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Abbot Kinney’s Green Street Festival

Posted By Boise Thomas On September 28, 2007 @ 12:30 pm In Traveling & Cool Stuff To Do | No Comments

What does it take to make me work on a Sunday? I’ll tell you.
Everyone knows the white man gave the Native Americans $24 in trinkets for Manhattan Island. In today’s real estate market The Big Apple would go for $25 trillion.

But did you know that in 1891, Abbot Kinney took over the land now known as Santa Monica and Venice, California… on a coin flip? True. And it was his vision that built Venice into the community I live and work in today.

On July 4, 1905, the Venice, Italy knockoff opened – complete with canals, gondolas and Venetian-Style businesses. On Sunday, September 30, 2007 on the boulevard bearing his name, the 23rd Abbot Kinney Street Festival will take place. Sans gondoliers, G Living will be there to check out the 2 stages of live music, dancers and performing artists, the spectacular children’s court (this should be fun), three food areas (I’m not eating breakfast before I leave the house), the Spirit Garden (whatever the hell that is), Green Living Pavillion (sounds “G” enough) and over 300 vendors, featuring original, handcrafted goods (most of which my wife will want to take home).

You may be asking, “Boise, why is G Living covering this?”

Is it because of the Green Pavillion with its numerous guest speakers, educating the public?

Is it because they offer carbon offsetting for those who drive (biking and walking is encouraged)?

Is it because the over 120,000 festivalgoers will be using compostable utensils, plates and cups to eat and drink with?

Is it because of the commitment to keeping money local by supporting small business and eclectic artists and clothiers or the solar powered stages or the environmentally conscious vendors and non-profits attending and presenting or the cloth bags for sale to take home your various enivro-excellent purchases?

Why Boise, why? Why cover the Abbott Kinney Street Festival?

The answer is really, simple my curious “G” reader: the festival is only three blocks from my desk.

Find out more at: abbotkinney.org

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