LEAF turns 20

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Cover Design Credit:

Alane Mason

Cover Photography Credit:

Steve Atkins, Fox Cove Photography
With the May 7-10 festival, LEAF celebrates 20 years of world music, arts, camping and community. But the organization does much more than book bands — LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International programs make a big impact, too, and this year sees the launch of new local initiatives.


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