Hanstock returns Saturday with more music, new location

  • Hanstock, a one-day music festival in Hancock, returns for a third iteration on Saturday, Sept. 11. Courtesy photo

  • Hanstock, a one-day music festival in Hancock, returns for a third iteration on Saturday, Sept. 11. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/8/2021 12:05:14 PM

Hanstock, the one-day music festival created two years ago to bring in funds to help renovate the Hancock Depot, will return this Saturday with a bigger lineup, more vendors and a new location.

Hanstock III will be held at Moose Brook Park, 40 Bennington Road, Hancock, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. moving from the gazebo and town green where it had been held the previous two years. It features eight musical acts, 40 vendors selling their hand-created wares, a cornhole tournament and food trucks.

Organizer David Young enjoyed hosting in the center of town, but said there were some logistical challenges, most notably the space needed to get one band out of the gazebo and another one in between sets. This year, set on the town soccer and baseball fields, a temporary stage has been put together that will allow for a smoother transition and even more time dedicated to the music.

Hosting the festival in a larger open area also allows for the audience to spread out more “so people can socially distance as they wish,” Young said.

The music begins at 11 a.m. and goes all day and into the first hour of darkness thanks to a lighting setup. Young said it’s a nice mixture of a little bit of everything – rock ‘n roll, Americana, swing, bluegrass. The music lineup includes: Wendy Keith & Her Alleged Band (11-11:50 a.m.), Hash It Out (12:15-1:15 p.m.), The Kingsnakes (1:30-2:20 p.m), Jerry Dugger (2:30-3:15 p.m), Danielle Miraglia (3:30-4:15 p.m.), Eyes of Age (4:30-5:30 p.m.), Veronica Lewis (5:45-6:45 p.m.) and Low Lily (7-8 p.m.). Eyes of Age, Young’s band, will be performing all original songs off their new album expected out later this fall.

The first two years had about 12 to 15 vendors as the festival got off the ground, but Young said he reached out to more people for this year and coupled with more interest led to a huge expansion of what will be available for sale. Even with 40 vendors lined up, Young said the new location could accommodate more.

There will be two food trucks – Blackfire Farm and its wood-fired pizza, along with Street Savory and its twist on great food on the go and Troubardour coffee. Vendors will also be selling baked goods and other small food items. The cornhole tournament will be limited to 20 teams and there will be an entry fee of $10 per person and includes a hot dog, chips and a drink

Young said the festival has gone really well the first two years and anticipates it will continue to grow.

“We’re hoping that this year it really leaps and gets a lot of people out there,” he said. “We’re hoping it gets bigger and better every year. I’m hoping it really becomes a thing – and so far, so good.”

A rain date is set for Saturday, Sept. 18, but Young said the weather report looks like that will be a moot point.

“It looks like the weather gods are really smiling on us,” he said.

There is a $10 suggested donation and proceeds will benefit the Hancock Depot Association’s continued effort to “get that building back up to snuff,” Young said – the whole intention behind starting Hanstock in the first place.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/hancockdepotcabaret.


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