Music lovers head for the hills

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PRATTSVILLE — The Headed for the Hills Music Festival closed out its second year Sunday night.

The all-weekend event was presented by the Prattsville Art Center and Wyld Thyme Studios. It ran from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and featured music, food, vendors and more.

“We’ve got a great response so far,” said Margaret Uhalde, event coordinator and singer/songwriter of the band Evvergreen. “We were afraid not a lot of people would show up because of the rain, but we just moved it to the art center [which is right next door].”

“We’ve had a nice turnout,” she added.

The festival used to be a one-day event. This year it was all weekend long.

“We have a diverse lineup — we’ve received a good reaction to that,” Uhalde said.

The Prattsville Art Center hosts creative events weekly, including workshops in a variety of subjects, from video editing to a Photoshop class.

“This is the next step in our endeavor to branch out into music and creative forms,” she said. “We’re trying to pace it to make it more sustainable.”

“We’re here for the community and we’re happy with the response that we’ve got.”

Uhalde said they’re trying to see if it works as an annual event.

Kate Milo booked the vendors for the event.

“It wasn’t really hard,” Milo said. “People around here are very crafty.”

Milo is an artist herself, and also designed the flyer for the event.

“It’s really fantastic,” said Phoebe Potter, associate director of the Prattsville Art Center. “We’re thrilled by the diversity of music.”

Potter said that they will continue to do the event as an all weekend function.

“We’re not interested in competing,” she said. “We want it to feel locally grown.”

Many local organizations helped out with the event, Potter said.

“Jim’s Great American donated some food — the community helps out,” according to Potter.

“This is your ideal collaborative community-based event,” she said.

Beverly Ohle, 21, of Prattsville, teaches a digital editing class on Saturdays at the Prattsville Art Center.

She attended the event the entire weekend and participates in many of the workshops the center holds.

“[The event] draws people in from all over,” she said. “The music reaches different perspectives.”

Ohle described the people at the festival as creative and accepting, with a will to not only teach, but to learn as well.

“If I went to events like this when I was younger — it would make me a better person,” she said.

To reach reporter Anthony Fiducia, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2309 or email [email protected]

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