Workshops and Family Activities
We are pleased to offer a variety of activities suitable for families to participate in as well as a full selection of both Instructional Workshops and Artist Workshops.
Instructional and Artist Workshops
Friday-Sunday a full schedule of workshops are available at no additional cost. Workshops are presented by qualified teaching artists, as well as by many of the talented musicians that headline the Main Stage. Workshops may focus on specific instrumental skills, vocal lessons, band dynamics, jamming etiquette and technique or sometimes they may take a storytelling format. These are a wonderful opportunity to improve your own skills or to have a more intimate experience with a favorite artist. All skill levels are invited. Workshops are typically held under the White Tent Located by the beachfront near the Osprey’s Nest, but check the program for details as locations can change. Some Chairs are provided, but feel free to bring a few of your own.
A Small Sample of Popular Workshops from Past years:
- Presenting a Song in a Jam
- Band Skills with Mile Twelve
- Mark O’Connor Fiddle Player Extraordinaire
- 30 Years of Memories with White Mountain Bluegrass
- Banjo Making Demonstration with Steve Wilson of Wilson Banjo Co.
- Harmonies with The Gibson Brothers
- Songwriting Circle with Chris Moore and Ted Demille of 317 Main
- Lead Vocals with Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize
*The Workshop Schedule is typically not released until the week of the festival. We do our best to adhere to the published schedule, but workshops are always subject to change due to presenters travel, health, or other circumstances.
Family Activities Family Activities
We pride ourselves on being a family friendly festival and offering activities for all ages. We say “Family Activities”, because we want guests young and old to come together to participate. In addition to offering a variety of arts and crafts and games, in 2017, we teamed up with our friends at 317 Main Community Music Center, in Yarmouth, Maine to assist us in bringing some musical programming as well. At the Family Sing-Along, toddlers and teens, siblings, parents, and grandparents gather together to learn lyrics to the popular traditional tunes that can be heard on stage and by the campfires throughout the park. The popular Instrument Petting Zoo, allows little ones to experiment with instruments just their size and get a hands on chance to imagine the possibilities of playing themselves. FOR 2021 Due to COVID- this activity will be replaced with a Discovery Workshop.
Examples of past Activities:
- Building Fairy Houses
- Learning about Horseshoe Crabs
- Bubble Fun
- Scavenger Hunts
- Hula Hoop Contests
Kids Who Pick
We are excited to share our NEW “Kids Who Pick” program! Open to kids 9-18 of varied skills. Participants should have their own instrument and have at least basic rhythm skills and can play to tempo. 317 Main Community Music Center teaching artist Carter Logan, joined by his daughter, fiddler and vocalist Sarah Jeanne Logan will offer 4 days of workshops (times to be announced) to create an ensemble to perform on stage Sunday of the Festival. Participants should be able to attend at least 3 out of 4 days to perform. Aspiring Bluegrass vocalists who do not play are welcome to register as well. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or send in the registration form above.
Held under the JAM TENT ON THE HILL
Thursday 3-4 pm
Friday 10-12 pm
Saturday 10-12 pm
Sunday 11-12 pm and 2-3 before 3:00pm performance
Pre-registration is requested at https://form.jotform.com/212158524009046