The second annual Moriahstock will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Port Henry band stand in Park Place beginning at 1 p.m. The concert will feature five local performers.
Moriahstock is hoping for better luck this year.
The inaugural music festival in Port Henry in 2011 just happened to fall on the same weekend Hurricane Irene ravaged the area.
“We had about 125-150 people; it was a really nice event,” said Tim Garrison, a town board member and event organizer. “The only problem was Hurricane Irene.”
The second annual Moriahstock will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Port Henry band stand in Park Place beginning at 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Adirondack Auto group in Elizabethtown and by Boyea’s Deli and Lakeside in Port Henry and Moriah Center, the concert will feature five local performers.
“We have lined up Loose Connection, Aunt Eunis, Generationz, Blaise Bryant and RJ Trackwalker,” said George Potter of Loose Connection. “This will be a nice summer day full of fun and filled with great music thanks to all of the local bands and performers that are donating their time and talents.”
Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava is looking forward to the event.
“It’s a fun-filled day,” Scozzafava said. “It showcases local talent and is a great time. I just hope we have good weather. I’m sure Beth Sherlock would be very pleased.”
Sherlock, now deceased, donated the money to construct the town bandstand.
George’s Restaurant will serve food at Moriahstock and the Moriah Chamber of Commerce will sell “Moriahstock 2012” T-shirts for $10. The chamber will also hold a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Moriah Labor Day celebration.
“We invite everyone to come to Port Henry and enjoy an afternoon of music and fun, Aug. 25,” Garrison said.
The free event is part of an ongoing revitalization effort organized by the Moriah Community and Economic Development (EDGe) group along with pH7 and the Moriah Chamber of Commerce with the support of the town of Moriah and the village of Port Henry.
The concert is expected to last six hours.
Moriahstock is the brainchild of John Deflice.
“John thought it would be a great showcase for local artist to display their talents on stage for the benefit of their community,” Garrison said. “It’ll be a casual, fun afternoon gathering for the entire family. Attendees are encouraged to visit local eateries and/or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along with the music.”
The Moriah Community and Economic Development (EDGe) group was formed at Garrison’s urging after he was elected to the town board three years ago.
“This is just one of many projects that have come from the formation of the Moriah Community and Economic Development group —Moriah Edge,” Garrison said. “Our group is trying to take the assets that town has and we are trying to come up with ideas to capitalize on what we already have and are not utilizing.”
pH7 is a group of concerned citizens who are working for the betterment of Port Henry. It was formed after an effort to dissolve the village failed. The people who formed the committee felt that since the citizenry had voted to keep the village, they should work toward preserving and improving the village.
The Moriah Chamber of Commerce is a long-standing group of local merchants working to improve the town and village. It’s active throughout the year, under the leadership of President Jack Woods, and sponsors events such as the summer concert series in the park, Champ Day and the annual Labor Day celebration.