This special free community event was made possible by a group of dedicated volunteers and generous sponsorship by local businesses and organizations. A starting point for fundraising to support the Bluesfest was created with a grant from Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau. On behalf of the Paoli Business Assocation, I wrote the successful grant and was thrilled that CCCVB supported us and provided the $8,000 grant will gave us the needed ‘seed money’. Their grant also validated our community event and provided added incentive for the local businesses to help.
I am co-chairing the upcoming Paoli Sings the Blues with Marie Thibault, president of Paoli Business & Professional Association. The Bluesfest will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, Noon – 6 PM, rain or shine! The festival will feature 15 different live blues bands performing on 5 stages spread throughout Paoli. The main stage will be located at Paoli Village Shops and there will be fun for all the ages — in addition to music, there will be 60 food and local business vendors, activities for children including miniature golf, stiltwalker and magicians. Exotic and antique cars will be on display as well as Harley Davidson motorcycles.