You will hear happy chatter, the rhythm of music, steps of fans walking to the next concert, as you explore Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set for June 16-19, in Manchester, Tennessee. Enter Bonnaroo, a world of kindness, entertainment and learning. This year’s lineup features more than 150 musicians, including Stevie Nicks, The Chicks, Tool and Alison Krauss.
Not only does Bonnaroo offer fun but it provides opportunities to learn about new ways of sustainability and green practices to make the Earth a better place. Bonnaroo welcomes you to Planet Roo – “a haven for sustainability” – where you can learn and relax. When you land on Planet Roo, you will discover new ways to keep the environment clean and sustainable. Enjoy yoga classes, workshops and exploring projects from a diverse group of nonprofits.
One of the organizations participating this year is Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit founded in 1990. The organization builds affordable homes for eligible families. Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity became an official affiliate of the global Habitat for Humanity in 1992. Since its beginning, Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity branch has built more than 30 homes for families in Coffee and Franklin Counties, Tennessee. President of Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity Terrie Quick is looking forward to meeting guests at the festival and sharing information about building responsibly, in a sustainable manner.
“We are proud to have been asked to be part of Bonnaroo 22,” Quick said. “We will have a tented area inside of Planet Roo. This is an area set up for nonprofit organizations who support sustainability. We will have a small-scale demonstration house built to show passersby the process in which we build homes from ground up, energy efficient.”
Visitors will be able to take pictures of posters with tips for green practices.
“We also will have educational posters that festival guests can take a photo of as an informative takeaway,” Quick said.
In the spirit of encouraging sustainability, instead of using paper brochures, Habitat will provide fruit to guests.
“We plan on offering a piece of seeded fruit to encourage self-gardening and growing,” Quick said.
Quick is looking forward to experiencing all the aspects of the festival – music, fun, food, shopping, meeting people and “the overall feeling of community love.”
“We really want to see the Stevie Nicks and Alison Krauss shows, too,” Quick said. “Also, the food – food dishes from all over the world. I love eating arepas, a Venezuelan sandwich-like food; it’s like a jiffy corn bread (meets) grilled cheese. Oh, so yummy.”
Bonnaroo embraces community, culture, arts and music.
“It is important to us at Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity to be a part of the festival, to help demonstrate that great things happen at Bonnaroo – great arts, crafts, foods, music and community,” Quick said. “The mission of Habitat International is ‘seeking to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope.’ This is a wonderful opportunity to build community.”
Bonnaroo organizers have shared a list with the organizations participating in the festival this year. Participating nonprofits are as follows: Art of Living Foundation, Arts Inside, Calling All Crows, Eat for Equity, Footprint Project, Global Education Center, HeadCount, Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity, Human Rights Campaign, Launch Pad, League of Women Voters Education Fund, Nashville Tree Foundation, Oxfam America, Pawster Nashville, Pitch Music, Punk Rock Saves Lives, Reform Alliance, SafeTour, Shower the People, Small World Yoga, Tennessee Environmental Council, The Frequency Center, The Nashville Food Project, The ONE Campaign, The Parachute People, To Write Love on Her Arms, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, We Are Neutral and Well Dunn Foundation.
Sustainability partners include Grundy County Food Bank, The Nashville Food Project, The Storehouse Pantry of Manchester, Footprint Project, Pure Energy Solar, We Are Neutral and Calling All Crows.