It is a bittersweet time for Ithaca Festival as we see a changing of the guards leading up to the 2018 festival. Ben Greenberg, executive director 2016-2017, and McKenzie Jones, assistant director 2015-2017 are moving on to other pursuits. We are so thankful for their dedication to Ithaca Festival! While we are sad to see them go, we know that the festival will continue to succeed under new leadership.
We are very happy to announce our new executive director, Josh Dolan! Born and raised in the heart of the Finger Lakes, Josh Dolan has lived in Ithaca since 2003. He began his career with a 7 year stint at the iconic ABC Café in lower College Town and moved on to Cornell Cooperative Extension in 2009 as a school and community garden specialist working across the Finger Lakes Region. Josh founded Sapsquatch Maple Products in 2008 and now 10 years later continues to host educational experiences on the farm and produces some of New York's finest maple syrup. In addition to his passion for food, Josh has a lifelong love for music and has supported the local music scene both as fan and in his various roles at the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival and previous Ithaca Festivals. He is very excited to provide leadership to the Ithaca Festival in 2018 and hopes that this year will be an opportunity to bring his passions together and create a memorable, delicious and rocking festival experience for all.
Please be sure to give Josh a great big welcome when you see him, and you can catch up with Ben and McKenzie by following their other projects! Check out Ben's podcast Wrongful Conviction (http://www.revolverpodcasts.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Ithaca Festival!