Local Living Festival
  ~ A Celebration of Resourceful Living Skills ~



Instead we will be celebrating the
Renewable Energy & Green Buildings Home Tour
25th Anniversary Edition!

Check it out HERE.




"Inner Circle" Brainstorming & "Listening Session"
anyone who has partaken (preferably) in past Festivals is welcome to participate

Wed., Sept. 7, Ives Park Gazebo (behind Clarkson Inn on Main St.)
6 to 8 pm, light snacks provided

Public Participation Session
all interested folks are welcome to participate
Wed., Sept 21, location in Canton to be announced
6 to 8 pm, light snacks provided



Local Living Festival

  ~ A Celebration of Resourceful Living Skills ~

  Saturday, September 26, 2015
  Exhibitors & Demo's  9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  Workshops  10 am - 5 pm
Downtown Canton, NY in the Village Green (Main at Park Streets, 13617)

The Local Living Festival 2015 is coordinated by the
Local Living Venture in partnership with the Sustainability Committees of
United Helpers and the Village of Canton

Many thanks to our Festival Sponsors and to our
Community Sponsors listed below.

Many webpages from this event have been archived.
They are listed as links here:


Zero Waste Festival          
Festival Sponsorship          
Festival Registration Forms          
Wksp Reg          
Festival Exhibitors Demo FAQ          
Festival Volunteer          
Festival Workshops          
Festival Exhibitors          
Festival Program Specs

Local Living Festival
Theme: Last Minute Signage and Projects
BOCES, 40 W. Main St., Canton (before Coakleys Hardware and SUNY Canton, on the right, as you head toward Odgensburg. Parking lot on Hammond Dr. and West Main.)
Contact us at LocalLivingFestival@gmail.com  or 261-1926  for information!
Wednesday September 23 2015
4:00 to ?

For more information, click here.
All are welcome!  We will be assembling the signage for the Xero Waste stations at the Festival - your help is needed!

Theme Tracks and Exhibitor Pavilions 2015

  Forestry &     Woodlot    Healthy 
 (wood heat)
 Green Building

   Small & Local Business
           * Buy Local

   & Young at Heart
    activities all day
               Small-scale Energy
  & Farming
  Hunting &
  * Milk
  * Meat
  * Fiber
     Community Arts Teens & Young in Spirit!
    activities all day
                     Dirty Work
(i.e., bio-diesel, tractor repair, bike maintenance, etc.)
 Transportation    Wellness:
 Healthy Living & Good Food
   Lost Arts
& Forgotten       Skills
  Women's Skills Building   Townfolk - Home &    Apartment
    Dwellers Concerns
   College & Dorm     Dwellers Concerns   YOU!   Presenters,   Demonstrators, 
  Exhibitors, Speakers Sought!



Click to view CONFIRMED DEMO'S (link coming soon)

 Click to view CONFIRMED EXHIBITORS 2015 

Click to view FESTIVAL SPONSORS2015 

Click to view 'VOLUNTEER' page 2015 

Coordination of the Local Living Festival and staff is accomplished entirely by dedicated volunteers.

What's it all about?
The Local Living Festival will feature dozens of exhibitors as well as educational seminars and workshops on topics as varied as small-scale renewable energy and energy conservation, food preservation, healthy eating, traditional agricultural skills, environmentally-friendly technology, forest management, low-impact wood burning, "green" building techniques, simple living skills and modern homesteading within community.

Who's Doing It?
The upcoming Local Living Festival is an exciting collaborative community project with three partners on board for coordination:  United Helpers Sustainability Committee, the Village of Canton Sustainability Committee and the Local Living Venture (sole coordinator of the last three Festivals, 2010-2013.)

We've Moved the Festival Location! 2015 
This year’s Local Living Festival will be held in the heart of the Canton community. Outdoor-appropriate exhibits and workshops will be on the Canton Village Green at Main and Park Streets; the surrounding facilities (library, churches, businesses) will be utilized for indoor workshops and exhibits.


