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Save The Date: Porchfest 2017 on Sunday, Sept 24

Save the date! Porchfest returns to Ithaca’s Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Performer signups will open on August 1.

More soon!

Everything You Need To Know About Porchfest 2016

Ithaca’s 10th annual Porchfest is this Sunday, September 18, from 12-6 PM. Here’s everything you need to know!

* Who’s performing, where and when?

Performer list + descriptions
Schedule by time
Interactive map

We will also, as always, have printed map + schedule booklets available for free at Thompson Park, as well as our volunteers around the neighborhood.

And you can check the schedule on your phone! Go to http://porchfest.org/m for a mobile device-friendly version. (It’s not up just yet, though, so don’t panic if you still see last year’s schedule there in the next day or two.)


* Will there be an opportunity to paint a giant Porchfest mural in the middle of a Fall Creek street?

Glad you asked! To celebrate Ithaca’s 10th annual Porchfest this Sunday, we’re painting the intersection of Auburn, Lewis and Adams streets with a lovely Porchfest mural. It was designed by the wonderful Nina Widger, whose paintings were the official Porchfest artwork for our first seven years.

We hope many people will help make this happen. From 8 AM to 11 AM, we’ll be using tiny rollers to paint the outlines, and then from 11 AM – 4 PM we’ll be filling them in with many beautiful colors.

We need painters of all ages to help with both portions of the project! Send an email to ninawidger@gmail.com to sign up to paint. Or, if you forget to sign up, just come over to Lewis and Auburn on Sunday and join in. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on, and bring knee pads if you’ve got ’em.


* Will there be anything to eat?

Yep! There will be food trucks and vendors at various locations around the neighborhood, especially near Thompson Park. Additionally, the Fall Creek Elementary School PTA will have a roving bake sale all afternoon, and there will be a lemonade stand and bake sale at 102 Franklin St with proceeds benefitting the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. And the Unitarian Church at 306 N Aurora St will serve ice cream from noon until 2 PM.


* What about restrooms?

There will be port-a-johns at the following locations:
– Thompson Park (corner of Cayuga + Marshall)
– Auburn Park (corner of Auburn + Adams)
– Fall Creek Elementary School (corner of King + Linn)
– Northstar House (202 E Falls St)

Additionally, Tabernacle Baptist Church, at the corner of Cayuga and Lincoln streets, will make its restrooms available to the public for the duration of Porchfest. And the Unitarian Church at 306 N Aurora St will make its restrooms available to the public from noon until 2 PM.


* What streets will be closed?

The following sections of street will be closed to traffic from 12-6 PM on Sunday:
– Auburn St between W Lincoln St and Dey St
– Auburn St between W Tompkins St and W Yates St
– from Willow Ave and W Yates St to W Marshall St and N Cayuga St
– Cascadilla Ave from N Cayuga St to N Tioga St
– N Tioga St from Cascadilla Ave to Farm St
– Utica St from E Lewis St to E Lincoln St
– Jay St from N Cayuga St to N Tioga St
– Linn St from King St to E Tompkins St

You can see a map of these street closures here.


* Where can I buy a t-shirt?

We’re doing something new and super cool this year: Muckles’ Ink will be in Thompson Park screen-printing t-shirts right on the spot all afternoon! You can buy a blank shirt from them, or bring your own.

And hey, while we’re on the topic: donations are welcome too. Porchfest’s expenses include insurance, permit fees, map printing, t-shirts for volunteers, truck rental to set up traffic barricades, painting supplies, and more. Nobody involved in organizing Porchfest makes a dime, and in fact, there have been years where we’ve wound up making up the difference when Porchfest comes up a little short. So if you’ve got a few extra bucks to throw in the hat, we’d very much appreciate it. There will be a donation jar at the info table, or you can pay with a credit card or bank account via PayPal.


* Where can I listen to Porchfest artists’ music before the big day (and during, and after)?

Listen to some of the 185 artists on a special “Ithaca Porchfest 2016” station on MegsRadio.fm before your wander around our neighborhood streets on Sunday afternoon. MegsRadio.fm is a locally-focused, personalized streaming radio player for Ithaca. It is similar to Pandora with customizable stations from artists and genres, but it mixes in music by local Ithaca-area artists. It is free to use, commercial-free, and being developed as a not-for-profit community project by students at Ithaca College and Cornell.


* Hey, is the Ithaca College Founder’s Day Concert in the Park happening at the same time as Porchfest again this year?

Sure is! BUT, please note, they’ve moved the location from DeWitt Park to Ford Hall on IC’s campus, so it will no longer be walkable from Porchfest. More information here.


* Whom can I contact if there’s a problem during Porchfest?

