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First time around for Highlands Festival, all about keeping the Highlands Region Green

Here is the scoop:
The New Jersey Highlands Coalition is hosting the 1st annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo on September 21-22, 2013 at Waterloo Village in Byram, NJ. The environmental festival will be a “Celebration of All Things Local” and will promote local music, food, art, history, cultural and natural resources.

This rain-or-shine event will delight people of all ages and feature a wide range of activities, including performances by 20 NJ musicians/bands, Local Food Court, Crafts and Fair Trade Marketplace, Living Green Expo, cooking demonstrations, workshops, an art show, Lenape Village activities, canal rides, kayaking, and guided nature hikes.

The music line-up features artists with strong ties to New Jersey and the Highlands region. Headlining on Saturday is Marco Benevento (Rolling Stone’s David Fricke described his music as, “deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves that expand with subtle mounting gestures”). On Sunday, the popular Americana band, Yarn, will cap off the day. Known for mixing bluegrass, country, rock and roll, the Grammy-nominated Yarn will no doubt delight new fans and draw their die-hard and enthusiastic fans, affectionately known as the “Yarmy.

The musicians on the roster—all with New Jersey ties—include: Bovine Social Club, Wig Party, Brother Buddha, The Soviet, Grover Kemble and Za Zu Zaz, Damian Calcagne Band; Matty Carl Project, Keith Kenny, Chelsea Carlson, Nalani and Sarina, Pfeiffer Twins, Son of Dov, Mike Herz, Kathy Moser, and Dave and Claire.

Waterloo Village has an exciting history as a musical performance venue. Over the years, renowned acts such as the Beach Boys, Judy Collins, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Phish and the Metropolitan Opera have performed there.

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition is hosting the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the NJ Highlands region, to promote the missions of the NJ Highlands Coalition’s 80+ nonprofit member organizations, and to fund the 2014 Small Grants Program which supports local grassroots organizations. As a nonprofit organization in Boonton, New Jersey, the NJ Highlands Coalition works to protect, restore, and enhance the water and other natural and cultural resources of New Jersey’s Highlands, now and for the future. The Coalition serves eighty-eight municipalities in Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties that are protected under the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act in addition to the 5.4 million state residents who depend on the Highlands for drinking water. For more information on the NJ Highlands Coalition or to become a member, please visit the organization’s website:

With such a diverse range of activities offered at the two-day event, the Highlands Festival at Waterloo is sure to be a fun and enjoyable event for all. Tickets cost $15 online for one day; $25 for two days. At the gate, tickets will be $25 for one day; $40 for two days. To purchase tickets online and for more information about the festival, please visit the festival’s website at: