Friday, September 28, 2007
Big shout out to the 226 concert-goers who helped create our “homegrown” mural at Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival! Thank you and great job! For those of you who didn’t see the mural as it was being created on the afternoon of the show at Randall’s Island, check out the accompanying photos of the finished, two-panel, 16’x4’ mural and the “Make Your Mark” tent where the artists did their work.
Special thanks go to Groundswell Community Mural Project of Brooklyn, who oversaw the whole project and made it possible. Groundswell prepared a sketch of pastoral scene across two big canvases, and then provided paints, paintbrushes, and a team of friendly artists to manage the project and encourage concert-goers to show their homegrown creativity.
The results are spectacular, with the sun rising over a scene of rolling hillside farmland, all brilliantly colored with signatures, messages, flowers, peace signs, hands, mushrooms, barns, silos, crops, animals, and much more. In fact, there was not enough canvas to accommodate all the concert-goer artists who wanted to take part, so people started body-painting as a way to express their homegrown spirit.
Eduardo Rabel, the lead artist for the Groundswell crew, said in an email that:
"facilitating this mural was certainly a unique experience for me. The openness of the audience to participating was a real revelation and was quite refreshing. Usually I work with urban youth who come from less privileged backgrounds and who have subsequently been under-educated and/or mis-educated by the NYC school system. Such kids tend to have a lot of inhibitions when it comes to expressing themselves creatively... In contrast, the self-selected audience at Farm Aid did not need much encouragement at all... Most of them clearly had a different type of upbringing and education that encouraged them to be unafraid to express themselves. They were mostly adults, and for the most part they were very self-confident as well as conscious of wanting to support a good cause. Many were also very informed and passionate about specific issues such as organic farming, global warming, the war in Iraq, etc. Again, very refreshing."
Lizzie Nanut, one of my team of volunteer artists, summed it up well when she said, "There was a lot of love put into that mural!"
Farm Aid had not attempted this kind of project at a concert before, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect of our crowd. But people came through with flying colors, and those colors are now hanging from the balcony here in our office. Look for another “homegrown” art project at next year’s show!
· Farm Aid is the first major music event to serve local, organic and family-farm foods at our concessions and backstage. More than 80 percent of all ingredients were local, organic and/or sourced from family farms.
· Our annual food drive, held at the concert with help from City Harvest, collected 2,000 pounds of canned food. City Harvest collected an additional 5,000 pounds of food from backstage caterers, which was then distributed to shelters in all five New York boroughs.
· This year marked the 3rd year of our annual restaurant campaign
· We implemented our first recycling and composting program at the concert. We recycled four tons of materials and composted over 700 pounds of food and utensil waste. The compost waste was transported to McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, N.Y. where it will be turned into compost to sustain future crops.
· We set several records on our web site, attracting record traffic to the webcast and blog
· This year’s concert attracted unprecedented press coverage including a great article in the New York Times
· This year's concert featured Farm Aid’s first HOMEGROWN Village, which offered hands-on interactive experiences with family farmers and sustainable family-farm practices.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
It started two weeks before the concert when I received a call from Kim Bucheit (one of the official Farm Aid photographers). She wanted to let me know her schedule and that instead of her following me around and taking pictures for the blog, she coordinating with staff to bring in a "Newbie" for the assignment. She went on with a list of impressive credentials for the prospective candidates. Ike – well-known chef, restaurateur, and aspiring photographer ultimately ended up in the position to donate his time and do the job. She said that we would hit it off really well – we had the same sense of humor.
The night before the concert I was supposed to meet up with Ike to go over our plan of attack for the day of the concert. He was late getting to Randall’s Island because he had catered a large event for the Governor of New Jersey that day around noon… then packed his bags and headed for New York. When I finally did catch him for our introduction, guess where I found him…in the catering tent whipping up his world famous crabcakes for the Farm Aid staff and Neil Young’s crew. The guy just never stopped. Ike Cossaboon was dedicated to good food.
So we spent the entire concert. Bouncing from the audience to backstage to vendor booths and then to the production trailer to download the photos while I wrote the articles to go with them. Kim was right, we were a good team. In fact, at the start of the day, this big, burley, stone of a guy got nervous about taking photos. I assured him that is was not about the perfect angle, it was about just capturing the moment. And after the first round of photo-taking, the nervousness went away, and he was on fire.
We talked a great deal of plans for the future. He had this great idea of a show that he was pitching to the food network that highlighted the seafood from sea to table. And boy was he the person to do that show too. He was the owner and creative genesis behind 2 restaurants in New Jersey – Ike's Famous Crabcakes.
