Oct. 17: Cherrystock Eco-Festival In Charlotte

Mark Englander, “the Green Guru” and owner of Charlotte Energy Solutions, announced today the first annual Cherrystock Festival will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

Charlotte Energy Solutions, headquarters for the event, is located in the heart of the Cherry neighborhood at 337 Baldwin Avenue. They will be demonstrating solutions for a more sustainable and energy efficient lifestyle from solar panels, to composting, to electric bikes and vehicles.

Carol Marley, a long time Cherry resident, has organized several events for the public in coordination with Charlotte Energy Solutions. There will be a neighborhood talent contest, a walking tour of Historic Cherry led by Dr. Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South; musical celebrations from gospel to hip-hop, and a documentary trailer by Reggie Clark that tells the untold story of the fight for the rights of Cherry residents who were threatened by land developers.

There will be several activities for children like face painting and treasure hunts plus lots of wonderful food vendors such as barbeque by Keith Roberts, to vegan and vegetarian delights.

Energy needs for the public address systems, the lights, the bands and the events will be supplied by a bio diesel generator courtesy of Metrolina Bio Fuels Coop. Power for the speakers, exhibitors and food vendors will be supplied by a solar charging station. Plates, cups and cutlery used at Cherrystock is compostable and biodegradable and is supplied by Mike Gorman of Carolina Green Food Service Supply.

All proceeds from Cherrystock will benefit the Community Charter School and the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen uplifting those who live and work in Cherry.

For more info see or call (704) 333-4358.

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