Artistry Beyond Music
As the echoes of the final encore for Shlump fade into the night, and the lights of Dragon Run twinkle for one last time, we take time to reflect on the third year of Firelights. The colorful lights that once adorned the festival grounds are replaced by the gentle glow of campfires and we are once again left with that bittersweet feeling of saying goodbye to our family on the farm. Let us take a walk down memory lane as we reminisce on another spectacular weekend. While the music was undoubtedly the heartbeat of Firelights, the festival also showcased an array of talented fire and lyra performers. Vibrant art installations, added to the atmosphere of each stage. Whether you were at the Jamboree Stage, the Art Gallery, the Hideout Stage, the Silent Disco, or the Disco Inferno Stage, there was always some form of entertainment to watch along with the music. In addition to performers and live painters, there were troupes dressed up as different, enchanting themes wandering throughout the forest! Every performances and piece of art was a testament to the boundless creativity of the human spirit that is embodied in the community at Firelights.
The Camping Experience
Camping beneath the stars at The Heron Farm & Event Center, was an experience in itself. There were three options for camping: a large open field area, a lightly wooded area on a hillside, and within the trees of the forest. The field area and the lightly wooded area allowed attendees to park their cars next to their campsites. Whereas, camping in the forest required attendees to haul camp gear from the parking lot to their campsites. Getting around the entire festival was no burden, and camping in the forest is definitely worth it if you don’t mind carrying a few things! If you have the opportunity to camp at any of the Firelights camp options, you are in for a treat! The convenience of being able to go back to camp whenever you please was a luxury and when the last sets ended for the night, the party kept going back at camp! Around campfires, we shared music, stories, laughter, and spontaneous jam sessions with newfound friends. These moments were a reminder that Firelights is not just an event; it's a community of kindred spirits brought together by a shared love for music and art.
Hand-Crafted Vendors and Culinary Delights
The craft and food vendors provided a diverse collection of options to choose from. Vendors were available from morning to late at night and there seemed to be an option for everyone. The food trucks fueled attendees with flavors from around the world, which created a culinary tapestry that mirrored the diversity of the music itself. From beautifully, handcrafted garments, to mouthwatering Cannabis infused hot sauces, the vendors made sure we were pampered. One day you could have breakfast brauts from Edoggs, BBQ for lunch from Greenes Smokin BBQ, and Rad Pies for Dinner. The next day you could totally switch it up and grab a bite for breakfast at the Full Moon Rising Bakery, head on over to Pawlowski Pierogies for replenishment before Dirtwire, and then grab a Juicy J’s Lemonade on the way back to camp!
A Heartfelt Contribution
One of the most heartwarming aspects of the festival was knowing that our participation not only enriched our lives but supported the community and those who protect it. Firelights Music & Arts Festival isn't just a gathering; it's a transformative experience that extends its influence well beyond the festival grounds. For attendees, the impact is profound and many leave with a renewed sense of purpose. It's a reminder that there's more to life than the daily grind and that creativity and connection are essential to our well-being.
But the festival's influence doesn't stop there. It also extends its reach into the neighboring community. Through contributions to The Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department and by attracting visitors to the area, Firelights infuses vitality into the local economy. It supports businesses, provides job opportunities, and fosters a sense of pride among residents who witness their town come alive with the magic of the festival.
Firelights doesn't just create an event; it creates a positive ripple effect, touching the lives of attendees and the surrounding community, and leaving an indelible mark of inspiration, unity, and support, one festival at a time.
May the afterglow of last weekend remind us all of what it means to be human and that the Firelight’s spirit burns brightly within us until we meet again on the farm.