Check out VRF's awesome lineup of Musicians and Speakers! It's an extraVEGANza of talent!
12:00-1:00 MUSIC: PEYTON TOCHTERMAN
Born in Virginia, living in the musical hotbed of Charlottesville, Peyton Tochterman has just recorded his fourth full length CD, A New World. Produced by Sam Wilson (Sons of Bill) in the Haunted Hollow studio, the project features songstress Stacey Earle and his now friend, Ellis Paul.
Through every step, at every breath, and in every barroom, state and country, Peyton has been, is, and will always be a songwriter.
1:15-1:45 SPEAKER: MARY FINELLI
Mary Finelli is President and Chairperson of Fish Feel. Mary is a long-time animal rights activist with a B.S. in Animal Science. With a primary focus on farmed animals, she has worked for various animal protection organizations, including as Researcher and then Program Director for the Humane Society of the United States from 1992 to 1999. Mary was the Producer of Farmed Animal Watch, a weekly online news digest sponsored by numerous animal protection organizations. She has assisted with research for several books, and co-wrote a chapter of In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave. Mary has long been a top contributor to AR-News, Animal_Net, and other animal rights and vegetarian news listservs.
2:00-2:30 SPEAKER: AFYA IBOMU
Afya Ibomu is a Holistic Nutritionist, author, the President of RBGFITCLUB.com and has been plant based since 1990. Afya is certified in Holistic Health and holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. While working at WIC with women and children, she also served as the head nutrition educator for Dekalb County.
She has published four books, including The Vegan Remix - A Soulful Spin on World Cuisine (100% Gluten Free) which was named one of the best vegan cookbooks of 2015 by Vegetarian Times Magazine and The Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy, which was nominated for an African American Literary Award for cookbook of the year. Afya founded the campaign, Drink Water that promotes awareness of the health benefits of water and helps to increase access to clean water in Africa. So far the campaign has raised over $10,000 and installed 2 water pumps in an orphanage in Namitete Malawi.
2:45-3:15 SPEAKER: JOANNE KONG
Dr. Joanne Kong has been praised throughout the country as a compelling advocate for plant-based nutrition, centered ethically in raising awareness that greater compassion for animals and our planet is vitally necessary for transformative growth and positive world change. Motivated to become vegetarian over 30 years ago upon learning of the atrocities of factory farming, her lectures promoting veganism have been described as “artfully crafted,” “a positive message about the way our daily choices can make the world a better place for others and for ourselves,” “making a difference and encouraging positive change to happen,” and “enlightening and provocative.” Some of Joanne’s presentations this year and next include appearances at the University of Richmond’s Earth Week and TEDx event, the Chrysalis Institute, Richmond Vegetarian Festival, Vegetarian Society of Richmond, the Waring School, Virginia Commonwealth University, VegFest Colorado, Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, Tufts University, Brandeis University, MIT, and Yale University. Her new book is titled If You’ve Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan.
5:00-7:00 MUSIC: KEITH MORRIS AND THE CROOKED NUMBERS
From a review of their latest album: "If the heavens opened and rained music down upon us, I am certain it would sound exactly like Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers’ new album, The Dirty Gospel. The Charlottesville, Virginia band released 10 tracks of gritty, southern soul, dusted with gospel, southern rock, and blues.
The album incorporates some way cool harmonica, dynamite organ, and some beautifully played slide guitar. And let’s not overlook the divine choir that swoops down to touch your soul."