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Plymouth State Earth Jam enjoyed by all

Angel Buckley and Jesse Maviki enjoyed their fourth year at Plymouth State University's Earth Jam last weekend. (Photo by Leigh Sharps) (click for larger version)
April 17, 2019
PLYMOUTH—Now nearing its 10th anniversary, last Saturday's Earth Jam set on the University's central campus (HUB lawn) on High Street provided live music from noon to 10:15 p.m. non-stop for the dancers and lawn loungers alike.

Age was no boundary, as self-proclaimed 'older hippies' mingled with the student population enjoying the music of six bands: Kachow, Starnose, Squatch, The Trichromes, Swimmer, and Hayley Jane and the Primates. Speakers and a raffle took up the intermission between Trichromes and Swimmer

with the last on stage being' Hayley Jane and the Primates' which brought the house and the night down as well.

This year's Earth Jam brought in about 30 vendors who offered everything from botanical creams, jewelry, crystals and fragrances, aromatherapy items and many tee shirts proclaiming everything from 'Clean Power', "Here's Plymouth's Earth Jam' to 'It's Our Freedom of Speech Right.' There was a myriad of tie-dye clothing items as well as art-work and pottery made by PSU students and town businesses were also well represented. Student representatives also urged folks to attend the town's Farmer's Market (Thursdays 3-6 p.m. May 30-late August) at the Senior Center with all local foods.

The event was joy-filled with an obvious lack of any governmental politicking except for the 'Clean Power' booth asking students to urge their state officials to support and encourage restorative energy initiatives and the creation of jobs due to such endeavors. Clean Power' volunteers Seth Sacks and Laura Sotak, representing the 'League of Conservation Voters,' remarked they have been to many college rallies and festivals this past year but found the PSU one the 'most fun and enjoyable'.

There may have been a few million festival-goers short than those 50 years ago who attended the Woodstock phenomenon, but the mood, nonetheless, was similar and a welcoming break from any controversial spring breaks people heard about at colleges and universities around the country in the past! Not so last weekend at PSU.

Even 'Woodstock-era' festival goers, Sarah Connolly and 'Whitewolf,' enjoyed all the bands.

"We've been coming for about six years," said Connolly.

Younger 'hippies' Angel Buckley, Jesse Maviki, Michael Chesley and Anthony Gasper attended to support their 'groupie' band 'The Trichromes.'

PSU Juniors Joshlyn Rinaldi, Jennifer Stellato and Johnny Corbett, spent the day at their third year of the festival.

Not all attendees were students or 'townies', some folks traveling from out-of-state when they heard about the festival on-line or by word-of-mouth, and even one youngster, Birch Jablonski, one and a half years old, happily jumped in knee-high puddles while listening to the music, under the watchful eyes of mom Lindsey!

Probably just his first of many life-long festivals and a future student!

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