Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dark Sky Festival

Have you ever been to any kind of festival yet? If so then you must be familiar with this Dark Sky Festival that will be held in Harmony's Town Square April 5, 2008 and around at around 7pm. This is the 5th anniversary of celebrating this Dark Sky Festival. It's all about the celebration of anti light pollution and anyone can participate with this big event that is going to happen in Florida. This is for free and if you are interested to join the celebration you are very much welcome to celebrate the festival with all other participants too.

Since this will be held on April, i am very willing to witness the celebration myself since we are planning to go Florida soon. I love this kind of event because i can get some lesson and knowledge how to prevent pollution in this world like for example this light pollution. I have never been experience this kind of celebration and i am anxious to be there to see how fun it is to be in this Dark Sky Festival and also to meet a lot of people that are also willing to join. So if you are somewhere living in Florida or planning to go to Florida, you might wanna check this out and enjoy the Festival!

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.

For more information, please visit or call 407-891-8358.

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