Sustainability, pets, music, auctions of handmade items — lots of reasons to check out Re:Fest on Saturday

There are any number of reasons to attend Re:Fest on Saturday, October 1st:

  • It’s a fundraiser for the Humane Society.
  • It’s a fundraiser for Emergent Structures, an extremely active group of community members (some but not all SCAD-affiliated) that have been promoting sustainability and reuse of building materials specifically.
  • It will be a great chance to get to know some local small businesses that work with sustainable materials.
  • The event will be centered on the courtyard at Star Laundry (aka Southern Pine Company), a fascinating old commercial building at 616 East 35th Street, between Price and East Broad. The venue has tremendous potential as a space for all sorts of grassroots cultural alternatives.
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  • From 2 to 6 p.m., Re:Fest will feature a live and silent auction of dog and cat structures (houses, of course, but apparently other things too) that were part of a recent design competition using found and recycled materials. Using reclaimed materials seems a perfect way to make a house for a reclaimed pet from the Humane Society. The various design categories can be found here.
  • There’s a great lineup of bands scheduled to start at 6 p.m., including St. Peter’s AME Church Choir, Word of Mouth, The Train Wrecks, Cusses, and IU.

Based on the attendance at the last event at Star Laundry, Re:Fest should be great fun.