This article was originally published in The Millerton News, a New York State newspaper, in August 2015.
Republished with permission, copyright The Lakeville Journal Company, LLC, 2015.
The Eighth Annual Wassaic Project Summer Festival drew locals and visitors into the hamlet for three days of art, music, film, dance and food, Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2.
Wassaic Project Co-director Jeff Barnett-Winsby estimated that 5,000 people attended the festival over the weekend. The draw was 150 artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers booked for the event.
The entire production cost The Wassaic Project $80,000, Barnett-Winsby said. Admission was free, though visitors were encouraged to make donations if they were able to. Campers paid $45 a night to stay on the lawn in front of Luther Barn.
“I think that The Wassaic Project people have been extremely inspiring and welcoming,” said Kalmia Traver, vocalist of Rubblebucket, Friday’s headline musical act.
“I love the setting,” she added, noting personal origins in Vermont. “I feel like I’m at home.”
Festival attendee Patricia Dunn, of New York City, returned to the event after attending a previous year.
“I came back because I liked it so much,” she said. “It’s been great to get out of the city and eat good food and listen to good music.”
Dunn said her favorite part was the festival’s pizza.
The Wassaic Project’s organizers, too, were pleased with the outcome of the event.
“The festival was an incredible success, and we are proud to have partnered with our town and the Wassaic fire department to put on another safe and meaningful event,” Barnett-Winsby said.
The fire company’s role included assistance with parking and preparing breakfast and late-night food for the campers. Members were also on call for emergency response aid.
“Truly we are grateful to be partners,” the co-director said.
Notes from GN:
Besides reporting for a newspaper, I enjoyed Rubblebucket’s show as a fan.
I filmed this song debut:
Also, here’s me going in for the interview kill while the band finishes up some other business first: