Changes possible to Vintage Woodstock

Woodstock town employees  are listening to what residents want of Vintage Woodstock.

Town officials conducted a survey last month asking people what they thought of the yearly social event. Katie Mercer, Woodstock’s director of marketing and events, said the Woodstock Enhancement Promotions Committee discussed the results of the survey Tuesday evening.

Vintage Woodstock has been around for 10 years. The social event normally takes place on a Friday in June. The town closes down West Court Street. There are vendors selling food, a beer garden, a stage for band performances, a petting zoo and older carnival games run by the town fire department.

The survey showed people who attend the event enjoy themselves, she said.

“People look forward to it. We often hear people say we should hold it more often but it is a lot to shut down a street and a lot of planning,” Mercer said.

Most people — 80 percent of respondents — suggested holding the event on a Saturday.

“They say on a Friday it is hard to get off work and make it there tired, or they are tired after a week’s work,” Mercer said.

Another suggestion was to hold it at a different time of year, with September the most frequently mentioned alternative.

Those two suggestions are getting a lot of consideration, she said.

The last three years have seen rain fall on Vintage Woodstock, leaving bands scrambling to cover equipment. Last year, the weather forced organizers to cancel the original date and reschedule it for later, Mercer said. She is hoping rescheduling for a different month may mean a dryer event.

Members of the promotions committee will discuss a possible scheduling change when they meet in January.

Survey respondents also had suggestions on bands they want to hear, most being local bands or bands people already recognize.

Some bands requested were “The Hackens Boys” and “The Works,” both of which have performed at the festive previously.

People also liked having an opening band, a first last year when “Charlie’s Mixed Tape” performed. That band is made up of Central High School teacher Patrick McCarthy and students.

“They were phenomenal,” she said.

Respondents also suggested styles of music encompassing blue grass, oldies and classic rock, Mercer said. She added that organizers already try to find bands that can play a range of music.

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