Old Time Music Campout is back

Sep 15, 2017

Searsport — The Old Time Players of Maine and Searsport Shores invite all players and listeners who appreciate old-time music a weekend of playing, learning, sharing and listening with some of the best old time players in New England.

The Old Time Music Oceanside Campout will run from 2 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept., 22 through 24, at Searsport Shores Ocean Park and Campground, 216 West Main St./Route 1. Events include workshops, night performances, recording studio, community pizza oven, gospel morning play around, old time jamming (beginner-advanced) and story telling. Vendors and campground cooks also are welcome.

Old-time music celebrates American string bands, stories and the unique American traditions. All types of camping is available including tents, hammocks, RVs, safari and cabin rentals with a discount for participants. Volunteers are needed. Check-in, reception and informal picking time runs 2 to 5 p.m. Friday. An introductory old-time music session hosted by Bound To Have a Little Fun is free with general admission.

From 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, there will be welcome snacks and orientation, followed from 6 to 7 p.m. by performer and teacher previews of what to expect Saturday and Sunday. John Gawler will perform the opening concert at 7 p.m. Friday, followed at 8 p.m. by small group jams Later, folks can sit by the fire, make music, make friends, eat chips and enjoy music by and with friends.

Saturday offers hands-on workshops, beginning 10 a.m., and slow and fast jam tents open to all. Chicken will be provided for the 5:30 p.m. potluck picnic. The evening concert by instructor bands will run from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by campfire and studio jams. Sunday (like Saturday) opens with waffles and jam, followed by Songs that Inspire at 10 a.m. and the final gathering from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

General admission weekend tickets, $30, include admission/donation for Friday, Saturday, Sunday to all the concerts, jams and other activities. Workshops are $15. Donations help cover costs of staff, tents and food stuffs.

For festival and camping details, call 548-6059. Note that a Campout Recording Studio will be set up for the weekend open to anyone wanting to record a tune with new or old friends. There also will be a lock-up storage room for all instruments.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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