ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Signature Sounds and Mass Audubon are excited to announce the fifth annual Arcadia Folk Festival for Sunday, September 17th, 2023. This outdoor musical event brings the community together around music in the heart of the Valley to celebrate and support the work at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and to model a sustainable community event.
Arcadia is an ecological gem and an environmental education innovator. Since 1944, Arcadia staff have been protecting important habitats, connecting people of all ages to nature, and advocating for sound environmental policies.
This event will serve to engage more people with Arcadia’s mission, raise funds to help expand the reach of Mass Audubon’s ambitious Action Agenda in Western Massachusetts, and celebrate the community’s tremendous support.
Arcadia Folk Fest and Rosh Hashanah fall on the same weekend this year. Due to a number of conflicts, we were not able to change the weekend of Folk Fest. We decided to move the event from Saturday to Sunday, which we understand to be a better option for many who observe Rosh Hashanah. We strive to make this event welcoming to all and sincerely apologize for the overlap of Arcadia Folk Fest with these Jewish High Holy Days.
We acknowledge that Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the traditional, contemporary, and unceeded territories of the Nonotuck, Nipmuc, and Pocumtic Nations. These lands were stolen from the Indigenous people, creating a legacy of injustice that persists to this day.
We acknowledge that Indigenous stewardship of the land kept its ecological and human communities vibrant, strong, and interconnected for thousands of years. To this day Indigenous peoples remain at the forefront of climate action, ecological stewardship, and environmental justice.
Mass Audubon is committed to learning, listening, and evolving so that someday soon we may live in right relationship with the people who have been the rightful stewards of the land for thousands of years.