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[FERNDALE] – The CVI Center will be filled with flowers, garden exhibits and a farmers’ market during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo on Saturday, March 8 in Ferndale. The theme is “Revitalizing Sullivan County – the Difference is You.” The public is invited and there is no cost to attend.
The event has three main elements:
• The conference features a keynote address, presentation of Sullivan First Achievement Awards, “What’s New for 2014 in Sullivan Renaissance” and two featured speakers.
• 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 2:00 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion.
The conference program and keynote address will be available through a live webcast beginning at 9:00 a.m. by going to http://www.youtube.com/user/SullivanRenaissance. The featured speakers will be filmed and posted next week.
The keynote address is being delivered by Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, one of the youngest mayors in U.S. history. His talk will focus on the successful work being done to revitalize the City of Ithaca. Mayor Myrick will share ideas on community revitalization and how communities can take the necessary steps toward a better future.
The conference will highlight two special addresses:
• Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional Sally Cunningham speaking about “Native Plants and Eco-friendly Landscapes” and
• Village of Warwick Mayor and Communities in Bloom International Winner Michael Newhard speaking on “Transformational Communities.”
For information, call the Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445. To register on line, go to http://www.sullivanrenaissance.org/registration/. To download a conference brochure, go to http://www.sullivanrenaissance.org/_doc/2014ConferenceBrochure.pdf.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.