Ange Stefanowicz is a veteran of The Peach Music Festival. The 35-year-old Harding resident attended the first four iterations of The Allman Brothers Band’s multi-day musical celebration and plans to make it five this year.
Like most music festivals, Peach consists of multiple stages that create their own lanes of traffic, their own ideal spots and, sometimes, their own sets of rules. Stefanowicz’s experience gives her a familiarity with the nuances of Peach, like the festival’s alcohol transportation policy: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain is owned by Lackawanna county, while the adjacent Montage Mountain Water Park is privately owned. A checkpoint is erected between the venues and their Peach Festival stages to prevent any adult beverages from crossing between the two.
“There’s two separate liquor licences,” Stefanowicz explained. “You might buy a beer (at the water park’s Mushroom Stage) and try to go walk over to the main Peach Stage and there’s a place right in the middle. They’re like, ‘you can’t bring that here, you got to chug it.’ Drink before, drink after, don’t drink at all — I know that’s one of the biggest complaints of that venue.”
For campers wanting to bring their own beverages in, L T Verrastro (700 Moosic Rd., Old Forge) is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., but closed Saturdays and Sundays. Taylor Beverage (1530 S. Main Ave., Scranton) is a bit further from the venue, but is opens on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
Taylor Beverage is also close to Taylor’s Wal-Mart — a destination festival goers can easily access to replenish items needed to ensure survival during the weekend. Ariane Conaboy, a physician with Commonwealth Health, said festival goers need to eat something every three hours and reapply sunscreen on a similar schedule. She said it is important to keep a few specific items handy when camping — or attending a music festival — for days at a time.
“Definitely Band Aids, antibiotic ointment and if you’re able to bring alcohol wipes they are wonderful,” Conaboy said. “If you’re also able to bring a blister guard or a hyper colloid pad they are wonderful, especially if somebody has something on their foot or if they develop a blister. That can help so it wouldn’t get infected and prevent against further wear.”
Stefanowicz added baby wipes to the list. The mountain gets dusty and baby wipes can clear layers of dirt from skin without a shower. For campers, Stefanowicz recommends a tent lock since thieves, referred to in festival lingo as “wookies” are “getting worse.”
Once safety’s covered, it’s time to move on to comfort. For a relaxing, uncrowded night’s sleep, Stefanowicz recommends a hammock.
“If you’re in the camping area a hammock makes it a heck of a lot more comfortable trying to get good sleep,” Stefanowicz said. “It’s great for napping, so you’re not in a hot tent during the day and you can always set one up on the top of where the mushroom stage is; near the water park there’s a lot of good trees up there. But for the best sleep on the mountain a hammock is definitely vital.”
The fifth anniversary of The Peach Music Festival features four nights of music — the general consensus between festival and health experts? Come prepared, stay cool and bring an extra change of clothes for the wave pool.
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