MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The 17th annual Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival has been postponed until the weekend of Oct. 3-4. It was originally scheduled for July 11-12.

In making the decision, both the coronavirus lockdown and its effect on the local economy were taken into consideration, said Tom Kerns, Maplewoodstock chair. “Even if the restrictions are lifted by mid summer, a lot of our funding, a lot of our support to be able to put on the event comes from local businesses as sponsors, and obviously they’re having a rough time right now.” The committee didn’t feel right asking them for funding for the event as scheduled, he said. The festival brings together dozens of local and regional bands and is free for attendees. Sponsors, vendors, donors, and merchandise sales pay for the event.

The announcement on the Maplewoodstock website reads as follows:

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It is with great sadness, but also optimism, to announce that due to COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions around social gatherings we have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival until the weekend of October 3 and 4, 2020. While there is a chance that the social distancing/social gathering restrictions may be lifted by mid-summer, out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our fellow community members we felt that postponing until the fall was the prudent decision to make.

We are optimistic that, once again, we will have a fantastic weekend with music, art, beer, wine, food and most importantly an opportunity to celebrate our amazing community.

We will be contacting all of you who have already committed your support for this year’s festival, including advertisers, sponsors, bands, and vendors very soon.

Please be safe and healthy. As always thank you, friends and neighbors, for your support of the Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival.”

The committee worked with Township Committee members Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich to find a new weekend available in Memorial Park.  “They’re amazing to work with,” Kerns said. Even though a new date is set, “we are keeping our options open,” said Kerns, who hopes the coronavirus situation will ease, and they will not have to make another change.

Maplewoodstock is produced by a volunteer committee of nine, and has grown every year it’s been produced. After the event in July, the planning process starts over every August with monthly meetings. Currently, the band selection process is underway. Kerns said one headliner is already committed, but the name of the band is hush-hush for now. 


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