The Music Through the Years Music Festival, set to take place last weekend at George Core Park was over before it could begin.
Mother Nature, it seemed, wasn’t in the mood for a concert as rain soaked the afternoon making the electronic setup needed to run the show impossible.
The festival, planned by Dana Boyer and the music committee, was planned as fundraiser for the upcoming Centennial Celebration in June.
This week the committee gathered to figure out what they would do in lieu of the cancellation, but no official announcement has been made.
Pre-sale tickets will be refunded at City Hall for those who purchased in advance.
“We’ll see what we can do,” said Mayor Mel Magidson. “We hope people will step up and provide financial support.”
The concert had been delayed until later in the day, but as storms continued, soon the bands were sent home.
The headlining act, The Villagers, who had reunited for the first time in 15 years, made the best of a bad situation and set up shop at The Thirsty Goat at The Port Inn and let the good times roll.
Locals and out-of-town visitors who originally came for the music festival crowded the porch area of the lounge and enjoyed some of their favorite tunes from the 60s and 70s. Even after being rained out once, The Villagers took the stage a second time and played another set much to the delight of the crowd.
It seemed that Mother Nature couldn’t stop the music after all.
Only seven weeks out from the kickoff of the centennial events, the fundraiser was expected to bring in much-needed funds for the planned activities which include a parade, a light show and the annual fireworks display.
Funds are currently being raised through the sale of the commemorative centennial coins and PSJ T-shirts with a fish fry currently being planned.