for networking.

More about Bumblebuzz, a Great activity for Kids!

— Bumblebuzz, a Moveable Beast, is an interactive bicycle sculpture that illustrates pollination.
An impromptu performance results from a community art workshop. Twelve to 24 festival-goers attend a 1½-hour workshop, and collaborate to create a 5-8 minute staged performance, Bugs in Love, telling the amazing story of pollination, with backdrop, props, script, music and costumes.

The presentation centers on the importance of the complex relationship between pollinators and humans that underlies our food web. Movement activities incorporate accurate science information. Science tells us that a honeybee will return to the hive and perform a unique dance for its hive mates, telling distance, quality and quantity of the new food supply; and that butterflies taste with their feet. This fascinating stuff is integrated into the Bumblebuzz movement set as 'the bee dance' and 'the butterfly jig.' Most activities are based in local natural history, with one exception, the Midge Fly, the pollinator for chocolate. An artful flipbook of a bee pollinating a flower and fun facts can be provided as a giveaway to festival goers.

*Bumblebuzz is a presentation of Dottywood, a talented, professional team of artist/educators (Jessica Levine, Amy McIntire, Julian Levine, Caroline Smith, Lorrie Monte and Lori Evans). They are dancers, musicians, visual artists: they represent a wide spectrum of the arts.

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.