“After suffering through a heat wave last week and then being surprised by the Autumnal feel of the previous day, the festival’s guests were relieved to see sunshine and a rainbow of tie-dye clothing as they entered the event.”
When: July 27, 2013
Where: Public Square Lawn
1000 Hempstead Ave.
On Saturday, July 27, 2013, vendors, musicians, and artists gathered on the Public Square Lawn of Molloy College in Rockville Centre for the Rock Village Festival. After suffering through a heat wave last week and then being surprised by the Autumnal feel of the previous day, the festival’s guests were relieved to see sunshine and a rainbow of tie-dye clothing as they entered the event.
Many of the vendor’s booths featured tie-dye clothing as well as crafts such as pottery and jewelry, gemstones and crystals, music memorabilia, and even hot sauce! Tim of ‘Music Memorabilia’ even had a wide range of CDs and other merchandise from bands such as the Who and the Grateful Dead for sale at the festival. Meanwhile, Corey’s ‘Crystal Works’ booth sold handmade crystal wraps and’ Twinky’s Sauces’ sold a wide variety of hot sauces, such as garlic butter sauce, wing sauce, ‘Bar-B-Q’ sauce, bruchetta, and salsa. Food trucks and vendors were also on hand at the event and sold a variety of appetizing eats such as fries, burgers, and smoothies.
Featured bands included Abraxas, Half Step, Seven Turns, Soft Parade, and the Who’s Next. The bands are well known for their covers of songs by Santana, the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, the Doors, and the Who. There was also a music station for kids that featured paper guitars, hula-hoops, face painting, and more.
Sadly, the turn out may not have been what the vendors and musicians were expecting, as the audience was only as large as the number of exhibitor tents. However, the audience members who did attend seemed to be enjoying the combination of perfect weather and local music while they sprawled out on the lawn and walked around to see what the vendors had to offer. One criticism mentioned by both the vendors and attendees was that there weren’t many advertisements for the event around the Rockville Centre area and neighboring towns, which could have led to the poor turnout.
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