Tuesday, February 20, 2024

WBID’s Sustainably Green Music & Arts Fest Kicks off Farmer’s Market Season June 17th

WASHINGTON, N.J. – Washington Borough has been recognized as one of the greenest communities in New Jersey. In celebration of that designation, and as a kick off to its award-winning weekly farmer’s market, the Washington Business Improvement District and the Washington Borough Green Team are partnering up for the Annual Sustainably Green Music & Arts Fest on Saturday, June 17th in downtown Washington.

The festival action takes place throughout the downtown and in Veteran’s Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Sustainably Green Music & Arts Fest features terrific eco-friendly art and displays from artisans and organizations in the region, kids activities with Dove Environmental and plenty of music. 

For the second year in a row, an added attraction for the day takes place at Kids R People 2, located at 47 E. Washington Avenue (Route 57) in the center of downtown, where it will be featuring Juneteenth activities starting at noon. Among the special activites scheduled will be a performance by the Praise Dancers from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of the Veterans Park stage. 

The musical line up this year starts with local favorite Rick Houston and continues with the fabulous jazz sounds of the Alex Radus Trio. National recording artist Alexis P. Suter is the headliner from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Over 30 vendors are signed up to participate in the festival, with more expected. The Green Fest typically includes an array of environmentally-friendly vendors and activities. Among the specialty vendors and exhibitors this year are Brogsdale Candles, Cosmic Debris, Trudes Design, Forged by Hand tie-dye clothing and laser art, Stefania Caracciolo Art, Manic Pixie Couture, Sun to Moon Farm & Pottery, Antisocial Jewelry, Scentsy wickless candles and fragrances, Lara Andrew homemade vegan bath and body products, Lola Head soaps and soy candles, Luli Bodi skin care products, Flowerchic Boutique hair accessories, SOLitude Lake ManagementAcre Windows, and Renate Cushing doll clothes and other products. The NJ Clean Energy Program will have a booth with information. We Squeeze to Please will be on hand as a food vendor as well as the Laughing Goat Coffee Truck. Around town, Washington also offers an array of unique shopping and dining choices.  

During the course of the day, numerous services are being offered:  

– Paper shredding at Serendipity – $10/box or bag 

– Used electronics collection by Abilities of Northwest Jersey 

– KN Butterfly Garden clothing drive 

– Project Medicine Drop to safely discard unused and expired medications (Warren County Sheriff’s Department) 

-EV Ride & Drive will have an information table. Rossi Auto Group will have an EV vehicle on display along with related information.

Also, Washington’s EV charging station will be available for use by visitors with electric vehicles. The borough is the only downtown in Warren County to have an EV charging station. 

Sponsors of the fest include Schembre & Gannon Accountants, Get A Grip and More, Good Impressions Print Communications, Visions Federal Credit Union, Swift Print Solutions, PrintAbilities, Fred Beans Ford of Washington, Rossi Auto Group, The Meat Shoppe, Brogsdale Candles, the Washington Borough Green Team and David A. Santini, CPA, LLC.

The weekly farmer’s market is held in the center of downtown Washington every Saturday by Veteran’s Park, beginning on June 17, and continuing through the end of September, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week features a different special activity or theme, including musical performers, DJs, farmer appreciation, senior and veterans days, a mini kids fest and more. 

Among the farmer’s market vendors coming this year are Pipers Hill Farms, Greenbytes Farm, K & A Farm, Bee To The Honey, and The Rooted Lion/Dandy Lion Acres Farm. Other vendors include: Le Crepe Café, Touchtone Crystal, Sourland Mountain Spirits and Missy’s Angels Animal Rescue.

For more information about the farmer’s market, Sustainably Green Music & Arts Fest, vendor opportunities, and other WBID news, visit washingtonbid.org or LIKE the Washington BID Facebook page. More about the sustainability event and the farmer’s market can be found on the Washington Borough Green Team Facebook page as well. You can also email admin@washingtonbid.org