Next weekend is the 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, a highly entertaining and lively weekend of music and art
held in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square.
Pre-festival events will occur on Friday, April 19, with the beginning of jamming on the Historic Public Square and the Live Country Auction that night.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, there will be free admission on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the MainStage Tent across from Hancock Park with a heavy emphasis on bluegrass and old-time music from the Southern Appalachian region.
A juried Artist Marketplace on the square, Saturday and Sunday, features traditional mountain crafts, and there will also be a Country Store at Hancock Park. More jamming on the square and music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance, a Saturday Open Mic event, kids activities, and food complete the offerings.
Listeners and musicians alike are invited to enjoy the acoustic bluegrass and old-time string music at the 2011 Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, every Saturday, April 23 through October 8, 2011, 2-5 pm, on the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site downtown.
The July 16th host band, JED, is serious about mountain songs and mountain style. They are Edward Hunter on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and Joel Cordle on mandolin and guitar. The group’s mandolins, fiddles, banjos, guitars, soul-stirring songs tell a story; while their harmony singing rings from the mountains, valleys, caverns, and creeks of the South. Edward & Joel are two old-timers who can still whip the stuffings out of a bluegrass song and coax a tear from the heart of the sentimental listener.
The 15th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will be an entertaining and lively weekend of music and art held in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. Pre-festival events will take place on Friday, April 15, with the first of the jamming sessions on Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, as well as Master Classes in the afternoon, and the Live Country Auction that night.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, there will be on-stage performances by local, regional, and national musicians throughout the day in the Main Stage Tent at Hancock Park. The juried Artist Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday features traditional mountain crafts and will also have a Country Store. More jamming on the square and music workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam led by Glenda Pender, a Saturday evening old-time Mountain Dance and food complete the offerings.
For more details about the festival, including the complete lineup of performers, and updates between now and the event, visit website.
Downtown Dahlonega Hosts Appalachian Jam Every Saturday
Thousands Enjoy Acoustic Mountain Music in Historic Downtown
North Georgia’s mountain music pickers and singers flock to the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site every Saturday, April 24 through October 9. Listeners and musicians alike enjoy the acoustic bluegrass and old-time string music on the Public Square from 2 pm until 5 pm.
Dahlonega’s “Appalachian Jam” is produced by Dahlonega’s Downtown Development Authority and Better Hometown Program. The events are made possible with support from the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival Committee, the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center at North Georgia College & State University, and the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. The events are hosted by the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site and are presented in cooperation with the Dahlonega Merchants Association.
For information, contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 706-864-3513.
The 14th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival , an incredible weekend of mountain music and art held each spring in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, will be April 16-18, 2010 in Dahlonega.
Old time and blue grass music will fill the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, GA. Jamming goes on day and night around the square while other local, regional, and national musicians take the stage all day Saturday and Sunday.
A juried artist’s marketplace features traditional mountain art and crafts. Extensive music workshops, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a street dance, a live auction, children’s activities, a heritage center demonstrating mountain traditions, and of course, food, complete the offerings, making Bear on the Square the perfect outing.
Book your accommodation now at Cedar House Inn for the Bear on the Square Festival. We have already booked the rooms as of this date. Yurts are still available.
2010 BEAR ON THE SQUARE FESTIVAL SCHEDULED THIRD WEEKEND IN APRIL IN DOWNTOWN DAHLONEGA
The 14th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival will be an incredible weekend of music and art held around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, Ga. which is located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains.
From April 16-18, old time and bluegrass music will fill the downtown square and nearby Hancock Park.The festival opens on Friday as the musicians for the street jams start gathering around the Historic Public Square around noon.There will be on-stage performances on Saturday and Sunday at the Main Stage Tent in Hancock Park by local, regional, and national musicians with headline acts including the Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys, and Ginny Hawkers & Tracy Schwarz with Kari Sickenberger.
The Mountain Marketplace around the square is being sponsored this year by John C. Campbell Folk School and will include a juried artists’ market of traditional crafts, artists demonstrating their craft throughout the marketplace as well as a heritage folk life area featuring John C. Campbell Folk School artists demonstrating such crafts as blacksmithing, basketry and more.
Extensive music workshops, the Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a street dance, the Live Country Auction on Friday evening, family activities, and of course, food, complete the offerings during the festival. For more information about the festival, including event times and locations and a complete list of sponsors, visit web site.
Stay with us and enjoy traditional Appalachian mountain music on the Dahlonega Square.
Downtown Dahlonega Hosts Appalachian Music Jams April 18 Through November 7
As the name implies, the Appalachian Jam gives traditional mountain music players the chance to get together and celebrate the kind of music that has been performed in the Appalachian Mountains for generations. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and gather on the historic Public Square to jam with the scheduled musicians. Everyone else should come on down and listen or dance. Bring a chair or stool and stay awhile.
For information, contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 706-864-3513, or check the event calendar on our web site.