The Village of Southampton announced dates for the second annual Southampton SeptemberFest to be held on Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29, 2012.
SeptemberFest is designed to showcase the best of Southampton’s longstanding heritage of art, music, history and food. Last year’s event brought thousands of people to village streets with the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, the “Best of Hamptons” Chowder Contest, music and activities for families, all of which are scheduled to return.
Building on the success of last year’s event a Friday evening kick-off party with music by New Life Crisis has been added along with an expanded line-up of music curated by WEHM 92.9/96.9, scheduled for Saturday. Headlining Saturday will be British indy rock band, Scars On 45. Known for their hit singles, “Hearts On Fire” and “Give Me Something,” the band recently performed on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Their music has also been featured on several TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI” and “One Tree Hill.” Folk rock favorite, Miles to Dayton, progressive rockers, The Montauk Project and others are also scheduled to perform at Agawam Park throughout the afternoon.
SeptemberFest is the shared vision of village cultural institutions designed to increase tourism in the Village during the fall season, when the bustle of summertime commerce subsides. The Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton Chamber of Commerce, the Southampton Historical Museum, Rogers Memorial Library, the Parrish Art Museum and the Village of Southampton form the SeptemberFest committee. Partially through their support most activities continue to be offered free to the public. The group now seeks sponsors to help expand support for the endeavor. Several local companies stepped up last year. This year more are needed to make Southampton SeptemberFest a continued success.
Mayor Epley stated, “We look forward to another incredible event.” He added, “The musical acts scheduled for Saturday will be a huge draw and provide a unique marketing opportunity for businesses.”
There are numerous ways for sponsors to participate says Karen Connolly, Executive Director, Southampton Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve created several packages, for the smallest merchant to the largest brand to get involved. Sponsors not only support a great, local event like Southampton SeptemberFest they help promote their own businesses or organizations too.”
Events planned throughout the Village are meant to remind visitors that Southampton is a great year-round destination. SeptemberFest is one of several ongoing initiatives spearheaded by the Village of Southampton following the adoption of its Vision Plan for the Village Center. Among the goals of the Vision Plan is creation of an Arts District that will serve as a driver of year-round commerce for the local business community.