2012 GREEN EXPO
Saturday, September 8
Edgerton Park, New Haven
The Fun Begins at 11:00am
FREE Admission All Day & Night!
One planet, many choices.
The 2012 CT Folk Festival and Green Expo on Saturday, Sept. 8 offers FREE fun and education for all ages!
Over 75 booths with exhibitors, educators, and vendors in beautiful Edgerton Park
Workshops and activities for kids and adults
Yummy food from local vendors: Lalibella Mediterranean/Ethiopian, Caseus Grilled Cheese Sandwich Truck, Joe Grate's Barbeque, Zen Roasters (coffee and tea), Raw You-niverse Smoothies, Gia's Greek Pastries and Ashley's Ice Cream.
We invite you to partner with us by being an Expo participant, a sponsor or advertiser.
2012 Sponsorship Opportunities! All Donations Gratefully Appreciated.
2012 Green Expo Vendor Contract - Limited spaces still available.
For more infor please contact our Green Expo Coordinator:
3Degrees is donating Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset the electricity used by the CT Folk Festival and Green Expo.
Global Environmental Services/John's Refuse will compost our food waste and compostables.
Check our directions link for green ways to get to our event!
Parking Lot - at the Red Barn on Whitney - Across the Street from the Eli Whitney Museum. A Big Thank You to the Eli Whitney Museum!
Transportationavailable throughout the day to/from the Parking Lot and Green Expo in Edgerton Park by Pedicab and by Metro Taxi.
(Thank you - Paul Hammer for the Pedicabs and Thank you Metro Taxi for providing this wonderful service to our vendors, volunteers and patrons)
11:15AM to 1 :15PM - Wonderful Worms with the Worm Woman/Duck Truck Composting's Alexis Wilcox. Alexis will show off her little buddies and tells you how to make them happy so your compost -- and garden -- will thrive and hold water in your soil. There will be a worm bin for kids to dig through. Alexis will read children's worm books to small groups of children. Children will also be able to assemble compost terrariums to demonstrate how composting actually work.
12PM and 4:30 PM - Fuel Spills with EEsmarts: This activity shows the negative environmental impacts of retrieving and transporting fossil fuels, clean-up activities and impact on wildlife. Children conduct an investigation into how difficult it is to clean up once oil and water are "mixed.
12PM - Yoga for Kids and Families Beginners welcome! Lani Rosen Gallagher will lead you through stretches and poses for strong bodies and healthy minds.
12:30 and 2:30 - The Dough Show with EEsmarts-The activity reviews the three R's of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Students learn about how natural resources are used to make goods/objects, how much energy it takes to create them and how you can recycle them into new things (by making play dough).
Beginning at 1PM – Face Painting with Jammie, lions and tiger and bears oh my!
1PM – 2PM Children’s Song writing Workshop with The Sea The Sea: Participate in a statewide songwriting project with the current Official CT State Troubadour, Chuck E. Costa. Chuck and his partner Mira Stanley will walk participants through the songwriting process from an original idea to a completed song, to be performed on the Main Stage that evening. No musical experience necessary. Just be sure to bring along your creativity!! The theme of the day and for the song will be WATER. Recommended for 7-12 yr olds but all ages welcome.
1:30 Sweet Pea the Fairy- enchants young and old with magical tales. She bestows fairy magic to help make the earth a better place for all the friends and creatures that live here. She delights in turning ordinary children into earth emissaries for good. At 1:30 Sweet Pea will share a magical tale in the Green Kids Area, and later you may catch glimpses of her flitting about the Green Expo.
1 PM and 3 PM –Friction Fire making demonstration with Two Coyotes Wilderness School. Learn how to make a fire by rubbing sticks together!
2:30 PM - Recycling is Magic- with Cyril the Sorcerer. Through this combination of storytelling, stage magic and real world information, this program ensures that children understand the power they have to make old into the new through recycling.
3PM - Children's Solar Workshop: Mr Solar aka Gary Krancher, will help your 7-10 year old child learn about solar energy by showing them how to build their own solar night light. We provide the materials and knowledge while your child provides the creativity! Limited space available so sign up early!
