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Pinegrove Private Event Center
7486 Beech Hill Road
Stockton, NY 14784
Welcome to the Pinegrove Event Center in Stockton, New York!
Since you have found this site you must be interested in what Pinegrove is all about! Pinegrove is a small Event Center located in Stockton, NY on approximately 40 acres. We host two annual events for fundraising; the first one is Party in the Pines which is a three day adventures and then we will be having a large 2 day event towards the end of the summer too. All events hosted by Pinegrove itself will also be fundraisers for local Community needs.
In 2014 we raised money for both the SPCA and the Chautauqua County Library and 2015 we will be having Party in the Pines for “Iona’s Army” and our late summer one for the SPCA again. We will have Chinese Auctions DAILY and random 50/50’s also throughout the events!
In 2014 we had a pig roast for Party in the Pines and a chicken barbeque for Rage the Stage. Our stage stops from 5 – 6/6:30 PM on Saturday so we can eat a meal together and enjoy some Community time with the whole group onsite!
Every event we host will have Community bonfires each evening run by our beloved Woodbusters. The Woodbusters are a fire tribe which takes responsibility for the fire and the safety of those around the area. They are signified by red suspenders and are the only ones allowed to play with the fire once it is lit. We provide this so our guests can come back to the fire and bring their drums, rattles, and other instruments to join in with the drum circle or to be able to dance and play knowing they will have a fire for warmth and a light. Our fire is truly our evening beacon for Community.
While Party in the Pines and Rage the Stage 2014 were both great events – we need to get the word out more as we are new and many are not aware of the services we provide out here. We are striving to continue to have some more fundraising events for Pinegrove and to hopefully get some more people aware of what Pinegrove is all about. Keep an eye out on our schedule to see what we come up with and if it is in your area as the winter ones will be off site.
We are already working on 2015! Please realize that while we have our two events we strive for annually – we also are an event center which may be just right for your event. We are interested in just renting the land or even helping you to provide an event out here of your own. Family Reunions, Graduation Parties, or even other small music gathering are Welcomed! Check availability on the schedule and if the date you are interested in is open – get in touch with us. Whether email, Facebook, or even a call (but we do have shoddy service so it is iffy); we will try to see if we can accommodate!
A Bit About the Property of Pinegrove
Pinegrove is the Home of Jill Lundquist & Ray Duggan – which we share with Joan Swatty much of the year. We have our dog Jenn, her cat Raven, and his cat Bittles all living with us and adding to the atmosphere. We live very frugally and truly want to have Pinegrove a place to be shared. This also will be the home of our very own Fritz too so we have big plans ahead!
Pinegrove is very rustic! It is surrounded by woods all the way around. It had been kept as a nature preserve for well over two decades until we opened Pinegrove in June 2011. We spent a lot of time and effort clearing the paths, making camping space, making the ‘O Zone’ (our fire circle), making space for performer parking, filled in water obstacles which even I am still in stock of, burned so much dead and fallen wood you’d think we were pyros, and so much more I am fluffing over.
We are currently working on gathering more of the wood before the winter hits and prepping for the winter. All the event stuff is either in the garage or by it; the wood shop is not overwhelmed still with storage either! We are making plans to make registration and parking closer which will require a bulldozer to flatten the already cleared land and a bunch of stone and wood chips to roll over for a while. We have some of the paths which have to be dozed one more time and the stone and chips thing done too. So anyone interested in playing with lots of branches and helping make changes – feel free to speak up!
We do not have more than a two seater outhouse as of now. We are working on getting Pinegrove started so we can grow enough to make changes and build a bathroom / shower house by the end of 2016. In the Spring of 2015 we will be flagging off and starting to make the foundation area ready so folks can see where it will be going.
We also have hopes of building a more permanent stage out back closer to where Registration and Parking will be moved for 2015. The area is being cleared little by little – all the dead and dropped stuff which is there will be processed before winter and a plan in place for work to slowly continue in this area for the upcoming season out here.
The kids who visit here somewhat regularly made $58 this year from their Drink Stand towards the Playground out here. So between the few repairs needed for safety – their money is spent! They are hoping more people will come and grab a Drink from their Drink Stand and help them make the Playground a more desirable place for them to play. Right now their goal is a shed and of course a clubhouse! They need a shed for games, yard toys, coloring books, and craft supplies. And those cool items which they will need to store for the winter. And a clubhouse is something that if anyone wanted to help with they’d be so stoked and appreciative!
We had our very own Gio completely make us a cob pizza oven which works great! John – John and his pig crew made us a grilling station which just needs a little tweaking. Both of those additions were made before or during Party in the Pines. Wood Electric donated a gas grill this past Rage the Stage. Our Community Meal area is being worked on so there are surprises in the works for 2015 for sure as far as comfort and cohesiveness! We truly want there to be a feel of knowing this is the place to sit and enjoy a meal while listening to some music in the background and meeting new friends.
