Getting a Groove On at Maplewoodstock

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The Maplewoodstock crowd went wild for Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk after an awesome afternoon of home grown roots rock. Glo sticks, Hula Hoops and dancers of all age, shape and size mingled on the lawn and grooved in the cool night air.


The free concert and arts festival continues Sunday, and Liz and Debbie will be there to bring a bit of Baristaville (including some old Baristanet flying discs) to the festivities.
It takes place in Memorial Park, right across from the Maplewood Train Station, from noon until 9 p.m.
Reporting by Erika Bleiberg.

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45 COMMENTS

  1. Maplewood hit a home run with this year’s Maplewoodstock. Dumpstafunk was fabulous. The band that preceded them, Rich Pagano and the Sugar cane Cups, included Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s bass player. A really wonderful day and evening in the burbs. Steve Forbert headlines tomorrow.

  2. I have absolutely nothing against Maplewood or Millburn. However, they are just far enough away that I don’t need to see daily postings about them! I’ve never been to Maplewood (and I’m sure it’s nice) but if I click on the MTC title above, I really would love to just see the old MTC/GR/Bloomfield/Verona news/happenings. I have no connection whatsoever to Maplewood or Millburn, as do most of the people I’ve discussed this with (in MTC). Love that you ladies are expanding, but…Is there a way to choose more than one town w/out getting them all??

  3. Allie, if you go to Baristanet’s new Montclair page, you will get mostly Montclair/Glen Ridge/Bloomfield news — pretty much the same feed you would have gotten before. Just click on the Montclair tab in the top navigation, or save that as your home page.
    I included Maplewoodstock in Montclair’s feed because I thought it was a big enough event that people might be interested.

  4. Oooh, Montclairans can be so insular!
    “Leaving town” just a little bit to see Tony Garnier and Steve Forbert is really worth it.
    Gail Prusslin

  5. I included Maplewoodstock in Montclair’s feed because I thought it was a big enough event that people might be interested.
    Don’t worry, Allie, the Baristas have so many reporters working for them that producing enough material for two (at least) completely separate sites won’t be a problem at all!

  6. I’m insular and provincial!!! This IS New Jersey after all.
    And I’m with Allie22 on this one (just watch who the emails are addressed to….).
    On the “Montclair” link provided and above, the 2nd post is Maplestock– and I don’t care. To be clear: I care more about a Cat Lost Near Watchung Train Station.
    So while I agree with Allie22 that it the “new” town’s are great, wonderful communities filled with kind, compassionate folks, I don’t care to read anything about it, them or what they do.

  7. To that, Nellie, I wonder what becomes of the ever expanding “hyper” local blog……..?
    At what point does the “hyper” term not fit?
    But I guess they dropped “hyper” for “local,” which can be as big as one wants to define.
    Isn’t the NY Times a “local” paper?
    (When I see an article about, I don’t know, something not local or hyper, say spies from Russia living in Montclair, I’ll know that this site jumped the shark!!! 😉

  8. Allie22, when I was 17, a new driver, and a lifelong resident of Maplewood (up to that point in time, and got a car I went off to see all the towns
    that made up Essex County. I recall going to Montclair Center to the movie, the Clairidge and to Verona’s center as well as Bloomfield center. I got “daring” and went to Bellville, (tho I got lost and wound up in Nutley, so I got to see that, as well. Millburn and South Orange I had been to, 100s of times prior.
    How can YOU not have the interest to see the other towns that comprise our county? How can you be so confined to such a small area?
    Taylor Park in Millburn is a Rose Garden that has made the N.Y. Times, Maplewood’s Village (shopping district) is unique, beyond description. South Orange’s duck/swan pond, it’s fabulous rolling hills, cherry blossom Trees circling the duck pond, The huge wildlife park in Livingston (I 4-get its mane) and the Zoo in West Orange as well as the West Orange Reservation, are just a sampling of what you are missing.
    Nothing against Montclair, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, or others, but…. spread your wings a bit !!

  9. How can YOU not have the interest to see the other towns that comprise our county?
    Why stop at county borders, Sandy? That is so provincial. The U.S. of A. is a big country. We should all be interested in what goes on anywhere between our shining seas. Dubuque, for instance, is a wonderful town full of great folks! Did you hear the news about the town prosecutor being attacked by a murder suspect? Great story!
    If you don’t find this interesting, it’s because of some moral failing on your part.

  10. walleroo is RIGHT.
    I just checked the hyperlocal blog, “Baristanet- Dubuque” (it’s on the 3rd page of the Baristanet communities pages) and CANNOT believe what an animal Michael Mayton is.
    the prof would like to see him buried UNDER the jail!!!
    There, Sandy, I was “daring” too- I clicked all the way to IOWA!!
    (Later, I may even click on “Baristanet- Shoshone (Idaho)” and see what’s happening there….)

  11. allie
    Just Curious why you’ve never been to Maplewood? It isn’t that from from you. I can understand your frustration with the changes being made to you little part of the world. Change is tough sometimes. It it makes you feel any better people are complaining on maplewoodonline.com (MOL) about the changes being here as well.
    I’ve been reading Baristanet off and on since it was created. Posted very rarely. I think what Baristanet has done so far in covering what’s happening in Maplewood, South Orange and Millburn show they are serious about expanding.
    You never know, something might interest you enough to visit one of the three towns.

