The Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival offered its Fall edition on October 28 and 29 to hugely increased attendance and with greater confidence. The event clearly demonstrated that a local audience would have a broader taste for more adventurous bluegrass music than they had perhaps anticipated. The next Newell Lodge Bluegrass Festival, coming March 8 - 10, 2012 will be longer, larger, and more ambitious. Newell Lodge began as an equine park and has maintained a horsey atmosphere while growing increasingly comprehensive and elaborate. This summer owner Harvin Carter added sixty electric & water RV sites, a new shower facility and an additional toilet facility. There are six delightful cottages available for rent on the grounds as well as a bunk house. The dining room serves tasty, moderately priced southern cooking in a family environment. The grove of live oak trees provides shade and atmosphere to complement the horse drawn carriages used to carry people around the grounds. A large gazebo is an ideal spot to hold a wedding or other kind of reception and the facility has begun hosting corporate outings. The twice annual bluegrass festivals are an appropriate and welcome addition to the mix. Further site improvements are planned.
Bryce Hall & Gavin Baulic