Turners Falls Block Party & Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
Turners Falls hosted a celebration of its parks, people, history and culture on Saturday, August 2, 2014. This town-wide event was a coordinated effort between The Nolumbeka Project, organizers of the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival and RiverCulture, sponsors of the Turners Falls Block Party. Activities were held throughout downtown and the waterfront.
Entertainment at Unity Park included Native American music by Hawk Henries (flute), the Medicine Mammals Singers, Urban Thunder Singers and The Visioning B.E.A.R Singers. Traditional handwork from over 20 vendors was available for sale and included bark baskets, drums, quill applique, leather work, pottery and textiles plus storytelling and crafts for children. A tipi and a wigwam were set up with the beautiful Connecticut River as a backdrop! noon-8pm.
The Annual Turners Falls Block Party brought together friends and neighbors old and new. Located on Avenue A between 3rd and 4th Streets, the Block Party featured festival food, craft and other vendors, a parade and live music at Spinner Park.
Block Party Music Schedule:
Burrie Jenkins, 2pm (summer of love-west coast guitar)
PARADE on Avenue A! The Celebration Brass Band, 3pm
Eric Reindhardt, 3:30pm (Acoustic folk)
The Original Cowards, 4:30pm (rock and some roll, soul, blues, punk from a distance)
The Salvation Alley String Band, 6pm (honky-tonk, western swing, Bakersfield country, bluegrass, and rock and roll)
World Way, 7:00pm (Reggae, West African, Afrobeat, Soukous and Calypso!)
A book signing by Author Allan Fowler at River Station from noon-2pm, 151 3rd Street.
And a tour of the Southworth Paper Company, 3:45pm, 36 Canal Street.