Wednesday, March 19, 2008

5th Annual Dark Sky Festival

We are experiencing right now different types of pollution. Mother earth is suffering for man's neglect and environmental abuse. It would be very nice if we make a move to join in finding for a solution to stop environmental destruction. It may be a small act of concern for our environment but it will give an impact. If you like to be a part of pollution solution, you can check out the Dark Sky Festival 5th year celebration. This will be held in Harmony, Florida on April 5, 2008, Saturday at 7pm-11pm. The festival will kick off during the National Dark Sky Week. This is the week where everybody is encouraged to help lessen or prevent light pollution by using better outdoor lighting practices. The festival's objective is to promote proper usage of lightings, such as less usage of artificial lights that will create pollution. This is free to all who would like to come. There will be fun games, live entertainment, music, food and a lot of specialized booths that will showcase different zones where kids and youth can enjoy astronomical events like watching the skies in different telescopes. This is really great fun and youth awareness about light pollution. The event will be hosted by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

Check this out:

Press Release:

Get Ready! This Year’s Dark Sky Festival is Out-of-this-World

HARMONY, FL – March 15, 2008 – The 5th Annual Dark Sky Festival at Harmony will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Sponsored by the Harmony Institute, the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau, several astronomy clubs, the Osceola News Gazette and Florida Travel & Life Magazine, the event will kick off at 7pm in Harmony's Town Square.

“The Dark Sky Festival is intended to celebrate and promote the benefits of a night-sky free from the effects of excessive artificial lighting,” said Greg Golgowski, Harmony’s Conservation Director and a key member of the Dark Sky Festival Planning Committee. “Poor outdoor lighting not only washes out the splendor of the heavens, but also reduces visibility at night, wastes energy, and disturbs wildlife.”

As with the past four Dark Sky Festivals, attendees will be able to enjoy viewing the night skies through a variety of telescopes. There also be lots of music and food, numerous specialty booths, an educational zone with presentations from astronomers and other scientists, nocturnal creatures, a Cosmic Kids Zone and so much more.”

Local favorite, the Silver Clouds Orchestra, will start the entertainment portion of the evening at 7:00pm. This will be followed by a free concert by legendary recording artists, Rare Earth.

Rare Earth will take to Harmony’s outdoor amphitheatre stage at 8:00pm for a live concert chock full of their greatest hits including “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.”

“We are ecstatic to have Rare Earth performing at this year’s Festival,” said Shad Tome, president of Harmony Development Group. “We are encouraging everyone to wear comfortable shoes because Rare Earth is known for getting the whole audience up and dancing.”

The festival will be emceed by Magic 107.7’s afternoon drive on-air personality and program director Ken Payne.

The Festival is open to the general public. Over 3,500 people are expected to attend the event this year. The event will conclude around 11:00pm.

This date was selected because it falls on the heels of National Dark Sky week (March 29 – April 4); where people in the United States are encouraged to turn out their unnecessary outdoor lights in order to temporarily reduce light pollution.

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