Stick around Rockland County on Saturday, Sept .17, and get yourself to the wonderful Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival.
It’s a one-day celebration of the mighty Hudson River in a cool urban village that provided many of the multiple millions of bricks that transformed Manhattan and many other parts of what ‘s now New York City.
It was started in 2014 by Haverstraw RiverArts, to bring a full day of music and art set against the backdrop of the Hudson for the residents of Rockland and beyond.
From noon to 6 p.m., Emeline Park at the foot of Main Street will be transformed into a wonderland of art, live music, food, a beer garden, and craft vendors.
It’s all free.
Everything will be great, but the music will be especially hot this year, with a lineup that includes a danceable New York City horn band, a rising young country blues star, a West Nyack indie-rock band, and a Celtic combo. (Full disclosure: I helped recruit two of the bands.)
Here’s the music schedule:
Student musician & Welcome – Noon-12:30 p.m.
The Foxfires (West Nyack “Seagaze” indie rock) – 12:30-1:30
Three Pints Shy (Celtic) – 1:40-2:25
Student musicians – 2:30-3
Blind Boy Paxton (country blues) – 3-4
Announcements – 4:45-5
Underground Horns (NYC funk horns) – 5-6
If you go for the music, you should also check out the food and crafts and the professional artists who will display their work along the waterfront.
A special feature of this year’s festival is the 1885 wooden schooner Pioneer, which will offer rides throughout the day for $25 per person. GO HERE TO BUY TICKETS.