Festive fall

Hoedowns, German festivals, a day for Elvis and many a kettle of apple butter usher in season

Hoedowns, German festivals, a day for Elvis and many a kettle of apple butter usher in season

September 01, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

Summer's end is less than a month away, but the festival season goes on and on.

This Saturday, people can enjoy folk music, hayrides, children's activities, camping, a campfire singalong and a folk gospel pancake breakfast at the sixth annual Country Roads Folk Festival at Almost Heaven Farm in Kearneysville, W.Va.

The free music festival features The Martin Family Stringband; the Ripoff Con Artists (the Martin children); Stoneybrook; Aca-Perco (Jennie Avila & Stephen Wright); Ed Barney, Teri Chism and Wayne Lanham (members of Patent Pending); the South Mountain String Band; Allegheny Uprising; John Doyle; StepJam and more.

The festival starts at noon at Maureen Harrigan's farm, named Almost Heaven from the song "Country Roads" written by John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert. The first Country Roads Folk Festival in 2000, also named for the song, was a tribute concert to Denver, who died in 1997 when his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean.


Harrigan, a friend of Danoff's and a concert organizer, producer and promoter for 20 years, also started the event to provide family-oriented entertainment and bring people together for music and community, she said.

This year the festival is free and serves as a thank you from Harrigan to those who have supported folk music and the festival over the years, as well as her and her four daughters, whom she calls the girl tribe, as they faced some personal challenges this year, she said.

There will be one stage rather than three this year, but Harrigan considers all the performers headliners.

The music will go on until 9 p.m., including an interactive folk dance demonstration by Stoneybrook, which plays Celtic and Israeli folk music, Harrigan said. Stepjam will teach a clogging miniworkshop before the barn dance, which starts at 9 and is expected to last until 10:30 p.m.

People are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share or a picnic for themselves and camping gear if they want to stay over. Also, bring a swimsuit or fishing rod since the creek is nearby.

For people who stay overnight, there is breakfast.

To get there, take Interstate 81 south to Exit 12 (a Martinsburg, W.Va. exit for W.Va. 9 east towards Charles Town, W.Va.). Go 3.5 miles to Opequon Lane. Turn right on Opequon Lane. Turn right on Abbie Lane. Turn right on Elsie Drive and you'll see the big barn.

For more information about Country Roads Folk Festival, call Harrigan at 1-304-267-7963 or go to the Web site for her nonprofit organization, Mofolk Music Production at

Also this Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. is the South Morgan Festival at South Morgan County Volunteer Fire Department on Winchester Grade Road, about 10 miles south of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Food vendors and ham and chicken dinners start at 1 p.m. The dinners are $8 for adults and $4 for children. The live music starts at 5 p.m.

The festival will have children's games and an auction, which starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call entertainment chairwoman Anna Marie McCumbee at 1-304-258-2252.

Below is a sampling of festivals the following weekend and beyond in the Tri-State area this late summer and fall:

In Washington County

Boonesborough Days in Boonsboro's Shafer Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11. The 34th annual event features more than 25 craft demonstrations typical of 18th-century tradesmen, including blacksmithing, woodcarving, broom making, quilting and floral arranging. The event will showcase more than 150 vendors of crafts, art, antiques and food. Free admission and parking at Boonsboro school complex with shuttle service to park. For more information, call 301-432-5889.

Elvis Lives at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Dual Highway in Hagerstown from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Doors open at 3 p.m. Musical festival features performances by four top Elvis Presley tribute artists and Sophisti'Cats' from Williamsport High School. Admission costs $15 to $25 with proceeds benefiting the planned Barbara Ingram School for the Performing Arts. For more information, call 301-739-2015.

Hancock Canal Apple Festival in Widmyer Memorial Park starts with a kickoff dance from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 16, at Hancock American Legion. Admission is $6 per person, $10 a couple. Grand parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, from the east end of town to the park, followed by festival events until 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, noon to 5 p.m. Features old-time cider press, homemade crafts, arts and food, including apple dumplings, apple pies and apple fritters. For more information, call 301-678-6938.

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