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July 12, 2014

Whippoorwill Festival

Promoting skills for earth-friendly living

RICHMOND — If you’re looking to live a more simple life as a self-sustaining being, the Whippoorwill Festival near Berea is the place for you.

The festival, organized by Dave Cooper, celebrated its fourth anniversary this weekend at HomeGrown HideAways, 11 miles east of Berea. Sessions began Thursday and conclude today.

It included sessions to teach attendees new techniques in self-sustainability. Participants also have opportunities to connect personally and be of help to each other, skills they are encouraged to use in their own communities.

“It’s such a great-minded group of people who love the earth,” said Lisa Worley, an attendee.

People from across the eastern United States took part in the festival.

A typical day at the festival begins with a breakfast of homemade granola, fresh fruit and coffee. The participants then make their way to “the morning circle.” There they discuss what they’ve learned and what they hope to learn during the day.

Following lunch, attendees participate in two- hour, informative sessions. The sessions may include how to make cheese, purify water or even hunt edible wild mushrooms. And those are only a fraction of the sessions offered.

When afternoon activities conclude, the atmosphere is enlivend with music throughout the evening. The headlining artist this year is Big Maracas of Lexington. Other artists include Maggie Lander, Eric George and Jeni and Billy of Nashville, Tenn.

The festival also featured a contra dance Saturday night with musicians Andrew Taylor, Becca Miller and Joe Spencer along with caller Joe Wilkie of Berea.

Many people who attend the festival spend the night in tents. Recreational vehicles are also welcome, but space is limited.

The Village Trough, a new restaurant opening soon in Berea’s Old Town Artisan Village, grilled fresh hamburgers and veggie burgers for attendees.

Children 16-and-younger with their families are admitted free. The festival also offers a work/trade program for free admission to the festival.

Information for future Whippoorwill Festivals can be found at

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