This festival, which is free to the public, is near and dear to my heart. I have been a part of it since it's inception many years ago. I've written grants, sent letters, helped with art auctions, sold t-shirts, and of course, participated as a musician in several different configurations; As a member of The Tiger Maple String Band, As a part of Fred and Friends, as the sing-a-long leader on Saturday mornings, as a part of a Gospel workshop with my mom, as a duet with Jim Avett, as a leader in a songwriting workshop, as a participant in fiddle workshops, and in many other fashions. This festival wouldn't be possible without the vision Fred Parker had many years ago. It also wouldn't be possible without the involvement of our community of Edinboro in volunteering, organizing funding, and participation. We've had musicians from all over the country including The Avett Brothers (North Carolina), Jim Lauderdale (Nashville, TN), Donna The Buffalo (Ithaca, NY), Driftwood (Binghamton, NY), and many many more noteworthy bands. It is my great honor and priviledge to be a part of such a wonderful event.
I have had the pleasure of working with this non-profit for almost a decade. Goodell Gardens & Homestead is a non-profit botanical garden and arboretum located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. The purpose of Goodell Gardens & Homestead is to create an education-oriented botanical garden and arboretum on the 78-acre Goodell family farm by emulating the Goodell family passion for gardening and horticulture.
Goodell Gardens & Homestead was created at the behest of Carrie and Margaret Goodell, the sole remaining heirs to the Goodell family in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Upon their passing, the Goodell sisters arranged for the institution of a small endowment, held as a donor-designated fund at the Erie Community Foundation, intended to afford the start-up capital necessary to begin implementing the stated wish that their farm be developed as a public garden. Goodell Gardens & Homestead was, thus, incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001, and has since operated within its stated mission under the direction of its Board of Directors.
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