Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOFest during ArtsWeek
For the seventh year running, the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOFest in downtown Syracuse will be celebrating the Haudenosaunee culture and environmental stewardship. It will be held Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, in Hanover Square during Syracuse ArtsWeek. This lively event will provide festival goers with the opportunity to celebrate our environment and the Native American culture with eco-friendly vendors, educational opportunities, crafts, food and entertainment. "Hanover Square will once again be filled with music and dance plus 'green' educational exhibits and vendors. Best of all, the festival is family friendly, so bring every generation of your family to learn how Haudenosaunee values inspire earth-friendly living!" says Irv Lyons, co-organizer of the event.
Entertainment will be on the forefront this year with acts such as Johnny Ray & The Stone Throwers, Pete Jemison & The Ganondagan Dancers, The Ripcords and many other performers to look forward to. The annual smoke dancing competition is also a highly-anticipated portion of the upcoming festival, which will be held on Saturday at 6 pm with around 100 talented competitors participating.
In keeping with the environmentally-positive mission of the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOFest, there will be a multitude of green-product vendors and activities throughout the event. Festival attendees can expect continuously-running environmental movies, a painting competition, rain barrel giveaways and various informational tabling that will take place inside the City Hall Commons Atrium and in the Commons Courtyard. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.