Roxbury Revelry featuring Daisycutter
Sunday, September 3, 12 pm
Labor Day Celebration
In the Village of Roxbury, fireworks and concert in Kirkside Park
Better eat your Wheaties (or better yet, a real country breakfast at Cassie’s) before heading to the expansive green of Kirkside Park’s baseball diamond at 1 p.m. — the mitts will definitely be off for a full-throttled, double-header featuring our own hometown boys of summer, the Roxbury Nine, squaring off against local rivals from over the hill, The Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns and the visiting Brooklyn Atlantics. Your whole family can savor the competitive joys of our national pastime with none of the commercialization, concession stand lines or cussin’. (Anything audible in that department will be fined a nickel, at least).
Shop Roxbury while you stroll . . .
Late afternoon, take your clan for a leisurely stroll along the historic Main Street of this “grande dame” of the Catskills. Among the stately and serene 19th century architecture, there’s also shopping galore: Roxbury General with its “gifts and necessities for every occasion”; Roxbury Wine and Spirits with a full stock of New York State’s own crafted libations; and Roundback Antiques, specializing in the finest oak furniture and accessories. All three stores will offer you a free Shop Roxbury raffle ticket just for browsing and a second ticket with any $10 purchase. Your raffle ticket will put you in the running for premium firework seating, a round of golf at Shephard Hills and a free lift ticket for Plattekill Mountain.
A Little Nashville . . . only smarter!
As the afternoon slowly glides into the gloaming, you’ll be in the perfect state of mind by 6 p.m. for a concert in Kirkside Park with Daisycutter, headlined by farm-girl-gone-to-fiddle Sara Milonovich. Sara was cutting her teeth on frets while tuning up the family tractor and she brings a strong dose of upstate realism to her songwriting. Apprenticed to Catskills fiddle legend Hilt Kelly at the tender age of nine, she used those rural roots to seed a folk sound at once gritty and lyrical, with strong multi-instrumental prowess from Andy Goessling as well as Greg Anderson on guitar, Leo Traversa on bass, and Ben Wittman on drums. A founder of RootStock to support Northeast farming communities, Daisycutter delivers a sound that is both literate and “ass-kicking.” Bring along a picnic or grab a little something from the Ate.O.Ate Food Truck, a blanket or lawn seat, sit back, and enjoy the music.
This indie roots-rock band with and alt-country barbed wire edge will lead the audience through an evening of feet-tapping pre-fireworks magic.
Encore: It’s a Blast
It’s going to be hard to top Daisycutter’s musical pyrotechnics, but at 8:30 the twilight skies above Kirkside with will spangled with fireworks by MTC’s very own licensed pyrotechnician Glen Faulkner and his merry band of fiery fuse-a-liers. End your evening with the oohs, aahs and starry-eyed ka-bangs of Catherine Wheels, Roman Candles and Rockets Red Glare!
Vintage base ball, sunny shopping, rollicking fok fun and fireworks to blaze the night away — all for FREE! A suggested donation of $5 will help sustain the magic of Kirkside Park events for summers yet to come.
This event is brought to you by the Town of Roxbury, in partnership with the MARK Project, the Roxbury Arts Group, and the Greater Roxbury Business Association. Funded in part by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, business sponsors, and individual donors.
For more information, contact Peg Ellsworth at 845.586.3500 and roxburyny.com or the Roxbury Arts Group at 607.326.7908 and roxburyartsgroup.org.