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Poughkeepsie Porch Fest Brings It Home!

In the heart of historic Poughkeepsie, the front porches of many homes became stages for musicians and artist to perform at the 3rd Annual Poughkeepsie Porch Fest on August 28, 2022.


Photo Caption: Poughkeepsie Porch Fest on August 28, 2022 /Credit: Nile Clarke of the Goodie Drop



Photo Caption: Members of Moonlight Initiative Band at the 3rd annual Poughkeepsie Porch Fest on August 28, 2022 / Credit: Nile Clarke of the Goodie Drop


The combination of beautiful Sunday weather and music in the air made the event truly delightful! Music could be heard where Route 9 starts to meet Poughkeepsie. Attendees like Maritza Del Razo had a chance to bring her family and additional friends from Kingston, New York to sit down on the front lawn and catch live musical performances. Del Razo told The Goodie Drop that her favorite part was “Just being outdoors, being together, getting to know the neighbors and listening to live music. I mean come on, this is great!”


"Just being outdoors, being together, getting to know the neighbors and listening to live music. I mean come on, this is great!”

- Maritza Del Razo


The Goodie Drop caught up with another attendee Ms.Hudson, who just finished listening to a jam session on the corner of Barclay Street. Ms. Hudson who is an educator in NYC said, “I enjoyed the poet, Poet Gold. What she is contributing to the whole community is excellent.”


Photo Caption: Musician Middknight & Nico, Poet Gold, D.J Yvonne Turner a.k.a “The Dub Queen and Author Myael Simpkins / Attendee Ms. Hudson / Attendees Enjoying the Festival at the 3rd annual Poughkeepsie Porch Fest on August 28, 2022. / Credit: Nile Clarke of the Goodie Drop



Photo Caption: Members of Po-Town Beats drumming at the 3rd annual Poughkeepsie Porch Fest on August 28, 2022. Credit: Nile Clarke of the Goodie Drop



Poughkeepsie resident and organizer Mary Reynolds also talked to The Goodie Drop about the event which included 35 various bands playing different genres of music alongside poets, dancers and artists. Reynolds said it was wonderful to see over 300 people come out and enjoy Poughkeepsie Porch Fest 2022. Reynolds mentioned that she was grateful to the residents in the historic district for the use of 21 front porches across the neighborhood. Reynolds also thanked local restaurants and eateries like Empire Jamaica Fusion and Midnight Munchies for providing the delicious refreshments!


According to the University of Virginia, the American front porch is unique but the origins are up for debate. Porches did become popular when building a home in the U.S from the 1800's until about the 1920's. The city of Poughkeepsie was incorporated in 1854 and you can see some of that porch trend in the homes that are still around today.


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