Graves Mountain Music Festival – Now Delayed until 2021 – June 3 to 6
In the Virginia Blue Ridge returning in 2021 for its 28th year with a three and half day line-up of 12 genres.
Festival Delay Announcement, April 7, 2020
Dear Friends, Guests, Musicians and Volunteers,
We are all interconnected – entwined with compassion for all of us.
So, of course, we have to tell you that we are delaying this year’s Graves Mountain Music Festival to next year 2021, June 3 to 6, when we may be able safely to gather and celebrate creation, while also celebrating those we will have lost. Reaching this decision has been wrenching, is wrenching.
Whatever happens over the next two months, we now know that the Corona virus shadow will come to all communities and we are all responsible for each other. It is clear that we must stay at home and protect each other. That is the priority and that is our journey to light.
We are so aware that the Festival is yours.
The festival days are refuge for so many communities – our legacy guests who come year after year as their special time – those who have endured floods and windstorms yet have come back to be with each other.
- Our artists, now so hushed.
- Our dedicated volunteers who make it all happen – for twenty-seven years and will again, in 2021, for the twenty-eighth.
- Our production teams – old and new for 2020 – all passionate brilliant creators – just like the artists.
- All the folks for this year who are creating new experiences for all ages, workshops, treks, rides, learning, and the new stage at DuCard Vineyard.
All of these creators are not lost, not gone – just delayed to 2021.
These communities must endure. We will support each other but now support means sitting at home, ensuring that we will not be the harbinger of a shadow for another.
Let us know of your successes and travails so that we can all share each other’s joys and burdens. Please.
We will be staying in touch via e-mail, websites and posts.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , message or post on our two Facebook accounts – the Farm & Lodges –( https://www.facebook.com/Graves-Mountain-Lodge-Inc-54876319981/ ), the Music Festival (https://www.facebook.com/gravesmountainmusic/)
Be safe, be caring, please.
The Graves Family – Rachel, Jimmy, Tricia, Missy, Lynn, Lucky, Connie, Gail, Margie, Margaret, Eric, Laurie, Mark Newton, and all the teams at the Lodge and Farm
The Future Delayed
Next Year’s Festival – 2021, Thursday June 3rd- Sunday the 6th
We will duplicate, in every way that we are able, the talent and experiences scheduled for this year- just one year later. We will find ways to add in more – more jamming and more local talent along with all the new community experiences.
More folks planned to come this year than for a decade.
If you have bought a pass, thank you deeply.
We will honor all Passes, Tickets, and Lodging Deposits made this year for next year – 2021
We will honor and treasure every pass and lodging reservation that our festival goers have made this year for the 2021 Festival. All will be there for you next year. All the sales have been used for advance payments to artists and production teams so, if you would like a refund, it will take us a little while to get it back to you. Sorry. We will send out emails to all of you and call to follow up. Thank you all.
The Bluegrass and Roots artists – all artists – are only able to perform from their homes. Many are doing live or YouTube shows and get-togethers. We will gather all the info and update all of you on opportunities to download their work and be with them on the internet. We are their new at-home audiences. They need us so much. We need them.
Our broadcast and instrument partners – WNRN in Charlottesville and Pickers Supply in Fredericksburg – will be letting us all know about their initiatives and we will keep all of you up to date.
Jamming and BBQ get-together
Vince May and Rick McWelch – both legacy Festers – have kindly volunteered to plan a jamming and BBQ weekend for the late summer or autumn – of course when will be determined by the Corona virus. We will be posting and sending tentative plans with requests for ideas and volunteers. Let’s all make it happen.
The Graves Family
And on our NEW 32 ft stage for 2021 with full sound and light.
Now Delayed Until 2021
Added Music Genres
Contemporary and Traditional Bluegrass
American Indie Folk
Irish Step Dance
Irish and Middle Europe
Country along with a new country find,
Gypsy – Bluegrass Fusion
Local Blue Ridge Bluegrass Talent – from our neighbors
Festers Making Music at Jammers’s Tent and on the RIVER STAGE
And Now Way More
Beer, Wine and Cider Tent – It’s all about LOCAL
Road Bike Treks
Fly Fishing 101 Learning and Brush-up Clinic
Bass & Catfish Pond Fishing
Kids Activities – Farm Tours, Scavenger Hunts, Rubber Duckies
Re-done Syria Mercantile into a Country Store with Take-out.
Additional Cafe Tent
Craft Vendors – Crafters’ Alley
Audience tenting – partial
High Speed Internet at Festival Site AND Campground(limited area)
Enabling Cell to Internet WiFi Calling