The 17th annual Dandelion Days is May 8 to 10, 2015, in Carbondale, Colorado
The schedule has expanded to include events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so now Dandelion Day has become plural!
We need Volunteers! Please help make Dandelion Day a success!
Click the VOLUNTEER button below
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After a group of concerned citizens successfully lobbied to end the spraying of herbicide on its parks and playgrounds, the Town of Carbondale elected to adopt the dandelion as its official Town Flower. Now we celebrate their springtime arrival every year with a festival of sustainability.
WHO ARE WE?
Members of the Town of Carbondale Environmental Board and many citizen volunteers combine efforts to produce the annual Dandelion Day festival.
The Environmental Board is a group of appointed citizens who meet each month to discuss issues regarding the environmental health of the community. They make recommendations to the Carbondale Town Council regarding the adoption of statutes and regulations that improve and maintain the quality of our environment and promote sustainable practices.
The Environmental Board meets every fourth Monday of the month at Town Hall.
IT'S EASY BEING GREEN
Thanks to the Carbondale Green Team* and Evergreen Events, Dandelion Day is super GREEN, meaning the food vendors are required to use compostable and recyclable servingware, trash is sorted on site, reusable shopping bags are encouraged and every effort is made to reduce waste going to the landfill.
*The Green Team is a group of volunteers from the community and the Carbondale Environmental Board. Contact us if you would like to be part of this essential team.
To learn how to become a sponsor, click on the "How to Help" button at the top of the page.
More to be added. Check back later!
FRIDAY MAY 8
5:30PM Eco-film at the Crystal Theater
"Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds"
Optional donations will go toward theater rental.
7PM Wild Wisdom of Weeds
Slide presentation by Katrina Blair
at True Nature Healing Arts
sponsored by True Nature and
Carbondale Acupuncture Center
Suggested donation: $10. Register for this event at www.truenaturehealingarts.com to learn the many uses and benefits of the weeds that grow all around us.
SATURDAY MAY 9
10AM Parade of the Species on Main Street
Gather at Main and 2nd Street at 9:45am
Dress as your favorite species, real or imaginary. Bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, wagons, carts, and animals welcome.
No motorized vehicles.
10am to 6pm Sustainability Fair in Sopris Park
10:30 Opening Ceremony
Order Of The Dandelion Award
10:00-2:00 Compost Judging
Bring your samples to the Compost Booth -Awards for the healthiest compost!
10:00-4:00 Free Light Bulb Recycling
Bring your used fluorescent, incandescent and halogen bulbs to the Brite Ideas booth. Batteries also!
11:00 - 2:00 CCAH Kids Art Tent
Paint a flowerpot or make a card for Mother’s Day. It's FREE!
11:00 - 2:00 Stamp Art - All Ages
Bring your shirt, shoes, bags or whatever to the Dandelion Day Headquarters Merchandise Booth to stamp them will cool designs for FREE (shirts will also be available at the booth)
10:45-11:15 Dragonfly Song Circle
11:30-1:00 Dandelion Songwriters Showcase
Songwriters and musicians are invited to play their original Dandelion Day theme songs on stage in Sopris Park. To sign up, see Songwriter's Showcase page on this website.
1-1:30 pm Steve Skinner and the Dandy Lions
1:30-2pm SOL Theater "Free to be you and me"
2-4 pm Saddle the Unicorn
4-6 pm Wooden Nickel
with a Contra Dance at 5 pm
LEARNING TENT "A"
11AM Discovering Where Sustainability Flows WILL EVANS (Water Elder)
A conversation about flowing within the web of life and living sustainably. Everyone connects through the web of life, fulfilling a role in keeping the fabric and tissue of Mother Earth healthy. As interconnected beings, we are potentially capable of directing our flow toward health and sustainability.
12PM Wild Wisdom of Weeds KATRINA BLAIR (Author) Learn about 13 wild plants that regenerate the earth’s fertility while offering nutrition, medicine, personal hygiene and self-reliance.
1PM Harvesting Wild Yeast LINDA CRISWELL (Carbondale Community Bread Oven) What is wild yeast, where does it come from, and how can we attract it in our own yards and gardens? Linda Criswell has been experimenting with native wild yeast for almost 10 years and will share her discoveries.
2PM Growing Plants That Heal CHRISSY MANES (Providence Apothecary) You might be surprised to learn that you can grow herbal medicines in your own back yard. We will discuss medicinal uses and preparations of many plants.
3PM Making Floral Waters and Essential Oils GRACE STAHLSCHMIDT (Cowgirl Lavender Ranch) Aromatic plants for distillation will be discussed. One or more flowers will be distilled on site.
LEARNING TENT "B"
12:30 Sustainability Through Service: Building Socio-Ecological Community ALEX CURTISS (CMC Sustainability Studies student)
1:30 Climate Mitigation Through Energy Efficiency Programs MAISA METCALF (CMC Sustainability Studies student)
2:30 Should Wolves Be Restored to Colorado? JASON EVITT (CMC Sustainability Studies student)
3:30 Seedsaving for the Future of Food CASEY PISCURA (Wild Mountain Seeds)
11:30 at the Indoor Garden & Brew Supply Tent: Interested in making your own beer? Indoor Garden & Brew Supply will be demonstrating the entire brewing process from start to finish, showcasing All Grain and Extract brewing techniques. Great opportunity to see the process first hand. For beginners and experienced brewers.
Demonstrations on the hour at the Roaring Fork High School Ag Bio booth: Fun with Worms for Kids, How to Make Compost Teas, and Garden Season Extension Methods.
SUNDAY MAY 10
Happy Mother's Day!
Take Mom on a hike:
11AM Wild Weed Walk with Katrina Blair
Meet at the gazebo in Sopris Park