The Sourland Conservancy would like to thank their volunteers, musicians, sponsors, vendors and loyal members for another successful Sourland Music Festival! Over 800 music lovers flocked to the polo field of Hillsborough Golf and Country Club last Saturday to celebrate the music, food and natural splendor of the Sourlands.
Though rain threatened the forecast, dedicated Sourland Music Fest fans were not disappointed. They enjoyed live blues, jazz, folk and rock from 4:00 until 10:00 pm from The High Hearts, Karl Dietel Five, Lisa Bouchelle , Russell Norkevich, J.D Malone & The Experts, Tom Tallitsch and headliner, The John Ginty Band.
The atmosphere in the VIP tent, hosted by the Zagat-rated Ryland Inn, was “like a wedding” thanks to renowned Executive Chef, Chris Albrecht. VIPs enjoyed special seating and locally sourced, sustainably grown food and beverages all day.
Festival-goers also enjoyed a wide array of menu items from the Brick Farm Market, Aroy D Thai Elephant Truck, New World Pizza, Northeast Kettle Korn, Philly Fry, the Ice Cream Parlor, and Maddalena’s Cheesecakes and Catering. Hillsborough Applebee’s served classic hamburgers and hot dogs and donated all of the proceeds to the Sourland Conservancy!
Refreshing beverage choices kept guests hydrated all day: craft beer by Flounder Brewing and Lone Eagle Brewery, Unionville Vineyards wine, specialty cocktails by Sourland Mountain Spirits, freshly pressed juices from Brick Farm Market, Sourland coffee, tea, lemonade, soda and free water!
Kids and kids at heart were treated to several new activities this year: a climbing wall, unlimited bouncy house, Sourland Cycles test track, wool and timber-frame demonstrations. The main attraction for animal lovers, Critter Corner environmental education stations, introduced guests of all ages to live alpacas, turtles, honey bees and a corn snake. Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Mercer County Park Commission, New Jersey Audubon Society-Plainsboro Preserve, New Jersey Beekeepers Association, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and Swallow Hill Alpaca Farm provided environmental education activities and demonstrations until the sun went down.
Always a popular fixture at the Fest, Vendors Row offered a range of items from candy to clothing: A Taste of Turkey, Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Birds Bees & Lula Babies, Chrystal Gems & Astrology, DVine Designs, First Constitution Bank, Freedom Yoga, Friends of Historic Flemington, Ideal Jewelry, Keystone Gem Designs, Lori’s Candy & Gifts, LulaRoe, Norwex by Jared, Princeton, Fitness & Wellness, Sierra Club, Snyder’s Farm, Sunbeam General Store, Susan Joy Rosentty Jewelry, Remax Realtors, Gail Adams Jewelry, and VerEdates.
To add to the relaxing atmosphere, FreedOm Yoga led the crowd in a between-sets stretch that everyone enjoyed. A light shower passed through that cooled off the crowd, but did not dampen spirits or stop the show. The sunset was spectacular, as always, and the rain held off until the last song.
The Sourland Conservancy would like to thanks its business partners, Sourland Mountain Spirits, Sourland Cycles, Kilbourne & Kilbourne and The Ryland Inn for supporting their mission throughout the year.
The Sourland Music Festival was also sponsored by Applebee’s, Green Power Energy, Union Line Garage, Belle Mead Co-op, Blawenburg Cafe, Carrier Clinic, DEC Architects, 1st Constitution Bank, Foleys Rental, Fusion Academy, Hegedus Law, Hillsborough Massage Therapy, Hillsborough Racquet Club, Home Depot. Hopewell Boro Auto Shop, Hunterdon Hospital, International Sheet Metal and Plate Manufacturing, Landscape Materials Inc, The Luminations Group, LLC, Madison, Kneppers and Associates, Northfield Bank, Opdyke Lumber, Petrock’s Bar and Grille, Petrock’s Liquor Store, Princeton Wellness, Re/Max Realty, ShopRite Flemington, Tapestry Wealth Management, TGI Friday’s (Flemington), Third Hand Shop, Valley Oil, Wagner’s Nursery, the WCD Group,
All proceeds from the Sourland Music Festival support the Conservancy’s mission to protect, promote and preserve the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region.