Huge Celebration Planned to Celebrate
10th Anniversary of the Greenbelt Foundation!!
Free Bike Valet!!
Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
Saturday August 29, 2015
Gates at 11AM · Show at 12PM
Christie Lake Conservation Area
1000 Highway #5 West
Tickets are available online at www.ticketbreak.com,
or by calling 1-866-943-8849,
or Picks and Sticks, 140 Locke Street South
or Dr. Disc, 20 Wilson Street in Hamilton, Ontario
HAMILTON (AUGUST 28, 2015): A massive celebration is set to take place tomorrow at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake, in Dundas. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. In addition to the stellar musical line-up, attractions include the following:
1. Bike Valet – Offered for the first time, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will be providing complimentary bike valet service. Located just off the Greenbelt Route!, fans are encouraged to ride to the event. To top it off, we are working with Tune Your Ride to offer a safe group ride back to Hamilton at the end of the event. The ride will be leaving out the back gates of the festival grounds, and will depart from the bicycle valet at 11:00pm. In the interest of visibility and fun, we have organized to have lots of bright bike lights and a mobile sound system on the ride. Join us as we ride back to the Hamilton GO Centre in style!
2. Fresh Produce - Visit our local Farmers to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
3. Park Attractions – Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Volleyball, Disc Golf and Picnicking!
4. Yoga by the Beach with In Fine Feather Yoga at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm - Beginner friendly & Totally Free!
5. La Primavera Farms is making a giant garland and they need your help. Stop by their Farm booth to add your own flare to their giant garland anytime during the Picnic.
6. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation have phone chargers powered by bicycles. Stop by and peddle charge your phone. They also have some comfy green couches if you just need a rest from all that peddling.
7. The National Farmers Union have a "Test Your Seed Knowledge" demonstration set up in their Farm booth. Check them out to see if you know the difference between soy and barley!
8. Earth Day Canada is collecting signatures for the Flag Campaign to bring to the United Nations Climate Change. If you see someone walking around with a cape, please sign it. Or stop by The Green Cottage Industries booth to sign for your support.
9. Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society is offering the following workshops:
- 12-2pm Celebrating Summer in Style with Floral Crowns - for children ages 12 and under
- 2-4pm Low Maintenance, High Performance: North American Shrub Selections for Today’s Urban Garden
- 2-4pm Let’s Face It....Horticulture Rocks! - face painting for children and youth
- 12-7pm 50/50 Draw – Get Tickets at the MHHS Tent by the Beach Pavilion II (Bar)
10. Finger Print Painting - “Leaf” your fingerprint on the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s forest painting and help grow a conservation corridor.
11. Story time - Join Lynn Kittredge-Fox of The Book Bus for free story time and live kids music throughout the day.
12. Finding Zen - Tranquil Solutions will be offering free mini session on How to meditate in their booth. Pop in and find your Zen.
13. Bookmobile - The Hamilton Public Library Bookmobile will be onsite. They are parked at the Central Gate until 5pm. Check out their books.
14. Aerial Acts - Check out Lori LeMare and her highflying Aerial Acrobatics near the Central Gate all day & night.
"By offering a free bike valet service, we're encouraging festival-goers to pedal to and from this year's harvest picnic," said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "This service, along with our new 475-km Greenbelt cycling Route, are examples of ways we're promoting healthy and active living in Ontario's Greenbelt—getting more people outdoors to enjoy and explore the province's nearly two million acres of protected forests, wetlands, water sheds, and productive farmland."
The 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic features performances by Arkells Bahamas, Gordon Lightfoot, Rural Alberta Advantage, Lee Harvey Osmond, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kathleen Edwards, Basia Bulat, Martha Wainwright, Terra Lightfoot and Dinner Belles. The line-up for the Front of House Stage includes the Old Mush Singers, Tomi Swick, Missy Bauman, Justin Dunlop, Thompson Wilson, Laura Cole, Matthew de Zoete, Hailee Rose, Dinner Belles(2nd set) and Lindy. Gates open at 11AM and show starts at 12PM.
Festival-goers are being reminded of the following:
- Christie Lake is closed to the general public, on Saturday August 29. People must have an event ticket to enter Christie Lake.
- Glass containers and bicycles are not allowed on the concert field.
- Pets are also not permitted to the park on show day.
- A $10.00 parking fee is payable at the gate upon entry into Christie Lake; for speedy access please have cash ready.
- A physically challenged parking area is available for those with special needs.
- This is an outdoor event and seating is not provided, so please remember your picnic supplies including coolers/cooler bags, lawn chairs, blankets, raincoats, umbrellas, sunscreen, water containers, swimming gear, fishing gear etc.
- Food and Beverage vendors will be placed throughout the event. People may also bring their own picnic lunch into the park for the day.
- Wine and Beer will be sold on the show field at the beer and wine tent. People must have age of majority ready with them at the show field entrance if they wish to consume alcoholic beverages.
- People are not permitted to bring alcohol into the park.
- Tents that obstruct view for other people will not be permitted
- Free water is available on site.
- Festival-goers may re-enter the park if they are wearing a wristband
Ontario’s Greenbelt is almost 2.0 million acres of green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands, and watersheds – all permanently protected by world-leading legislation. In return, the Greenbelt gives back much to Ontario, including $9.1 billion in economic benefits and $2.6 billion in ecosystem services annually.
As a leader in supporting local food, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has provided numerous grants to help farmers in the Greenbelt be more successful; to enhance environmental protection; and to strengthen local economies. For more information about the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, please visit www.greenbelt.ca.
Christie Lake is a natural paradise, boasting 830 acres of hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing ponds and beaches. The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is designed to raise awareness about the importance of the region’s local conservation lands, the arts, local agriculture and home gardening. Concert goers will also be able to enjoy a local farmers market, horticultural workshops, art vendors, food and beverage areas, fishing, swimming and good old fashioned picnicking.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketbreak.com or by calling 1-866-943-8849. Children, 10 and under, are admitted free to the Picnic while discounted tickets are available for youth ages 11-15. Tickets can also be purchased at Picks and Sticks, located at 140 Locke Street South and Dr. Disc located at 20 Wilson Street, in Hamilton. Tickets will also be available at Christie Lake on show day only (subject to availability). As this is a green event, fans are being encouraged to carpool.