3:30 - Resourcery with Cyril the Sorcerer who shares the magic of sustainability and teaches us all how we can make the magic happen in our own lives."
4PM - Wild Plant Identification with the Two Coyotes Wilderness School. Ever wonder what all those plants actually are and what their names are? Enter into the wilderness to find out.
Ongoing Activities throughout the Day:
Bring the Hoopla- Learn how to hoop, buy a hoop or just be entertained by all that hooping! Good exercise and fun for all ages
Two Coyotes Wilderness School- Need some rope in a pinch? Learn how to make some using natural materials.
Kidical Mass New Haven Touch a Cargo Bike (sponsored by Kidhaven) Join local family bicyclists from Kidical Mass New Haven and see what options are out there for folks cycling with children. Check out how some families get around town on two wheels (or perhaps—three!), schlepping kids and their stuff. Ask questions about riding with children and get tidbits about good routes, gear, local and online family bike resources. Xtracycles, Bakfietsen, Madsens, oh my!
Recycled “Seaglobe” Art Project with the New Haven Museum - Kids will make their own mini ocean using a recycled water bottle and an assortment of shells and interesting objects. What’s more fun than that!
Giant Water Fountain- Bring your bottles to fill up at the Regional Water Authority’s great big water fountain,
Velomobiles Mike and James display their recumbent bikes as they talk about their adventures pedaling 40 miles from Bristol to our event.
Sweetpea the Fairy and Cyril the Sourcerer may be found roaming the Green Kids Area dispensing and spinning magic..
Informational Talk s and Demonstrations
1Pm Adult Solar Workshop: For older kids and adults.
Small Scale Solar: One panel & one battery. Ever wonder just how much power you can get with a small solar panel and a battery? Mr. Solar will show you how simple it is to charge your household batteries, cell phones, and small appliances using inexpensive solar panels.. You'll get hands on experience checking out some of the hottest solar products on the market as well as the knowledge on how to recycle those inexpensive garden lights into AA & AAA battery chargers.
Solar Oven Demonstration with the New Haven Bioregional Group.
3pm - Rain Barrel Demonstration – Led by Chris Ozyck - At the New Haven Urban Renewal Initiative (URI) and Office of Stustainability Booths. Learn how to keep water out of your storm drains and have water for your yard by using a rain barrel. Register to win a free rain barrel!
1pm and 4pm - New Haven Land Trust Talk - "Gardening and water conservation"
Sustainable Fishing Informational Talk with the staff of Miya Sushi (Time TBD)
Local Food Vendors
We have gathered some of New Haven?s best to serve you with both vegetarian and
Exhibitors & Vendors
Duck Truck Composting
Fun Organic Shirts Yale Student Environmental Coalition.
Face Painting with Jammie
Mr. Solar Workshops
Sparkease Tie-Dye and Marbeling
Song Writing Workshop for kids with the Sea the Sea
CT Folk Presents FREE Music all day long
for the whole family!
Download the Schedule of Performers (PDF)
Schedule of Performers
11:00AM – Beth Patella Band - Beth has been performing, writing and singing for over 15 years. She grew up on show tunes and later studied classical singing in college, which she currently continues to study today. Ten years ago, Beth avidly wrote and performed her own folk/rock songs throughout Connecticut and New York, which received very high praise. After a personal tragedy, Beth left the music performing, but has reconnected with her own love for songwriting and singing and has became very involved in performing American jazz/blues standards with a jazz trio.
11:30 – Singer-Songwriter Competition (5 finalists) Fred Arcoleo, Loretta Hagen, Hannah & Maggie, Brian Kalinec, and Jake Klar
The five Finalists in CT Folk's 3rd Annual Songwriting Competition compete in front of a panel of judges to determine the overall winner, who will kick off our Main Stage Concert that evening. Audience reaction counts, so stop by and discover some new talent!
