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Join LBL June 15 & 16 for the Award Winning Annual Pickin’ Party, Old-Time Music Festival at The Homeplace

May 30, 2013 - Land Between The Lakes Press Release

GOLDEN POND, KY – Preserving local music heritage has long been a part of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area. For two days, celebrate LBL’s 50th Anniversary by experiencing the best of old-time music through jamming sessions and energized performances of folk, string band, old-time fiddle, banjo, country, and bluegrass music.

The Pickin’ Party takes place 10am to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16. Admission includes entrance to The Homeplace and is $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under.

Bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle, or harmonica and join in on the fun during daily open mic sessions. Throughout the day, visit with Dulcimer builders and performers Susan and Kelly Amsden, watch as Mike Holmes creates a new Mandolin, stroll through the historic buildings, fields and gardens, and talk with the 1850’s farm family interpreters as they go about their daily chores. Children’s activities will be take place throughout the weekend. Place your lawn chairs or ground blankets, coolers, and snacks under the cool shade trees. Festival foods will be available for purchase. The Pickin’ Party takes place rain or shine! In the event of rain, it will be moved to the indoor theater.

“We are pleased to have local performer, songwriter, and folklorist, Nathan Blake Lynn, joined by Bawn in the Mash fiddler, Josh Coffey, to MC this weekend of the best old-time music in the area,” stated Cindy Earls, LBL’s Special Events Coordinator. “New this year, the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, a lively, old-time string band influenced by their Appalachian Mountain music heritage, and traditional flatfoot dancer, Thomas Maupin and Daniel Rothwell, his grandson, along with the Overall Creek Band, will prove to be crowd pleasers. Phillip Steinmetz and His Sunny Tennesseans, great nephew of Grandpa Jones, will perform Grandpa Jones’ favorites and old-time mountain music classics.

Earls continued, “Returning this year are folk singer, fret-less banjo picker, and blues guitar performer, Mark Dvorak; our favorite Homeplace, old-time string band, The Dixie Volunteers; and Common Thread, talented women who come together once a year to perform traditional favorites for our audience.”

A special thank you to our sponsors: Roeder Implement Company, Kenlake State Resort Park, Paris Landing State Park, and WKMS - 91.3 FM in Murray, KY. There are several options for overnight accommodations. Camping is available at LBL and at private campgrounds in the area; lodging is available at state resort parks and motels in the surrounding area.

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. Visitors are encouraged to review the official website at www.lbl.org often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and additional information, or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Follow LBL on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes.


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Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Land Between The Lakes offer a unique vacation experience for everyone! Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley collectively is the largest body of water between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. Here you can enjoy fishing, boating, hunting, eating at great restaurants, and experiencing the numerous attractions of the Land Between The Lakes. The region is located just eight hours from Chicago, three hours from St. Louis and six hours west of the Smoky Mountains.