We joked with his friends in the audience about how normally he is the guy in charge at an event and that it was funny to see him following my orders….the juxtaposition in size made it even funnier. But really we were a team that day.
We ended our day exchanging information and he gave me a slew of Ike's Famous Crabcakes shirts and hot sauce. We made plans to meet again at his restaurant – he said to call before, because if we showed up to the restaurant and asked for him, he has instructed his staff to say he is not there…
Well, he might not be there, but his spirit will always be. Ike passed away yesterday.
I had written this article for the blog the day of the concert but never posted it. Now I post this in his memory. I know he made an impact on me in just one day, I can only imagine the amazing impact that he had on his family and friends. Farm Aids thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and especially his kids, Paul and Caleb. Ike was an outstanding, generous and dedicated person, he will be greatly missed.
IKE EARNED HIS WINGS
By Kim Buchheit, Photography Team
We are still sorting through and selecting our best images to finalize the 2007 Photo Album. We’re going to be improving upon the content of the album in the near future. A lot was happening on the day of the show and it was a challenge to get everything just right under hectic conditions.
The basic idea is that we (Mike, Ike and I) ran around shooting lots of photos for various purposes, and then we hoofed it a good distance back to our stations, downloaded, resized images and made some quick judgments about which photos were worthy to give web viewers a feel for the events. We delivered groups of photos to Jeni and Jeff who were editing content and updating the website continuously until the last set list was posted. Ryan, Ike and Wendy were keeping up with the blog entries and another team was responsible for bringing in the video blog segments.
We have been making good progress on our deliverables and further coordination of our efforts, when we got the shocking news of Ike’s sudden departure from life.
I had been thinking about writing a blog entry about my experiences as a Farm Aid photographer and what a fun, cool gig it is. But, in this case, it is far more appropriate and compelling to honor Ike Cossaboon.
Ike was the newest member of the Farm Aid Photography team, having volunteered to pitch in as needed. He would be sure to make it known that he was first and foremost, “Daddy” to two most remarkable young boys. Ike’s favorite photo subjects were his boys. They allowed him an excuse to use his camera at any moment.
Ike’s love for his boys was clearly announced by a lovely photo on his laptop screen that faced out to the world from the top of the folding table in our portable workspace that we made home on the very memorable day that we shared with him on September 9, 2007.
Ike was proud to lift the sleeve of his black “Got Crabs?” t-shirt to show me a likeness of his boys indelibly inscribed in ink on his upper left arm. Completing the picture at the highest extent of the sleeve stretch was his Dad’s likeness symbolically looking down on them from above. Ike may have looked like a rough and tough biker type, but he was a self-proclaimed softie when it came to his emotions for family and friends.
Ryan spoke of the top-notch seafood dinner that Ike personally planned, delivered and prepared for the crew on the night immediately preceding Farm Aid 2007. Ike arrived at the venue on Saturday night after a run of consecutive long days to immediately start preparing a feast for his old and new friends. The Farm Aid staff and some of the crew were working a late night to make final preparations for Sunday. Strangers, new acquaintances and old friends were overwhelmed with Ike’s desire and ability to provide a special treat. That’s just one small example of the generosity and kindness that will continue to make Ike’s legacy World Famous.
Like others that have left this planet too soon, we can’t help but reflect on the impact of their fleeting presence. We wish to recall the life in their eyes, replay the sound of their voices and save the best laughs that we had together. There is no doubt that many of us are unexpectedly constructing some permanent space in our heart for Ike at this moment.
Ike made his debut as a Farm Aid Photographer with passion and gusto. Mike and I were proud to watch him come through under pressure after all of his worries and to get the great shots that he did. He was pretty happy with this shot.
His eye for each new situation and his photos added to the stories that were told. He did a great job. His concerns about fitting in and being capable of contributing seem rather distant today.
Ike earned his wings and was well on his way to bigger and better photographs. He is welcome to fly over next year and drop a feather or two, just to keep us wondering.