Diane Cohen, Finger Lakes ReUse Center
Organizing a ReUse Center in St. Lawrence County
sponsored by the St. Lawrence ReUse Center project

Daniel Greenberg, Earth Deeds
Moving Beyond Carbon Offsetting: Local Solutions to Global Warming
sponsored by North Country 350 Alliance
with support from the Brookmar Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation


Family Nurse & Nap Space
sponsored by Rainbow Crabtree, Doula Services

Yurt if you're Hurt
First Aid Station
First aid trained volunteer firefighters in attendance on Festival grounds

Kid's Tent
daylong activities! 10am - 4 pm
see Kids and Teens Workshop tracks on the schedule

Game, Book & Toy SWAP!
UU Church 10-3 during the Festival
For drop-offs prior to that day, call 244-3034.
Sponsors: Deep Root Center & UU Church

Farmers Market
on a Saturday!

Community Art Mural
on display in the Welcome Tent! Created by attendees of the 2013 Festival!

Bicycle Skills Course for Kids (and the young at heart!)!
Ongoing throughout much of the day.  The course will provide an opportunity for bicyclists to measure their capabilities and increase their awareness of bicycle laws and the importance of defensive cycling.  Best suited for ages 6 to 14, but adults can toodle along also!

Wood-fired "Earth Oven"
The oven will be undergoing a rehab - help out or watch the progress throughout the day!

Solar Powered Festival "Welcome" Tent
Schulze Constructions keeps us in the power, renewably speaking!
Check out the portable solar array he uses for remote site construction.


Welcome Whistle Serenade
Nancy Klein with eclectic loose cover tunes on her mighty whistle!
10 to 11 am near the Welcome Tent

TAUNY's Contra Tune School
A Sampling of Social Dance Music
Come by to hear some live traditional music by the TAUNY/SLU Contra Tune School, which will again be playing live music for Community Contra Dances this year. You'll also have a chance to sing and dance along, as well as learn about the meeting of different music traditions in the North Country, and how social dance and music traditions in our area have long been connected with rural living skills.
12:15 to 1pm at the Dining Tent

Claude and Ola
Old time southern dance music
on accordion and banjo
1 to 2 pm near the Welcome Tent

Jack Kelley Little Big Band
Don't miss an opportunity to see and hear Potsdam's Jack Kelley Little Big Band -- now in its twelfth year of entertaining!
Facebook.com/JackKelleyLittleBigBand  Potsdam, NY
3 to 4:30 at the Dining Tent


Your Festival coordinators are committed to making an impact in this special way - because when you throw it away...well, there really is no away! 
We ask that everyone help out - bring your own place settings for food purchases and engage with the educational signage, volunteers and educators you will find at many of the Festival "zero waste stations." 
Compost bins and more will be available for your use, thanks to our Community Partners, the North Country 350 Alliance.  Please view our Zero Waste Page for details!  (coming soon!)

To defray Festival expenses, a suggested donation in the range of $7 to $20 per person is requested.  How much you give is up to you!
Children under 16 are free.
Welcome Tent Admissions Booth is located on the Canton Village Green, at the corner of Main St. and Park St.
Activities in the park are free and open to the public, attending a workshop will require admission has been paid.
Admissions can be paid by cash or check at the door of any workshop, but credit/debit cards are only accepted at the Welcome Tent at the busy main corner of the the park.
                                                               A Zero Waste Festival * Please bring a place setting to save on disposables!

Join us for our Public Participation Gatherings - All are welcome!

SCHEDULE for Public Participation Gatherings
Aug 5 (Health & Wellness) Nature's Storehouse                                       Aug 26 (Lost Arts & Forgotten Skills)  UU Church, Canton
Sept. 9 (Zero Waste) North Country 350 Alliance, Deep Root Center       Sept 23 (last minute projects, general Festival signage)

The upcoming event, creating the signage for the Zero Waste stations at the Festival needs your help!  More details, click here.
To sign up to help, please write to Local LivingFestival@gmail.com


Individual Donations
Anyone can contribute to offset the costs of the Festival!  This event costs a minimum of $10,000 to put on so all contributions, large or small, are very much appreciated!  Please view the options at the Individual Donations link
We also have a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1,000 with Adirondack Gives - you can learn more and contribute HERE.
Thank You!

