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Local Roots Food and Music Festival

September 11, 2010


Roots fest benefits kids and paints faces in Somerville

On September 15, 2010, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Groundwork Somerville is a local group dedicated to the regeneration and preservation. ~Photo by Jeffrey Sullivan

By Jeffrey Sullivan

Groundwork Somerville, a community-oriented group focused on sustainability, held the Local Roots Food and Music Festival yesterday evening to an enthusiastic crowd at the Community Growing Center.  The event featured many local music acts as well as a plethora of food provided by Redbones BBQ, free homemade apple cider and Dave’s Fresh Pasta.

Face painting ~Photo by Jeffrey Sullivan

Groundwork Somerville is a local group dedicated to the regeneration and preservation of the environment. Through volunteer programs and community-based partnerships, the organization works to promote a more environmentally friendly world. Groundwork itself is a global group, which was started in the United Kingdom.

The event featured musical artists such as Mark Santoro, Dylan Chace, Christian McNeal and The Redeemers and DJ Marco Andre. Many family friendly vendors were present as well, including face painting and caramel apples. There were also informational activities in which Groundwork and other local organizations, such as Somerville Local First and the Swapaholics, showed what they do for and in the community and how local citizens can help.

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When: September 11th, 5pm – 10pm (rain date of Sunday, September 12th)

Where: The Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville MA, Union Square

Who: Groundwork Somerville benefit featuring: Mark Santoro, Dylan Chace, DJ Marco Andre, Christian McNeill and the Redeemers, the Go-Flo Casuals, Redbones BBQ and Dave’s Fresh Pasta!

Cost: $20 at the door or you can purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/124643

Additional information:  Door Prizes of two tix to SLF Harvest Fest and a GWS v-neck, activities by The Swapaholics and Somerville Local First, an apple press, candy apples, face painting and LOTS of fun

Come support Groundwork Somerville at our annual Local Roots Food and Music Festival on September 11th from 5pm-10pm at the Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave, Somerville – Union Square). This incredible fundraiser helps to sustain our green community efforts such as the Green Team youth jobs program! There will be several local musicians showcasing their talents: to name a few – Mark Santoro, Dylan Chace, Christian McNeill and The Redeemers, the Go-Flo Casuals, and DJ Marco Andre in his Somerville debut!

In addition to great music there will be several incredible and unique door prizes such as locally made syrup, Groundwork Somerville gear and a grand mystery prize donated by a local business! Also several other local organizations such as Somerville Local First and The Swapaholics will be there to showcase their own community and sustainability efforts. Somerville Local First will be putting on an activity to demonstrate the actual impact of buying locally. SLF will have visitors ‘deposit’ the extra $25 that stays in our community from each $100 in local purchases into boxes representing local uses. This exercise will show what tremendous impact buying local can have and also give individuals the ability to speak about their priorities in our community. Groundwork Somerville will host various activities to get us thinking about our local impact!

Redbones BBQ and Dave’s Fresh Pasta were even kind enough to donate some delicious treats; there will be options for vegetarians! Suggested donation of $20

Help us spread the word:  Print out and post the Local Roots Poster or invite your friends to attend on facebook!

Quoted from our Facebook Page by Christian McNeill:

“I have a killer band for this show my friends… Tim Gearan – guitar/vocals, Lyle Brewer – guitar, John Aruda – tenor sax, Andy Plaisted – drums and Mike Miksis – bass/vocals!!! See you all on Saturday :)”


September 11, 2010
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The Community Growing Center