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Wednesday August 27, 2014

Early Bird Camping begins AFTER 10AM
Potluck Picking Party at the campfire 6 PM

Thursday August 28, 2014 Weekend Camping Begins after 3 PM
Open Stage in the concert area at 6 PM - ?

Friday August 29, 2014 Festival Show & Workshops  10 AM - 8 PM
6 Music Workshops  11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
$7 Spaghetti Dinner at Cookshack 6 PM

Saturday August 30, 2014 Festival Show & Workshops  10 AM - 8 PM
6 Music Workshops  11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday August 31, 2014

Festival Show & Workshops  10 AM - 2 PM
4 Music Workshops  11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Monday September 1, 2014 Weekend Campers exit festival by 4 PM


Early Bird Camping & Field Picking begins AFTER 10AM
on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Quick Links to Topics Below:

Early Bird Camping Pet Policy
Advance Tickets
LineUp
Workshops
Vendors
Camping
Tickets
Volunteers/Friends


YouTube  Watch Videos of our early shows

(for many more videos taken by our fans of our (post flood) 2012 & 2013 Festivals:

search "North Branch Bluegrass Festival" while you're there)

 

Event Grounds

A low-angle view of the North Branch festival grounds.  Stage is at far end of the field.

 

For a 2014 printable festival flyer, click here

Help us spread word of our festival by printing out a few extra flyers for your family, friends, and neighborhood bulletin boards.  Thanks very much.

 

 

Early Bird Camping and Field Picking

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North Branch Bluegrass Festival will be opening the gate early to campers and field pickers!
Beginning AFTER 10 AM on WEDNESDAY August 27, 2014, we'll open up for an extra night for a $10 per person upcharge to the price of your weekend ticket.  Bring your well-behaved friends and field-pick to your heart's delight. All weekend festival admission fees are due in full upon arrival.

 

Want Advance Tickets?

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Advance weekend tickets are available by mail for $50 each.   Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope and check or money order made payable to "Heather Kennedy" and send to: R & H Kennedy, North Branch Bluegrass Festival, 74 Chateauguay Road, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035.   If no SASE is enclosed, tickets will be held for you at the gate.   Requests must be postmarked by July 10, 2014.   Advance tickets are not refundable.   Your weekend ticket begins after 3 PM on Thursday.   Thursday night campers are asked to please stay out of the concert area until after 5 PM while we finish setting up the 6 PM OPEN STAGE.

 

Our 2014 LineUp...* Back to Top

...with our Best-Beloved MC:  Don "The Story Man" Sprague...


 ...is chuckerblock full of gifted musicians, all promising to deliver you a great bluegrass show. They're also prepared to teach you a musical thing or two if you choose to attend one of the 16 music workshops workshops they'll be hosting.

You'll notice that many of our bands will be attending our whole festival. That's sure to result in some flaming hot field picking sessions out in the camping area. We invite you to make plans for your own field-picker's musical holiday here with us.

We proudly present for your listening and learning pleasure...             

Chasing Blue Band Photo

Chasing Blue (MA)
Fri/Sat

Cricket Tell The Weather (CT/NY)
Sat/Sun

 

The Green Mountaineers  (VT)
Fri
Carol Hausner returns with veteran guitarist Mark Strusacker and nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Colin McCaffrey
Fox Point Rounders Band Photo
Fox Point Rounders  (RI) 
Sat/Sun

Jersey Corn Pickers Band Photo
The Jersey Corn Pickers (NJ/PA)
Fri/Sat/Sun

 
Crunchy Western Boys Band Photo
Crunchy Western Boys (NH)
Saturday
Mark Kilianski Band Photo
MK & The Moonshine Ramblers (NJ/MA) 
Fri/Sat
Cold Chocolate Band Photo

Cold Chocolate (MA)

Sat/Sun

The Bondville Boys Band Photo

The Bondville Boys (VT)

Friday

Open Stage    

6 pm Thursday August 28th

 

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Free rough camping included with a 3 day Weekend pass.  RV's, campers, and tent camping welcome.
See our Pet Policy below. 

