Save the Valley

Open Space Festival set for Sept. 21 at Bellevue

The nonprofit group Save the Valley has set its second Open Space Music Festival for Sunday, Sept. 21, at Bellevue State Park’s Figure 8 Barn.

Utilizing the joy of music and the outdoor venue, Save the Valley will once again raise funds and awareness for the preservation of Beaver Valley. Some 800 acres of the valley, located on the border of Delaware and Pennsylvania in Woodlawn territory, may be sold to developers by Woodlawn Trustees.

“This is an awareness-raising effort in that each person who comes out to listen to some really good music on Sept. 21st becomes a potential spokesperson for this preservation effort,” says Save the Valley President Jason Hoover.

The nonprofit organization fears that development of the area will result in enormous increases in traffic as well as the addition of hundreds of houses, parking lots, and commercial enterprises. “If the development proposal gets rejected and the Woodlawn Trustees decide to offer their parcel to land conservation groups instead of to developers, then we will help raise the funds necessary to purchase the land,” says Hoover.

An online petition, bumper stickers and more are available on the group’s website, savethevalley.org.

Save the Valley is also on Facebook, and, says Hoover, “Our Facebook likes are an indication of the impact these articles have had; we are currently just south of 5,000 likes.”
The festival, from noon to 10 p.m., will feature seven bands and artists from around the country.

“We have national acts coming in, which is a testament to the worthiness of this cause,” Hoover says. Among those appearing will be John Gallagher, Jr., a Wilmington native who stars in the HBO series The Newsroom. Local band New Sweden, which played at one of the Save the Valley meetings last year, also will perform. Beer will be provided by Twin Lakes Brewery.

Tickets are $45 and are available online at openspacemusic.org or savethevalley.org.