To the editor:

Thanks to amazing sponsors, partners and over 40 volunteers, Newburyport’s largest music festival of the summer, the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival, was a huge success! This event is all about celebrating our parks and our community, and we we did just that. We achieved our goal: to finance the festival, and raise funds to help support Newburyport's 26 city parks 

We are grateful to over 70 local sponsors and participants who rallied to support the festival at Waterfront Park. Guests enjoyed a free concert by incredibly talented Quentin Callewaert and the awesome blues band Walk That Walk, as well as two exhilarating performances by N.H. Academy of Performing Arts.

Thank you to Lexie’s, Metzy’s, FISH (Poke) and Fig Tree Kitchens who set up the fabulous food truck court, and to Riverwalk, Mill River Winery, Saintly Cider and Seaboard Products, participants in our wine and beer garden. Mother Nature forced the venue inside the theater where VIP ticket holders and guests experienced not only a fully catered affair but, also a memorable experience and the private performances of a lifetime.

Our gratitude to VIP Sponsors the Institution for Savings and Bentley's Real Estate; Park Guardians Briar Barn Inn, Grove Restaurant and Leary's Fine Wine & Spirits; Park Protectors Dyno Records, Eastern Bank, New England Development, Newburyport Development, Newburyport Bank, Plum Island Coffee Roasters/Soufflés/Commune, Provident Bank, Seaboard Products and UAV Look Drone Services.

Also, to band sponsors Kaya Jewelers, The Deck and Riley & Associates PC, and to April McFarland for signage.

Also, thanks to Park Rangers Beach Plum Flower Shop, Caras Training, Fruh Realty, Mass Cultural Council, New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, Newburyport Awards & Engraving, Personal Care Physicians (Dr. Su), Sea Level Oyster Bar, Stone Ridge Properties, Jennifer Germain & Sandy Berkenbush, Tannery Marketplace, The Barn at Bradstreet Farm, Timberline Enterprises; to Park Benefactors Anchor Stone Deck Pizza, Clipper City Car Wash, Connolly & Connolly Law Firm, Elephant's Trunk, Essex Street Inn, Harpoon Brewery, Kiever-Willard Lumber, Tim Lawler, Lombardi Fuel, Loretta, Michael's Harborside, Mission Oak Grille, Natural Dog, Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante, Sailormade, Soak, The Grog; and to Friends of Parks Castagna Construction, Chococoa, Denise's Flowers, Harbor Creamery, Inn Street Barber Shop, Mark Richey Woodworking, Kim Wilson & Vintage Chic.

Also, thanks to partners and donors, including 92.5 The River, Beach Plum Florist, Bucciarelli’s Butcher Shop & Deli, Commune Cafe, The Daily News of Newburyport for great reporting, Dianne's Fine Desserts, Dragon’s Nest, Figtree Kitchen, Firehouse Center for the Arts, FISH, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Harbor Creamery, Kaya Jewelers, Lexie's Burger Bus, Metzy's Cantina, Mill River Winery, N.E. Grooming Salon, Newburyport Awards & Engraving, Newburyport Brewing, Pam Older Designs, Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Port Plums/Newburyport Olive Oil, RiverWalk Brewing Co., Rounder Records, Saintly Cider, Seaboard Products, Soufflés Cafe, Theater In The Open with TITO the giraffe, Vintage Chic and WUMB.

Lastly, to all my incredible family and friends who have supported my “passion for our parks” by volunteering and supporting ARRF from day one – thank you!

Karen K. Johnson

Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival