The 35th annual Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival will open on Thursday, May 31 and run through Sunday June 3rd at Strawberry Park Resort Campground in Preston, CT. Boasting a fine and varied lineup of perrenial favorites and well-regarded newcomers, Strawberry Park has much for the traditional bluegrass fan as well as something for people seeking a more progressive acoustic lineup. The expanded schedule on the Folk Stage this year complements the Amphitheater performances well and assures a busy and enjoyable four days at this comprehensive campground resort that continues to operate efficiently despite its recent well publicized financial difficulties. Click here to purchase tickets or call the park. For camping, consult the campground map and then call the park to make a reservation at: (860) 886-1944. In addition to campsites, Strawberry Park has a variety of pleasant and comfortable trailers available on site for rental.
The program this year at the folk stage appears varied and exciting. Brittany Haas & Lauren Rioux will appear as a fiddle duo; Three Tall Pines is a regional traditional bluegrass band; Singer/songwriter Gail Wade is well known at Strawberry Park and in the region; Nashville performers Cia Cherryholmes & Stedson Atkisson will present their acoustic set; The Honeycutters created a stir at this year's Merlefest; I'm not familiar with Honey Dew Drops or Ray Bonneville & Louise Taylor, but the entire lineup at the Folk Stage should be worth a careful look. Mike and Mary Robinson, itinerant bluegrass evangelists, will be hosting their well known Bluegrass Gospel Jam and Sing on Sunday morning at the folk stage before the Sunday program begins at the main stage.