Most of my good friends know that I was an unhappy transplant to the Capital Region more than 15 years ago. In my youthful angst, I found little about upstate New York that could compare to what I experienced in Chicago, though I admit that I probably kept blinders on for the better part of a decade. I waited far too long to think about it, but finally realized that there are too many incredible things within reach of us here to turn away from, too much that I wouldn’t have access to if I moved to a big city.
One of those things that keeps me here is the annual fall concert at Gill’s Farm. Less than 15 miles from the town of Woodstock in the small town of Hurley, a genuine farm site is the perfect setting to host a free concert with one of the legends of the original Woodstock Music Festival. John Gill hosts this free event to show off his giant 100-foot pumpkin cannon (which launches pumpkins nearly a mile), attract some business to his farm stand, and show some love for his town. (There are farms closer to Chicago than you might imagine, but there damn sure isn’t one that could do an event quite like this.)