By Scott Sechman/Correspondent
I am a pushover for a worthy cause, whether it’s assistance for someone who has suffered a familial loss, a social cause that’s close to my heart such as food insecurity or my main Achilles Heel: animals. Like cats … and horses.
In years past, my columns have featured several events that raised funding for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. Although I have never seen one of the wild mustangs, I have firsthand witness testimony from family members. They live in the Hampton Roads area but visit The Banks annually, and their words of wonderment and joy upon the horse sightings (in conjunction with their photos and videos) have spurred me to put seeing the wild ones on my sand bucket list.
I’ve lived on the Outer Banks for over five years now. I have never seen a wild mustang. What’s wrong with me?
Be that as it may, I am happy to publicize and support any fundraising efforts that allow the herd’s manager Meg Puckett and her associates at the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF) to educate the public as to why it’s critical to protect the horses’ freedom and the land they live on. To share the horses’ stories and history. To allow my family and the families of others to continue to enjoy these magnificent creatures.
Most of the locals and frequent Outer Banks visitors are familiar with Mike Dianna’s annual Mustang Music Festival, which donates a portion of the revenue to the CWHF (as well as the music related Mustang Outreach Program, which creates opportunities for musically inclined children to learn and perform).This year, a new event calls for attention and support: Hoofstock 2021.
On Saturday, Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvis burg is hosting its first live music event in collaboration with the CWHF. It will feature two full-size mobile stages provided by Currituck County for performances by local and regional musicians.
I was invited to perform, and I’m honored to have been asked. Not only will I get to share the stage with the likes of Monte Hooker and Shelle Gates, Tidewater’s own Paul Urban and Bern N Pipes, but I also get to listen to them.
I should also mention that the sound will be provided by veteran soundman, Matt Hoggard, whose work is known and appreciated by musicians and listeners alike throughout the beach.
Mind you, this is happening on a Saturday, turnover day for people checking in/ out of accommodations on the beach. These performing musicians will likely be hustling back to nighttime gigs on the beach following Hoofstock. Yet, they are more than happy to donate their time to supporting this cause, despite knowing they’ll probably be spending more time trying to get back onto the beach than they spent playing their set at the fundraiser.
In my somewhat imperfect world, I’d do my bit, pack up my gear and head home as quickly as I can. Yet, I have a feeling that after my set, I will be hanging around to enjoy the vibes, the food and the music.
Oh yeah…among the mix of wild horses and live music, why not add a little award-winning wine?
During the event, Sanctuary Vineyards will donate 25%of all wine sales to the CWHF. What better reason to load up on a few cases before you head home or to your vacation house? I suspect this Hoofstock may be the beginning of something that benefits all of us.
Want to go?
Here is the projected music lineup, subject to change:
Monte Hooker and Friends, 11-11:45 a.m.
Paul Urban and Flat Third, noon to 12:45 p.m.
Scott Sechman, 1-1:45 p.m.
Janet Martin, 2-2:45 p.m.
Bern N Pipes, 3-3:45 p.m.
More to be announced.
For those who like food with their wine and music, food trucks onsite include Dank Franks and Fork’et Me Not. A minimum $10 donation is requested upon entry. All ages welcome.
Sanctuary Vineyards is located at 7005 Caratoke Highway in beautiful downtown Jarvisburg, North Carolina.