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Keynote Address to be Webcast Live at

February 28, 2013

[FERNDALE] – The CVI Center will be filled with flowers, garden exhibitors and a farmer’s market during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo on Saturday, March 9 in Ferndale.  The public is invited and there is no cost to attend. 

The event has three main elements:

·         The conference features the keynote address, presentation of Sullivan First Achievement Awards, “What’s New for 2013 IN Sullivan Renaissance” and multiple workshops.

·         The local market offers participants and guests the opportunity to purchase local, natural and organic goods from area farms and artisans.

·         The expo highlights exhibits by many of Sullivan County’s garden centers and nurseries, along with other vendors with products and services of interest to volunteers.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the event continues until 3:00 p.m.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion. 

The conference program will also be available through a live webcast beginning at 9:00 a.m. ON March 9th by going to

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on the positive impacts of community beautification on economic development and tourism.  He will speak about the power and impact of volunteers to make change in their communities.  Dr. Tarlow will also present a workshop focused on youth leadership.

Conference workshop space is limited to the first registrants, so RSVP before March 5.  Workshops and presenters include: Youth Workshop withDr. Peter Tarlow; Meet Dr. Peter Tarlow; 2013 Renaissance Collection with Diana K. Weiner; Showing of Flowers with Diana K. Weiner; Trees in Your Landscape with Janet Gula and George Profous; Beneficials in Your Garden with Susan Dollard and Helene Chappell; Volunteer Development with Cara Kowalski; Social Media 101 with David Binkowski and Cara Kowalski; Sullivan Renaissance Salon.

For more details and to sign up on-line, go to  To obtain a registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445.  To return a form, email to; fax it to 845-295-2746; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, c/o Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.