Shepherds Ford Productions News - 2015


2nd annual River and Roots Fest a BIG HIT!
Ok... add David Grisman to the list of greats that have played Watermelon Park:

It was a wonderfull weekend at the Park with the 2nd annual River and Roots Festival. With over 1000 in attendance the bad rain forcasts didn't seem to scare too many folks off. It rained Saturday morning then stopped by 2 pm. Watermelon Park managed once again to steer clear of any rain during all main Stage music sets. The general consensus was that David Grisman and the band sounded fantastic, and a great time was had by all. A big thanks to everyone who participated in this years event!....We can't wait to do it again next year! www.riverandroots.com


River and Roots award raises $3500:
To support the Shenandoah River Keeper:

River and Roots Festival is proud to announce the we were able to raise $3500 this year for the Shenandoah River Keeper. Next year the Friends of the Shenandoah will be the recipients of the River and Roots award after recieving the most patron support at this years Festival.

Thanks to Jason Dengler at Wildwood Landscape and Tony Furioso for sponsoring the Recycling, Jon Lohman and the Virginia Folklife Program for sponsoring the White Top Mountain Band, and Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice, and Mark Shatz, and Chip Schutte for sponsoring Chip Schutte's Guitar Week teachers All-Stars. And thanks to the Piedmont Environmental Council, and The Downstream Project.

Photo by Jen Lee at Watermelon Park Fest 2014


Getting ready:
The Fall event is coming up soon:

Getting super excited about Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn's return to Watermelon Park as well as all the great Bluegrass music with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Winchester's own Chris Henry, and Hot Rize featuring Tim O'brien. There is still room for RV's without electric hook-up, but don't wait if you're getting the Saturday only Ticket, as those are selling like hot cakes this year and will likely be the next ticket type to sell out.www.watermelonparkfest.com

Pic. of John Miller Jr. Photo by David Van Deventer


Coming up in September!
Earlybird prices end August 31

www.watermelonparkfest.com


Watermelon Park Fest Contests...
We are offering over $5000 in cash and prizes

That's right...Watermelon Park Fest Contests are FREE to enter! We're giving away $1000 to first place $400 to second place and $200 to third place bands, plus a 15 minute slot, prime time Saturday to the top band, and a paid slot at the Festival in 2016. This is a very prestigious award. We are also giving away a Spankin' new Bitterroot F-style Mandolin valued at $2900.00 for the mandolin Contest! We also will be having our annual Watermelon growing contest, find out more on the contest page.

Check out the CONTEST PAGE here.


A few more good Volunteers and staff needed
Sign up for Watermelon Park Fest now

We still need a few good volunteers. Go to Watermelon Park Fest and sign up to volunteer at Watermelon Park Fest. If you are interested in one of our paid positions for the Fall event contact us at fwatkins@shepherdsford.com.


Wednesday, July 15th Barefoot Movement:
@Barns of Rose Hill

Come see Barefoot Movement before their debut Watermelon Park Fest Performance Wednesday, July 15th Barefoot Movement: @ Barns of Rose HIll Doors open at 7:30 Show starts at 8:00 $15 in advance $20 at the door

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. http://barnsofrosehill.org/event/the-barefoot-movement/

www.watermelonparkfest.com


Mon, July 27-Weds, July 29
Shepherd's Ford Folk/Old Time Strings and Songs Music Camp for kids

Bring a stringed instrument (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, viola, cello, ukulele, etc…) and your voice, and join in with other kids to make some music. Under the instruction of Fiddlin' David Van Deventer and Morgan Morrison, of the Furnace Mountain band, kids will learn old songs and tunes. The best part will be learning how to make music with others. Bring a lunch. Parents are welcome to drop kids off, stay and join in, or go fishing, biking, or walking along the Shenandoah River.

Suggested Ages: 6-10

Dates: Mon, July 27-Weds, July 29

Time: 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Price: $100 per student

Contact: Morgan Morrison 540-409-7852 or email furnacemountain@yahoo.com

Location: Shepherd's Ford, Bluemont Va.

Limit: Ten students. We must have six for the class to run.

More info:

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furnacemountain.com/about


Come make History
At Galax

 


Earlybird tickets end May 31:
River&Roots at Watermelon Park, Berryville Va.:

www.riverandroots.com


A big thanks to the Virginia Folklife Program
For sponsoring the Barefoot Movement at Watermelon Park Fest.


A big thanks to the Virginia Folklife Program
For sponsoring Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes at Watermelon Park Fest.

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Shepherd Ford House Concert: Maivish
Friday, June 5, 8:00 pm $15 suggested at the door

Maivish explores the landscape of time-honored melodies and songs, and comes home along new pathways, making music with vibrant energy and delight. Gathering traditions from the British Isles, Ireland and America with a mix of original compositions, their performance is infused with lush vocal harmonies, inspired interplay, and captivating spirit. At its core, the group is a collaboration between American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Broome who have been performing together as a duo for over a decade. Maivish frequently includes Matthew Olwell on flutes, bodhran, and percussive dance. For more information contact Morgan Morrison:540-409-7852 bouzoukilady@gmail.com Please make a reservation if you are planning to attend $15 suggested donation at the door


Coming up in Berryville
Some of our buddies at Barns of Rosehill

Friday May 29, Charm City Junction:TCatch these great young musicians from Baltimore before they come to Watermelon Park Fest.

Barns of Rosehill


Get Tickets for Watermelon Park Fest

Stay Tuned for the Watermelon Park Fest Line-up to be announced in the May Newsletter.


We are so excited to announce:
For River and Roots Fest

River and Roots Fest has a strong line-up Check out the updated line-up here. More to come


A big thanks to the Virginia Folklife Program
For sponsoring Danny Knicely with Mark Schatz and Wyatt Rice at R&R Fest.


