Once a year, our town comes together with a big music festival. This year celebrates the tenth anniversary of Maplewoodstock. Over the last ten years, it has grown in size and is now held over two days and has started to feature national acts, in addition to community musicians. It is big celebration of community, music and art.
With hundreds of people showing up to picnic, shop and listen to the bands, it is one of those weekends that makes me happy to live in Maplewood. Our town is known for its diversity, and seeing all of the families spread out across the hill is a wonderful representation of that. People arrive early in the morning on the first day, “claiming” their spots and stay there all day – and sometimes all weekend! It is a place where adults can sit, relax and listen to music as they socialize with friends, while the kids can run around with one another in the play zone or by the pond. So many people know one another here, you feel safe knowing that there are people all around keeping an eye out for one another and their children.
Maplewood truly defines the word, COMMUNITY, “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.” Maplewoodstock is one of those weekends that confirms this for me.