It sounds like it’s almost too much for one town to handle, but Atlantic Highlands is more than up to it, thanks to local talent, appreciation of great music and diversity, and lots of hard work by a lot of people.
That’s this Saturday’s Parkfest, the third annual, and packed with great talent from 11 a.m. on, The Yacht Harbor will be the scene for all this family fun, and the entire event is both smoke and alcohol free, so it’s even better for the entire family. Plenty of food, activities, music, raffles, art displays, even an 11 a.m. Yoga class to kick it all off before music starts at noon. They say it’s all free, and all are invited, but most people will appreciate getting all this talent and fun for a $10 donation, and some non-perishable food. The monetary donations will go to the Arts Council for bigger and better art appreciation, and the food items will go to the Atlantic Highlands Food Bank.
The music will go on throughout the day, and listen to the talent that will be right down there at the Harbor: Spirit Fox – Marc A. Tappan, Alexander Simon and Whodat? Mr. Tickle Hands, Ross Owens and the Tribe…he’ll be the last to perform, closing out the music before dark. There’s also Back House Flourish, Chris Morrissy, Ryan Gregg Well Wish….still more after all of that.
I Hear Cranston Dean is responsible for putting a lot of this talent together, and Cranston well deserves so many accolades on his own. An Atlantic Highlands gent, Cranston has appeared with his music throughout the East from New England on south, then over west to Nashville, where I’m sure he fits right in with that great country sound. Trained as a jazz pianist, that’s only one of Cranston’s talents….get a hold of his newest album , “When it Rains,” which just came out. He’s great at jazz, country, you name it, he can play it!
Councilman Jon Crowley gave a synopsis of so much that’s happening Saturday at last week’s council meeting, and pointed out folks even have their choice of evening entertainment. Following a day of music, still with that zero cost, people can either head to the New/Old Atlantic Theater on First Avenue for a comedy show, or stay in the harbor for the film Hairspray. Both begin at 8:30.
The Arts Council has done a terrific job on this, businesses and individuals from all over the Bayshore are the sponsors for it, with both the Proving Ground and Councilwoman Linda Mazzola showing how much Highlands also appreciates having this talent so close to home. Check the flyers and Facebook for all the sponsors, support them and thank them, enjoy all the talent, get to know that new neighbor a little better, and appreciate how much talent is here, how wonderful so many are to donate their talent, and how well organized a major event like this is, thanks to the cooperation of all. See more abou9t the event and times for each of the bands at any of the bands’ Facebook pages, the AHNJ.com page, or facebook.com/Parkfest.