By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- Chillin' the Most plans to rock the beach to save the river this weekend with Riverstock, a peaceful movement to raise money for the Rivers Coalition.
The event is all about bringing the community together in a common goal to enjoy live music and stand up for the St. Lucie River.
Five local bands will be playing at the all-afternoon, all-night event, including Gravel Kings, The Inverted, South Side Dub, The Lucky Dogs, and Fresh Catch. There will be food, beer, even activities to keep the kids occupied while everybody enjoys a day of chillin' at the beach.
Chillin' the Most is providing the victuals and Budweiser has donated the beer that patrons can enjoy for the cost of a $10 wristband. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available, too, and all proceeds will benefit the Rivers Coalition in their fight to save the local waterways.
Ryan Ouellette, marketing and events director for the restaurant, wanted to continue the wave of successful rallies in the area with a fundraising event that would help facilitate the movement.
"Now is the time to make an impact monetarily," Mr. Ouellette said. He believes the recent protests at Phipps Park and Stuart Beach were a great start, but when brainstorming with the organizers of those events, highlighted the fact that it takes money to lobby for causes.
"We want this event to be about the Rivers Coalition," Mr. Ouellette said. "Our goal is to help our river."
Chillin' the Most is passionate about the community and believes it is all but their duty to stand up for the good of residents and other area small business who are suffering because of the toxins in the waterways.
The timing of the event is apropos. It takes place over Labor Day weekend when many would normally be on a boat heading to the sandbar or paddling down the river. But with the condition of the river and the county's warnings to stay out of the water, Riverstock offers an entertaining alternative.
Mr. Ouellette hopes boaters who would normally be spending money on gas this weekend will choose to spend it fighting to right the wrongs that have been done to the river.
"This time we really want to make an impact," Mr. Ouellette said.
The Sept. 1 event is free, though donations will be accepted, and everyone is invited to join in the fun on the pavilion at Jensen Beach. The event begins at 2 p.m. with an emphasis on family festivities such as bounce houses and face painting, and the bands begin at 4 p.m.
The headliner, Fresh Catch, will take the stage at 9 p.m. inside the restaurant and the party will continue until 1 a.m.
"Epic would be a good way to describe it," Mr. Ouellette said. "Come out, listen to some music and enjoy yourself."