"To the Farm Aid Crew-
Just want to take a moment out of my busy day and say I think its great what you guys are doing. I have never heard of you guys until I passed a bus on the highway this morning with "farm aid" on the side and powered by bio diesel. I was intrigued so when I got home I went to the web to find out more. As a fourth generation family farmer, I couldn't help but smile when I stumbled on to your web site. Being in the small town of Easton Connecticut, which was once a strong farming community, I get chills down me when I drive by what was once a family farm and see it filled with million dollars homes. Being so close to New York city the land is so valuable it has made farming here nearly extinct. As land values go up, most farmers give into the temptation and sell knowing that they can't possibly make as much in a lifetime as they can by selling the farm for. As for me, our family farm was founded in 1912 by my great grandfather, as he and my grandfather and father all had a battle to keep the farm going , I am faced with a war almost daily to keep it going. I personally can't wait for 2012 where the farm will reach the 100 year anniversary. Once again thought it would be nice to hear from a farmer who is truly thankful for all you guys do every day to help us.
Snows Farm "
Thanks Irv! And keep up the good work!!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
You may already know, but a very popular web site based in New York City is called Overheard in New York – where everyday people overhear one-liners or conversations on the subway, street or even work and post them to the sight to show how absurd something sound….so we have been compiling ours all day. Note: I will give comments to give reference or highlight their rumor or lack there of:
Heard on the Backlot:
Woman – “Farm Aid is your chance to be closer to God”
Heard in the Homegrown Village:
Young girl – “Naming the chickens makes them more tough to eat”
Heard in the Audience:
Middle-aged woman with thick Brooklyn accent holding a fresh glass of beer – “You know where I can find sunblock. This sunburn is ruining my buzz.”
Tall guy talking to bud as they watch Dennis Alley's Wisdom Indian Dancers in full regalia walk by –“Dude, what do Native American have to do with farming?”
(blogger comment: can we say duh – maize – pilgrims, societal survival…yes I was offended)
Shirtless frat boy staring a friends “Free Willie” t-shirt – “I am so glad Willie is out of jail.”
Young woman on a ground with out a blanket – “I am dirty, but not in a good way.”
Girl to friend – “Screw the Port –o – John, lets Pop-a-Squat!”
(blogger comment: I know the lines were long but hey that's just not right!)
Staff member in golf cart in the backlot – “We may hit that garbage can, brace yourself…BANG!”
Heard in the Media Tent:
Media Person to Farm Aid staff working in the Media Tent – “So how much do you get paid for being an escort at the concert?”
(blogger comment: All media are “escorted” by staff wearing a badge labeled escort.)
Videographer and rowdy person exchange words –
Rowdy guy trying to get in video shot - Hey get a picture of my @$$!
Videographer – No thanks, I got all the @$$ footage I needed before noon today
Heard in the Catering Tent:
Loud voice in the corner – “Check out the New York cops, mmm, lets do something bad.”
Heard on Stage:
One of the performers, talking to the crowd – “I like a good tomato. One that is so good it hurts your mouth.”
Ok, so let’s say that you missed the plethora of media coverage, the giant billboard on the NJ turnpike and the numerous radio, and newspaper advertising and you didn’t know that Farm Aid had taken over Randall’s Island this weekend. For whatever reason, you missed being here with us. Well, do the following to build your own concert.
1.Go to a local farmers market or a grocery store and buy a meals worth of food that is local to the New York area and support family farmers (yes it is possible – you just have to ask where your food comes from).
2. Enjoy the Performers and Create Your Own Concert "space"– Link to many of the performers Myspace Pages to listen to various songs they might actually sing on stage. Also while there - add Farm Aid as a friend.
3. Donate to Farm Aid – donate what you can – it will make a big difference.
A production crew member for Law and Order’s Criminal Intent was working with the crew backstage and told me that last week one of the actors – Vincent D’Onofrio was wondering if anyone was going to the Farm Aid concert – and most of the cast responded yes. Did anyone see these celebrities or others? THIS IS A RUMOR TILL OTHERWISE CONFIRMED.
TP is MIA:
Starting about noon the rumor mill had the existence of toilet as scarce if not zero. It first started backstage, then migrated to the audience. THIS RUMOR WAS TRUE – and sadly still is…
Good Food Gone:
There was nasty rumor that staff, crew and artist catering had run out of food. By the size of lines to get food – it seemed truthful. BUT THIS RUMOR WAS FALSE. There was plenty of food.
The Keg is Empty:
Well the rumor of no more beer was not true for the audience section of the concert. But backstage in the VIP area – it was certainly true…but it did not happen till 9pm, normally the tent would close at 9:45PM. RUMOR NOT TRUE – WELL KINDA
Counting Crow Flew the Coop:
They had to leave – that was heard for a bit. But I squelched it with a sighting of Adam Duritz lifting arm weights outside his trailer in the backlot. He had a big crowd of onlookers waiting for the shirt to come off.
