I love summer, it's a time as a subway performer I wonder when I'll make the decision to stop performing (too Hot). I look forward to the many "above ground" performances and volunteering work that I do in the summer time. My favorite is the annual Blueberry Festival in Austerlitz, NY in Columbia County.
And this weekend it's the 14th annual Blueberry Festival held on the grounds of Old Austerlitz Village, in Austerlitz, NY. The Blueberry Festival helps to fund the amazing relocation and restoration of the many gorgeous 19th Century homes found on the site. Crafters and Artisans set up booths to showcase and sell their wares in many of the 19th Century traditions. Spinners spin, Pottery and Brooms, rugs and looms, petting Zoo for the kids young and old. and lots of entertainment.
For 7 years I have been the entertainment coordinator, sound reinforcement company, engineer, MC and basic all around grunt to ensure the entertainment is non stop and well entertaining!
Here' a clip I created from last years event. Featuring Ampersand, Andrea Nussinow + Blue Star Farms, Berkshire Ramblers, Bluebottle Jug Band, Cathy Grier (I actually sing to a dancing barn owl), Gary Green + The Big Caboose, Hudson Buskers, Moonshine Holler, Roger The Jester, Trish Marki's Birds of Prey, Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY.
The annual Blueberry Festival is held the last Sunday of July since 1999 9am-4pm with Blueberry Pancakes-using local ingredients, real butter, milk and maple syrup. Proceeds go to support the mission to present our community's rich history through preservation and education.