On Saturday, April 23, Denton celebrated Arbor Day at the 23rd Annual Denton Redbud Festival!
We kicked off the festivities with a ceremonial tree-planting; Mayor Chris Watts, Councilmember Joey Hawkins and his kids, Councilmember Keely Briggs, and Urban Forester Haywood Morgan planted a Live Oak in Quakertown Park.
A total of 125 3-gallon sized red oak trees were given out to Dentonites who took a 30-minute tree care class (lead by Certified Arborist, Scott Geer of Tree Shepherds, with support from City of Denton Urban Forester, Haywood Morgan), and hundreds of Redbud seedlings were given out free to festival goers!
Families with young children enjoyed a Denton Public Library tree-themed storytime at the Redbud Festival, where the first 50 participants received a free copy of the book, The Happiness Tree!
The tree planting, tree giveaway, and free children’s books at this year’s Redbud Festival were made possible through the Denton Tree Initiative, a citywide partnership between KDB and the City of Denton to plant 12,000 trees by 2019.
In addition to the Arbor Day Festivities, dozens of vendor booths with plant sales, home improvement products, local, handmade crafts, and special activities filled the Civic Center and Quakertown Park. Festival-goers enjoyed a Redbud classic – a live TRASHion Runway Show at noon – along with educational workshops and live music performances by A.M. Ramblers, Tony Ferraro, and Kim Nall & the Fringe throughout the day. A Kids Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and a Turtle Discovery exhibit were a draw for young attendees.
The Denton Redbud Festival is one of our favorite events every year! It has such a wonderful, curated, community feel. Thank you so much to all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors, and supporters for making this festival possible!
Supporter Spotlight: Michael and Nick of Pan Ector Industries
Every now and then, we find a community partner that we just can’t help but gush over. Pan Ector Industries exploded onto the Denton scene in 2009, founded by a group of UNT printmaking graduates. Two of those original founders – Michael Little and Nick Webber – still run the business today. The Pan Ector team has quickly built a reputation for doing quality print and design work with a distinctly Denton flavor. These guys love and support the Denton community, and it shows. They are our go-to choice for any shirt or other merchandise we need – and we print a LOT of t-shirts (as many as 1,500-2,000 a year)! Their team has offered live screen printing at KDB’s Denton Redbud Festival for the past two years, contributing to the growth and reach of the festival. Recently, we sat down with Michael and Nick to talk about their love of Denton, their involvement with KDB, and a few random topics like dog parks and cardboard trash cans. Thanks, guys, for all you do to support KDB and the Denton community!
KDB: What neighborhood is your business located in? Michael and Nick (M&N): Industrial Row located by Audacity Brewery and the UPS Distribution Center.
KDB: What’s the most inspiring place in Denton? M&N: We have many places, but mostly we just love the theme of new, young, and upcoming business owners within Denton!
KDB: How long have you supported Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB)? M&N: About 4 years now. We helped KDB create these recycled cardboard trash cans for a few different festivals back in 2011.
KDB: Why do you support KDB? N:The timing was a turning point! We were becoming more aware of the community. M: Keep Denton Beautiful started get involved with things like 35 Denton (known as North by 35 back then). The organization stayed close with the younger generation in the community.
KDB: What impact do you feel KDB has on the community? M: Areas that people were commonly around, like Fry Street, became more comfortable, beautiful, and clean. KDB stayed involved with different festivals and working with other like-minded, growing organizations that bring attention to Denton.
KDB: What other causes are you involved in? N: We sponsor and work within the community, such as GOAL (Guys Operating as Leaders), which is a youth outreach program through Denton ISD. We have been able to see kids who initially began in the program go on to graduate. M: Various non-profits, school organizations, and festivals in the community. For example, Mudbug Boil – a crawfish and music fest where all proceeds go to multiple charities like GOAL and Friends of the Family. It’s just about being a part of the community and keeping Denton beautiful in its own little way. Local events make Denton a desirable and cool place for people to spend time. We’ve been more than grateful to have the more well-established businesses accepted us into the community. (See more of who Pan Ector sponsors in the community on their website).
KDB: Tell us about your favorite spot in Denton? M&N: There are so many new places and new ventures in town, but we love coming here and working with our staff every day. Pan Ector was not something that we envisioned, starting out of our garage. We had no idea Pan Ector would be what it is today. It’s like our own little culture in a lively and creative office. In addition to that, we are heavily caffeinated at all times, so we are HUGE fans of the third wave coffee shops. We’re also all about people – so we enjoy the parks and outdoor areas where we are able to congregate, like Wiggly Field Dog Park, and some of the area state parks and lakes. Also, anywhere that has a patio and great beer. We’ve got a few favorite places in town and it’s really hard to narrow that down!
KDB: What do you believe sets Pan Ector Industries apart from other t-shirt companies? M: We keep up on industries nationwide and even in other countries. In the t-shirt printmaking industry, most of us create with the same mentality, same approach, and same work ethic. In some ways, we are not terribly unique. But in Denton, we came at the right time and, as we finished our college careers, we had really grown to love this town and got to see a major shift within the 5-6 years we had lived here. There were a lot of new opportunities emerging for people to create a comfortable life for themselves, as oppose to just utilizing it for the colleges and moving on with the skills that they gained. N: I think we both can agree on giving back to the community that gave so much to us during our education. Many other people had that realization at the same time, so we caught a lot of growth like the other businesses in the community.
You may have noticed that it’s award season in Hollywood, but you may not know that it’s also award season here at Keep Denton Beautiful! We may swap our glamorous, floor-length gowns and designer tuxedos for gardening gloves and trash grabbers, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!