You can help a little or you an help a lot!  At the Volunteerism link you will find a sign up sheet you can copy into an email and return to us.  We have 250 two-hour time slots to fill with friendly volunteer labor, as well as a listing at the bottom of the page of things that need a helping hand before the Festival.  Many hands make light work!    Thank You!
All are welcome to participate in one of the educational and fun public gatherings for volunteer input and organizing the Festival that take place regularly - the next is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 23, 6:30 to 8 pm.  You can even help coordinate one of these events if you're talented in that way!

The Festival offers opportunities for organizations and business to support this wonderful community event as well! 
Sponsors receive recognition for their efforts, appreciation for their good work for the community, and the benefits and acknowledgments levels for special donors outlined at this Sponsorship link Thank You!
You can view alll of our wonderful current Sponsors below and on this page.

  ANCA (Adirondack North Country Association)

 Maple Ridge Charitable Fund


 Curran Renewable Energy


The Brookmar Fund
Northern New York Community Foundation





www.TheFrameMill.com  The Frame Mill, Potsdam

  Casella Resource Solutions, Potsdam

M E D I A Sponsor


The Festival features opportunities for many Community Partners to become involved as well!  For instance, the North Country 350 Alliance is coordinating the Zero Waste component of the Festival and Nature's Storehouse is coordinating the exhibitors and workshops in the Health & Wellness Theme Pavilion.
Community Partners receive recognition for their efforts, appreciation for their good work for the community, and the goals of their organization highlighted in the public eye.  Your group or organization can be part of this fun and educational event as well!  (Please view the Collaborations page link.)  Thank You!

Community Partners

  North Country 350 Alliance  Zero Waste Coordinators

  Nature's Storehouse  Wellness Pavilion: Healthy Living * Good Food


Woodhenge Self-Reliance Campus
  Homesteading Skills Panels


 Deep Root Center for Self-Directed
  Children's Toy Swap


 Rainbow Crabtree, Doula Services 
Family Nursing & Napping Center

 Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton  Children's Toy Swap

  Schulze Construction
  Remote Solar Power Trailer (powering the Festival Welcome Tent)


  Arielle Acres  Kids activities (plus bunnies!)

  TAUNY  / SLU Contra Tunes School!  (music, lunchtime on the Green)

  Potsdam Food Co-op & Carriage House Bakery  Vendor/Volunteer Hospitality

Your business or organization name here!

Community Sponsors 2015 
Many local institutions are helping to make the Local Living Festival a reality through both monetary and  'in-kind' contributions.  'In-kind' contributions are the best kind because useful things don't go to waste and/or the donor is sharing something of themselves as well! 
For major donations, please view our Sponsor Benefits and Acknowledgements page.  There are guidelines for assigning a value to this type of donation, if you can use a tax deduction.  Thank You!

Community Sponsors 2015  - providing wonderful workshop venues and speakers for the Festival!
First Presbyterian Church of Canton
Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton
Peter & Kathy Wyckoff
Canton Free Library
St. Lawrence County Historical Association
First Baptist Church of Canton

2015   M E D I A   Sponsor


Acknowledgements  2015 

Bittersweet Farm
Delta Kappa Theta at SUNY Potsdam
Dragonfly Builders
Drumlin's End Farm
Little River School
Kappa Delta Sigma at St. Lawrence Univ.
Misty Hollow
North Country Grown Cooperative
SUNY Canton Greek Affairs
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Central Office
St. Lawrence Univ. Volunteer Services Ofc.
St. Lawrence Univ. Commons College

The Local Living Festival is held on a sesquiennial basis, every eighteen months, to catch both the Autumn and Spring skill-sharing seasons.
Follow-on Festivals will occur on April 29, 2017 and then again on September 29, 2018.

Local Living Festival * September 26 2015 
Serious Fun * Delightful Education

Festival Hotline: (315) 347-4223

Local Living Festival Website


For more information, call the Festival hotline at (315) 347-4223 or check the website at www.LocalLivingVenture.org

The Local Living Festival 2015   is coordinated by the
Local Living Venture, United Helpers and the Village of Canton.

The Local Living Venture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and offers a tax deduction for monetary and in-kind contributions.
'LLV', P.O. Box 736, Canton, NY 13617

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