With our recent victory on the IP paper campaign and the Our Forests Aren’t Fuel campaign launch, we wanted to spread the word, connect with long-time and potential supporters, and just plain celebrate. Kind and generous Dogwood fans hosted gatherings, parties, and events for us in the South, inviting their friends, families, colleagues, and other environmentalists to join in the fun!
Some highlights were:
Dogwood’s biggest event of the year is a hugely popular free sustainability festival in Decatur, Georgia. Non-profits, artists working in recycled materials, green vendors, local restaurants, purveyors of sustainable spirits, and hot bands gather as like-minded people celebrating all the ways that, together, we can create a clean energy future. Check out our Facebook photo album!
John and Julie Stehling, owners of Asheville’s beloved diner Early Girl Eatery, hosted a lovely get-together to spread the word about the important work Dogwood does to protect our Southern forests and also to celebrate our IP victory. We held a drawing, and one lucky attendee won a dogwood sapling while another won a case of Terrapin Beer‘s Tree Hugger ale, their newest year-round beer developed in partnership with Dogwood Alliance. Part of the sales of Tree Hugger go to support Dogwood’s forest protection work.
Durham’s ever-prominent Full Steam Brewery focuses on creating distinctly Southern craft beers and has a distinctly Southern identity. In solidarity with Dogwood’s mission to preserve Southern forests, Full Steam hosted a lively gathering at their brewery to support Dogwood while giving Durham folks the opportunity to learn more about how they can join the movement and take action to protect our forests.
Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store based in Weaverville generously pulled together a free wine tasting, donating a percentage of wine bottle sales to Dogwood Alliance. It was a large, congenial group sipping on wine while talking about our favorite special places in the South and how to preserve them. What a wonderful way to make new friends!
Atlanta-based nature poet Stephen Wing organized an Earth Day poetry reading, donating the entirety of entry fees to Dogwood Alliance. He aptly chose the all vegan, worker-owned Firestorm Cafe & Books in Asheville as the site of the reading. The event was open mic, so everyone had an opportunity to share stories and poems that cenetered around their love of nature as well as our need to stop the destruction of our natural world.
West Asheville’s Isis Restaurant & Music Hall hosted Dogwood’s official IP victory celebration along with our joint Tree Hugger ale launch with our partner Terrapin Beer. The Isis appetizers were delicious, and we cracked a cask of Tree Hugger for the occasion; it was so tasty that, by the end of the night, the cask was empty! One of the winners of our drawing took home a case of Tree Hugger ale, and the other lucky winner took home a treehugger hammock courtesy of Black Dome Mountain Sports.
All these fun events, and we’re only halfway through the year! Be sure you’re on our email list so that we can let you know when we’re having a party in your neck of the woods!