  12. You’re on your own allie,
    I hear folks from MMSO got little voices, goin’ peep, peep, peep, they got grubby little fingers and dirty little minds and they’re gonna get you every time.
    Is that true?
    I also heard they smell like wet a squirrel.
    If true, you can keep ’em!

  13. Yes, you are ALL right!! (The people from Montclair, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield, that is…)
    We are insular (on Baristanet). Isn’t that the point?
    Dear, dear Baristas…you built your audience/customer base as a particular product. As “Baristas” you should be keenly aware of what that “hyper-local” product is/was. I can read the paper to find out about “Maplewoodstock” It is not why I log on to Baristanet. I go to Baristanet to 1. Read about all the little tasty local tidbits that are not in the paper. 2. Read the replies from our local community to get even more local flavor. Now I have no idea who is replying to issues about my town. (yes, I know out-of-towners were posting before, too. but minimally)
    And while we are on the subject, stop trying to cram the other towns down our throats by cross pollinating the posts.
    Thanks!

  14. Walleroo, I thought i’d start out “small” in staying within Essex County.
    I was pretty nervous, at 17, taking the car and going off in directions I was not too sure of, but
    the urge to “explore” was too strong not to do it.
    I recall my first drive from South Orange to Willowbrook Maul. I think it was the only time I ever
    prayed in the car! But, I found it !
    As ‘ya know I love cars (have 6) and love driving
    and “exploring” … Allie 22 needs to widen their
    boundries. There are beautiful places, here, in the
    county we live in. Art, Plays, Performing Arts,
    Natural Trails, Wildlife (not talking ’bout Newark);
    Sculpture exhibits, Classic/Antique/Special Car Shows. Rose Gardens, Duck Ponds, and of course, Mauls…Oops, MALLS. 🙂

  15. You are absolutely right, Sandy. We would all benefit if Baristanet were to include coverage of ALL places on the GLOBE. We all need our minds expanded. With that in mind, I made a list of some stories the New, Expanded Baristanet should cover:
    The new town hall hotel in Bethnal Green, London, because, who knows? You might get stuck in the East End overnight some day.
    Paternalism in Ugandan politics, because, hey, why be small minded?
    Dead people in Hokkaido politics, because you never know when you’ll find yourself having to serve in local Japanese government.
    So go ahead, Baristas, bring it on! Let’s have new tabs for Bethnal Green, Uganda and Hokkaido!

  16. Why do you leave out Iceland? Do you have something against Iceland? Have you ever been to Iceland? NO! So then why not mention Iceland!
    The Keemos are very friendly folk.

  17. PAZ born in Jersey City>Harrison>Kearney>Lyndhurst>Wood Ridge>Belleville>Bloomfield>Nutley>Providence RI>Montclair>Rochester NY>Paterson>Montclair>Glen Ridge>?….Where’s next for this jersey boy? I can handle Baristanet expanding to NJerseynet….Go for it, Deb
    PAZ in GRrrrTown.

  18. Big shout to all the readers who came out to say hi and told Mr they read about Maplewoodstock on Baristanet. Saw readers from Bloomfield, West Orange, Glen Ridge, Montclair as well as folks from Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn and even Morrison. Still here , listening to bands and chilling.

  19. Get 10 miles of rope. Drive a stake in the middle of Anderson Park. Tie one end to the stake. Prof, Walleroo, and Sandy can walk the other end around in a big circle. Guys, be really careful in Irvington.
    Walleroo, you’re responsible for blogging about this journey. Prof, you’re in charge of security and Sandy, you follow them in your caddy just in case they need some water or something.
    Ready, set, gooooooo!

  20. Whew! At least I don’t have to walk!
    So, there is this really neat park
    in Springfield. One day, many years ago,
    my wife & I walked all around the perimeter
    of it (Long walk) and then down the center path
    back towards the car, but first, we found this
    little special area,
    Never mind.

  21. Do people really have so much time on their hands as to discuss the inclusion of this posting on this site in such depth? Maybe some volunteer work or a good old fashioned hobby could solve this!

  22. Oh yea, oliver—-
    Where’d the dumb THUMBS go?
    Are the lost forever?
    They lasted, what? 6-8 months?

  23. I’m with MM&I. If people’s worlds are this disrupted by a little local web site adding some stories about other nearby towns, I can’t imagine how dull their lives must be. They must live in a magical part of B’ville where nothing troubling ever happens.
    I’m sure there is an increase in $$$ coming for the Baristas along with this change, so I don’t think all the complaining about this is going to change a thing. Is it really such a big deal to click on the “Montclair” banner if you only want the stories for your town? Or, alternatively, risk learning about something interesting going on a whopping 12 miles away?

  24. I agree totally with MeMyself and KatebirdRex. All this commentating by people with time on their hands and too little to do is just plain DUMB.
    Get a life, people! Get out a bit, make some friends, don’t be so negative! Volunteer in a soup kitchen so you don’t have all that extra energy at the end of the day to bitch and moan! If you would think less about yourselves and think more about other people and what they should be doing to make the world a better place, the world would be a better place.
    Please stop annoying me!