New areas are being cleared out for camping and more space overall to accommodate our events and those of others who may use Pinegrove!
We’ve gotten friends, family, and even neighbors involved in helping to make this possible. Between Security, Parking, Special RV / Camping area, and even major land maintenance and ticket sales – we’ve gotten them involved and hoping to get them more interested! Some of the family has helped with both items for the Chinese Auctions and financial ones as well. A few even come out to help us make these events happen too! Friends have donated their time, money, and taken on major roles within our events. The Community is starting to get what we are doing down here and hopefully will get onboard and willing to help in some ways to help raise awareness if anything. We truly are all about having a new way of having Community work together!
You may find us from Facebook, Kickstarter, a Poster or flier, word of mouth, or even maybe accidentally – either way – You have! Please share us with others so we can grow and be able to continue to provide such Community ties both onsite and out reaching into the local Community as well.
Donations and Donating
At each of our events we have an opportunity to ‘Pay it Forward’ and try to! We have a Chinese Auction which we gratefully appreciate our contributors for and are always welcoming of new donations of items or services we can have offered. We also try to have a Door Prize with each one which goes for the whole event. We try to find a few donations of rather higher value to sponsor this area.
We have a small team which goes around and asked for these along with hanging fliers throughout the local area but our coverage is wider than we go. So if you may be interested in Donating an item or Gift Certificate for a service for any of the events for Pinegrove please contact our Donations Coordinator, Arlene [email@example.com].
If you go to the “Tickets and Contact Info.” Page here, you will also find a Donations button which will go directly to our current fundraiser “Save Pinegrove”. This year we started out with a shoestring budget and so much hope there was little which could knock it down. Unfortunately with start up costs for all those things you don’t realize are needed, major printing costs, and then our performers and suppliers – we are way in the hole! Let’s just say there is no more saving left and there is still a large debt to pay back. BUT we do *not* want to give up!
All our 50/50’s are identified for what they go towards – either Pinegrove itself or the charity of choice.
Music at Pinegrove
In 2014 we were blessed with having such amazing musical talent onsite! During Party in the Pines we had John Valby, Hypnotic Clambake, smackdab, The Healing Committee, The Star Bandits, The Zygotes, Thorn of Wilderness, Marmalade Brigade, Shiny Old Soul, Strange Creature, Uncle Rog, Pine Fever; with Electric Church graciously cancelled – we didn’t have enough people. These were all suggestions from Staff and Family / Friends alike.
At Rage the Stage we had Liz Belin from Rusted Root Sunday and Drowning Clowns (also with Liz) on Saturday night! The Healing Committee, Black Rock Zydeco, Folk Faces, Uncle Cluade’s Band, The Brian Lindsay Band,Ghost Riders, Uncle Rog, Kathryn Koch, and our very own sound guy brought in his group Slyboot’s Drum Emsemble. And our own Stage Coordinator, Alan ‘ADub’ Whitney and his cohort Timmy P. performed also as our Sunday opener.
The drum circle, known here as “The O Zone” (thanks Rachael), during Party in the Pines was the focal point for the evening gatherings. The drum circle was in full swing on Saturday night and even Resh was done at blue! The Woodbusters were there all night manning the fire and preparing our fire circle for all to enjoy.
During Rage the Stage, while Friday night had a crazy rain storm come upon us, Folk Faces set up in Hospitality and jammed there for our acoustic music for the evening and it seemed the musicians all had their very own jam session around a designated fire ring in their area for all those who wanted to wander in!
And we are already looking at having our Cincinnati Family coming back – Marmalade Brigade, Shiny Old Soul, and Strange Creature! We have The Star Bandits coming back in from Wisconsin. Griffin Brady will be doing Sound and Lighting along with hopefully bringing us Slyboot’s once again! And our hearts are blessed that John Valby in looking forward to coming back and playing a special performance for us here in our newly found tent space! Obviously this part will be an ‘Over 18’ show but we are looking forward to making this a special event for the folks just finding Pinegrove for the first time … or John for that matter! This is still way in the planning stages so there will be tons more to come!
If You May be Interested in Vending
During our events we are interested in offering a variety of shopping options to our guests. We also try not to overlap mush so that each vendor can have a market if that makes sense. To be able to create the diversity we are hoping for – ALL are Welcomed to apply to Vend at Pinegrove events!
If you are a craft vendor then you will have to apply with a description of what items you offer so as not to overlap too much with those who have paid already and are locked in. As we are new and looking at about 2-300 people reasonably, we are trying to also make sure you will have a chance to make money also and make it worth it for you to come out.
If you are a food vendor then you will have to apply with a copy of your expected menu and prices. Again, this is to make sure there is not too much of an overlap of items so everyone can make their money too. I will add that water needs to be universally priced at $1.00 a bottle. You will also need to supply Pinegrove with a copy of your Food Service Permit and your insurance paperwork.