A big thanks to the Virginia Folklife Program
For sponsoring the White Top Mountain band at River and Roots Fest.


Shepherd Ford House Concert: Corn Potato String Band
Thursday, April 2 at 8:00pm $15 suggested at the door

For more information contact Morgan Morrison:540-409-7852 bouzoukilady@gmail.com Please make a reservation if you are planning to attend $15 suggested donation at the door


Coming up in Berryville
Some of our buddies at Barns of Rosehill

Thursday, April 30th Jayme Stone's Lomax Project:The Performance at the Barns will Feature:
Tim O'Brien (mandolin & voice), Jayme Stone (banjo & voice), Margaret Glaspy (guitar & voice), Brittany Haas (fiddle & voice), and Joe Phillips (bass & voice) Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax.

Barns of Rosehill


2014 News highlights

Watermelon Park Fest 2014
We picked a good one!

What a great year!
After 11 years it seems as though everyone has found their rhythm. From the Volunteers that come year after year, to Welsh Sound, the folks at Earth vibes, Jill at the kids tent, David and Lisa with the watermelon boat race, the staff at Watermelon Park, and most importantaly the attendees who make it all possible. Also a special thanks to The Virginia Folklife Program, Weber Mandolins, Fairbuilt guitars, Chip Shutte, and Tara Linhart.
Our two Festivals for 2015 will be the last weekends of June (River&Roots) and last weekend of September (WMPfest). Stay tuned to the Newsletter to find out when Tickets and RV sites for 2015 will go on sale. Top Newsletter Photos by Pepper Watkins
More Pics:
Seth Freeman Photography
Chester Simpson Photography
Festival footage from the sky
Cosmic Vibes Review
Hype music review
Our Facebook page


Weber Mandolin Contest Winner
Wade Yankey

And the winners of the Weber Mandolin Contest are:
1. Wade Yankey
2. Erik Burnham
3. Brett Kretzner
A extra special thanks to Weber Mandolins for sponsoring the Mandolin Contest.


Fairbuilt Guitar Contest Winner
Parker Gondella

And the winners of the Fairbuilt guitar contest are:
1. Parker Gondella
2 Jesse Eisenbise
3. Ben French
An extra special thanks to Fairbuilt Guitars for sponsoring the Guitar Contest.


Band Contest Winners
Colebrook Road

And the winners of the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest Band Contest are:
1. Colebrook Road
2. Plank Stompers
3. Rivers


A big thanks
To Jon Lohman at Virginia Folklife

If you caught any of the great workshops at the dance tent this year you may have seen Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife. A big thanks to Jon and all the good work of the Virginia Folklife Program. Above pic: L to R Danny Knicely, Sam Bush, Jon Lohman


See you next year at 2nd annual River and Roots Festival
Save the date for the last weekend of June 2015

River&Roots Facebook Page


Furnace Mountain tour in UK
We are heading to Ireland

Furnace Mountain will be spending a month on tour in Ireland in November. To follow the tour online follow us on facebook page Tour dates can be found at www.furnacemountain.com


We can't wait
To see you next year

The Kids tent was in full swing again this year thanks in no small part to Jill Evans-Kavaldjian (Round Hill Arts Center Manager, renowned artist and mother of two thirds of the Polka Dots).


Here is a view from the sky of the Festival
Thanks for the video Kevin Miller


Can a Festival change the world?
River and Roots Fest makes a donation to the Shenandoah River Keeper

First annual River and Roots Fest is a huge success and donates over $2500 to the Shenandoah River Keeper. We are all becoming aware that many of our everyday choices are unsustainable for the planet. That is why River and Roots Fest has begun as a Transformational Festival, changing lives and the world by offering sustainable practices, and community building into it's foundation. Everything from the local farmers market, local music, to all the River awareness programs were intended to connect us to our community and our enviroment, and the results were profound. We can't wait to do it again next year! Plus, Watermelon Park Campground and Shepherds Ford Productions were able to send Shenandoah Riverkeeper home with a donation over $2500. A special thanks to Josh Bearman, Shelly at NOAA , Gem at the Piedmont Enviromental Council Jon Lohman at Virginia Folklife and all the local Farmers Capon Crossing Farm Tree and Leaf Smith Meadows Georges mill Farm and Volunteers that made this Festival so special. See you next Year!


See you next year at 2nd annual River and Roots Festival
Save the date for the last weekend of June 2015


New activities at Watermelon Park Fest this year
At the kids tent

The Kids tent will be in full swing again this year thanks in no small part to Jill Evans-Kavaldjian (Round Hill Arts Center Manager, renowned artist and mother of two thirds of the Polka Dots). Join Jill on Friday and Saturday at the Kids Tent for her "Instant Watermelon Tie-Dye" Bring a white or light-colored tee shirt and make a work of art fit for the Fest with Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. Best of all, the shirts dry quickly, and are ready to wear in minutes! See what's new at the Kids tent, Danct tent workshops and more... See the full SCHEDULE PAGE


New at Watermelon Park Fest this year
Music on Sunday

Music on Sunday Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes Richmond has been recognized for generations as a "gospel town," with a vibrant tradition of African American gospel groups and choirs, and one of its most legendary figures is Evangelist Maggie Ingram. Sponsored by Virginia Folklife Program. Check out all the music on Sunday and more on the Schedule Page.


Earlybird Tickets end August 31st
Why wait till then and risk a sold out Festival, buy now and save

Last year we reacherd capacity at the Festival, and if ticket sales so far are any indication we will be sold out befoe the gates open this year. Get Tickets for Watermelon Park Fest Now.


Danny Knicely puts out guitar album
Some shows near you




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