CherryWoodstock or Bust!

By Jim Reed
Originally published in the May 2018 issue of The Flea

CherrywoodstockIn 2016, a group of neighbors had an idea of creating a small music festival featuring some of the many great musicians living in Cherrywood. The outcome was CherryWoodstock, held later that fall at Patterson Park. Eleven bands with a broad range of styles participated, including Kathy & The Kilowatts, Strange Mothers, and Neal Mehta. It was a relaxed, family-friendly, bring-your-own-picnic event next to the playground.

Time brings change (See CodeNEXT articles), and most of the initial volunteers have moved away. If CherryWoodstock is going to continue as a new neighborhood tradition, adding to our sizable list of current Cherrywood cultural events, we need new volunteers to pick up the cause.

The neighborhood association is committed to assisting with logistics (permitting, adjacent neighborhood endorsements), allocating funding (permits, equipment rental), and assisting in promotion (email list, The Flea), but we need someone to lead the effort and be the key contact person to assemble a small group of volunteers and make this event happen. No background experience is required, only a motivation to contribute and personal grit to follow through on commitments. General responsibilities, which could be delegated amongst volunteers, include working through the permit process, presenting to adjacent neighborhoods for approval and collaboration, hardware rentals, and the best part of working with local bands for the line up. There is also an opportunity to work with local businesses for sponsorships.

We missed CherryWoodstock in 2017, but would love to pick it up again in 2018. We have set a preliminary date for November, which still allows for plenty of organizational time. If you are interested, please email . If no one steps forward, we will likely say adieu to this great concept.

Los Bohemios Perdidos at Cherrywoodstock 2016. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

Los Bohemios Perdidos at Cherrywoodstock 2016. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

Jennifer Potter-Miller

About Jennifer Potter-Miller

Chair, Friends of Patterson Park, Social Media Chair, Maplewood Elementary School PTA, and Content Editor, Flea newsletter

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