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May 20 – WILLIMANTIC – A Rockville nonprofit is hosting a music festival on Saturday to raise money for people entering sober housing.

The free festival is hosted by “Become Part of the Solution,” a recovery program based at Union Church in Rockville.

It takes place at Shaboo Stage from 1pm to 5pm, rain or shine. The stage is in Jillson Square at 645 Main St.

All donations will be used to provide care for alcoholics and drug addicts in need.

“I think it’s going to be awesome,” said BPS co-founder Chris Luginbuhl, a Vernon resident.

BPS was established in 1991 by Luginbuhl and Smokey Orcutt to help provide and fund hospital care, post-hospital rehabilitation, and post-rehab housing for alcoholics and drug addicts in need.

Luginbuhl said that if recovering people don’t have

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“safe place” to go makes it difficult for them to continue their recovery.

“It’s kind of like a boost,” he said. BPS has sponsored many people across the state over the years.

“It really works,” Luginbuhl said.

The association has no paid staff or overhead costs. The artists participating in the festival give of their time.

Participating artists include John Brown, Rebecca Ellert, Arno Groot, Ryan McCarthy, Dennis Nevin, John Powell, Cowboy Randy, Joe Sach, John Schwartz and Selfish Steam.

Luginbuhl said one of the performers recorded a song for people in recovery which will be performed for the first time at the festival.

Participants should bring folding chairs, blankets, umbrellas and coolers with soft drinks and food.

People are encouraged to bring food or buy it from one of the many restaurants in town. Food will not be sold during the event.

For more information, visit bpsrockville. com, email [email protected] com or call 860-978-8355.

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