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SOME WORKSHOPS ARE FULL

Sullivan Renaissance 2009 Winter Conference and Expo

February 17, 2009

[FERNDALE] – Some workshops have already filled up at the 13th Annual Sullivan Renaissance Winter Conference and Expo on Saturday, February 21 at CVI Building in Ferndale.  Individuals wishing to attend may still register, but may have to accept their second choice of workshop topics. 

For a list of workshops and to obtain a registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445; or visit the website at www.sullivanrenaissance.org.  To send in a registration form, fax it to 845-295-2746; email to kcapozzoli@sullivanrenaissance.org; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, c/o Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.

Entitled “Celebrating Sullivan County: A Place Worth Caring About,” the conference begins at 8:00 a.m. with registration and a light breakfast.  The program starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 1:00 p.m.

The conference features exhibits and workshops on celebrating the bicentennial and historic preservation, Sullivan Renaissance programs, green and sustainable resources, gardening, youth activities, beautification and community development efforts. 

Author James Howard Kunstler will deliver the keynote address.  His 2005 book “ The Long Emergency argues that declining oil production will result in the end of industrialized society as we know it and require Americans to live in localized, agrarian communities.  

The Sullivan First Achievement Awards will be presented to individuals, communities and businesses that have worked to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County.  Door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion.  Sullivan Renaissance 2009 grant applications will be available in the afternoon.

The first 75 attendees will be given a reusable bag; everyone is encouraged to bring a reusable bag for materials they collect.  Food and paper products will be composted.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  For more information, call 845-295-2445.