courtesy of the Rosendale Street Festival
Every summer since 1978, the town of Rosendale shuts down Main Street to traffic and opens up six stages for over 70 bands and booths for over 100 vendors. If you missed it last year, you weren’t alone. Construction on Main Street meant the festival couldn’t happen. So this year, the Rosendale Street Festival back, and it’s bigger and better than ever. It comes to town on July 15th and 16th for a family-friendly, small-town-welcoming weekend of music and community.
“The Rosendale Street Festival is a fantastic event for the whole family!” says musician and festival co-chair Charlie Kniceley. “We offer all styles of music showcasing some of the best music in The Hudson Valley.” The Music Festival of Rosendale is a not-for-profit, grassroots citizen organization that comes together for the purpose of continuing the legendary Rosendale Street Festival for the multiple benefits it offers to our community and the Mid-Hudson Valley as a whole. Says musician and festival co-chair Carrie Wykoff, “It’s great to bring the festival back this year.”
One of the area’s best bands which play kid-centered music, Rosendale’s own Dog on Fleas, is performing on Saturday, and there’s a seventh stage for mostly solo singer-songwriters added at the deck of the 1850 House. With younth performers, a kids’ craft station, a beer garden, and lots of delicious food vendors, it’s a weekend for the whole family. Don’t miss the Film Festival of student films being shown on Saturday at the Rosendale Theater, featuring films crafted by the Homeschool Short Film Club and the Woodstock Day School’s Media Arts Department. It all ends with a bang, literally. A closing parade to Canal Lock with the Rosendale Improvement Brass Band and Social Club and P.O.O.K. (the Center for Creative Education’s Percussion Orchestra of Kingston) happens at 5:45p on Sunday.
The Rosendale Street Festival on Main Street in Rosendale: 10:30a-9p on July 15th (music starts at noon) to 10:30a-7p on July 16 (closing parade at 5:45p); by donation.
UCAT will be providing shuttles from the following parking areas: Bloomington Fire House, The Old Tillson School, Brookside School, The Rondout Municipal Center and The Iron Mountain Kiln lot (to the left of the Iron Mountain Main entrance) on Binnewater Road. To learn more about the event, see the full festival lineup, or to volunteer please see www.RosendaleStreetFestival.org