TURIN — With the concert festival moe.down turning 15 this year, Snow Ridge Ski Resort manager Judy E. Sweeney recalled what the large music festival has done for the community.
“It started small,” she said. “The first event was around 2,000 people. It grew and has been as many as 6,000 people.”
Snow Ridge has hosted moe.down 13 out of the 15 years that it was held.
Although general admission tickets are sold for $150 ($350 for VIP) and cover all three days, a Sunday-only ticket is available for $60 that day or by calling Snow Ridge.
This year also marks the first year the band will return to Labor Day weekend, after playing in early August the past two years.
Special guests this year include event namesake moe., rock band O.A.R. and Conehead Buddha, which will debut a new lineup at the festival.
The event began in 2000 and while each year it gains some bad press, Ms. Sweeney argues it has done a lot of good for the community.
“The band moe. doesn’t just come, do things and leave,” she said. “They have a golf tournament at Turin Highlands on Friday and they always donate to local charities — they choose a different one every year,” she said.
The ski park manager also recalled several years back when the South Lewis Central School District FFA was selling fruit from a booth at the event and moe. donated approximately $2,800 to the cause. A concert go-er added $5,000. A booth at the event has also collected school supplies for South Lewis and Adirondack Central School.
“They’ve taken as much as two truckloads, if not more, to South Lewis,” said Sweeney.
“We get so much stuff from them,” confirmed Christine Chaufty, secretary to the high school principal. “Not only do we get notebooks, but we get children’s CDs, children’s books and pens, pencils, rulers ... we and [Superintendent Douglas] Premo are so thankful.”
When the school supplies arrives, it is sorted out by grade level and given to children who otherwise would not have enough for the year.
Local hotels and restaurants agreed the event has been good to them.
“We do pretty well, we pretty much get a full house for the whole weekend,” said Lisa D. Sexton, an employee with The Edge Hotel of Lyons Falls, 3952 State Route 12. “It brings in quite a bit of business for the area.”
“Any time a large event comes into Lewis County there is definitely a positive economic impact for the county,” said Lewis County Chamber of Commerce director Anne Merrill. “Many local businesses see revenue from this event. Event go-ers stop in local businesses to purchase camping equipment, coolers, food, etc.”
According to Ms. Sweeney, “The years they were away, it was noticeable.”
In 2010 and 2011 the band moe. played at Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, Herkimer County.
The band is comprised of Al Schnier, Chuck Garvey, Rob Derhak, Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico. Although band member Al Schnier is from Utica, the group got their beginnings in Buffalo, according to their bio at www.moe.org.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the event visit www.moedown.com.
For details on camping at Snow Ridge call 348-8456. No pets are allowed.
SCHEDULE OF MOE.DOWN EVENTS
Friday, Aug. 29
■ 6:45 p.m., Rich Robinson Band, Mountain Stage
■ 8 p.m., The Works, Get.Down Stage
■ 9 p.m., Lotus, Mountain Stage
■ 10:30 p.m., The Works, Get.Down Stage
■ 11:15 p.m., moe., Mountain Stage
Saturday, Aug. 30
■ Noon, American Babies, Get.Down Stage
■ 1 p.m., Conehead Buddha, Mountain Stage
■ 2:15 p.m., American Babies, Get.Down Stage
■ 2:45 p.m., moe., Mountain Stage
■ 4:15 p.m., Everyone Orchestra, Get.Down Stage
■ 5:30 p.m., Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang
■ 6:45 p.m., Twiddle, Get.Down Stage
■ 7:45 p.m., Gogol Bordello, Mountain Stage
■ 9:15 p.m., Twiddle, Get.Down Stage
■ 10 p.m., moe., Mountain Stage
■ 11:30 p.m., Twiddle, Get.Down Stage
■ 12 p.m., moe., Mountain Stage
Sunday, Aug. 31
■ Noon, Wild Adriatic, Get.Down Stage
■ 1 p.m., Jerry Douglas Band, Mountain Stage
■ 2:15 p.m., Wild Adriatic, Get.Down Stage
■ 3 p.m., Soulive, Mountain Stage
■ 4:15 p.m., Floodwood, Get.Down Stage
■ 5:30 p.m., O.A.R., Mountain Stage
■ 7 p.m., Aqeous, Get.Down Stage
■ 8 p.m., moe., Mountain Stage
■ 9:30 p.m.,Aqueous, Get.Down Stage
■ 10 p.m., moe., Mountain Stage