The ‘Battenkill Runs Through It’ Festival Returns
Battenkill Conservancy’s sixth annual beach, music and food festival returns on Saturday, May 28, to kick off the summer season on the banks of the Battenkill at the Greenwich Town Beach, just north of the village on Route 29. The Festival begins at 12 noon and ends at 6 p.m. Ticket prices include food, music and all activities. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at battenkillconservancy.org.
The ‘Battenkill Runs Through It’ Festival features the capital region’s most popular local musicians in conjunction with 97.7 WEXT public radio station. A traditional Color Guard ceremony opens the festival at 12 noon with the singing of the national anthem. Next, the foot stopping, multi-instrumentalist fiddler George Wilson, accompanied by bass player Mitch Throop, take to the stage. Home town singer/songwriter Bob Warren, with the help of musician Peter Maine, have invited a special group of musical friends to fill the afternoon with the best of the 518 local music scene. The Battenkill Picnic Plate is included in the price of entry. In addition to barbeque specialities, the will be offerings from area restaurants and food purveyors with the focus on local and organic. A silent auction will highlight a selection of recreational and cultural gems, including original art from internationally collected artist, Stephen Lack as well as the works of other talented local artists. There will also be raffles for an Orvis fly fishing rod, Ed Levin Jewelry and a selection of gift certificates.
The Battenkill Conservancy will present the Battenkill Community Citizen Award during the festivities. (See page 35.) The award is given annually to community residents whose past actions and support have had a positive impact on the river and the watershed from an environmental, educational, economic, historic or cultural perspective. The music, food and silent auction offerings are geared to remind us of the Battenkill’s influence on the cultural, artistic and economic activities of the area. Yet executive director Lorraine Merghart Ballard is quick to remind us that the Battenkill Runs Through It Festival’s real focus is the river and to highlight fun, close to home water related family activities. Many will be offered during the Festival, including the River Watch Discovery Kit and scavenger hunt, canoe and kayaks available for use, fly fishing demonstrations and the always-popular live river bugs science table.
Cover photo by Cliff Oliver.