The Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival, now going into its 39th season, running from June 2 - June 5, 2016, is one of the oldest and most respected bluegrass events in New England. In recent years the park has been through a bad patch, affecting the bluegrass festival which declined, almost to extinction, a few years ago. Happily, I can say that Strawberry Park as a camping destination with the festival as one of its signature events is back. After a few mis-steps under the new management unfamiliar with bluegrass music and the bluegrass culture, the festival has returned most of the policies relevant to the bluegrass community to earlier days, while continuing to pour money into the facility, improving it in every way. Jamming 24 hours a day has been re-instituted on the ball field, quiet hours enforced in the campground, and, best of all, the lineup has returned to its former position of encouraging innovative, new bands and presenting strong traditional ones. If you had given up on Strawberry Park, it deserves your re-appraisal. If you've never been there before, give it a try. You won't be sorry,
Bob Amos and Sarah Amos
Ron Thomason - Hamboning
Tickets & Reservations: Tickets may be purchased on line here. There are a number of ticket options. For camping reservations, call 860-886-1944. To see a map of the entire park, look here. In addition to camping, the park owns about fifty rental units scattered around its neighborhoods. While these go quickly, there may still be some of them available for the bluegrass festival. For those not wishing to stay on site, there are a number of nearby hotels and motels.
The twentieth annual Cajun Zydeco Festival is held the weekend after the bluegrass festival. You can make reservations to stay for the following week, if you enjoy different kinds of music. If you're interested, check it out here.