Is someone playing too loudly? Playing outside their scheduled time, and conflicting with other performers? Issues with traffic barricades? If you need to reach us during Porchfest, you can email info@porchfest.org or call or text this number: 607-269-5106. Any method will reach all three of us, and we’ll respond as soon as possible. (Texting often works better than calling, as we’re out enjoying the music too, and sometimes it’s hard to hear or speak during a performance.)

Ithaca’s 10th Annual Porchfest Scheduled for Sunday, September 18

ITHACA, N.Y. — The tenth edition of Porchfest, an annual music festival celebrating the vital creative community of downtown Ithaca, NY, will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Performers wishing to sign up can do so now through August 21 at porchfest.org/perform. Volunteers are also needed to help on the day of the event; sign up at porchfest.org/volunteer.

Founded in Ithaca in 2007 by Fall Creek neighbors Lesley Greene and Gretchen Hildreth, Porchfest has grown from 20 performers the first year to 180 in 2015. And following Ithaca’s lead, there are now at least 55 other Porchfests around the U.S. and Canada, including new events this year in Lafayette, LA; Bristol, VT; Niagara Falls, NY; Lincoln, NE; Philadelphia, PA; and several other cities.

The colorful illustration for this year’s Porchfest artwork was created by Rosemary Adelewitz (mother of Porchfest co-organizer Andy Adelewitz). It will be used in all Porchfest promotions and merchandise this year.

Porchfest 2015 is sponsored by longtime partner Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, 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, and together they are increasing quality housing opportunities for Tompkins County and beyond. More information at ithacanhs.org and betterhousingtc.org.

Save The Date: Porchfest 2016

Howdy, neighbors!

Happy new year from Porchfest HQ. We just wanted to share a little save-the-date with you: Ithaca’s TENTH annual Porchfest will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Yep. TEN. Hard to believe, right? Ten years of being amazed by this wonderful thing we’ve built with our incredibly enthusiastic neighbors and Ithaca’s wealth of great musicians.

Put it on your calendar now, and we’ll see you in September.

Lesley, Gretchen & Andy

All You Need To Know About Porchfest 2015!

Everything you need to know about Porchfest 2015:

Porchfest, as most of you know, is tomorrow, Sunday, Sept 27, from 12-6 PM. We wanted to make sure everyone has all the information they’ll need to have a great time! Please share this with anyone you may know who’s coming from outside the neighborhood.

* Who’s performing, where and when?
Performer list + descriptions: http://porchfest.org/2015-musicians/
Schedule by time + interactive map: http://porchfest.org/2015-schedule/

We will also, as always, have printed map + schedule booklets available for free at Thompson Park, as well as the former Neighborhood Pride site at 210 Hancock Street.

And you can check the schedule on your phone! Go to http://porchfest.org/m for a mobile device-friendly version.

* Will there be anything to eat?
You bet! See the many options here: http://porchfest.org/food

* What about restrooms?
Tabernacle Baptist Church, at the corner of Cayuga and Lincoln streets, will make its restrooms available to the public for the duration of Porchfest. Additionally, there will be port-a-johns at the following locations:
– Thompson Park
– 210 Hancock Street
– 920 N Cayuga St (at Jay St)
– 202 E Falls St (provided by Northstar House)

* What streets will be closed?
We’re closing all of Utica Street this year, so it can act as a thoroughfare for pedestrians and bicycles. We strongly encourage all Porchfest attendees to use Utica to walk/bike through the neighborhood as much as possible, to ease congestion on Cayuga, Tioga and Aurora streets. (And if you normally park on Utica Street, we suggest moving your car Saturday night; volunteers will be available to escort vehicles out of the closed areas, but it’ll be slow going.)

Additionally, the following sections of street will be closed to traffic::
– E Jay Street, from Cayuga Street to Tioga Street
– Linn Street, from King Street to Tompkins Street
– E Marshall Street, from Utica Street to Tioga Street and from Tioga Street to Aurora Street (Tioga will remain open in between)
– Cascadilla Avenue, from Cayuga Street to Tioga Street
– from Lake Ave and Yates Street to W Marshall Street and Cayuga Street
– Auburn Street from Tompkins Street to Yates Street

You can see a map of these street closures at http://porchfest.org/street-closings-2015/

* Where can I buy a t-shirt?
T-shirts — which include the names of all performers, as well as this year’s lovely Porchfest artwork — will be available at our information booth in Thompson Park. We don’t make a ton of them, so get yours while they last! All profits go back into making Porchfest happen.

