Rocktoberfest, a six-hour music festival at the Camden Snow Bowl Sept. 22 to benefit Hope Elephants, will highlight the popular local Rock N Roll band “Creatures of Habit”. Former member Gary Clancy will be their featured guest. The event begins at 4:00 p.m.
Supporting musicians include Resa Randolph, Tom Ulichny, Joseida Lord and the Zumba Dancers.
Creatures of Habit comprises Rick Johnson, Chris Coconis, Phil Clement, Elwood (Zelmo) Doran, and Ezra Rugg. Members have years of experience and are known for playing music that gets people dancing.
Since the 1990s, the band has been heralded as one of New England’s popular dance bands, but in its home area of Camden, it is also been known for its support of causes. For several decades, its infectious groove has been entertaining audiences for fundraisers and community and school gatherings. They have jumped on board to help many organizations and individuals just as they are helping Hope Elephants raise funds for the two elephants that will be in their care.
The tentative schedule for Saturday is as follows: Resa Randolph, 4:15-5; Tom Ulichny, 5-5:45; Josieda 5:45-6:45; Zumba Dancers, 6:45-7; and Creatures of Habit, 7-10 p.m.
Other activities include door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Though the event is intended to be a day out for adults, Hope Elephants will have some children’s activities to entertain kids who come with their parents.
Vendors include the Taco Libre Truck, Big Bob’s Big Dawgs, 2 Smokin Guys and Hope Orchards. Mainely Bartenders will be serving beer and wine.
Hope Elephants is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is bringing two retired and injured Asian elephants to Maine for care and rehabilitation. Hope Elephants will also be an educational destination where visitors, especially school-age children, will have an opportunity to see, hear, and interact with the animals as a platform to present the big issues surrounding conservation, habitat destruction, and ecology. Funds raised at this event will go to meet these projects. For more information about Hope Elephants and its projects, see their website at www.hopeelephants.org or follow updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hopeelephants, That page is visible to the public without logging into the site.
Major underwriters of Rocktoberfest include the Guerriero Family, Louis and Giavanna Sergi, the Howard-Girard Family, Parris and Cathy Varney, the Sorchini Family, and Standard Waterproofing.
Roctoberfest runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., rain or shine. Though some chairs will be provided, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to be most comfortable.
Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Food and beverages are not included in those prices. Free parking is on-site.
The Camden Snow Bowl recreational facility is located at 30 Barnestown Road, Camden. To reach it from Route 1, turn at John Street (Subway Restaurant) and continue west about 4 miles. From the west, take Route 17 to Route 235, which becomes the Hatchet Mountain Road in Hope. Turn south on the Barnestown Road and continue for about 4 miles.