Daryl Hannah Makes a Splash:
You have seen the pictures and you read the blog. Yes, she was here and fabulous – NOT A RUMOR – TRUE.
And speaking of splash - lets give a shout out to the craftiest concert goers who had a great seat but only via boat. The East River shore of Randall's Island was covered in boats of all shapes and size...these guys got a free show for sure - I hope they go out and support good food and family farmers this week. Buying a t-shirt from the Farm Aid website wouldn't hurt either!
The VIP tent was to stage left and back in a shaded area. There were great shade trees and green green grass. White picket fences line different areas, and people are mellow, quiet and chill.
Tables are lined with black and white checkered table clothes. High round tables are topped with veggies, fruit and snacks. It is a concert utopia. I should have come sooner. The food tent is amazingly decorated – I have a sense there will be a bunch of hay, pumpkins and corn available after the concert. I am greeted with smiling faces, handing out FREE programs…flat screen tv's show the concert to onlookers.
I have never have felt something so laidback. They even had special restroom trailers that were clean and large. Their own private ATM and to answer the golden question… no the beer was not free – but water, organic sodas and juices were free for the taking.
It is obvious, that VIP is the way to go.
Jesse will be performing the lead in the play “Current Nobody at the Wooly Mammoth theater in DC, near where I live. So a win – win tradition with just a little hugging.
I did a bit of investigative journalism – I am kidding – I really just went and asked questions of the people selling the merchandise to see what was selling the fastest and why. I wanted to go the farthest out to see the lawn seat people and what they were buying.
While making my way through the throngs of concert goers, I saw something sparkling in the sunlight. It was the three crowns of princesses in the midst of family farmers. They were the recently crown New York Dairy Princess and her two alternate princesses. To find out more I interrupted their concert experience and asked them a bunch of questions.
Then when I asked who was the first alternate, the two princesses in waiting looked at each other and said it really doesn’t matter…then Alternate One – Brynn Gillen-Dennis of Pompey, Onondaga County said technically she was but that isn’t the point. The idea is that they are a team. The three of them tour sporting events, agricultural festivals and recently the State Fair.
Alternate Two – Julia Hudyncia of Fort Plain,
Jesse Lenat performed a hot set to start us off. Titty Bingo – Willie’s sister’s band was unable to perform, so Pauline Reese is on stage now… so all the times are now shifted and I do not know them in detail.
To respond to some comments. Yes Jimmy Sturr is polka – but polka like you have never seen or heard before… it always brings the house to their feet.
While there won't be a live webcast today, for those of you who couldn't make it to the show in NYC we will have it for you on our website starting on Thursday Sept 13th at 3pm ET.
It will be posted by artist and will be free for one week. After that it will live in the Farm Aid FarmYard for our members to enjoy! Hopefully, those of you who need to watch more than once will join the Farm Aid fan club and see it again and again.
I can't give specific times, however, assume that Jesse Lenat starts around 12:15 or so...set lengths vary quite a bit- not all are the same length.
The Ditty Bops
Billy Joe Shaver
The Derek Trucks Band
The Allman Brothers Band
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Willie Nelson & Family with Calhoun Twins and Paula Nelson
Finale @ 10:36pm
Is Neil playing with a band or solo? I wonder if the soundcheck means S&G will be on the set list.
And pnutsmama asked:
i'm really hoping that since we have a little one that we're bringing the security folks will let us bring her sippy cups w/ milk!? Are you allowed to exit and re-enter the venue to access stuff from your vehicle? Are you allowed to bring a small diaper bag do you think? i would think so. this is going to be great!thanks again!
from family farmers. Concert goers will enter the venue through a series of gates at the start of Icahn Stadium. Yesterday, I saw a bit how this area is normally used – droves of families camped out for picnics, BBQ’s and just plain fun. It seem to be a green oasis in a sea of cement.
Directly in the opposite corner, about a football field or two from the stage (this place is big) is the Homegrown Village. This area is not to be missed. I will be going over there myself and exploring it all today. The following stations or booths will be available:
In Dirt We Trust – Come see all the things that wriggle and crawl and basically fertilize soil, and turn household waste in valuable earth.
Tap the Source – Ever wondered how water gets fresh and clean – peek into the system for New York.
Eat Your Zip Code – What is growing in your backyard? Did you know that could get fresh Bronx grown figs? Urban farming and gardening is much more than a tomato plant in a pot on a window sill. Take a look at what is really going on in Urban agriculture.
