Twin Ports Bridge Festival

Okay, I have to include this beautiful ignitor even though it (sadly) is no longer in action. The seeds, however, for many great relationships and ideas have been planted as a result of the magic it created.  Together we expanded consciousness through music,  conversation, fun, inspiring speakers, meditation, chanting, yoga and more...YES! 

Shane Bauer and his wife Jenny planted this seed and I am so grateful that I was able to co-create with them. 

In 2011 Michael Franti came to Bridge Fest. It was so much FUN!!!! In 2012 we had planned a pretty incredible day with a stellar line-up of music and presenters. Then the Northland was hit with "The Flood" that devestated thousands, dislocated people and did a pretty good job on infrastructure. So Shane, being the guy he is, thought "why don't we add another day for flood relief". Oh yeah, forgot to share~ we were only 11 days out and we DID IT! He worked his magic and Trampled by Turtles came along with some nifty folks from Minneapolis and our own homies in Duluth. The weekend was a success. Volunteers rocked~ there were over 80, not to include the planning committee:). We celebrated coming together as one- no matter what our story was, our color, religion, political stance and we supported humanity! 

 2013 was an incredible year with Dr. Emoto, Chris Berry, Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Stephen Dinan and Devaa Haley- Mitchell travelled to our sweet little event on the shores of the largest freshwater lake (by surface area:)), Lake Superior! View the video below for a glimpse of the sweetness. Dr. Emoto press release Check out the website to learn more about Bridge Fest!

In 2014, Bridgefest partnered with Harvest Festival, two locally focused, family festivals teamed up for one day to celebrate our community by:

•  Sharing all the great things growing in our region through education, demonstrations, and the largest annual Farmer’s Market in the Twin Ports. Learn where your good food comes from. Meet the farmers who grow it!
•  Showcasing the many great organizations, artisans, and innovators here through a Nonprofit Showcase, Craft Village and Energy Fair. See what others are creating and how they’re helping our community.
•  Offering live music on two stages plus interactive shows, workshops and activities for the whole family.
•  Welcoming college students back to the Twin Ports and introducing them to our extraordinary community.
•  Honoring our greatest lake, and our commitment to economic, environmental and social sustainability around its western tip. This is the place on the map where so many great things come together!
•  Making it all accessible for everyone, with FREE parking and admission until 4 p.m.!

Thank you Bridge Festival! To all the volunteers, organizers, vendors, musicians, speakers, dreamers and doers! It was a great run! I wonder what will birth from it....

The theme for 2013 was Love 2013 with the invitation for our region to unite in our: shared humanity, appreciation of Lake Superior and commitment to sustainably thrive economically, socially and environmentally.

We provided opportunities for love in action through stewardship, community building, showcasing sustainable businesses and having FUN! We partnered with Sustainable Twin Ports and feel a great relationship was created. Can't wait to see where that goes!

The Duluth Art Institute co-sponsored Dr. Emoto's Friday eve presentation in partnership with the Water Works exhibit. Thank you!!!!

Main stage highlights included folk pioneers, The Kingston Trio. Cloud Cult, who just released their new album simply entitled “Love,” they ROCKED, btw- played "unplugged" in the pouring rain. Also in the lineup were The Hunts, an inspiring young group from Chesapeake, Virginia, and popular Minnesota songwriter, Mason Jennings. Local acts included Saint Anyway, Jason Wussow and Friends, batteryboy (featuring Shannon Frid of Cloud Cult), Snobarn, Devaa Haley Mitchell and Breanne Marie. Positive and motivational speakers Lyle Wildes, brain coach, Erin DeWitt of Conscious Living Now (me!-can't hardly believe it!!!), Gwendolyn Hallsmith Director of Community Development and Planning for Montpellier Vermont on the Earth Charter, Stephen Dinan- CEO of the Shift Network on the global consciousness movement, Dr. Emoto!!!! on the messages in water- all shared inspiring messages. We are so grateful!

We provided a platform for businesses that have committed to sustainably thrive economically, socially and environmentally to share what is working. The day started with a water ceremony and Yoga on the Waterfront (Yeah Yoga North and Common Grounds!). A heartfelt thanks to the Anishinabe Water Walkers that participated in the water ceremony, local artist Adam Sippola, Dr. Emoto, Yasu, and Chris Berry. Thanks to the folks who joined us in holding the rim for our festival intention. You know who you are! 

There were lots of activities for the kids highlighted by the Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party, Binational Forum Lake Superior Stewardship commitment certifications, the climbing wall, live animals, bounce houses and much more provided by community organizations and sponsors.

Great Lake Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission was a co-sponsor and vendor, Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming and Binational Forum also had booths and shared the important work they are doing and information on our greatest resource, water. It was an honor to have all of them present! So important! Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers- couldn't do it without you. Visit the website for a full listing.

Over 2,000 tickets were donated in the community to allow free access to area organizations and their constituents who could benefit from the message and events at the festival but would otherwise not be able to attend.