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12 Miles North Ends Hastings' Summer With Music, Arts At Festival

12 Miles North's Take Me To The River Festival will be held at Draper Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 6.
12 Miles North's Take Me To The River Festival will be held at Draper Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 6. Photo Credit: File

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- End the summer with music, food and fun at 12 Miles North's 8th Annual Take Me to the River Festival Music and Arts Festival at John W Draper Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 6, from noon to 10 p.m.

Draper Memorial Park is on Washington Avenue in Hastings.

The festival will comprise 21 live concerts, two dance performances, more than a dozen local food and beverage trucks, new art installations, workshops and outdoor children’s activities.

"Take Me to the River Festival continues to attract a growing, enthusiastic audience each year,” said Lizabeth Sipes-Liebeskind, director of 12 Miles North and producer of the festival.

“The events produced by 12 Miles North bring such a level of creative genius that people keep coming back for more,” says Carl Carvalho, president of the Hastings-on-Hudson Chamber of Commerce. “12 Miles North knows how to bring a community together and touch people deeply. They have almost single handedly brought vitality and excitement back into our village.” Sophisticated music lovers come to hear Grammy award-winning artists alongside bands right on the brink of stardom. The full concert line-up is divided into two performance stages: the Lunar Stage (dedicated to national acts) and the Solar Stage (dedicated to localized bands).

Diversified musical programming ranges from jazz/blues John Patitucci Trio and Duke Robillard Band and country/bluegrass The Howlin’ Brothers to indie-rock Outernational and funk High and Mighty Brass Band. The festival welcomes some of Hudson Valley’s culinary best including French Press, Sakura Garden, Lemon Love, Blue Pig Ice Cream Company, Taiim Falafel Shack, etc., while the Beverage Garden is stocked with locally crafted beer and lemonades.

There will be workshops for yoga, songwriting, etc., as well as spontaneous dance performances by the Hubris Fire Dancers and an interactive Silent Disco.

Some highlights of the children’s activities include the zen tree, Haven’s spectacular nature tent, musical mosaic instrument, giant acorn sling shot, shaving cream finger painting and more.

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