Fifty years ago, Canned Heat played its trademark song “Going Up the Country” at Woodstock.
Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Steve Fritz is inviting music fans to “Go Up the Country” to the Waystock Community Music & Family Fun Fest from noon to 5 p.m. at Wayside Presbyterian Church, 600 Stony Battery Road.
“We encourage people to wear their tie-dye shirts,” Fritz said. For those who no longer have tie-dye outfits, the church is selling tie-dye handkerchiefs.
Waystock began as a lawn concert nine years ago and morphed into a day of music and fun for the community in 2012.
Chris Rowles, musical coordinator and event originator, noted in a news release that the event was “inspired by 1969’s Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music. Waystock was a natural connection for Wayside to bring music to the community and bring people together.”
Fritz joked that the event is modeled after Woodstock “without the drugs and sex. That’s the church’s twist on the best of Woodstock.”
Rowles has lined up five bands to play throughout the afternoon. The schedule goes as follows: noon, Cherry Street Worship Band; 1 p.m., Last Stand; 2 p.m. Grace Notes; 3 p.m. Basic Connection; 4 p.m. Cross Reference.
There are a variety of family activities from bounce houses to kite flying to face painting.
A fast-pitch station will include a visit by Cylo, the mascot of the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Waystock has a large pavilion where some of the events will be staged. The event will be moved indoors in inclement weather.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable items for the Hempfield Food Pantry.