From the moment volunteers waved the first family through the gate at Skyline Farm until the last slice of pie was served, HenryFest 2017 was a blast.
Thank you to the wonderful group of musicians who contributed their talent and energy to our annual community music festival: Star-Crossed Losers, The Gawler Family, Mbondo Africa, Katie Matzell, Old Eleven & Emilia Dahlin.
And thanks to YOU our community of friends and supporters who, like us, set aside the somewhat gloomy forecast, showed up and were rewarded with a perfect September Day.
Not only do we love hanging out with you, the event is an important fundraiser and friend raiser for 317 Main Community Music Center, allowing us to support mission-critical musical education programs.
If you missed it, here ‘s a highlight reel of some of the fun we had together. Mark your calendars now.
HenryFest 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th.
SO, What is Henryfest?
Henryfest is 317 Main’s annual Community Music Festival where we invite the community to spend the day with us at Skyline Farm, enjoying great music, singing, dancing, playing and eating delicious food. The 2017 event featured 6 Maine-based music acts, song and dance workshops, children’s activities, quality food trucks, lawn games and dozens of homemade pies.
Along with a top-notch lineup of artists, the day includes music & dance workshops for all ages & abilities, children’s activities, an instrument discovery tent, lawn games, local food trucks, craft beer, and homemade pie.
On the HenryFest Stage:
Starcrossed Losers (Alt Folk/Rock)
Gawler Family Band (Acoustic String-powered Folk)
Katie Matzell (Americana Singer/Songwriter)
Mbondo Africa (Congolese Drumming & Dancing)
Old Eleven, Featuring Eli Gilbert & Lincoln Meyers (Bluegrass)
Emilia Dahlin (International-influenced Singer/Songwriter)
One of the goals of this year’s festival is to make the day equally fun for children and grown ups. With that in mind, 317 Main’s Little Roots educators have expanded the range of supervised children’s activities to include face-painting, hula hooping, storytime with Islandport Press, a make-and-take craft station, an instrument discovery tent and a colorful parade that will weave its way through the crowd during the peak of the festival.
Also new to HenryFest this year are a broad range of music and dance workshops. “Because many HenryFest fans are musicians themselves, and all are music-curious, we wanted everyone to have a chance to be part of what we do best at 317 Main,” said Hoffman. “We decided to make the day more participatory by allowing artists to interact with listeners in a more personal way, and to give festival attendees the chance to learn something new, like work songs from the Gawler family farm or traditional Congolese dance led by Mbondo Africa.”
In the Workshop Tent:
Gawler Work Song
Little Roots Family Singalong
12:45-1pm Islandport Press Story time
1:45-2pm Islandport Press Story time, Face painting, Shaker Making
2:45-3pm Little Roots Family Band Singalong, Henna
3-3:45pm Shaker Making, Hula Hooping
3:45-4:30pm Kids Parade, bubbles, instrument discovery, puppets
12-1pm Bluegrass Jam
4:430–?? Cornhole Tournament
Festival goers will have plenty of quality food and drink options from which to choose including Tacos del Seoul, Locally Sauced burritos, a volunteer-powered hotdog/lemonade stand and for those with a sweet tooth, a HenryFest perennial favorite, the Pie Tent featuring a selection of homemade pies baked by volunteers. Non-food vendors include Islandport Press, Henna Arts and Brown Chiropractic.
All proceeds support the music education programs at 317 Main Community Music Center.
317 Main relies on dozens of volunteers each year to make this event happen. It’s a great way to get in for free and be part of the team as you enjoy the festival. Information will be available this summer!
2017 Media Sponsors
2017 VIP Sponsor
2017 Major Sponsors
2017 Instrument Discovery Tent Sponsor
2017 Little Roots Area Sponsor
2017 Workshop Area Sponsor
2017 Supporting Sponsors
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Molly Gallagher Burk or Sally Struever,