It was a perfect day for a “Celebration of Nature and Music” as Brookstock was held at the Brookside Valley Event Site in the Brookside Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Over 2000 participants gathered in the bright sunshine to check out the various booths and displays. There were Hippies of all ages that gathered in the bright sunshine to celebrate our place in nature.
Among the offerings were A Tie-Dye T-Shirt station, EarthWorks Nature Shop, Revol wireless booth (giving out free Frisbees and phone information), Anderson Windows, Metroparks live animal demonstrations, Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association, SnuggleBug Gifts for the discerning Hippy, Face Painting and Crafts, string friendship bracelets, A Vintage Volkswagen collection, 95.5 FM The Fish Radio Station, PNC Growing Up Great tent with tons of giveaways and interactive games for the little ones, Food Booths, Cleveland Metroparks Information Booth, Watershed Games and, of course, THE MUSIC!
Throughout the entire afternoon, the air was filled with music. Kicking off the day was the Silver String Band playing Bluegrass and Jazz. They were followed by Hey Mavis, a trio of fiddle, stand-up bass and banjo playing folk and Americana. Mo’MoJo then took the stage with a lively collection of Cajun and New Orleans style music. Closing the day, was Cleveland’s favorite, Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band that had everyone on their feet dancing to the reggae beat. In spite of dire predictions from the weather forecast, the rain held off until well after the close of the festival.
This is the third year for the festival with tentative plans already being made for next year. Each year gets a little bigger and better with larger crowds awarding the effort that goes into organizing the event. Very special thanks goes out to Revel Wireless and Anderson Windows for their generous support of this year’s event.
Although over 2000 attended, the event was spread out over a large enough field so that no one felt crowded. The entire day had the feel of music festivals from days gone past (lots of folks out for a fun time to mingle in peace and harmony).
For business and community groups that wish to participate in next year’s event, you can contact the Cleveland Metroparks Public Relations Department at 216-635-3268 or Brookside Reservation at 216-206-1000.