And hey, while we’re on the topic: donations are welcome too. Porchfest’s expenses include insurance, permit fees, map printing, t-shirts for volunteers, truck rental to set up traffic barricades, supplies for sign painting, and more. Nobody involved in organizing Porchfest makes a dime, and in fact, we’ve wound up making up the difference when Porchfest falls short. So if you’ve got a few extra bucks to throw in the hat, we’d very much appreciate it. There will be a donation jar at the info table, or you can pay with a credit card or bank account via PayPal at http://porchfest.org/donate

* Whom can I contact if there’s a problem during Porchfest?
Is someone playing too loudly? Playing outside their scheduled time, and conflicting with other performers? Issues with traffic barricades? If you need to reach us during Porchfest, you can email info@porchfest.org or call/text this number: 607-269-5106. Any method will reach all three of us, and we’ll respond as soon as possible. (Texting often works better than calling, as we’re out enjoying the music too, and sometimes it’s hard to hear or speak during a performance.)

HERE WE GO!

Andy, Gretchen + Lesley

2015 Performers, Food Trucks, Street Closures, Sign Painting Party + More

Ithaca’s ninth annual Porchfest on Sunday, September 27, will feature 176 performers around the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods. Annual favorites like The Gunpoets, Not From Wisconsin, Mosaic Foundation, Anna Coogan, NEO Project and many more will return, as well as a number of new faces, including two dance troupes, a live performance of the music from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. video game arranged for saxophone trio, and a self-explanatory act called 1 Hour of Knock Knock Jokes (with upright bass accompaniment, naturally). See the full performer list here.

FOOD TRUCKS AND BAKE SALES: Food options will abound during the festival this year. Porchfest sponsor Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services / Better Housing for Tompkins County is organizing a food truck round-up in the parking lot at 210 Hancock Street, featuring a variety of cuisine from The Good Truck (tacos), Star Truck (vegetarian comfort food), Gabriella’s Farm To Fork, Silo Truck (fried chicken), Alexander’s (homestyle cuisine), and Bici Cocina (authentic Colombian street food). Additionally, the Fall Creek Elementary School PTA will host a bake sale during Porchfest, with proceeds going toward a new sound system for the school gymnasium/auditorium.

SIGN PAINTING PARTY: The annual Porchfest sign painting party will take place on Sunday, September 20, as part of the Streets Alive! event on Ithaca’s Southside. Stay tuned to Porchfest’s website, email list and social media channels for exact location. The decorative wooden yard signs at performers’ houses are a beloved tradition of the event.

STREET CLOSURES: All of Utica Street will close to vehicular traffic this year, so the street can function as a pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare during Porchfest. All pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use Utica Street to move north and south through the neighborhood between performance locations, to ease overcrowding on Cayuga, Tioga and Aurora streets. Other small sections of street will be closed as follows:
E Jay Street, from Cayuga Street to Tioga Street
Linn Street, from King Street to Tompkins Street
Cascadilla Avenue, from Cayuga Street to Tioga Street
• from Lake Ave and Yates Street to W Marshall Street and Cayuga Street
Auburn Street from Tompkins Street to Yates Street
E Marshall Street, from Utica Street to Tioga Street and Tioga Street to Aurora Street (Tioga remains open in between)

See www.porchfest.org for a map of street closures.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Additional volunteers are still needed for Porchfest, to help ensure pedestrian safety and reasonable performance volumes during the 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.

A GROWING PHENOMENON: The number of new Porchfests around North America has grown by at least ten in 2015, including new upstate New York entries in Binghamton and Oswego. See the full list of more than three dozen known Porchfests in other cities at porchfest.org/porchfests-elsewhere.

Porchfest 2015 Set For September 27

Ithaca’s Fall Creek/Northside Neighborhood Music Festival Returns for Ninth Year as Concept Continues To Spread Internationally

Performer Signups Open August 1

July 24, 2015 — 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 here.

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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www.porchfest.org
facebook.com/porchfest
twitter.com/porchfestithaca

For more information on Porchfest, please contact
Lesley Greene, Gretchen Hildreth and Andy Adelewitz | info@porchfest.org

Food at Porchfest

Plenty of food available during Porchfest tomorrow!

* The First Baptist Church (309 N Cayuga St @ Dewitt Park) will have burgers, hot dogs, and a beer tent. (All for sale, a fundraiser for the church.) Also a Porchfest performance venue!

* There will be free cookies + lemonade at Tabernacle Baptist Church (1019 N Cayuga St @ Lincoln St).

* Lemonade, baked goods, pears, popcorn, and perhaps some other items at the corner of Franklin and Short streets. 100% of the donated proceeds go to the The Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.

* Paulie’s Global Kitchen (corner of Cayuga + Yates) is a food truck selling falafel, tacos, soup and other yummy treats and some beverages.

* The Good Truck (Cayuga St @ Thompson Park) will offer local and seasonal Mexican-inspired tacos and more.

* If you’re up for more of a sit-down experience, Northstar House (202 E Falls St @ Tioga St) will be open. (Please note, the restrooms inside are for customers only, but they’ll have a port-a-john outside for any and all, because they’re nice people like that.)

