On November 1 & 2, 2014, grab friends and family and get outside to the Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve in Hoover. Explore Nature, Eco Ideas, Art + Design at Alabama’s premier eco-creative festival now in its 9th year. Innovation, imagination, and fun await 17,000 visitors under a blanket of fall colors at this idyllic neighborhood setting adjacent to Hoover’s own 350 acre Moss Rock Preserve. MRF features something for everyone. Festivities include: ARTIST ROW: Juried Artists in all media and at all price points will be showcasing thousands of Works of Art primarily inspired by or depicting nature and/or made from recycled or natural materials. ECO IDEAS and +DESIGN: This outdoor district intermingled amongst artist booths is full of innovation, imagination, sustainability, and green living ideas and will serve as an informative and cool connection to various eco-friendly living ideas, products, businesses and organizations making strides in the green movement. Have a question? Need Advice? Get answers by asking the experts. SMARTLIVING: this market offers access to wellness initiatives, gluten free and organic products, food education, free samples, yoga and more for making healthy decisions in your life. MOSS ROCK PRESERVE: patrons can participate in a fun geo-location game or take a guided hike in the 250 acre Moss Rock Preserve. Get moving on miles of trails that will entice visitors to explore and appreciate nature. CAFE BY THE WOODS: the perfect place to get great eats, drinks & treats at the show including festival favorite features like Greek Tavern and Karen's Candy Kitchen, PLUS Melt, Off the Hook, Ferocious Dogs, Full Moon Bar-B-Q, Steel City Pops, and Coco Bongos Smoothies which are packing lots of flavor in the portable food truck-cart model. BEER GARDEN - a craft beer tasting: If tastings are your thing, Beer Garden (ticketed) will connect visitors to the liquid crafts of burgeoning Alabama breweries with select wines being added into the mix in 2014 alongside tasty bites and informative Beer Talks. In 2014, we are proud and excited to showcase the skilled crafts of the following Alabama breweries at the Beer Garden: Avondale Brewing Company, Back Forty Beer Company, Cahaba Brewing Company, Good People Brewing Company, Huntsville Brewing Company, Straight To Ale Brewing Company, and Old Black Bear Brewing Company. Plus, The J. Clyde is back as one of Beer Garden's bar/restaurant partners. Vecchia Pizzeria and Mercado at The Preserve will be joining this year as a participant and anevent sponsor. Hopy City is returning as our retail partner, and will be selling tickets at the store. TICKETS can be ordered online from our website! http://mossrockfestival.com/food-fun-contests/beer-garden/ CRESCENT STAGE: All can lounge on the Village Green to live music from local talent staged throughout the weekend. WONDERKID ART STUDIOS: interactive art projects for the kids using nature as a launching point for creative projects – the WOW variety! These engaging, educational and creative projects will keep all ages having fun making art and appreciating our planet at the same time. THE SWEETERY (New!) - The Nature of Cakes expo and tasting has morphed into The Sweetery this year and will gather visitors in the Town Hall for a diverse and sweet display of baked goodies to sample, or take home from The Sweetery Shoppe. PLANET PROJECTS - "BIG OL' BUGS" - a classroom project for creative recycling: The sculpture project will increase students' awareness of bugs and their function in nature and will culminate with an exhibition of student sculptures at the festival. Participating Schools: Hoover High School, Brock's Gap Intermediate, Gwin Elementary, Brock's Gap Intermediate, Phillips Academy, Bluff Park Elementary, Hueytown High School , Deer Valley Elementary, Simmons Middle School, Brookwood Forrest Elementary, Spain Park High School ECO-DRIVE: Eco design and function are on display at the festival’s Eco:Drive. See and learn about the latest fuel efficient cars that will save you money at the pump. This year, we are featuring Tameron Hyundai and Long-Lewis Ford Lincoln. More to come! SMART STAGE: be on the lookout for the festival's NEW Demo Stage spotlighting fun, informative micro bursts of programming covering topics like cooking, juicing, essential oils, home energy efficiency, gardening, remote travel expeditions, health & nutrition, exercise and more. ELECTRONICS RECYCLING @ THE HOOVER MET: Technical Knockout will be taking donations at the Hoover Met on Saturday and Sunday, visit www.technicalko.net for more info on acceptable donations. Enjoy the great outdoors and much more this Fall at Moss Rock Festival. Admission is FREE! For all the details, please visit MossRockFestival.com or call 205-595-6306. And follow us on Facebook & Twitter all year long for important announcements, special offers, eco posts, and updates! Join the eco-creative conversation! HOURS 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. DATES November 1 & 2, 2014 FREE PARKING All visitors will Park & Ride from the Hoover Met, located off of Hwy 150 and Stadium Trace Pkwy. For detailed directions to Regions Park, please visit MossRockFestival.com and click the "About" menu heading link. FREE SHUTTLE - SCHEDULE It's quick & easy. Only a short 5 minute ride. Shuttles will run regularly from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and 9:30am to 5:00pm. The site will be blocked to thru traffic except for home owners & their guests. DROP OFF & PICK UP POLICY - special circumstances + large art purchase pick ups. Drop off & Pick-ups may be made on Preserve Parkway. To keep this area from getting congested during the festival, we ask that all visitors take the free shuttle from the Hoover Met and leave this courtesy for visitors with special needs: elderly, large art purchases, handicapped, large strollers, or other special circumstances. HANDICAPPED PARKING There are a handful of designated handicapped spots on Preserve Pkwy at the top of The Village Green. BLOCKED STREETS The following streets in The Preserve neighborhood will be closed to thru traffic for MRF weekend - Preserve Drive, Village Green Circle, and Village Green Way
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