Having an event that can draw people from all over the county, like the Blaze at Cortlandt manor could provide a high point of the cultural year in New Rochelle. This could be tied with renovating performance venues named in other idea threads. The musical festival should have a theme to really draw people from all around. Here are various potential themes:
- Popular Christmas Music Festival - "Santa Claus is coming to town" was written by J. Fred Coots from New Rochelle
- Musical Theater Festival - This could be a good summer festival celebrating New Rochelle ties to Broadway
- "American Pie" Singer-songwriter festival. Don Maclean is from New Rochelle, and this musical theme would be a great basis for an outdoor summer musical festival.
Any of these themes could be paired with an appropriate food festival too.