The heart of the WGBY Asparagus Festival are the free family activities going on throughout the day. We are partnering with regional cultural organizations; agricultural producers; art & craft vendors; agricultural and food producers; children’s entertainment, including Curious George; book signings; and free movement classes in Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and more!
Meet our Special Guest PBS chef, Dan Klein from Victory Gardens Edible Feast (courtesy of Edible Media)
Spend the day, enjoy lunch in the Beers & Spears tent and music throughout the day on the ‘Rooted in the Valley” stage presented by Signature Sounds.
See the list of participating Festival Vendors and Organizations.
Thank you to Katrina Hawley and Laurie Johnson of The Pilates Studio for curating a full schedule of free classes at the festival all day, including:
Zumba with Jill Stone, Alice Rainka and Lauren Franks
ZUMBA® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin, American and International beats. This high energy class is a great boost of cardio exercise. You'll also build endurance, relieve stress and have a great time. It's easy to do, effective and exhilarating. This class is going to be FUN for all ages!
Pilates Mat for Better Posture with Katrina Hawley
In this Pilates mat class people of all ages will learn exercises from the Pilates method that improve posture while seated and standing. This class will be beneficial to the seasoned Pilates participant and the beginner alike. Each person will leave with tips to make better posture a great part of their day.
Pilates Apparatus Demo
The Pilates Apparatus utilize spring resistance to lengthen and strengthen muscles as well as improve joint flexibility and range of motion. The Pilates apparatus can be adjusted to best suit each individual. During this demo you’ll see how an instructor leads someone through exercises on the Reformer and Chair and get the chance to try it out yourself!
Fletcher Fusion ™ with Maureen Shea
Fletcher Fusion™ is a class that includes three elements of Fletcher work: barrework ™, towelwork ™ and floorwork ™. Barrework was developed to bring Pilates Mat exercises to standing in order to improve articulation of the lower extremities, hip disassociation and core support. It includes some ballet terms and can look like a very simple ballet barre class with breath instead of music. Fletcher Fusion™ is very breath focused and the use of the towel aides in proper shoulder girdle stabilization and arm movement. Ron Fletcher, a student of Joseph Pilates, developed his system with his dancing experience with Martha Graham.
Intro to Yoga with Rebecca Lisi
This intro to yoga sequence is appropriate for people of all ages and all levels of practice. Participants will learn simple principles of alignment that help to bring energy and integrity into their yoga postures. Yoga helps to quiet the mind and bring focus and awareness to the practitioner while improving balance, developing strength, and tonifying the internal organs. Hop on the mat for an energizing mid-afternoon stretch!
Curious George will be making appearances regularly throughout the day.
Schedule for Odyssey Bookshop Tent:
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
11:00 am— Liz Newmark, Sylvia’s Table: Featuring recipes from “the friends of Katchkie Farm”—chefs like Michael Romano of Union Square Cafe and Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto; culinary experts including Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin; cookbook authors Giuliano Bugialli, Rozanne Gold, Deborah Madison, and, Sara Moulton; and many others—this is a family cookbookguaranteed to be loved by cooks (and kids) of all ages.
1:00 pm— Angela DiTerrlizi, Some Bugs: Get the buzz on bugs in this picture book from Angela DiTerlizzi. Grab your magnifying glass, find your field guide, and come hop, hide, swim, and glide through this buggy backyard world. Featuring insects including butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have insect enthusiasts of all ages bugging out with excitement. This event will have glitter tattoos and REAL BUGS! Yuck!
2:00 pm— Judith Schwartz, Cows Save the Planet : In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face. In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.
2:30 pm— Richard Miscovich, From the Wood-Fired Oven: In From the Wood-Fired Oven, leading baker and instructor Richard Miscovich offers a new take on traditional techniques for professional bakers, but presents his ideas simply enough to inspire nonprofessional baking enthusiasts as well. This event will feature samples cooked in a mobile wood fired oven!
3:30 pm— Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Fresh Egg Cookbook: Increasingly available at farmers' markets, local farms, gourmet shops, and backyard chicken coops, fresh eggs offer nutritional benefits and delicious flavor. In "The Fresh Egg Cookbook," author and chicken keeper Jennifer Trainer Thompson serves up 101 creative recipes for enjoying and celebrating the versatility of eggs.
Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Hot Sauce!: Here are 32 recipes for making your own signature hot sauces, ranging from mild to blisteringly hot, as well as 60 recipes that use homemade or commercial hot sauces in everything from barbeque and Buffalo wings to bouillabaisse and black-bean soup. This event will have hot sauce samples! Yum!
Schedule for Storytime and Crafts with Barefoot Books Ambassador Premini Sabaratnam:
10:30 – 10:50
11:30 – 11:50
12:30 – 12:50
1:30 – 1:50
2:30 – 2:50
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