Louisville Loves Mountains Festival 2011
On May 20, we teamed up with Carmichaels’ Bookstore and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth for our 3rd annual Louisville Loves Mountains Street Party. Our goal at this street party is to help raise $$ and awareness in Louisville about the horrible problem of mountaintop removal mining and to highlight the work KFTC is doing to try to stop this form of mining. The weather cooperated with a beautiful spring evening and we had 1000+ folks turn out to enjoy some live, local music, local food and local beer! Our featured speaker was Wendell Berry who eloquently reminded us of the importance of nurturing our local economies and of protecting our local, natural landscapes – never have 1000 people been so quiet and attentive just off of Bardstown Road! The Louisvillians who turned out showed enthusiastic support for KFTC”s work to stop mountaintop removal mining – we raised over $6000 and local writer Sally Campbell and her pateners threw in another $5000 from the process of their book, Saving Kentucky. It was a fantastic night of community building in Longest Avenue!
Special thanks to the following who donated their time and talents:
- Local Bands: Beady; River City Drum Corps; Reel World String Band; Relic; Appalatin; Slow Charleston; Justin Lewis.
- Local Food Vendors: Morel’s Vegan Food Truck and Boombozz Taphouse
- Local Breweries: BBC and NABC
- Local Writers: Wendell Berry; Sally Campbell; Bianca Spriggs
Learn more about KFTC’s work to stop mtr mining at: http://www.kftc.org/our-work/canary-project