When given the opportunity to visit the 17th annual Pleasantville Music Festival on behalf of the Inside Press, I had to take it! For years, my family has been invited but scheduling issues always arise, and bummer after bummer, for one reason or another, it just didn’t work out! So that I was excited is an understatement given what I already knew about the Festival’s diverse offerings. When I entered, I noted the three performance stages, countless food tents where friends and families gathered for both shade (yes, it was a hot summer’s day) and a really good meal, in coolers from home or purchased. The total picture for me shouted “great family experience”!
But let’s face it, first and foremost, the Festival is about appreciating and enjoying the musical artists, of local, regional and even national significance. You can be certain I sprinted to the main performing stage for the first live performance of the day! It was hard to miss not only because of the sound of the instruments but also on account of the audible anticipation I picked up in comments among festival goers. It was the first show* and the musicians set the tone for a great day!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a special shoutout to the food and beverage vendors, who offered something for almost everyone. For kids, there were many inflatable games and attractions! Even if you do not have children don’t fret, the 21+ beer and wine corner is a great time for any adult. Prepare to be carded! I heard about the downpour later in the day and wondered how everyone fared. I was relieved to hear that everyone recouped, and the shows did go on!
Bottom line: The Pleasantville Music Festival will always be a superb opportunity to enjoy live music alongside favorite festival foods and activities! And you will be anything but bored!
*For a full lineup of who played, and to anticipate what you might expect next year, visit pleasantvillemusicfestival.com