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Things To Do

April 26-29, 2018

Things To Do

Shoppes at MerleFest

Shoppes at MerleFest

The Shoppes at MerleFest is a centrally located shopping village of commercial vendors, official MerleFest memorabilia, and services such as first aid, lost and found, overnight storage, and internet access. Festival guests can peruse vendor booths, check email and pick up an official MerleFest t-shirt all in one spot!

Little Pickers Family Area

Little Pickers Family Area

The Little Pickers Family Area offers lots of fun and games for children as well as some fine storytelling, songwriting and music! Our youth are becoming increasingly interested in the music of our region, and as an educational institution, one of our goals is to preserve and promote the heritage of our area.

Pickin' Place

Pickin’ Place

The Pickin’ Place is more than a stage; it’s an entire venue devoted to pickin’ and grinnin’! Included in The Pickin’ Place are the Traditional Jammin’ Tent, Bluegrass Jammin’ Tent, Anything Goes Jammin’ Tent and Hands-On Tent.

Acoustic Kids Showcases

Acoustic Kids Showcases

These are showcases, not contests! Young pickers and singers of any skill level (through age 16) have opportunities to perform on the festival stage in a supportive environment.

Jam Camp

Jam Camp

Pete Wernick and his experienced assistants Joan Wernick, Scott Freeman and Keith Yoder will give both group and individual pointers on instrumental technique, harmony singing and the how-to of a variety of jam situations. The MerleFest Jam Camp is a unique combination of classroom and personal instruction by experienced and understanding teachers led by Pete Wernick, 9:15 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Jam Camp is offered the Monday through Thursday of MerleFest week.

Songwriter Coffee House

Songwriters Coffee House

The MerleFest Songwriters Coffee House Showcase gives aspiring songwriters a chance for their songs to be heard! Those of you who wish to participate should register Friday between 7:15 - 8 p.m. At 8 p.m. we will draw for performance times.

Nature Walks

Nature Walks

Come out and join local naturalist Ken Crouse of Peaceful Valley Gardens for an easy hike through the gardens and forest of the WCC Campus. Take a look at the wildflowers, trees, mushrooms and ferns that make the local ecology so unique. Learn about the folklore,plus the edible and medicinal uses of many of our local native plants and fungi.