 

Camping Rules: 

1)  Camping on festival grounds is limited to those 18 years or over or else you must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent who can be legally responsible for you.  At registration, liability waivers will need to be signed by ALL campers staying overnight at the festival. 

2)  Pack it in...Pack it out.  Please leave the field as beautiful as you found it.

3)  We currently have happy neighbors.  We wish to be respectful of EVERYONE's right to a good night's sleep.  You may play music all night long but a lower volume is appreciated.

 4)  Our existing "No Nonsense or Rude Behavior" policy, "No Visible Alcohol" policy, and all other festival rules must be obeyed at all times.  We want everyone to have a safe and happy weekend.

5)  No Open Fires - All fires must be contained in a firepit that will not damage or scorch the field.  You must have a container of water nearby your firepit at all times in case of gusty winds.  Please do not leave your fire unattended.  No digging or rock fireplaces - Firepits Only.

6)  Generators quiet 10 pm - 8 am.

7)  Obnoxious persistent use of generators is not allowed at our festival.

Other Camping Information

Access:  The festival grounds is a huge open field that is essentially flat with a few rolling undulations.  The soil is well-drained.  We have safely accommodated Campers and Motorhomes of all sizes on the field.  If you have a really large vehicle, you may find the sharp left turn down the festival grounds at the end of the oak chapel bridge a bit challenging.  If you stay on the tar road and drive up to the next bend, on the right is Martin Excavating's shop.  It has a large parking lot which we are allowed to use as a turnaround.  Please be courteous when using.

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES  head up the dirt road  (Braley Road) at the end of the oak chapel bridge...THERE IS NO TURNAROUND up the hill.

Dumping Station:  Looking for a dumping station for your camper?  We don't have one of our own but there's a nearby State Park in every direction from here that does. They charge around $15 to dump and allow off the highway tourist use.

Water:  There is a limited supply of non-drinking water.  You will need to fill your camper tanks before you come.  We'll have a small pump and a bucket you can borrow for refilling.  Half-litre bottled spring water for drinking is available when the food concession is open.

Saved spots:  Sorry, there are no saved spots at North Branch.  It's first come-first served.

Camper Parking Shape:  Campers must park in rows at our festival, we do not allow boxed in courtyards...we think they're unfriendly and unsafe in the event of a fire or medical emergency.  Campers are most welcome to face each other awning to awning.

 

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With 25 acres available, we have the perfect grounds for dogs to play and enjoy the festival. Unfortunately, insurance restrictions, our own liabilities, and local regulations require that we must limit the activities of your best friend. so, here's what we've come up with....

Dogs will be allowed at the North Branch Bluegrass Festival only under the following conditions:

 

1) No "day dogs". You must be a weekend camper in order to bring your dog.

2) You must have proof of vaccination certificate with you. No dogs will be allowed in without actual paperwork.

3) You must sign a  waiver of liability form in order for us to allow you in.

4) All dogs must stay in the camping area. NO DOGS ALLOWED in concert area or parking areas.

5) You are required to clean up after your pet.

6) Dogs must stay on leashes (Town Leash Law).

7) Our "No Nonsense or Rude Behavior" policy applies to everyone...including your dog.  If your dog barks too much or bothers folks, we'll need to ask you to leave for the good of the festival.

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The North Branch Bluegrass festival is a field-picking musician's festival.  Our professional musicians will be hosting workshops each day throughout the weekend.  These are free and are open to everyone, regardless of skill level.  Festival goers are welcome to attend as many workshops as they please. Our Workshop Schedule:

 
Friday 8/29/14
Saturday 8/30/14
Sunday 8/31/14
11:30 AM
Bondville Boys
Vocal Harmony
Crunchy Western Boys Mandolin
Cricket Tell The Weather
Guitar
12:30 PM

Jersey Corn Pickers Clawhammer Banjo

Jersey Corn Pickers Banjo
Fox Point Rounders
Fiddle
1:30 PM
Cold Chocolate Bass

Moonshine Rambler Guitar

Mystery Workshop
2:30 PM
Green Mountaineers Songwriting
Chasing Blue
Vocal Harmony
Cricket Tell The Weather
Campfire Jam
3:30 PM
Chasing Blue
Guitar
Crunchy Western Boys Bass
Festival Wrap Party
4:30 PM
Bondville Boys Mandolin
Moonshine Rambler Fiddle
 

Tickets
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Weekend Passes* - Passes includes show, workshops, and free no frills camping for eligible campers on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Campers may stay until 4 pm on Monday.

