by Eric Mullens
HUERFANO — Residents and businesses in the Spanish Peaks region, especially those in the Walsenburg area, are geared up for the second annual techno music and more festival in Huerfano County. Sonic Bloom The Unified Field, begins today at the Hummingbird Ranch located off of Lascar Road.
The event brought thousands of people to the area last year and business was brisk at restaurants, grocery stores and motels.
Sonic Bloom is so much more than just a music festival. After holding the festival in five different locations during its 10 years of existence, organizers say, “we are happy to say that we have found home at the Hummingbird Ranch.”
The Sonic Bloom website says, “This unique site is becoming the long-term home of Sonic Bloom Festival. Join us on the ground level as we turn this beautiful land into a permanent gathering place for Positive Impact Festivals and our collective transition to more just and sustainable world. This year, we start the Permaculture Design Plan for the site and you’re invited to get involved through the three-day Permaculture Action Academy Series and Sonic Bloom Permaculture Action Day.”
In addition to incredible music, Sonic Bloom The Unified Field will offer visual and performance artists as well as various speakers and workshops. And, of course, food, drink, and craft vendors will be on site for festival goers’ thirst, hunger, fashion, and gift needs.
The box office will be located on open space just west of Exit 64 off of Interstate-25; organizers request visitors do not drive into Rye or any local neighborhoods. Please stay on I-25 highway all the way to Exit 64.
In keeping with its good neighbor policy, Sonic Bloom will, again this year, be giving back to the community. The festival website says, “Sonic Bloom and Conscious Alliance are proud to announce they will be teaming up once again to host an ‘Art That Feeds’ food and clothing drive. The first patrons who donate 20 non-perishable food items or a suggested monetary donation will receive a free limited-edition screen print created by one of our very talented artists.”
All donations will benefit the local community and be donated to the Dorcas Food Bank in Walsenburg. “We are excited to add the clothing drive at the booth at Sonic Bloom for the second year, the website says. “We are asking that patrons donate new or gently used clean clothing at our ‘Art That Feeds’ booth. The clothing will also go to Dorcas Circle Food and Clothing Pantry.”
Food donations will be collected at the Conscious Alliance ‘Art That Feeds’ Gallery and food collection site. Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low-sodium and health oriented products. Organic food donations are especially encouraged. The most needed items for the ‘Art That Feeds’ food drive are: canned soups and stews, pasta, tomatoes and tomato sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, oatmeal, whole grain/low sugar cereal, peanut butter, beans, and baby food. For more information about workshops, music line-ups and more, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to: sonicbloomfestival.com.