Farm Power –Does biodiesel smell like French Fries? Check it out for yourself – learn how many “food miles” are in your shopping cart and see how sustainable farming is changing the way we see power.
Resurrect the Potluck – Stop here to get tips on how cook and prepare local foods to the fullest quality. Not only creative ways but also healthy.
FarmYard – Do you know where the US farm bill is going? Do you have questions about food and where it comes from? Well this is where you need to be.
And also Make your Mark at the Groundswell Community Mural Project – Paint or draw your HOMEGROWN memories or thoughts on murals, created on-site during the concert.
Which of the Farm Aid 2007 band/performers – performed on Saturday Night Live in 1994?
By teaming up with musicians in
Which member of the Allman Brothers was born in
Today's Farm Aid artist, Matisyaha was raised in what
What Farm Aid staple lived in
What member of the Derek Trucks Band was born in the
Ryan Miller of Guster (one of today's performers) lives in what
What Farm Aid act, rode bicycles across the
Which Farm Aid performers recently paired up for a performance at Radio City Music call in NYC in April 2007?
What performer, from today’s show has in his New York Theatre credits the Tony Award winning musical – Rent?
Don't forget- post your answers as comments!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
By Hank Herrera
Managing Director, New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
September 8, 2007 – Day 6
We left Glynwood at 5:00 a.m. to reach Union Square for a live television interview with Mark at 7:30 a.m. We arrived a bit before 7:00 a.m. and after some delays Mark did the interview. City Harvest, a partner with Farm Aid for the Concert, attended this press event to bring attention to the food drive that will take place at the concert. Concertgoers can bring nonperishable food to the concert. City Harvest volunteers will be at the entrances collecting the food for distribution to hungry New Yorkers in the five boroughs.
With the demands of setting up for Farm Aid’s Celebration of Farm and Food at the Greenmarket in Union Square we needed to move the City Harvest and Foodlink trucks as quickly as possible. Mark, Max and I drove back uptown to the concert at Randall’s Island. Very quickly after we arrived the catering staff took over the truck, using it as another cooler.
So here we are backstage at Farm Aid’s 2007 concert site. We arrived. We made it—six wonderful days of travel, visiting 16 amazing farms, eating incredible fresh, local food. From Liz Henderson’s sweet cherry tomatoes to the roasted Berkshire pork last night at Greig Farm, from Evans Creamery cheddar cheese to roasted chicken from Herondale Organic Farm, we had an endless feast of the best food anyone can imagine.
I have enjoyed every minute of this journey. I want to thank Mark Smith, Laura Freden, Joel Morton and Carolyn Mugar of Farm Aid for their genuine embrace of our participation, unfailing generosity and hospitality.
I have learned more about New York agriculture on this six-day journey than I had ever learned before. I am startled to realize how little I knew about our farmers and our farms. I take away from our experience a much deeper appreciation for the people who dedicate their lives to producing our food in the most caring way possible.
There is so much more to learn and to share with the people who take eating for granted—and pretty much that is all of the rest of us who do not farm. There is a great diversity of farming practices in New York State but everyone we met wanted us to know about and appreciate their commitment to producing the highest quality food and to practicing wise stewardship of the land. Agriculture goes beyond good food to the essence good living itself—with good living with family, friends and in community.
Finally I would like to mention my struggle with superlatives on this trip. There are only so many ways to say excellent, outstanding, stupendous, the best, la crème de la crème, it couldn’t be better. I have used them all because they all fit the extraordinary food that our New York farmers produce. We are blessed. Thanks, Farm Aid, for making sure we know it.
I talked with Jeffery Miller, President of the catering company, Whose Catering, who is making everyone’s stomach full and mouths water. The dinner tonight was a choice of different mixed greens and an assortment of toppings from grape tomatoes to sliced carrots. The soup was a mushroom minestrone type – I am not a fan of mushrooms but that soup was an eye-opener and very good, even on a hot day. The main course that crew, staff and artist crew had the pleasure of eating was a choice of three organic meats – turkey in a juicy sauce, pork in a hollandaise sauce and perfectly cooked chicken. To top it off were sides of golden potatoes-- cooked to just the right tenderness along with carrots. I may have missed some items, but that is all I could fit on my plate.
Managing Director, New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
September 7, 2007 – Day 5
Chatham, Ghent and Red Hook
We got off to an early start on this next-to-the-last day of our journey. We drove first to a pleasant coffee shop and bakery in Chatham searching for wireless internet access of all things. Apart from the personal inconvenience of limited cell phone and broadband internet access in the rural communities we visited, we now have a much greater appreciation for the challenges faced in our rural communities to get connected to the wired world.
