Wed, Jun 13, 2012 10:30 AM
Photo by Suzie MacDonald
STOCKBRIDGE-Starting Friday, June 15, the Tweed River grounds in
Stockbridge will be transformed, as the Ziontific Summer Solstice
Music Fest takes over for three days of music and events open to
all ages. This year marks the second annual event for Ziontific
Productions in Stockbridge. Gates will be open Friday, June 15 at
10 a.m. to Monday, June 18 at 12-noon.
"We founded Ziontific Productions in 2011 as a way to bring the
finest of New England's music, art, awareness groups and non-profit
organizations together for a weekend of culture, fun and
networking," explain the founders, in their online biography.
"Musically, we try to bring the best up and coming acts from around
New England across various genre's ranging anywhere from classic
rock to funk. We promote consciousness through the music, adding to
the positive atmosphere we attempt to create for our
The name Ziontific further exemplifies this purpose. "The first
part 'Zion' is a name used in many cultures to describe a place of
harmony. The second half being a play on the word "scientific"
acknowledges the need to be smart when trying to create change for
the better," the founders say.
While music is the focus of the festival, there will also be
creative and educational activities such as face painting,
informational nature hikes, seed sowing, music workshops, arts and
crafts. Kids activities include mask making, hula hoop lessons and
games, kids choir, kids culinary (healthy snack making), field day
games, kids instrumental performance, family yoga, rock painting,
story telling, parachute games, rhythm circle, kids photography and
sudsy putty soap molding.
Sound therapy, massage, yoga and meditative tai chi classes will be
offered in the Wellness Village.
Camping completes the experience for many and is included in the
ticket price. In addition to field camping, this year Ziontific
offers river-side wooded camping. There is a limited amount
available on a first come, first serve basis. A designated family
camping area will be provided as well.
"It was clear to me the moment I arrived at the venue that
something was different about Ziontific Summer Solstice Music
Fest," said Kim Tyler, a volunteer with Strangers Helping
Strangers. "From the sunrise yoga to tubing down the gorgeous river
to the INCREDIBLE music. Dancing in the rain and coming together in
a way that still gives me chills. A family was born there in VT
that weekend in June and the anticipation to return grows with
every passing day."
In keeping with the founders' ideal, evoking change for the better,
various awareness groups will present again this year. Strangers
Helping Strangers will be running a food drive during this year's
event; attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food,
toiletry, feminine, personal hygiene or baby product donation for
the local food bank.
Additionally, two trees will be planted this year for each ticket
sold and donations will be accepted to plant more. Last year,
Ziontific helped plant over 1400 trees through Trees for the Future
and Be Heady. The 2012 planting goal is 2,800 trees.
Advanced tickets for adults (age 16+) are $75 for the weekend or
$60 for 2 days and nights. Youth (age 12-15) are $65 for the
weekend or $50 for 2 days and nights. Kids 11 and under are
Tickets at the gate are also available. Adults are $90 for the
weekend or $75 for 2 days and nights. Youth are $80 for the weekend
or $65 for two days and nights. Kids 11 and under are free.
Day passes will also be for sale at the gate. Friday: $40,
Saturday: $50, Sunday: $30.
The festival grounds are located at 2056 Rt. 100N Stockbridge, Vt.