Cancelled- Annual Summer Festival at Griffis Sculpture Park

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Event Date(s): Sun, 08/16/2020 - 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Previous Annual Festival At Griffis Sculpture Park
The Griffis Sculpture Park will host their 8th annual summer festival on Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s a day filled with music, creativity, exploration and much more. Several social distancing practices and rules will be in place to safely protect attendees.
Voted Buffalo’s Best Original Rock Band by Buffalo Night-Life magazine, the power-pop group Mom Said No will headline the event. The Japanese drum group JGB Shibuki will perform. The group’s taiko drumming style combines percussion, choreography, grace and strength. Spoken word artist, Bianca L. McGraw will use her poetry as a vehicle for discussion about identity, diversity and perspectives while exploring personal, societal and communal experience. The “rust belt reggae” group Qwister will perform. See why this three-piece always gets people dancing. Multi-instrumentalists, Ruby & Nax will start the day off with a mix of original and cover songs.
The viewing area alone where the concert is hosted is over four acres, With this much space, it was determined that they can safely gather 500 people at a very safe distance. Spots will be marked 6 feet apart for our guests to put down a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the festival.
The Ashford Hollow Foundation is taking major precautions to assist with the safety of the event. They reviewed several venue and outdoor park’s best practices in dealing with COVID-19 before moving forward in the planning process.
In addition to 15 foot radius spaces, walkways will be created in the viewing area to cut down on social contact. Patrons will not be able to assemble in front of the stage. There will be a food truck and beer sales, but will not feature any arts vendors this year. All ticket buyers will be encourage to wear masks when moving about. Hand sanitation stations and additional directional signage will be installed. Refunds will be given if ticket buyer is not feeling well.
The concert area is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot area. Attendees are not allowed to drive their vehicles to the concert area. At this point in time, a shuttle will be available to bring people’s lawn chairs and coolers to the concert area. However, due to social distancing the shuttle will not be able to transport patrons. All concert attendees will have to walk 10 minutes up a hill to the concert area.
Admission is $20 and can only be purchased online here. Tickets will not be available for sale the day of the event. If a patron is feeling ill the day of the festival, they can ask for a full refund. Gates open at 12 noon, with performances starting at 2:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and take in the 250 sculptures that reside throughout the trails of the park, making it the United States largest outdoor sculpture park.
The Griffis Sculpture Park is owned and operated by the Ashford Hollow Foundation, which also owns the Essex Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. The mission of the Ashford Hollow Foundation is to promote the visual and performing arts as well as construct a dynamic relationship between the arts and education in Western New York to better its young people and the greater community

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Mill Valley Rd.
6902 Mill Valley Rd.
East Otto, NY 14729
United States
Phone: 716-665-2808
42° 22' 31.98" N, 78° 41' 31.1892" W
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