GreenFest 2012 to opt for Danbury's CityCenter
Published 7:07 pm, Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Steve Schappert, an advocate for eco-friendly living, is not a man to take no for an answer, it seems.
The New Milford Parks & Recreation Commission recently denied his request to hold a "green" festival on the Village Green in September, so Mr. Schappert reached out to other communities and even other countries.
As a result, GreenFest 2012 will take place from June 22 to 24 in Danbury's CityCenter.
Some 35 "green" vendors and 50 to 60 performers are expected to take part during three days of comedy, music and dance.
Mr. Schappert, owner of BIOS Organization LLC,, hopes to create a festival combining entertainment with "education to create a better world."
New Milford's Parks & Recreation Commission felt Feb. 14 the festival's draw to downtown would be too great -- 10,000 to 15,000 people are projected to attend and some 23 bands expected to participate, according to commission minutes.
Harrybrooke Park in the southern end of New Milford also was a consideration, but Danbury's CityCenter got the call.
"We're really excited about doing this," said Andrea Gartner, executive director of CityCenter. "When you talk about the message of becoming more green, it's perfect for an urban setting. Life in a city is all about adaptive reuse of resources and reducing your carbon footprint."
"I have never done anything quite this large before," said Mr. Schappert. "But I did a festival in New Haven two years ago that drew 23 bands from five states and a performer from Lebanon."
GreenFest 2012 was developed by Mr. Schappert and musician Peter Jam of Beirut, Lebanon.
The two had met through the Peace Lights Organization.