                       *See Camping section for important eligibility requirements.

 

                 $55 Adult Weekend Pass
                 $20 Youth Weekend Pass Ages 5-15 yrs (With supervising adult)                                                Children under Age 5 Always FREE 

Day Tickets - Show & Workshops ONLY.  NO CAMPING with Day Tickets...NO Exceptions.
                                     Gate Opens Daily at 9 AM

Friday Day Tickets 10 AM - 8 PM $22 Adult, $5 Youth
Saturday Day Tickets 10 AM - 8 PM $22 Adult, $5 Youth
Sunday Day Tickets 10 AM - 3:30 PM $15 Adult, $5 Youth


Early Bird Camper Special - $10 per person
  Arrive early to the festival at anytime AFTER 10 AM on Wednesday for a $10 per person additional festival donation to help cover costs.  You must also purchase your Weekend pass upon arrival.  No prepayment or saved spots.  Thursday night campers are asked to please stay out of the concert area until after 5 PM while we finish setting up for the 6 PM OPEN STAGE.  Early Birds wanting to be helpful may introduce themselves upon arrival and sign in anytime over at the ticket booth. 

 

Advance Tickets - $50 For Weekend Pass Only  Must be postmarked by July 10th.  Please send SASE with payment made payable to "Heather Kennedy" to: R & H Kennedy, North Branch Bluegrass Festival, 74 Chateauguay Road, Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035

Please note:

Out-of-State Checks and Electronic Money are not accepted at our festival

Volunteering At North Branch

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A growing festival takes dedicated help...and lots of it.  'Team North Branch' is always on the lookout for new team members.  If you are an able-bodied helpful person who can follow directions, we'd love to meet you.  Please email Heather Kennedy at Info@NBBluegrass.com.  It takes all year to prepare and several weeks to setup our mobil festival.  We are always on the lookout for extra hands during the summer months, especially at festival time.  Festival staff who work halftime during the whole festival earn free admission.

 

Vendors

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North Branch Bluegrass Festival is seeking non-food vendors for 2014.  Our 3 day rate for a 10' x 10' pop-up tent with fabric walls is available to rent for a prepaid fee of $75.  Each vendor must also purchase an advance $45 weekend pass.  Interested parties can please reserve a spot by e-mail.  Space is limited and acceptance is subject to our approval of the goods you intend to sell at our festival. Just to let you know in advance....We're a family festival as as such are not interested in peddling non-family oriented or low quality articles.

The North Branch Wishing Well

It's easy to believe in big dreams but much more difficult to privately finance them if you're regular working-class people like us.  We've spent our life savings trying to bring this festival home to our Bridgewater.  We hope that a positive annual event like this will help energize our local sense of community and sustain us through difficult times.  If you wish to support our efforts, we welcome your donation or business sponsorship.  Please call, write, or e-mail us.  This is a privately run and funded festival.  It's our personal attempt at fending for ourselves in our old age.  Please understand that donations to the festival are not considered to be tax deductible contributions, but business sponsorships might be. If you wish to be recognized for your donation by becoming a business sponsor, advertising space is available on our Website, Festival Posters, and Event programs.  Stage display area for your business banner and Onstage mentions of your sponsorship are also available.  We have worked very hard to earn our new reputation as good promoters and plan to continue our course.  We'd be happy to answer any specific questions regarding potential donations, volunteering, business advertising sponsorships, or any other offers of assistance to our festival.

Randy and Heather Kennedy
North Branch Bluegrass Festival
74 Chateauguay Road
Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035

1-802-672-3042
info@ nbbluegrass.com