The 27th Annual Fall Fest, formerly known as Folk Fest, will be held Sept. 28 and 29 on the Quad, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. FallFest features great music, craft vendors, food vendors, and a kid's fest.
September 20, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Honoring a tradition begun more than 25 year ago, the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges are presenting a weekend of music, food, and frivolity. On Sept. 28 and 29, FallFest 2002 will be celebrated on the Colleges’ Quadrangle. Admission to FallFest is free and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Folk Fest, the creation of Hobart alumnus Matt Stamell, was an annual, springtime celebration of music and festivities on the Colleges’ campus. When the Colleges’ academic calendar switched from trimesters to semesters, Folk Fest was moved to the fall and later renamed FallFest.
A student-organized event, FallFest will feature a variety of musical performances by local and non-local bands as well as performances by students and faculty. This outdoor event promises something for everyone with live music, a Kid’s Fest, craft merchants, food vendors and other engaging activities, all arranged on the campus Quad. FallFest offers both the Colleges’ campus and its surrounding Geneva community the chance to come together in celebration.
Kid’s Fest will feature face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, pony rides and more.
Food vendors at FallFest will offer a variety of foods throughout the day, including pizza pies, hamburgers and hot dogs, exotic delicacies and gourmet coffees. Craft merchants and other vendors will be offering items including jewelry, clothing, compact discs, drums, tapestries, incense, hemp products and massage therapy.
Featured musical performers include:
- Tamara J. Brown, singer/songwriter on guitar and vocals, whose sound has been compared to Ani Difranco and Tracy Chapman;
- 5 Cent Deposit, three-piece pop-punk band from Long Island, influenced by rock of the 50s and 60s as well as modern punk bands;
- John Brown's Body, seven-piece raggae ensemble out of Boston;
- Sim Redmond Band, Ithaca-based, five-piece group blending roots-rock, Afro-Caribbean and reggae music into a very danceable and unique sound;
- South Catherine Street Jug Band, Adirondacks-based roots-rock band with numerous appearances at many festivals in the Northeast;
- Psychedelic Breakfast, from East Haven, Connecticut, combines funk, jazz rock, and psychedelic jamming using fun lyrics and live improvisation;
- Sunny Weather, Ithaca-based group incorporating roots-rock, reggae and zydeco (a combination of Caribbean and French Louisiana elements).
FallFest activities will run from noon to sunset on both days. FallFest is a drug- and alcohol-free event, and no overnight camping is permitted on the Quad.
Proceeds from T-shirt and sticker sales at FallFest will go to benefit local charities including Ontario Daycare, Community Unified Today, and Children's Hour School. To find out more about this event, visit http://www.fallfest.net.