AUGUSTA — Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine’s most popular state park, will be the site June 11 for a one-day music festival featuring four top area bands and performers..
Known as “Reidfest 2011,” the event is part of a broad range of seasonal activities being offered at all Maine state parks and historic sites.
“We hope folks will come out for fun and music at one of our best beach parks,” Will Harris, Bureau of Parks and Lands director, said. “This should be a great time for anyone who likes to mix sun, sea and music!”
“What could be more fun than dancing barefoot on the sand and the grass?” Park Manager Samantha Wilkinson said. “This summer needs a little help, so we thought of music to help push it along.”
Four performances, including two soloists and two bands, already are scheduled, with more in the works, Wilkinson said. The event should create “a nice mesh of music and nature,” according to the park manager. The park gates will remain open until after 9 p.m. to accommodate festival-goers, she said.
Reidfest will begin at 2 p.m. and continue until whenever at the Group Shelter Area at the park. For more information call 371-2303.
Reid State Park last year attracted more than 181,000 visitors, Wilkinson said. Earlier this year, the park was opened for the “Super Moon” viewing event and welcomed between 400 and 500 visitors who were able to see the extraordinarily large-appearing moon from Reid’s beach.
The performers for Reidfest have been selected to appeal to a cross section of musical interests, the park manager said, adding that there should be “good, happy, fun music that everyone can enjoy.”
They include Yaicha, from Whitefield, lead singer of Mumbasue, who will perform children’s music on the acoustic guitar. She also performs experimental and folk music; Paddy Mills, a singer-songwriter from Rockland, known for his quirky storytelling and a music style he calls “rural contemporary groove folk;” Jimmy Midnight and the Yurtbirds, frequent performers at The Lion’s Pride, Brunswick, and known for their unique rock-a-billy/country/new age/punkadelic/blues-with-a-touch-of-reggae sound; and Mumbasue, from Farmington/Whitefield/Wiscasset, “not your average band” playing a mix of Rock/Funk/Folk/Reggae/Hip Hop/R’n’B.
Also participating in the event are the Friends of Maine State Parks, which will have a display table. The Maine Audubon Society will have a piping plover station, featuring information on the endangered shore birds that inhabit the Reid beach. The Georgetown Fire Department also will have a display, Wilkinson said.
The music fest is free with park admission. Visitors are reminded that no alcohol is permitted at the park. A concession will have light food available. Visitors also should bring blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray, and sun screen.
For more information on Maine state parks and historic sites, go to: http://www.parksandlands.com