Westmoreland News

Follow Us On:

Musical event draws crowd

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Last Saturday, the folks in Colonial Beach hosted their second annual Northern Neck Beach Music Festival. A smash hit even at the start of the event, those with tickets got to enjoy a day of music, craft beer, silent auctions, and shag dancing as the town itself came together to help make it happen.

The story of how all this got started is a classic case of events taking on a life of their own. Some joke that the first parade came about when a cave man walked past his neighbors wearing a funny hat, which sparked others to follow, and yet more to look on. In a manner of speaking, the Northern Neck Beach Music Festival got its start in a similar matter, with a little help from that cornerstone of social media: Facebook.

According to Cathy Bokman, the Vice President of the Colonial Beach Community Foundation, what turned into the Northern Neck Beach Music Festival was originally a private celebration hosted by Joyce Gunderson, which typically featured music from a band known as the Rhondels.

“Joyce had been inviting the Rhondels to private parties of hers for several years, and just a couple of years ago, the word about it found its way onto social media, and it became a lot more than just another private party.”

It was after this that Bokman, along with Mrs. Gunderson, Susan Mack (Director of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce), and Karen Grisevitch (Chairwoman of the Social Networking Committee) decided that this should turn into an annual music fest. The rest, as the clichéd says, is history.

While most sat down to listen to the bands play or the DJ burn through his playlist, others danced the day away, took part in a silent auction, or took lessons in shag dancing. Another chunk of the fest-goers, meanwhile, sampled from the various food vendors surrounding the space, whether it was fried food and BBQ from Taste-Tee’s, Northern Neck Popcorn, drinks from Ingleside, cookies from Michelle’s of Warsaw, or any number of other vendors. There was a little bit of something for everyone.

Those that sponsored the event got a 10’x10’ pavilion tent on the perimeter around the event grounds.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 9/18/19

Festival-goers enjoyed dancing, eating and socializing at this year’s Northern Neck Beach Music Festival.