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Wallisch Homestead hosting first music festival Sept. 14

West Milford. The Friends of Wallisch Homestead will host its first-ever music festival Sept. 14, according to the organization.

| 28 Aug 2019 | 08:37

Music will fill the air at the Wallisch Homestead on Lincoln Avenue in September.

The group is hosting its first ever music festival in an effort to raise awareness of the property and its projects, the organization said in a press release.

The organizations goal, in keeping with the Wallisch Brothers wishes, to create a community wide center for recreation, open space and education is well underway.

Preservation efforts have put a new roof and electrical service in three of the main buildings.

Carpentry repairs, paint and new windows have also been made to these structures.

Most of the funds have come by way of several township and county grants.

Many times these grants stipulate matching funds be used.

It is up to the nonprofit group to generate these matching funds and they are looking for community support to do so.

This past May, the organization held its 5th Annual Art and Photography Exhibition in the Stone Barn.

The group worked around the old feed troughs in the barn so far, but removal and leveling off the floor will be the next major undertaking and the first towards the adaptive reuse of the buildings, the group said.

“This effort will level out the floor and make it a much more usable venue,” Said John Hefferon, events chair and past president of the group. “Planning a music festival is a natural extension to supporting the arts which has always been an underlining tenet to the education wishes of the Wallisch brothers.”

The Festival is scheduled for Sept. 14, with a rain date on the 15.

The bands scheduled to perform are:

The Kootz – The Back Porch Stage - Noon to 1:15 p.m.

Zeke Carey Band – The Stone House Stage - 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Casey Ferriola – The Back Porch Stage - 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Brian Fritzpatick & Band of Brothers – The Stone House Stage - 3:45-5 p.m.

Craft vendors will be on the Lincoln Avenue site throughout the day;

Wayward Custom Leather - Leather belts, purses, pouches & craft items.

Creations by Paloma - Knitted beaded jewelry.

Artist by the Lake, Jennifer Leonard - Wood signs & spoons, paintings & sketches.

Ingrids Creations - Handmade wire & beaded earrings, ornaments & window art.

Pampered Chef, Traci Paciller – Cooking and serving products.

Food Vendors will also be on site throughout the day, including;

Peruvian Food truck - Concia Cecilia

DeMarco Pizza - Pizza & Soda

Mo’s- Tacos - Salad bowls

“We are looking to make this an annual fundraiser to support the arts and this wonderful community project,” Music Fest Chair, Fran Lanza said. “We have a great committee planning this event but could always use more volunteers to learn this year and improving for future events.”

Anyone interested in helping or to make a donation please contact John Hefferon or Fran Lanza at the website.