Eco-friendly vehicles, music, other family fun at Phoenixville Green Earth Festival

File photo by Barry Taglieber/ Green Team President Mark Connolly sets up a bamboo display during last year's Phoenixville Green Earth Festival.

PHOENIXVILLE — Celebrate sustainability in town with the Phoenixville Green Earth Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 4.

The festival, organized and sponsored by the Phoenixville Green Team, is being held in conjunction with the Phoenixville Farmers Market from Taylor Alley to Phoenixville Foundry.

“The Green Team is working on the live, work and play green attitude in the Phoenixville area,” said event coordinator and Green Team President Mark Connolly.

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Connolly said the festival showcases companies, local businesses and organizations that help make the community sustainable.

Following the sustainable theme, the third annual festival will feature green vehicles from Ford and General Motors. Attendees can also see the Smart Car and biodiesel vehicles.

Connolly said it’s fun, especially for children, to take a look at the Smart Car because of its size.

Lu Lu Boutique and Gifterie will be managing a clothing swap, according to an event press release. Attendees are invited to bring clothes they don’t want that are still in good condition and look through clothing that others have brought. The leftover items will be donated to charity. Attendees can also take their unwanted shoes to the shoe drop, managed by Busy Bee Organizing Solutions. The shoes will go to Soles4Souls which supplies shoes to people in third world countries.

Attendees can check out “solar clothes dryers” from Energy-From-Heaven Clothes Lines. In addition, Nic Pine will teach attendees how to make a solar water collector to get free hot water in the summertime.

Connolly said a food truck and extra seating will be available this year.

Attendees can enjoy entertainment from musicians including Joe Wilson and Barn Swallows. Linda Baker will be getting the children moving with some dancing.

The festival will also incorporate art activities into the mix. Attendees are invited to create chalk drawings along the trail and create flags and banners that will be attached to the clothes lines.

Representatives from Seventh Wonder will be talking about a community garden in Phoenixville that will be located at Reservoir Park. The organization is looking for volunteers to help with gardening in the future.

Connolly said the festival will also celebrate biking and nature in Phoenixville. Phoenix Cycles will be offering free bike rentals on Saturday through the Bike Schuylkill-Phoenixville initiative. Master naturalist Ben Connolly will be leading a hike at noon that will showcase trails along French Creek and the Phoenix Iron Canal. A tour will be held at Black Rock.

Want to learn more about green initiatives after the festival? The Green Team holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday at Molly Maguire’s.