This story was originally published Aug. 23.

ITHACA, N.Y. — With winter on the way (sorry to say it), a new festival is putting a focus on self care. A three-day event with more than 50 vendors on the Ithaca Commons will introduce new and long-term Ithaca residents to local massage therapists, aestheticians, barbers, stylists and more.

Jamila Walida Simon, an organizer of the event, said “self care is extremely important” and over the past few years, she and friends have compiled ways to get through the winter. The festival will feature ways people can holistically focus on their self care.

Simon said the Finger Lakes has a lot to offer in terms of self care and she wanted to bring professionals from stylists and barbers to herbalists together in one place. The event is meant to be helpful to students and other newcomers to Ithaca, as well as long-term residents of the community looking for a connection to local resources available.

As part of the festival, participants can create their own self-care bill of rights and take workshops. There will be workshops on womb care, self care for activists, flowers and others.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 with opening remarks, a band and ticketed workshops. There will also be free self-care workshops at the Bernie Milton Stage, giveaways and a panel to meet local stylists and barbers. On Saturday, there will be performances, more discussions and workshops and a hair battle with a cash prize. The day ends with a comedy show at Southside Community Center. The festival continues Sunday with vendors open until 5 p.m.

The event is kid friendly. The Physics Bus will be stationed nearby and there will be yoga and meditation for kids.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Our Children’s Future at West Village, a program of Village at Ithaca.

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Kelsey O'Connor

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