Life was WICKED good here in Massachusetts Sept 11 – Sept 12! We were lucky enough to attend The Life is good Festival at Prowse Farms in Canton, MA on Saturday! 100% of Life is good’s profits from the Festival will go towards The Life is Good Kids Foundation. This foundation helps kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty! How amazing is that?
With perfect weather and an even more perfect setting, the Festival kicked off at 11 am on Saturday September 11, 2010. We arrived at the festival around 1:00 parked our car and hopped on the school bus shuttle (Adeline’s first time on a school bus) that took us to the fair grounds. Every aspect of the festival was well organized and ran so smooth it felt like Disney! The Life is good People along with Superfly Productions did a great job of creating a stress free, feel good environment for families! The Life is good festival was much more than just a music festival. There was art, games, and activities for children as well as adults. The three stages featuring live music were amazing highlighting family favorites and cool bands like Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Donovan Frankenreiter, The Sippy Cups, Dan Zanes and many more. And that was only Saturday’s bill! It truly was fun for the whole family (even my 16 old daughter)!
Upon entrance to the festival we all stopped and took in the beautiful scene with the picturesque Blue Hills in the background. It looked like a movie setting! Families were set up everywhere with blankets chairs and baby strollers to take in the good vibes and awesome music! We headed over the the Good Kids Stage and saw that They Might be Giants would be playing at 2:30 so we decided to take a walk around the 40 acres of land and check out the rest of the festival! Sprinkled around the fairgrounds were huge wooden signs with optimistic sayings printed on them such as, “Do what you like. Like what you do.” In the center of the grounds was the Life is good Festival Truck with a huge real wood guitar in the back (just like on the t-shirts)! It was very impressive! Not sure Bill could refret that huge guitar!
We headed over to the Art for all Mural, a one-of-a-kind community art project created by Life is good and Artist Russ Bennett. The mural invites festival attendees to make their own mark on the festival by painting a tile that will be added to the 25 foot by 31 foot mural. Adeline and Kaleigh painted a yellow tile that will become their mark on this project. It was so cool and they both enjoyed it! From there we headed over to see the sack races, home run derby and the rock wall! Adeline spotted a Stonyfield Yogurt Stand (her favorite) so we headed over and got some free yogurt sticks and smoothies!
We sat for a minute and watched Donavan Frankenreiter do a sound check before heading over to the Good Kids Stage. I was so happy to see that the whole area was under a tent making it nice shady spot to take a break and watch one of my all time favorites “They Might be Giants” perform! Adeline loves them too because of their Mickey Mouse Club House songs! They were great and got the kids rocking as well as the moms and dads!
Our next stop was the Chase Freedom Lounge (a private lounge for Chase card holders and media), located in the Good Karma section to see what was going on. The Freedom Lounge was set up with cool lighting and comfy seating. Adeline and Kaleigh got some airbrush tattoos and Bill and I relaxed with a complimentary beer 🙂 Ahhhh…Life is GOOD! Also set up in the lounge was a Wii gaming station, computers with internet access, a recording studio, charging stations for mobile devices and luxury bathrooms. As we sat and took a break we realized that we were just in time to see a private performance from Grace Potter! It was amazing. If you haven’t heard her I highly recommend checking her out! Chase Freedom also provided $25,000 to The Life is good Organization to produce a childrens music CD dedicated to the Haitiain Relief efforts.
When Grace was done we headed out and watched some BMX bikers doing some amazing stunts and then headed over to shopping area. Of course we had to purchase some Life is good Festival t-shirts. It is for a great cause and Life is good makes the softest shirts ever!! We checked out some of the other vendors and ended up getting some more great items.
At this point we thought it was a great time to visit “Chillville” and see if we get Adeline to take a break so we could watch Ziggy Marley! Chillville where families could go take a break and recharge. The Chillville zone was created for families to chill-out with comfy blankets, books, soft blocks and balls. We sat there for awhile and Adeline played with some other kids while Kaleigh admired her newly purchased bag. Bill and I also chilled and listened to Ziggy Marley play! It was so cool but we just couldn’t muster up the energy to go over to the main stage and see Ziggy up close. So we hopped back on the school bus and headed to our car! We all had such a great day and can’t wait for Life is good Festival 2011! Adeline was super excited to wear her new Life is good Festival shirt to preschool today and tell them all about it!
Even if you couldn’t make the festival you can still help “The Life is good Foundation” by purchasing festival products: www.lifeisgood.com
– That’s IT Mommy MA Friends, Erika, Adeline and Kaleigh