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Ithaca Festival Postponed until 2021

This year's Ithaca Festival, originally postponed until August, has been cancelled this year, due to COVID-19 concerns. Here is the release from the organization: 
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Ithaca Festival. Responding to the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings in New York State, we have had to make this very difficult decision. The Ithaca Festival will return in 2021 as a celebration of all that is Ithaca and the best of our community and artists. The festival will always strive to do what is in the best interest of the health and safety of our community, vendors, staff, board, and volunteers.
Originally scheduled for early June, the festival organization had hoped for a better outcome by August. As is the story with most non-profit arts and events-based organizations, the Ithaca Festival will rely on our community good will and support to survive. Ithaca Festival is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to "Celebrate the Artist in Everyone." We are committed to the Festival's survival for many years to come.
The Festival will be rolling over participation fees, vendor fees, and sponsorships to the 2021 Festival. If you are interested in supporting the Ithaca Festival you can do so with a tax deductible donation to Participation fees may also be rolled over into a tax deductible donation to support the Ithaca Festival Organization. If you are a participating organization or business that is not planning on participating in the 2021 event, and would like a refund of your fees, please email
Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to a time where we can celebrate our community in the safest way possible for all.
Selena Hodom, Executive Director
& The Ithaca Festival Board of Directors

I was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, and grew up mostly in and around the Rochester area. I got my radio start at WBKT at Brockport High school as a sophomore, and was its station manager in my senior year in high school. I had caught the radio & TV bug. While in high school, I started working for the local commercial station in town (WWBK/WJBT). While attending SUNY Brockport, I helped build WBSU-FM, and started as an intern for WXXI-TV. I started working for WXXI in the broadcast operations area, and eventually became an online television editor. In 1985, I took a position at WHYY in Philadelphia in their engineering department, working primarily as a video editor, but also provided audio support for TV productions and for some radio productions, including NPR's Fresh Air.