Act 1 Entertainment recently held their annual music festival at Firemen's Park in Patchogue Village.
Event organizer Karl Reamer was very pleased with this year's turnout.
"Originally it started out as a company picnic for my musicians, but then one thing led to another. I started getting involved with non-profit organizations, so I invited them out, and it just took on a life of its own. Now it’s more of a community awareness event, than a company picnic," Reamer said.
An estimated 350-400 people attended the annual festival. This year's festival included a food drive and the Patchogue-Medford High School Robotics team held electronic waste collection.
"We’ve surpassed what we did on the block last year. Each year, I get approval from Mayor Pontieri, and last year they said it was getting too big and we’d have to move off the block, so they helped set us up here. We had a lot of expenses - the rental of the property, we rent the stage, we rented the porta-potties, but we sold business sponsorships and vendor tables and we raised all the money that we needed to put on this event. It’s not-for-profit. None of us are making any money, everybody’s chipped in," Reamer said.
The event is expected to be held again at Firemen's Park next year.