Street Closures 2014

The following streets will be closed from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday for Porchfest:

* Utica St between Lewis and Lincoln streets
* Jay St between Cayuga and Tioga streets
* Linn St between Tompkins + King streets
* Auburn St between Tompkins + Yates streets
* Cascadilla Ave between Cayuga and Tioga streets
* from Willow Ave and Yates Street around the bend to Marshall and Cayuga streets
* Marshall St from Utica to Tioga streets, and from Tioga to Aurora streets (Tioga Street remains open to through traffic)

Map:

Porchfest 2014 street closures map

Porchfest 2014 street closures map

The Schedule

The Porchfest 2014 schedule is here! See below for the chronological schedule, and see the 2014 Musicians page for addresses + more info on the performers. Printable + mobile-friendly versions coming very soon. See you on Sunday!

12:00 – 1:00 PM:
Aidan O’Brien
Astro Hawk & Friends
Better Barn Burning Bureau
Brothers MacRae
Buffalo Horns of Ithaca
Cornell Ukulele Club
danny speer
Dying Breed
Fall Crikkers Jug Band
Jeremy K Betterley
Kites In Space
Laura J Peters
Lily And Matt
Me and Matt
Purple Valley
Ryan Vanderhoof
Samuel B Lupowitz & The Ego Band
Selrach Ztrawhcsa’s Electrorchestra
Seneca St Recorder Ensemble
Two Ks
Zaccariah Lisle

1:00 – 2:00 PM:
14 Strings!
Andrew Alling
Cats Elbow
Commons Crossing
Craig Frey
Crown City Brass
David Graybeard Band
Doolin O’Dey
Eleven Maples
Harmony Falls Chorus
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus
Katatonics
KennyT & WildFire
KillingHerMemory
King Street Ramblers
Long John and the Tights
Mad Goat String Band
Muckland Crooners
North Country Blues Band
Pelotones
Persimmon and The Tiger
Pierce Walsh
PJ & GWilley & Co
Rich Recchia
Songwriters in the Round
Sophia Maranca
Ukulelese as a Second Language (part 1: Auntie Emo’s Ukulele Workshop)

2:00 – 3:00 PM:
Answer the Muse
Bert Scholl & Friends
Cornell Gamelan Ensemble
Dancin Feldman
Eva Barnett & Friends
Grass Fed
Greywolfband
Immortal Jellyfish
Ithaca Cats
Ithaca College Wind Ensemble
Jody Kessler
Leeann and Gary Reynolds
Mary Bentley and Rosie
Mary Lorson
Moment Generator
MonkeySquids
NBR
Not From Wisconsin
Old Time Jam
Professor Tuesday’s Jazz Quartet
Richie Holtz (and maybe some friends)
richie stearns and friends
Ruddy Well Band
Sweet Freaks
TRAONACH
Travis Knapp
Ukulele Bob
Ukulelese As a Second Language

3:00 – 4:00 PM:
abandon my head
Bill, Sammy, Todd, and Matt
Burns And Kristy Band
Diamonds in the Rough
Diana Leigh, Ed Clute, & Brian Earle
Ella Sarachan
Ephemera
Falconers
Funkswag Factor
Geronimo Line
Glacial Erotics
HAL
Hilltoppers
Insect Brigade
Jay Street Suzuki Violinists
JazzHappensBand
Johnny Dowd
Jon Kaplan
JustUs
Lucky Old Sun
Mad Cow Tippers
Old Time Jam
Spacetrain
Sum Dude & Friends
TalkCrazy
Tyrannical Vegetable
WonderMonday

4:00 – 5:00 PM:
Anna Coogan and Willie B
Bridgewater
Cielle & All Sounds On
Comfort Ave
Djug Django
Dogs Outside the Pavilion
Dos XX
Fall Creek Bluegrass Partners
Gogone
Grassanova
Head Band
In the Dream
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus
Jenny Stockdale
Jill McCracken & The Last Hoorah
Marty Farchione
Mostly Mandolin Quartet
Music’s Recreation
Nate & Kate
Nefarious Nuns & Friends
Newman Bros
Old Time Jam
Peaches and Crime
See Horse Run
Small Kings
State & Plain
Sugarlumps
Sundown Sally
Susan Lytle & Will Fudeman
Timothy Weber
Violin Students of Sarah Cummings

5:00 – 6:00 PM:
18 Strings Of Luv
Athena’s Grove Chamber Ensemble
Big UpState
Black is Green
Cozmic Theo
Dew Bye Drifters
Edmund’s Ivy
Emily Yates
Five2
Fly Rods
Gabriel and Friends
Gadje
George Prounis
Grey Gary
Gunpoets
ICO Brass Quintet
Isaac Sharp
La No
Maplewood Jazz Team
Mosaic Foundation
Mossy Top
Redrail Rider
Scratched Vinyl
Stephen Pavia
Stone Cold Miracle
Tenzin Chopak
Thru Spectrums