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Wein likens the festivals to children, and said he couldn’t stand by and watch them fade into history.

Newport Mayor Stephen Waluk said Wein’s dedication has paid off for the city. He recalls making record profits at his childhood lemonade stand on the weekends when the festival was in town.

“He wants to leave a legacy,” Waluk said. “It’s something I definitely support. The festivals wouldn’t be the same without Newport, and I don’t think Newport would be the same without the festivals.”

Wein’s Newport All-Stars often plays the festival, but not this year. There’s too much else to do, Wein said.

“You don’t want to push yourself too much,” he said, before quickly adding, “though I may sit in without being announced.”