Below you will find a .pdf which will give you all the information you need.
If You May be Interested in Volunteering
We are always Welcoming NEW Volunteers! New Volunteers will need to pay a deposit of the ticket price – either cash or check – which will not be touched unless the required shifts are not fulfilled. Each Volunteer will be given a 4 hour shift daily during the event to offset their ticket price. An extra hour will be added if you want to have the Community Meal included into the costs. We only do Volunteer positions for Full Event Volunteers or those for Prefest, Set Up, or Tear Down.
If you volunteered during the 2014 season your deposit may be waived. Submit your application found below and find out what it will take!
And now, a letter from your Hostess:
I get asked all kinds of questions regarding Pinegrove and what we have going on here. So after some internet weather related issues, I decided to take the time to share some of this information with you. Here is the Story of Pinegrove …
Pinegrove was what the land owners called this place for the past 30 years. When we moved out here we heard the stories of how Joan wanted to hold group camping out here but had no idea how to go about such things. But she also wanted to have her privacy and solitude which this land provides.
So over our first winter we started thinking about how to get the group camping thing started and maybe some workshop oriented events planned. We got them all created but hadn’t figured out how to have them come to fruition.
Just before festival season for us out here, a friend of ours John Foster suggested to us to have a Pig Roast. Everyone LOVES a Pig Roast! We have another old friend of ours who has been doing these for 30 years plus and he may be available. I called John-John McLeod and found out he could, and when, and started making the plans. We had 5 weeks! One of the guys who hangs out here, Darrin Morehouse, suggested he may be able to talk to a few people and maybe get a couple bands to come play – another thing which did fall into place. Ray threw together a make shift stage and away we went.
Our whole goal was to try to raise some funds to be able to build a stage out back so we could do this kind of thing a couple times a year. If we do it twice annually, with a 3,000 people limit, we can then be able to maintain the property and be available for the smaller stuff we originally were aiming for. We really want to eventually host Country Weddings considering we have a few Ordained Ministers connected with Pinegrove.
Now, the event in August went really well. We had new folks, four bands [‘Child of Folly’, ‘Cain’, Emcee MD’, and ‘Armageddon’], people prepared to help make it happen and others making sure it did safely and nicely for all – but most of all – we had such diversity become Family! The bonds from the event have made friendships which are strong and surprising. The pig … anyone there would totally suggest you give it a try (it really was THAT good!)! And even the folks who came together to help make it happen were from all over – Myrtle Beach, SC – Youngstown, OH – Buffalo, NY – and even Wheeling, WV! Pinegrove Love really is!
So, after the event ended last time, a few of us were sitting out back having that dream big moment all together; ‘We got this’, ‘We should get workshops going’, ‘We should make this a full weekend’, ‘We should have vendors’, ‘We should get involved with the locals and have them have a way to sell their wares too’, ‘We should get bigger names for the bands’ --- That last one is where this Pig Roast blew up! I mentioned how my son drummed with one of the guys who plays in Rusted Root over at the Great Blue Heron a few years ago; maybe I could find a way to talk to them. Another friend said, “OK, and I’ll get in touch with Bob Weir”. I tried getting them but for our first time it was too far out of the budget. My friend on the other hand was kidding – but if he hadn’t said it I wouldn’t have tried or found out this IS possible! Others in the group had made suggestions during that pow-wow and I wrote them down.
Within a couple weeks I sat down with all my notes and the feedback from everyone. I had talked to some of the bands to see if they were interested in coming back. ‘Child of Folly’, ‘Cain’, and ‘EmCee MD’ all agreed and onto a goal of 12 more for a good entertainment lineup. I started on the list of suggestions and tried to find out the details. I then reached out to one of my Torch Crew at Starwood Festival who is a musician, Laura Sabo, and asked what bands she was in and if they might be interested in playing my Stage Fundraiser. She gave me the info and with a few back and forth emails we add ‘Marmalade Brigade’, ‘Shiny Old Soul’, and ‘Strange Creature’ out of Cincinnati, OH. Also ‘Throne of Wilderness’ a Celtic Rock band out of Buffalo, NY decided to join in on our mayhem. The guys of ‘Pine Fever’ figured it out so they also could come play on Friday and again, totally supportive of our goals. ‘The Zygotes’ also friends of ours chose they were in. Now the search continued.
As the planning was in the dream stage we had brought up doing piñatas for the big kids later at night at least one night by the fire. Have it so people can play and have fun and allow themselves to be a part of the Community we strive so high for. As it all started we started thinking of odd things to get it more interesting – and that same night we started looking for a special Headliner which would be playful and not normal for the festivals we had all been to. Out of the blue someone threw out there “John Valby”! The videos got started up and everyone was absolutely loving the idea so the search started right then and there and the email to get it started was in the works. MUCH back and forth to get what we have in mind for out here to be understood but eventually John heard about it all and thought it would be fun! Did I mention that when I wrote the email we were still focused on piñatas? Needless to say, we are hoping that John will also swing out back and get the perverted piñatas started!
