NO PETS PLEASE...PRETTY PLEASE....NO PETS...OKAY?
This year is Farmfest's 17th birthday. We have evolved over the years with grace and love and Farmfest musical magic. It is my goal to help our evolution continue to grow and glow.
This year's message is going to focus on a few items of concern. With your help we will keep the land safe and see Farmfest dance into the future with the vision I have always had for her.
As you all know, the land is my home. I created Farmfest to support Michigan Musician, provide a venue that lends to the inspiration and creation of music and love while blending the beauty of nature. It takes amazing amounts of time and energy to pull this off each year and quite honestly, now that I am a full time farmer, it is getting more difficult. It is with a heavy heart that I say, Farmfest will not continue in the future if I feel the festival is not a safe place for you and your family.
First Aid. We have not had many major reports in the first aid log over the years, but those that have happened are some we ALL need to keep an eye on and help to defuse. As I get older I have less tolerance for our beautiful people experimenting with illegal drugs. YES…I said it. Illegal drugs. I am not talking about the card holding marijuana folks. I am talking about the bad chemical concoctions that kill brain cells and create major liability issues. There have not been many reports over the years, and our First Aid staffers do a great job with people that come to them with these issues. BUT one report is enough for me! I am asking our Peace Keepers to have a NO TOLERANCE policy this year and all future years Farmfest continues. We will ask you to leave if you are involved in these unwanted and dangerous activities. I have asked the local officials to become more involved in assisting. SO…heads up folks. Tell your family and friends that Farmfest is NOT a place that tolerates the distribution of illegal substances. If you know of anyone with this stuff on my land, tell them to get rid of it and never EVER bring it to Farmfest again. We will find it and we will do everything we can to eradicate it. Bringing this to Farmfest is very disrespectful to me and to my land. You may say that my word are harsh, I know, but in my view, very necessary.
Courtesy… Our clan is getting older. We have many elderly and handicapped folks these days. Getting from point A to point B is a problem with only ONE courtesy cart. If you have a golf cart at home, please consider bringing it to Farmfest next year and plugging into the Courtesy Volunteer staff. You get a free weekend pass. I want all our people to have a special time here at Farmfest. Getting around is key to those that have a hard time with mobility.
GROUNDS… This is a biggy for me. If you see one little teensy weensy thing on the ground that is not natural, please pick it up and throw it away. Please leave NO TRACE at your campsite or your concert spot when you leave. Take your trash with you so our dumpster is not over flowing. RECYCLE. Sort your stuff. BURNABLES - RETURNABLES - GLASS, PLASTIC, TIN - TRASH. Help keep the grounds pristine!! Please respect the critters that call Farmfest home too. The bugs and bees and snakes and wild life are ALL very important to the eco system. Also…if you like gardening, feel free to do some weeding. The Farming operation is always in need and is so very blessed to have Farmfest family out in the gardens making the plants happy.
LOVE… love each other. Respect each other. Help each other. Don't Judge. We have created a small city this weekend on my farm. It is very special that we BE the community of our future… Rooted in love. the strongest and most sacred of all energy. LETS DO IT! And…Let it begin with me.
I Love you all!
A Few Downloads:
Here are a couple of items you might like to have before heading over to Farmfest this year. We have a new map of the Farmfest Grounds to help you find your way around. Also, here is the vendor application form -- come setup shop and sell your wares!
Farmfest was born in 1998. It is hosted by Stacy Jo Schiller who owns the farm. The mission of Farmfest is to support the performing arts while blending nature and music.
Farmfest logo designed by: Mike Rosteck
June 7-8, 2014
Building and Planting Weekend
The greenhouse is filling up with amazing plants promising great organic food choices for us at Farmfest. The soils are prepared and the seeds are here waiting for your arrival.
Those of you who enjoy getting your hands in the soil, we will be planting the gardens on Memorial weekend. This is another great way to earn your weekend pass to Farmfest.
Bring a dish to pass, your camping gear and instruments for campfire jamming.
Last Weekend in June
Get ‘er Done Vounteer Work Weekend
Preparing the farm for Farmfest is always a very rewarding experience. This is the time we can get creative. What is it that you would like to see added to the land? Let us know and help manifest it.
Of course there are the usual annual items that need to be done: Cow barrels, butt cans, prepping the stages and clearing the trails. Weed whacking and mowing. Organizing the kitchen. Etc etc etc.
Bring camping gear, food to share, instruments and a festive heart. It’s a great time to Git ‘er Done and together it is easy to do just that! AND of course you receive your Farmfest 2014 weekend pass before you go home.
Come enjoy a weekend of fun, family and music. Bring a camper, or a tent, or sleep under the stars!
Farmfest Halloween Party
Fall FUNdraiser. $10 donation entry fee. 12 and under free. Camping.
Tractor Tolley Rides to the pumpkin patch at 2 p.m. Fall Feast from the bounties of the harvest. Open Mic at 6 p.m.; winner gets booked at Farmfest 2015. Visit Big Bear's Haunted Market in Vienna; show a bracelet and get in for five bucks.
Later in the evening: Rocky Horror Picture Show! Come in character from the film and do the Time Warp Again! 18 and older please. After the film, jam with the party-goers.
Annual Sledding Party
Come frolic in the snow at the annual Farmfest Sledding Party. Bring your sleds and tubes. Snowmobiles are welcomed. $5 donation to get in; 12 and under are free. There will be a snow art contest and open mic as well. Enjoy great home cooking and beverages abound! Winter camping is available and space on the farmhouse floor if you like. We've installed a larger wood stove in the pavilion this year. Bring duct tape and cardboard for creating your own fun sled!
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