Volunteers needed for our earth day festival

23 Apr

Do you wish with all your heart that you could be a part of an amazing community wide eco-crafty event? Well guess what… We wish you would join us too!

Volunteers are a super important to our Bloomin Earth festival,  and its such a fun place of super friendly folk you might just feel the need to stay all day. No lie – its happened. The festival is this Saturday, April 26th, from 11am-8pm

We need helpers to:
Setup tables, chairs and tents in the morning – 8am start
taking down tables, chairs and tents – 8pm start
Directing vendors to their tables – 9am start
helping put up decorations and signs – 8am
Directing shoppers in the clothing swap tent
Leading a craft
Back stage assistants, getting performers ready to rock – 10am to 7pm
… And just general helpfulness around the festival

So if you have a few hours to spare on April 26, send a short e-mail to remakeable (AT) gmail (DOT) com and I will be in touch you real quick to let you know where your skills will be used.

Thanks
See you at Bloomin Earth!

Meg
Event Coordinator

The snow is melting, just for us!!

11 Mar

I know KW is calling for 10-15 more cm of snow today and tomorrow…. but i still believe madame mother nature heard my plea and is making an effort to BRING ON THE SPRING!! I begged. I pleaded. and i am still hopeful that Bloomin Earth will be a beeeeautiful day!!

via cbc.ca http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/waterloo-region-breaks-all-time-wind-chill-record-1.2486680

Super cold sunrise, downtown Kitchener via cbc.ca

that being said… have you submitted your application to be a vendor, volunteer, musician or fashion designer at our Earth Day Festival??

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Happy happy vendors at Bloomin Earth 2012

see more on the Bloomin Earth website, under participate.

BUT now for a small request….

In the past we have received support from major community partners, but with economic changes and cut backs in their offices their donations have been reduced. They haven’t left us… they just cant help as much. Therefore we have applied to some grants and contests to help fund the festival. This more recent application needs YOUR help.

Please VOTE for our festival in the Intuit small business contest – help us keep the show alive!!

Kitchener has an earth day festival

24 Feb

Did you know Kitchener has an Earth Day Festival?? YES! Yes We do, and it’s quite an amazing one if I must say so myself…

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This is our baby, and she’s eight years old now. Can you believe we started with only a small group of friends inside city hall? I think there were twenty of us back then, and now we see up to seventy crafters join us every year. The original plan was to turn this festival into one of those fantastic art-type shows crafters can only dream about, happening in big cities like Chicago and California … the ones that even if we could manage the distance, we could never profit over the fee. But my rule for our show – make it affordable. This is a startup city for many things , artist included. Most are just testing the waters or like myself, have a full time job.  So every year we brainstorm with a group of uber-crafty folk to make sure we outdo last years event, and keep it handmade right down to the setup and decor. As we enter our eighth year, i think this one will be hard to top.

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This time around we have added more hands-on crafts and games which  usually intrigue the parents as well as the children. We have made more room for crafty vendors and environmental information stations. We’ve also shifted the show to later in the day to be sure even those working parents can make it out to some part of the show. This time change has also allowed more room for performers making for a full 8 hours of live music. Our REthreaded fashion show drew such a crowd last year  that we decided it needed a special time slot of its own – and to make a super special show of it – it will start at 7pm with all the fancy lights and setup of a real fashion show… and … we are leaving the judging up to the audience. We need you to decide on the winning outfit (PS. They will all be made using recycled materials created by local high school students and a few elementary kids) so are you as excited as I am yet?

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Join us on April 26th from 11am to 9pm outside kitchener city hall for Bloomin Earth, Kitchener’s Largest Earth Day celebration!!

… interested in being a vendor, craft leader, performer, volunteer or even a designer in our fashion show? Check out the online registration for more details.

2013 in review

31 Dec

The WordPress stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTION…

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Bloomin earth was amazing – thanks to you!

27 Apr

First, mother nature, Thank you for finally seeing it my way. Sunshine IS way better than snow, wind and hail combined. Second I would like to thank all my eager and amazing vendors, performers and volunteers … Especially my two volunteers who graciously became assistants as I gave them way more than just volunteer duties.

Thank you Hilary, for backing me up and taking care of sales and stuff, sewing the week before the show, and staying up with me Friday to make sure everything would run smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without you!

And thank you Kim, for being my energetic and lively stage manager, entertaining the crowd with so little preparation… I know it probably drive you crazy with anxiety – but you were perfectly amazing!

My volunteers are always so eager, and I thank you for that. My vendors, are always so happy and understanding and I thank you for that.

… And the shoppers…

It may not make much sense, but without you and your kind words to my vendors this event would never move on from year to year. A happy shopper makes for a happy vendor, which makes for a lively event.

It’s you I must thank the most. Thankyou Kitchener-Waterloo for coming out to our Bloomin Earth festival at Kitchener city hall. I think we struck gold on this late April date, so watch for us next year on the last weekend of April.

Amazing day…
Amazing! No lie.

E-waste disposal in Kitchener

11 Apr

Did you know … Electronics are made from valuable natural resources, including metals, plastics and glass – all of which require loads of energy to mine and manufacture.

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For example, if the 100 million cell phones ready for end-of-life management in 2006 were recycled, we would have saved enough energy to power approximately 194,000 U.S. households for a year.

Like batteries, electronics also contain heavy metals that are potentially hazardous if leached into the environment. Although e-waste only accounts for about 4 percent of municipal waste, it may be responsible for as much as 70 percent of the heavy metals in landfills, including 40 percent of all lead.

To save energy and natural resources – and prevent potentially hazardous metals from entering local ecosystems – be sure to donate, reuse or recycle your unwanted electronics every time

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And did you know … Kitchener is setting up an easy drop off for you at the Bloomin Earth festival, April 27th, at city hall. Greentec-think recycle will host a drop off tent at king st and college (across from shoppers drug mart) all day – from 8am to 4pm!!

For more information on e-waste recycling Earth911.

massive clothing swap to be a part of Bloomin Earth, downtown Kitchener

8 Apr

clothing swap

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