12:30PM – CT ARTIST SONG CIRCLE - Shawn Taylor, Amanda Kaletsky, Kate Callahan
Shawn Taylor: With a thumping thumb, dancing fingers, deep gritty soul stirring vocals & poetic blue collar lyrics; Taylor's songs ooze American roots. His voice has been compared to Tom Waites, Bruce Springstien, Chris Smither, Bob Dylan & Eddie Vedder. His original songs draw from country blues, rockabilly, folk, rock, Reggae & country, & his lyrics are colored by the experiences of his own working class wandering roots. He's been an oysterman, carpenter, hitchhiker, homeowner, father & 'Thru-hiker'
Amanda Kaletsky: "Amanda Kaletsky has the voice of a pop star, but the soul of a singer/songwriter. Her infectious [music] finds a middle ground between New York's homey downtown clubs and the polish of Top 40 radio." - Relix Magazine. Jumping from guitar to piano and back, Amanda delivers songs that are tastefully built around passion and melody. Nurtured by influences such as Joni Mitchell and Carole King, her introspective music ranges from sultry blues inspired love songs to power-driven pop hits, all carried by her emotional vocal performances.
Kate Callahan: Since the early millennium Kate has been awarded the Hartford Advocate’s “Best Solo Performer” award three times. Her performances and creative work in Connecticut earned her the non-profit based Serenity Award and the distinction “Woman of Character” in 2005 from the Hartford Courant, where she met Jane Fonda and accepted her award in the historic Bushnell Theater. Kate has opened shows for folk legends Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), and troubadours Aztec-Two Step, Mustard’s Retreat, the late Bill Morrissey, and Rachael Sage. She’s shared stages with Regina Spektor, Noel Paul Stookey, Jonny Rodgers, and her musical partner André Balazs.
1:30 – Whatever
Steven Prasinos, Mike Gieralt, Gary Gieralt, Eugene Zampieron make up the band. It all began when singer/songwriter psychologist Steven gets to know Mike at their daughter's soccer games. Mike listens to Steven's songs and likes them. They jam and click. They perform at open mics. "We should form a band!" Steven knows EZ, a percussionist, who joins. "If only we had a bass!" Mike's brother Gary plays bass! Boom. A band. We practice in Mike's basement. We get along. We jam and arrange. We play open mics. The songs work. We play a bagel shop. Audience digs it. We get confidence. The band has legs. We make a demo CD. We play an Inn. Audience raves. We're offered a gig, sponsorship even. And, now we'll all get to know and love them at the CT Folk Festival and Green Expo!
2:00 – John Ciambriello
John began his musical career in the 5th grade when he joined the school band as a drummer. He wrote his first song in 1995 called “Two Men On The Corner”. As he began to write more he would sing his songs a cappella as he never had music to his songs being a drummer. John wrote songs that were inspired by his Christian faith. John decided to teach himself how to strum chords on the guitar from an internet chord chart he came across, which was when he really became serious about his songwriting. In 2001, John became the Music Director of Milford Christian Church in Milford, CT.
In mid 2004 John started a business called Forecast Music which primarily focused on performing older songs in about 15 to 20 nursing homes a month. Later that year, he began recording an acoustic six song EP entitled "When Time Stands Still", which was a collection of songs he wrote including one cover which was the hymn “Be Thou My Vision”. The EP was released in August of 2005 which also was the month and year he was married to his wife Roo. John started the rock band, After Autumn, with friends and plays throughout Connecticut. While continually growing After Autumn, Forecast Music, The Milford Christian Church Music Team and his family, John continues to play solo gigs wherever he can.
2:30 – Anne Marie Menta
Anne Marie Menta hails from New Haven, CT., where she has been a long time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers, where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Her musical credits include fronting various rock & roll, folk, and country bands as a singer/guitarist, including The Wanderers, Sugar Moon, Sky Riders, and Rodeo Radio. In the mid 90s, she decided to concentrate on her own original music, and those tunes of hers that she “snuck” into her cover band repertoire now became her main focus. But, the country, folk, and pop music that she loved continued to be an influence in her writing.
