The Dark Sky Festival is a festival that is all about getting back to being able to see the stars and no light pollution. It's happening in Harmony, Florida at the Harmony Town Square on Saturday, April 5, 2008. This year they will be celebrating it's 5th year annual Dark Sky Festival, just make sure you are there by 7:00 pm as that is the the event starts up.
The purpose of this event is to expose the general public to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies - not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife.
The Dark Sky Festival is intended to celebrate and promote the benefits of a night-sky free from the effects of excessive artificial lighting.
With the past four Dark Sky Festivals, people who will be attending will be able to enjoy viewing the night skies through a variety of telescopes while enjoying music and food, there will be specialty booths, talking to people like astronomers and other scientists about myths in the night, get to play in the kids zone with a speaker and so much more...
This festivity includes a FREE concert by legendary band from Motown recording artists, Rare Earth.
Everybody is FREE to come in this said Festival. It is free and open to the general public. Over 3,500 people are expected to attend the Festival this year. Come check it out!
Get Ready! This Year’s Dark Sky Festival is Out-of-this-World
HARMONY, FL – March 15, 2008 – The 5th Annual Dark Sky Festival at Harmony will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Sponsored by the Harmony Institute, the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau, several astronomy clubs, the Osceola News Gazette and Florida Travel & Life Magazine, the event will kick off at 7pm in Harmony's Town Square.
“The Dark Sky Festival is intended to celebrate and promote the benefits of a night-sky free from the effects of excessive artificial lighting,” said Greg Golgowski, Harmony’s Conservation Director and a key member of the Dark Sky Festival Planning Committee. “Poor outdoor lighting not only washes out the splendor of the heavens, but also reduces visibility at night, wastes energy, and disturbs wildlife.”
As with the past four Dark Sky Festivals, attendees will be able to enjoy viewing the night skies through a variety of telescopes. There also be lots of music and food, numerous specialty booths, an educational zone with presentations from astronomers and other scientists, nocturnal creatures, a Cosmic Kids Zone and so much more.”
Local favorite, the Silver Clouds Orchestra, will start the entertainment portion of the evening at 7:00pm. This will be followed by a free concert by legendary recording artists, Rare Earth.
Rare Earth will take to Harmony’s outdoor amphitheatre stage at 8:00pm for a live concert chock full of their greatest hits including “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.”
“We are ecstatic to have Rare Earth performing at this year’s Festival,” said Shad Tome, president of Harmony Development Group. “We are encouraging everyone to wear comfortable shoes because Rare Earth is known for getting the whole audience up and dancing.”
The festival will be emceed by Magic 107.7’s afternoon drive on-air personality and program director Ken Payne.
The Festival is open to the general public. Over 3,500 people are expected to attend the event this year. The event will conclude around 11:00pm.
This date was selected because it falls on the heels of National Dark Sky week (March 29 – April 4); where people in the United States are encouraged to turn out their unnecessary outdoor lights in order to temporarily reduce light pollution.
For more information, please visit www.DarkSkyFestival.com or call 407-891-8358.