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ITHACA, N.Y. — Porchfest, the annual music festival in Ithaca’s Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods, will return for its ninth year on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Local musicians of all ages and genres will take to the porches of Fall Creek for an afternoon celebrating Ithaca’s wealth of local musical talent. Performer signups will open at www.porchfest.org on August 1 and continue through August 31; all who wish to perform are welcome.
The first Porchfest took place in Ithaca in 2007 after Fall Creek neighbors Lesley Greene and Gretchen Hildreth created the idea. (Third organizer Andy Adelewitz joined the team in 2013.) The number of performers has grown steadily by about 20 per year, growing from 20 that first year to 160 in 2014. Additionally, the Porchfest concept has spread throughout the U.S. and Canada, with more than 30 similar neighborhood festivals sprouting from Portland, Maine to Jacksonville, Florida to San Francisco to Vancouver and beyond — including at least four new events in 2015. See a full list of known Porchfests at porchfest.org/porchfests-
Ithaca’s Porchfest is growing its volunteer corps considerably in 2015, in order to ensure pedestrian safety during the busy event. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for a two-hour shift now at porchfest.org/volunteer. Perks for volunteers include having their name in the printed Porchfest program book and a free Porchfest Volunteer t-shirt, as well as the soul-warming knowledge that they’ve made an important contribution to a beloved community event.
This year’s original Porchfest artwork was created by local illustrator Carmel Rome, and can be seen at porchfest.org and on Porchfest’s social media sites. The artwork will also be featured on Porchfest’s printed program booklets and merchandise.
Porchfest 2015 is sponsored by longtime partner Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (ithacanhs.org), a non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to revitalize Ithaca’s neighborhoods, encouraging stability and diversity, and to help people of modest incomes obtain affordable housing on a long-term basis. INHS has recently partnered with Better Housing for Tompkins County (betterhousingtc.org), and together they are increasing quality housing opportunities for Tompkins County and beyond.
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