This year’s talented performers at Golden Link’s Turtle Hill Folk Festival (September 7–9 at Rotary Sunshine Campus) will, yet again, blow the audience away! Performing Friday night: Christine Lavin, Jamcrackers, and Pepper & Sassafras. On Saturday, we’ll enjoy Reggie Harris & Scott Ainslie, Bruce Molsky & Allison de Groot, as well as an introductory set by NERFA’s young folk - The Meadows Brothers (pictured). All of these very talented musicians will be providing additional entertainment at workshops throughout the weekend.
We have a tasty menu prepared for Friday supper and Sunday lunch, which can be viewed in detail on our website at www.goldenlink.org/festival_food_2018. On Saturday, we have the delicacies of Mama Napoli, featuring their specialty of arancini. There’s FREE ice cream from Bruster’s on Saturday afternoon, and our ongoing snack and homemade dessert table all weekend.
Save money by buying tickets in advance: purchase online (www.goldenlink.org/festival_tickets_2018) or at a Tuesday sing-around, or at the Bop Shop on Monroe Avenue. All pre-sales end September 4! Tickets will also be available at the gate.
As usual, we will have t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale, performer merchandise, and vendors displaying and selling their crafts. We added another building this year, the Craft Building (across from the fire circle). We now have accommodations for inclement weather, a place to sit, hang out, jam, and eat! If it’s cold out, we will close the doors. If it’s hot, people can sit outside. As usual, sound checks will take place in the main performance hall around dinnertime, so the Craft Building will give us a place to gather. We also have rough camping and bunkhouse accommodations available.
As most of you know, Golden Link includes young talents at our Festival. This year, we partnered once again with NERFA’s Young Folk program to offer the talented Meadows Brothers. Red Line Roots stated that Dustin and Ian offer “beautiful harmonies, bluegrass infused folk songs, and witty back and forth banter on stage.” Their music extends into early roots and blues, pensive and wonderful songs. We can’t wait to meet the brothers and hear their tales.
See you at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, September 7–9, 2018!
—Betty Smits, Festival Chair