3:00 – Kristin Graves / Glenn Roth
Kristen Graves is a folk/pop singer & songwriter with a voice that commands attention, lyrics that catch your heart, and melodies that stay with the listener long after the evening ends. Kristen’s songs have a coziness to them like a well-worn winter blanket, but don’t underestimate her; she can pack a serious emotional punch at a moment’s notice. Picture an energetic Sarah McLachlan, or Tracy Chapman with a pop edge, and you’ve found Kristen Graves.
Glenn Roth is not your typical commuter from Connecticut. Instead of a briefcase, he carries a gig bag. His workspace is the vaulted splendor of Grand Central Terminal or the tunnels and platforms of the New York City subway system. A literal “underground” sensation, Glenn is a licensed performer in the MTA’s “Music under New York” program, And his fingers work magic, creating a soundscape of compelling melodies that invite them to leave the cityrush behind on an aural escape.
Glenn is a fingerstyle guitarist, his thumb riding the bassline and the melody driving all. His compositions suggest multiple guitars, but it’s really just one guy, ten flying fingers, one instrument. All instrumental, Glenn’s songs suggest moods and narratives that compel the listener to fill in the details.
3:30 – Professors of Bluegrass
Yale's Professor of Bluegrass really are professors, and they really know how to play Bluegrass music! They have become a staple of the CT Folk Festival lineup, and we are pleased to welcome them back.
4:00 – The Levins - Winners of the 2011 CT Folk Songwriting Contest!
THE LEVINS ( pronounced The L'Vins ) Ira and Julia Levin combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with wistful overtones of the 1930s and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. It's Happy-Folk, Smile Pop....sounds likeThe Mamas and The Papas having coffee with Cole Porter.
4:30 – GRASSY HILL SONG CIRCLE
Putnam Smith, Danielle Miraglia, Kevin Neidig
6:00 – Songwriter Competition WINNER
6:15 – The Sea, The Sea
Two voices that blend like smoke and air. Like night and a whisper. Two distinct award-winning songwriters that meet in the mercury, collide and create emotionally spare music. Simple and true.
Borrowing their name from the cry of joy made by ancient Greek Soldiers upon their post-war homecoming, The Sea, The Sea is Mira Stanley from West Virginia and Chuck E. Costa from Connecticut (our own CT State Troubadour). They meet in the middle with acoustic guitars. Standing next to other contemporary duos like The Weepies, The Civil Wars, The Swell Season, The Sea, The Sea is spare beauty, bravely unadorned. Written by Amy Speace.
7:00 – String Fingers
The String Fingers band has been supplying a daily dose of musical medicine for a solid three years, enduring us all through the sands of time. Songwriters Dan Tressler (Vocals, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo) and Dan Carlucci (Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin) take an eclectic approach through a unique path of the American Roots Music evolution. They are on the verge of reclaiming American Country Music to its true form. Instrumentalist Dave Kaye brings life to the original music with flares on Dobro, Banjo and Pedal Steel Guitar. Ryan McAdams takes an American Jazz Studies background and rotates the wheel counterclockwise to feed the hills of Appalachia. Rob Bonaccorso, the American Rock and Roller, takes a breath in between drum fill one and drum fill two to discover the initial, primitive rhythm that started music as we know it. String Fingers are a "Door is Wide Open" kind of band. If you can imagine that...Then step inside.
8:00 – Pesky J. Nixon
Bombastic yet brilliant, these boys from New England exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth on stages up and down the East Coast. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England's localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon (PJN) creates an atmosphere both inviting and challenging for audiences.
Compelling harmonies and narratives rein in disparate instrumentation including- zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and a myriad of string instrumentation. Jay Moberg of Boston's WUMB says of the group, "These guys represent what I love about music...great playing, thoughtful lyrics, and musicians who actually enjoy playing together!".
9:00 – Cheryl Wheeler
Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is.
You may not be familiar with Cheryl, but you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Chery's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. If they think she is great, then you owe it to yourself to learn more if you aren't familiar with her.
From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you can learn that she is a natural story teller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you've been told about her.