By Adam Pack
The White Sulfur Springs Freshwater Folk Festival returns to the Hatchery this year on Saturday, September 10, and the itinerary is packed. So much so that instead of the traditional 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. time slot, the festival will last two more hours to accommodate the huge array of vendors, musicians, exhibits, displays and in-store activities. for attendees.
Larry Davis, president of the Friends of the National Hatchery of White Sulfur Springs, is more than excited for this year’s festival, especially since it’s been on hiatus for two years. “We have Carol Mansley organizing the event, and she’s just done an amazing job all around bringing all kinds of vendors and people together to come and be a part of it, it’s going to be a great time.”
A great moment, for a good cause too, because the festival is above all a fundraiser for the hatchery. Davis explained that most people know the hatchery for trout, however, “They have more than just trout eggs coming out of there! They fall under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and they are dedicated to not only maintaining the area’s trout and fish populations, but also introducing freshwater shellfish to the area to help protect the area. aquatic ecosystem here too. like other creatures that live in symbiosis with our waterways like crayfish.
A staple of the White Sulfur Springs area for over 15 years, the festival began when Davis, others and the local Rotary club wanted to find a way to help townspeople be entertained and make business while working to help hatcheries. work. “Really, other than the dandelion festival, people were leaving White Sulfur to do whatever, so we thought we were going to do something here – and boy blew it. It’s now a massive event for vendors and families where people can do business, help a great cause, and where kids can learn a lot too.
Browsing through the lineup of exhibitions and presentations at this year’s festival, one gets the impression that the event is both a folk concert and a science fair: booths will be present where festival-goers can learn about the importance bees and learn how to make their own bee hotel, visit Sigma Xi and see and learn the science behind their array of mystifying and mysterious experiments, and learn all about becoming a ‘citizen scientist’ with Susan Jane Clonch Ryan and submit photos to global databases to use in researching top universities from your own backyard. Then feel free to stop by Usborne Books & More with Katy Alderman and find a great read to end the summer. Art lovers will also find plenty, as Jodi’s Krazy Kreations recycled material sculpture will be on full display, along with an art demo and sale by award-winning nature artist Kathryn Lehotsky.
Once you’ve filled your head and feasted your eyes, indulge in all the food and treats available from several local vendors: Nana’s Ice Cream will serve everything from pork fried rice to corn dogs to chocolate cakes. funnel shape, ice cream and more. Guy’s Dawgs will be on hand with hot dogs and cold drinks, finishing it off with Little Jimmy’s Italian ice cream, served ‘by the Fishing Boatload’ for your refreshment.
The mainstay of the Freshwater Festival, as always, is the incredible array of musical talent. The musicians performing at this year’s festival are:
Richard Hefner and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys
Legendary banjo player Richard Hefner will be on stage with his band, The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys. This band is one of the oldest bluegrass bands in West Virginia, having been around for over fifty years. Multi-instrumentalist Dave Bing plays fiddle, banjo and guitar. He grew up in a house full of music and, like his brothers Mike and Tim, taught himself to play. The fiddler, Blaine Sprouse, is one of the finest fiddlers in the United States today. Sprouse began his career as a teenager, playing with the “King of Bluegrass”, Jimmy Martin. As for Joanna Burt-Kinderman, Hefner has known her since birth. She grew up listening to her banjo play, then one day she took the bass to her living room and started playing. Hefner encouraged her to continue, teaching her along the way, and now she is a member of his band. Make sure you’re seated front row and ready to dance when this flamboyant bluegrass band take the stage at the Freshwater Folk Festival!
Jim Snyder with Bob Riggleman and Scott Logsdon
Singer-songwriter Jim Snyder has been playing guitar and singing since childhood when he learned to play the ukulele from his father. His music runs the gamut from folk, rock and gospel to blues and bluegrass. He’ll tell you he’s done everything from Mother Maybelle to Jimi Hendrix. He lives in Lewisburg but travels wherever the gigs take him. Besides being a performing artist, he is also the director of the WV Winter Music Festival and the D Street Art & Music Series. He will be joined by bassist Bob Riggleman and percussionist Scott Logsdon.
The sea The sea
Chuck and Mira Costa form The Sea The Sea, an indie folk-pop duo from upstate New York. Winners of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival, The Sea The Sea are known for their stunning vocal harmonies and creative song arrangements. Not surprising, since Chuck and Mira are award-winning songwriters. Mira combines her extensive training in dance, theater and music with the folk roots she cultivated growing up backstage at Mountain Stage as the daughter of its musical director, Ron Sowell. Before meeting Mira, Chuck roamed the festival and coffeehouse circuit for years as a solo artist and released five albums independently. He has won many songwriting accolades over the years (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Falcon Ridge “Most Wanted”, Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour.)
Kipyn Martin is an emerging indie folk singer-songwriter whose roots go deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She has won the coveted Gold Award at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest three times, was the winner of the Washington Area Music Association’s WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year in 2015, won the Gold Award at the International Song Contest from the UK, and had several WAMMIE nominations for Songwriter of the Year and Contemporary Folk Singer. Martin has an incredible voice. Karin Fuller of the Charleston Gazette says “Kipyn is something else” and has the purest voice she has ever heard. Kipyn Martin is one of those artists whose music captivates and silences the public.
The Rust Brothers
The Rust Brothers are George Piasecki on bass, Jim Wright on guitar and Bob Ducharme on guitar and guitjo. What is a guitar jo? It’s a six-string banjo with a guitar neck. Banjos usually have five strings. As Bob will tell you – with a twinkle in his eye – these three guys had day jobs totaling over 150 years. They bring together over 75 years of living in the Greenbrier River areas of Lewisburg and Greenville, and they’ve spent about as much playing music! They perform the music they love, ranging from old classics to classic folk with a bit of rock ‘n roll and blues, and they do it in a back porch, living room, kind of a good time. As Bob says, “Pleasure first and last!”
The schedule for performances at the Hatchery Amphitheater on Saturday, September 10 is as follows:
10 a.m. – The Rust Brothers
11 a.m. – Jim Snyder with Bob Riggleman and Scott Logsdon
12:15 p.m. – Kipyn Martin
1:45 p.m. – The Sea The Sea
3:30 p.m. – Richard Hefner and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys