May 19

Great Swamp Watershed Association Brings Outdoor Music to Chatham Township

May 17, 2021

Six hours of continuous, live, family-friendly entertainment

Morristown, NJ —Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) announced today that their 4th annual “Great Swamp Great Music” festival will take place on Sunday, May 23, 2021, 1:00-6:00 PM (gates open at 12:00 noon with live music). The festival location, Giralda Farms Preserve, is located minutes off I-287 in Chatham Township, New Jersey. This family-friendly fundraising event offers a variety of food, adult beverages, unique items for purchase, and a relaxing afternoon of music in the fresh air.

“How fortunate are we to have such a beautiful open space as Giralda Farms Preserve so close to home for a chance to get outside and enjoy some great music?” stated Val Thorpe, GSWA Director of Communications and event producer. “We’ve done without a lot for too long. Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been eased for outdoor functions, this fundraising event is an opportunity to make up for some lost time while also doing something good for the environment.”

Purchase tickets at Online ticket ordering is encouraged. Pricing remains the same as previous years – adults online: $25 ($30 at the gate), students online: $15 ($20 at the gate), children 13 and under: free. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call Val at 908-872-0344.

New this year, solo artist, Nick Amling, will play for the audience after the gates open at 12 noon. Singer/guitarist, Jeff Webb, is back this year to open the show and provide continuous live music between sets. Returning crowd-favorites include Lenox Underground, The Big Fuss, and Big Train. The Festival headliner, The Holiday Ramblers, promises to rock the grounds, rounding out the lineup of musicians who are all donating their time and talent to GSWA’s annual fundraiser.

“We are grateful to our festival sponsors, whose support makes it possible for us to offer this highly-anticipated event,” said Sally Rubin, GSWA Executive Director. “I also want to acknowledge all of our fabulous musicians who provide tremendous performances without compensation in the name of clean water and land.”

GSWA thanks their generous festival sponsors:  Atlantic Health System, Delta Dental of New Jersey, Adrienne & Dillard Kirby, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Senlac Ridge Partners, Debra & John Apruzzese, Community Foundation of New Jersey, EA Boniakowski Insurance, Investors Bank, Agi & Matt Krauser, New Jersey American Water, Kit Stinson & Dick Muldoon, Valley Bank, Pamela Strode, Adrienne & Reed Auerbach, Glenmede Investment and Wealth Management,

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., Mariner Wealth Advisors, Pipe Works Home Services, Inc., and Regent Atlantic

All are encouraged to bring their blankets or low-lying chairs. Parking is free and plentiful.

Attendees are expected to continue following social distancing protocols.

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About the Great Swamp Watershed Association

Founded in 1981, the Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the water resources of the Passaic River region, from the Great Swamp headwaters to Newark Bay, for present and future generations. Through education, advocacy, science, land preservation, and stewardship, in collaboration with partners, we work to instill our communities with an awareness of water’s effect on health and the beauty of the environment, from source to sea.  The organization educates nearly 5,000 school children, monitors over 30 stream locations, and holds approximately 50 public events each year.

For more information about the Great Swamp Watershed Association, visit

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Contact:       Val Thorpe
                     Director, Communications & Membership, GSWA
                     (908) 872-0344

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