  25. I missed Maplewoodstock, I would have loved to go to the scheduled music and arts festival in Anderson Park until budget cuts turned it into Altamontclair (i.e., an embarrassing disaster).

  26. Your comment is a wholly positive expression of what I feel some of this anger is directed at – jealousy that Montclair has no arts festival and anger that the Anderson Park gig was canceled.

  27. Altamontclair, love it. At least nobody got stabbed here, though. (Well, not today, anyway. As far as I know.)

  28. Right… so lotsa Baristavillians have no interest whatsoever in coming south to enjoy Maplewoodstock. That’s fine with us here in SOMA. Your loss…
    You should also stay away in droves on Wednesday nights in July, while South Orange enjoys its free concerts. They’re nicely attended by plenty of local SOMA folks, thank you very much.. We don’t need clueless outtatowners elbowing in.
    (SOMA, by the way, is what we residents call South Orange and Maplewood. Not “Baristaville”, or — as “The Local” made a hilariously futile attempt to rebrand us — “Tri-Towns”…)
    However, while the callous disinterest voiced so eloquently in these comments by so many of your own denizens towards your neighbors to the south might not be echoed widely in our towns (we come from — and like to visit — many places… we’re a curious lot), most of us do share some level of incredulity at your need to “include us” as part of Baristanet.com, which was, until recently, a perfectly nice little e-portal servicing a perfectly lovely area to our north.
    You see… we really don’t need Baristaville to approve of us. We’re perfectly fine as we are. We even have our OWN e-portal (If I mention its name here, I’m sure my post will be deleted — as was the one I wrote about your “Travel to Maplewood” video — so I won’t…), with news, and photos, and a message board, and advertising, and EVERYTHING…
    I’m posting this little comment on that message board as well, BTW, in case any of you wanna come looking for it.
    My name (both here and there) is Soda. C’mon down!
    But call first.
    -s.

  29. Right… so lotsa Baristavillians have no interest whatsoever in coming south to enjoy Maplewoodstock. That’s fine with us here in SOMA. Your loss…
    You should also stay away in droves on Wednesday nights in July, while South Orange enjoys its free concerts. They’re nicely attended by plenty of local SOMA folks, thank you very much.. We don’t need clueless outtatowners elbowing in.
    (SOMA, by the way, is what we residents call South Orange and Maplewood. Not “Baristaville”, or — as “The Local” made a hilariously futile attempt to rebrand us — “Tri-Towns”…)
    However, while the callous disinterest voiced so eloquently in these comments by so many of your own denizens towards your neighbors to the south might not be echoed widely in our towns (we come from — and like to visit — many places… we’re a curious lot), most of us do share some level of incredulity at your need to “include us” as part of Baristanet.com, which was, until recently, a perfectly nice little e-portal servicing a perfectly lovely area to our north.
    You see… we really don’t need Baristaville to approve of us. We’re perfectly fine as we are. We even have our OWN e-portal (If I mention its name here, I’m sure my post will be deleted — as was the one I wrote about your “Travel to Maplewood” video — so I won’t…), with news, and photos, and a message board, and advertising, and EVERYTHING…
    I’m posting this little comment on that message board as well, BTW, in case any of you wanna come looking for it.
    My name (both here and there) is Soda. C’mon down!
    But call first.
    -s.

  30. I am sure that shopkeepers in both areas will be happy — despite the shouting wars from north and south. I also met several North Baristaville readers at Maplewoodstock yesterday who only knew about it because of Baristanet — and they were having a wonderful time.
    Also, Soda, I don’t remember us deleting any comments on our video. We certainly would not delete because of a mention of Maplewood Online.

  31. I returned to Maplewoodstock on Sunday, and saw several friends from Montclair in the crowd. Didn’t see Famiglia Barista, but definitely appreciated reading about the event here. Both days at Maplewoodstock were lots of fun. I’ve been to previous Maplewoodstocks, and this was the best of the bunch. The Nevilles were off-the-charts great on Saturday. Maya Azucena on Sunday was terrific; she had a great band and was really charming. Steve Forbert was a little cranky at first, but he finished up his set nicely.

  32. Debbie, you’re correct, and I apologize for accusing you of deleting my post. An alert MOLer just reminded me that my screed was after that first “Welcome to Baristaville” piece, merely referring to the travelogue itself in passing…
    -s.
    BTW: I picked up one of your buttons at your table at maplewoodstock. (It was nice to meet you guys, thanks a lot.) It’s now been added to other timeless ones like “Whip Inflation Now” and “Just Looking” in my “35-Years Of Buttons” drawer.

  33. How many people complaining here actually took the time to check out maplewoodstock! it really is a great event! If you didn’t go you really missed out!

  34. It was the tie-die “Welcome to Baristaville” button, but please don’t tell anybody from SOMA about that — or, for that matter, that I visited your site after posting my “Tokyo Rose” tirade on MOL… I’ll never live it down…
    -s.
    BTW: Regards to Liz.

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