October 18, 2021

PorchFest to return in August

Cortland’s PorchFest music festival, bringing live acts to the city’s north side, will return to the streets this year, following the city’s Common Council approving the event Tuesday.

The event, in years past, had musicians perform in front of houses along Van Hoesen, Chestnut, Harrison and Hamlin streets.

Local organizations also would have booths set up on the streets on Aug. 15, according to the PorchFest Cortland Facebook page and its application documents.

The council approved the event, 7-0, with Bill Carpenter (D-6th Ward) absent.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, PorchFest was not held in person last year, said Molly Reagan, the chairwoman of the PorchFest Committee, before the meeting.

Instead, pre-recorded and live performances were broadcast by radio.

“It’s exciting to see this event looking to come back,” Councilperson Kat McCarthy (D-1st Ward) said prior to the approval.

Reagan did not provide full details of what the event this year will look like as she was waiting for approval, but said that the event would be shorter and there would be a limit on the number of people who could attend.

The number of bands hadn’t been determined Tuesday in part, Reagan said, because COVID restrictions pushed organizers to delay planning until May.

Reagan said the purpose of PorchFest is to “celebrate community and building and fostering the culture of music in our community and youth.”

Cortland, she said, values its artists and understands the importance of sharing music with children and families.

“It’ll just be good to see the neighbors again,” Reagan said.