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Village Gets Ready To Rock In Sept.

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 

 

Promising to be a spectacular event, the festival will feature more than 16 performances on two stages, including headliners, the Movin’ Out Band and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals.

The two day music festival will also feature local blues musician Kerry Kearney, Electric Dudes, Dead Ahead, Stanton Anderson Band, and emerging artists Butchers Blind, Soundswell and Funkin’ A.

 

David Saul of the Electric Dudes said the band is pumped and ready to rock this September. 

 

“We electric dudes are ready to bring smiles to everyone... from the youngest kids to those who remember the Rascals opening for the Beatles at Shea Stadium,” Saul said. “This is the first music fest of its kind in this area. People are very excited about that and Farmingdale Village has purposely made it free so everyone near and far can attend.” 

 

A family friendly affair, the downtown music festival will also feature outdoor dining, a pedestrian walkway, street art, food, beverages and more. It will also feature an educational and fun KidZone for the younger music lovers, as well as arts and crafts to wrap up the fun weekend. 

 

“The village looks forward to this great community event,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “our first music fest.”

 

Sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bartone/TDI, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lessings (Library Café), the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Checker Cab, School of Rock, H2M architects and engineers and Phatt Productions, the downtown music festival is free and open to the public. The festival begins Saturday, Sept. 13, from 1-9:30 p.m. and continues on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1-7:30 p.m.

News

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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