"Our farm people refer to it as sanctuary for their musical soul and that means the world to me," Kellish said. "We are different from other music venues in the fact that we do not serve alcohol - people come here to hear the music, and bands love it because they have an attentive audience."
In addition to growing the music scene, Kellish said they are eager to begin cultivating ethnic crops to keep the farm agriculturally viable - a sort of Agritourism, if you will.
"We are currently looking into ways of securing this farm for future generations to enjoy as well," she said.
The fundraiser, "Come Rise to the Occasion," was organized to fund much-needed improvements at the barn that will be essential to accommodate the bands during its First Annual American Music Festival this summer.
"We do not receive any grant funding so we do rely on the private sector for donations and charging folks for events to keep the music flowing at our farm," Kellish said. Building a second stage is a high priority for the July festival, which will also run an entire weekend and bring in multiple musicians.
Kellish Hill Farm is located at 3192 Pompey Center Road in Manlius. For more information, visit rhbamericana.com.