Next we traveled down the road to the A. Oombs and Sons Dairy Farm. Eric Oombs and his brothers manage this 340-head dairy herd. In addition they prepare and sell feed to their neighbors. Mary Gail Biebel from the local organization, Chatham Keep Farming, described an impressive grass-roots initiative to preserve farmland in the Town of Chatham. Judy LaBelle, President of the Glynwood Center in Cold Spring, described the role of the Keep Farming Program at Glynwood in the process. The Chatham Keep Farming Program involved an extensive community assessment of farming as part of the revision of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan beginning in 2004. The process led to a set of recommendations that the Town Board endorsed, including the immediate formation of a permanent Community Agricultural Partnership committee. This successful initiative ensures that the Town will balance farming and development to keep the value of agriculture at the forefront in its future planning.
From Chatham we traveled Ghent for lunch at the Hawthorne Valley Farm. The Farm is a 400-acre pasture-based, Biodynamic® farm. The Farm is associated with pre-K through 12 independent Waldorf School and provides a rich learning experience for the students. Farm staff prepared a superb lunch from products from the Farm, including brownies made by 7th graders with a surprise, mystery ingredient (it was beets!). After lunch Martin Ping, the Director of the Hawthorne Valley Association that includes the farm and the school and other programs, told the history of the Farm, which began with Waldorf teachers taking their vacations on a farm and deciding to buy the farm to put their beliefs into practice. Today the Farm includes diversified dairy, egg and vegetable production, value-added products like yogurt, cheese, lacto-fermented vegetables and baked goods. The farm markets its products directly at its own farm store (located on-site in a new building that reflects “the thoughtful aspects of green technology”) and at Greenmarket locations in New York City. The Farm is almost completely self-sufficient, producing its own inputs like compost and feeds, in alignment with Biodynamic® principles that honor the interconnectedness of all living things and considers the farm itself as a living organism. Hawthorne Valley Farm is an inspiration, reflecting their success in achieving their mission focused on social and cultural renewal.
From the Farm we traveled to the Greig Farm, where our caravan connected with the Sustainable Table Eat Well Tour of America for its grand finale event. We dined on delicious local food, enjoyed musical entertainment and visited the exhibits of dozens of Hudson Valley farms and food producers. Mark served on a panel talking about local food with Diane Hatz, Founder/Director of Sustainable Table and Chef4Life Laura Pensiero, owner of Gigi’s Trattoria at Greig Farm. At the event Mark received a proclamation from NYS Governor Elliot Spitzer proclaiming Sunday, September 9, Farm Aid Day in New York State and thanking Farm Aid for its work promoting local agriculture.
We left Greig Farm for the Glynwood Center where Judy LaBelle provided our accommodations for our last night on the caravan.
We only honked once the entire way. Yes, that requires a high five! We (me and a van of volunteers) drove up from
The stage is flanked and fronted by a blaze of folding chairs for seating. For those of you who have been to Randall’s
I am looking forward to reporting from the FarmYard area of the concert. This year I paid for my membership online and now I get to be apart of the action and if I flash my member card- I get something free in the FarmYard...wonder what it will be...
So like last year, I thought I’d post what you should bring and what you should NOT bring. And many of these are based on venue regulations.
1. No you can not bring your grandma’s favorite homemade chicken noodle soup, or that special drink you dad makes in the basement (yes, Dad I am talking to you…..) No outside food or beverages with the exception of one sealed bottle of water, one liter or less, and personal snacks up to one gallon in a clear baggie.
2. Remember though this concert is most of the day. People are screaming for their favorite band and it can get loud and hot. If your kids aren't really tolerant you might want to leave little Jack and Jill with the sitter. Children under two years do not need a ticket if they sit on a parents lap.
4. While sparky or kitty might be big fans of Counting Crows or the Allman Brothers, they would much more fun at home while you are away. No pets, flyers, umbrellas or laser pointers.
6. Sharp wit is not included. No sharp or dangerous items (weapons, knives, spiked items, chains, fireworks, pepper spray, mace, etc).
Ok, so what should you bring?
Well bring some canned food - concertgoers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item with them to the show. Farm Aid is teaming up with City Harvest to feed the hungriest in
And save some cash for Farm Aid merchandise. You will love the shirts and hats…. I get two or three every year.