News - April 2013

River and Roots Festival takes Root
Line-up and many fun activities announced

Join us for River and Roots Festival June 27 – 28, 2014 – Watermelon Park Campground, Berryville, VA   Shepherd's Ford Productions is embarking on another Festival adventure! The River and Roots Festival will be a celebration of the gifts of the Shenandoah River, featuring the recreation and culture that has influenced us for generations. Between all of the music and workshops, we will gather for dinner on Saturday evening with options from delicious local vendors and farmers! With your help, we can send Shenandoah Riverkeeper home with a nice gift. To lend a hand, buy a dinner plate from the Riverkeeper booth and take it with you to get dinner from one of our vendors. All plate sales directly benefit the Riverkeeper.

SFP is thrilled to partner with some local organizations to make River and Roots happen. These friends and farmers will be joining us to offer workshops and demonstrations, including river stewardship, cheese making, and a farmer's forum. Visit the website to check out our partners and explore the workshop schedule! You also won't want to miss the Grammy Award winning Steep Canyon Rangers, Cedric Watson, or local favorites like The Woodshedders and Furnace Mountain. Visit the bands page to learn more about these artists and many others!   Early bird prices through June 1st! Buy your tickets now and we'll see you down by the river! Only a couple RV sites left. GET TICKETS for River and Roots. River and Roots Festival.

Feed the Festival Farmers Market
Great food and great music at River and Roots Festival

Local Farmers Market Stock up for the Festival Friday afternoon at our on-site Farmers Market! We will be having four of the best local farmers selling you meats and vegetables for grilling. Join Zach Lester (Tree and Leaf Farm), Buddy Dunlop (Capon Crossing Farm) Forrest Prichard (Smith Meadows) and Molly Kroiz (Georges Mill Farm) as they talk about what they do, sell their delicious meats and vegetables, and share a story or a tune, or even show you how to make cheese. Do your weekend festival food shopping here folks, for the highest quality meats and veggies. Learn about your local farmers and be a part of the solution. More info. at River and Roots Workshops

Fun river programs being planned at River and Roots Festival
"River and Roots Educational Boat Float" Saturday June 28th

Join Joshua Bearman on the river for an educational float from the put in at Lockes Landing upriver from W.Park down to the festival. Josh will be stopping to look at wildlife, land use, discussing watershed dynamics, etc. Also there will be a water testing station down by the rapids, both chemical tests as well as the much more fun kick-seining for macro invertebrates. Participants can bring their own tube, or canoe or rent them from the park store. Participants should have a festival ticket but there is no extra charge to join. All participants should meet at Lockes Landing on Saturday June 28th at noon with their canoe, tube or kayak. More info. at River and Roots Workshops

Great locally sourced food
Great food and great music at River and Roots Festival

We think the listening to great music, eating great food, while being in a beautiful setting on the river in the mountains is where it's at. More info at River and Roots food vendors

Shepherds Ford House Concert
Wednesday April 9 @7:30

ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT and ELIZABETH LAPRELLE are based in Southwest Virginia. They met, coming at traditional Appalachian music from different directions. Anna was in a touring old-time band. Elizabeth was singing ballads in far-away states. They came together to create a different kind of show: one that used theater and stories to show people what they love about old tunes and ballads. They also knew that keeping the music in the mountains--playing in their communities, playing for schools--was part of the job. With that, they set about making crankies, and learning stories, and trading songs and tunes. Tickets $10 at the door, email Morgan at to make reservations or for questions.


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