Well, file this under “Just when you thought Cranford couldn’t get any cooler”! Presented by the Cranford Community Connection, here comes Cranford’s very first Porchfest, slated for Saturday October 21, 2017 from 2-5pm! (Raindate November 4)
What is Porchfest, you might ask?
What is Porchfest?
Porchfests are annual music events held across the United States and in Canada on front porches. Started in Ithaca, New York in 2007, porchfest events bring local musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community.
Porchfest music festivals began as a means for neighbors and local community members to highlight their music on front porches. The concept was to find musicians and porches on which for them to play. The original event in Ithaca, New York, started with about 20 musicians but has since grown to over 180.
Bands, singers, and instrumentalists participate in the festival for no other reason than to showcase their talents and engage the community. Music is diverse and can range from country to pop, classical, reggae, blues, rock, jazz, Latino, R&B, and many others. Musicians voluntarily take to the “stage” on porches at their designated times and perform for the public. Signs with artist’s names and performance times are usually posted in front of porches.
Volunteers and other organizations normally facilitate the event by selecting appropriate dates, acquiring musicians, and publicizing the event. Local residents volunteer their porches as a way to support the local music scene and interact with their neighbors. Events can last from a few hours to most of the day. Schedules and maps are usually posted online or in local media.
Because these are normally neighborhood events people walk, ride bikes or scooters, drive golf carts, or push strollers as they move from one porch to another along a determined route to partake in the festivities. Children often build lemonade stands to help quench thirst on hot days while vendors oftentimes provide ice cream, hot dogs, and other snacks. A few porchfests have expanded to include arts festivals as well.
These annual events can now be found across the country, from its beginnings in Ithaca, New York to Franklin (Westhaven), across the country, and Canada.
How can I help?
Cranford Porchfest is currently looking for:
- Volunteers to offer their beautiful porches (8 is the goal for this year)
- Musical acts (24 is the goal for this year). Bands will have an hour to setup, take down, and perform.
- Local restaurants, volunteer organizations, city agencies to provide food and beverages
How can I find out more?
For more information, follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cranford.porchfest
See you there!