A fine old time on Penobscot Bay with Strung Together weekend

Sep 02, 2019

SEARSPORT — The Makers Guild of Maine welcomes all players and listeners who appreciate old time and bluegrass music to a weekend of playing, learning, dancing and listening with some of the best old-time players in New England. The Strung Together: Bluegrass and Old Time Music Jam Festival all starts on Friday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. and ends on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, 216 W. Main St. The weekend is hosted by the Old Time Music Players, Vacationland Bluegrass Jam Camp of Maine and Searsport Shores Ocean Campground.

The weekend includes lots of old time/bluegrass jamming (beginner-advanced), workshops, night/afternoon performances, a recording studio, community pizza oven, group song share, dancing, and great food. All happening on the shores of the beautiful Penobscot Bay. The Old-Time component will focus on holding guided and open jams for all abilities and age levels, including a youth jam tent.

Multi-instrumentalist Steve Roy and Resa Randolph will lead the bluegrass camp. Master Old Timers, including George Fowler, Art Bryan, Nate Paine, Pat Dancen, Jeff Titon, James Hyland, Bill Smith, Emily Jeffries and Baron Collins-Hill, will honor the event with their amazing musical talent. The weekend also features a concert with Nate Paine and the Strung Together House Band, followed by a square dance called by Pat Dancen in the new music barn. There is also a do-it -yourself concert/coffee house on Saturday night, following the musicians' potluck supper. Foss Stringed Instruments will be on hand for all of instrument adjustment needs

General admission tickets are $60 for the weekend, which include admission for all Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances, jams, workshops, recording studio, and other activities. It does not including camping, special workshops, lunch or private lessons. The bluegrass workshop for the weekend is an additional $60 and attendees have access to all the other jams, etc. outside of workshop times.

A donation of $10-20 on a sliding scale for the evening concerts/dance is offered to all guests coming just for the performances. Ticket sales/donations help to cover costs of jam leaders, staff, tents and food. Extra proceeds will be used for musician scholarships and to help fund the instrument lending project at the Searsport Carver Memorial Library.

Vendors and campground cooks are welcome. Volunteers are needed, and bartering is welcome. All types of camping will be available including tents, hammocks, RVs, safari, and cabin rentals. Hot showers, picnic table and fireplace are available, as are oceanfront and RV site upgrades. Discounted camping rates available for participants.

Bring your friends and make new ones while you celebrate American string band music, stories and the cultures that brought us those traditions. For festival and camping details, call Searsport Shores at 548-6059.

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