Mountain Music Festival: Waynesboro’s newest musical treat

The weekend of Aug. 12-14 will be the premiere of what should become an annual feature of the heritage music scene. Dulcimer players will be joined by guitar boom chuckers, standup bass slappers, old-time fiddlers and open-back banjo pluckers to create a festival of mountain music.

A performance of Ivy Rowe, by Barbara Bates Smith, will begin the festival on Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. at the WTA Gateway at 329 West Main. In her award-winning creation from Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith, Barbara Bates Smith portrays a spunky mountain woman whose life was “liven on love.” With musical accompaniment on the mountain dulcimer by Jeff Sebens, Ivy Rowe will transport the audience into the heart of Appalachia with a grin and a laugh. Tickets are $10.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, Constitution Park will be the scene of old-time music, native American dance, Civil War re-enactors, storytellers, artists and craftspeople. The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A series of workshops by mountain music artists ( Don Pedi, Nina Zanetti, Marsha Harris and Jeff Sebens)will be available in Constitution Park. Pre-registration and a fee is required.

On Saturday evening, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m., the Festival Concert will be performed at the Pavilion at Constitution Park. Tickets are $10. In case of rain, the concert will move to the Gateway.

The Mountain Music Festival concludes on Sunday, Aug. 14, with a Gospel Sing at the Pavilion at 11 a.m.. The event is open to the public and free.

For reservations and tickets call 540-943-9999.