We also had an evening somewhat early on about trying to get Hypnotic Clambake onboard as we have our dear friend Sparky coming up to have an impromptu ‘Reunion’ here at Pinegrove for the event “Party in the Pines” and he so wanted them to play! So with many months of figuring it out we finally got them involved too!
But, during all of this, I had been working on all kinds of aspects of the event: Work Barter, Chinese Auction baskets, Vendors, Workshops, Kid’s Programming and the Drink Stand for them to raise funds for the Playground, requirements for what it will take to have it all safely, cleanly, and reasonably happen and smoothly if possible. One of my closet friends, Smokey, had started talks with two people for me; Bill Manspeaker of Green Jelly <AKA: Green Jello> and Alan Whitney of Healing Committee – Both good friends of his as well. Bill has these fairly major plans of having his child on June 15th and his wife wasn’t quite into the Midwife and Birthing Tent idea. But Alan has found that he understands our goals and was interested in helping with areas my networking was weak – Sound guys and Stage Manager; and even some help with getting the word out. With him we added ‘Healing Committee’ and also ‘Electric Church’ came onboard.
One of our newfound Pinegrove Family members, Gio, had wanted to add friends of hers from Wisconsin – ‘The Star Bandits’ – and they joined in. But Ray, the Man of the Property here at Pinegrove, had mentioned ‘SmackDab’ would be a great addition. We jumped on it towards the crunch time of our ‘Bands need to be Confirmed’ Deadline – and they were fast and on top of things! After a short period of time they let us know the details and we were DONE!
But once we got closer to having all the slots full for our goal of 15 bands, we also found that some of the Workshops we had in mind needed to be addressed. I personally Love Fire Spinning! I wanted people to be able to learn how, be able to ask about, and even buy fire spinning toys. ‘Spun Out Fire Productions’ has all that along with hours of beautiful showmanship which they will be sharing with us all! Plus they also will have their Glass Blowing designer onsite too! Saturday we will even have a dedicated time for the kids to have a ‘watch a glass design made’ so they can get a chance to see and ask questions!
‘Learn to Hula Hoop’, ‘Make Your Own Hula Hoop’, ‘Beginner Poi’, ‘Intermediate Poi’, ‘Fire Toys and How They Are Used’ so far are on the list for All Ages; though we will have special times for the Kids too so Adults can learn with less distraction. ‘Making a Hula Hoop’ will have fees for supplies. Kids will have many activities planned for the weekend; Water Balloon Toss, Three Legged Race, Tape the Tail on the Pig, and other cool Games.
One of the things which is HUGE around here is Community. We are quite Proud of the fact we have such an ability to unite so many of diverse background, beliefs, and ways of life. The variety of people and how they mesh is very important as we try to provide many ways for people to interact. The Community bonfire is intended to allow people to share in the drum circle, watch the fire spinners, dance if they choose, but most of all to rejoin the ways of old when the fire brought the Community together. We hope people will decide to go join the Community and have less fires throughout the woods for safety as well. The Community bonfires are manned by Woodbusters who between them have over 100 yrs experience with such things at events.
We talked to our local fire department, Hartfield Fire Co., about doing our First Aid during our event considering it should be a larger turn out for around here. They are all for it and will have their EMT’s and Ambulance onsite.
We have a desire to help our local community regarding the assisted care of larger animals which happen in Chautauqua County. With the Amish being a large part of our everyday lives here, with them being more of what is announced going down the road than cars by my dog, the concern with helping with the horses and other larger animals is a wonder to us often. So when a few of us out here were considering how to “Pay it Forward” while doing this event, we chose to also aim at a Donation being made on behalf of the event to Chautauqua County Humane Society.
And finally, as this has been about Pinegrove and Community – eating a meal, as a group, as a family – is the MAIN reason for this whole thing. Folks bringing a dish to share is HIGHLY appreciated and hoped for. We would need a list of ingredients for allergy purposes if possible; but all is Welcome! John-John has said that we should plan on one pig, 40 lbs of chicken, 20 lbs of hamburgers, and 10 lbs of hotdogs for every 300 people. He has enough equipment to do 6 pigs as of now, so if we hit 1,800 people we have to go allocate another cooker. So knowing how many folks are coming is fairly important!
So out here at Pinegrove we are busy working on all kinds of stuff to have you enjoy your adventure here during our event and planning to have a Stage Opener in September 2014! Hope to see you out here and I will be doing updates via our Facebook Page regularly; come look for us “Pinegrove Private Event Center”!