Black Hawk Folk Society announces Folk Music Festival line-up for July 13

Mark your calendars for Black Hawk Folk Society’s 32nd annual folk music festival Saturday, July 13 in Mt. Morris Town Park on County Highway G in Mount Morris. An open mic from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. will kick off the day. Musicians are invited to share a couple of their favorite tunes. Please contact Guy at 715-228-3662 or gk500@yahoo.com for more information about signing up for the open mic.

Eric Lewis takes the stage at noon for an hour-long set. He will be followed by Cris and Ann Plata, Mecan River Ramblers, Michael Peter Smith, Claudia Russell. and Bruce Kaplan, with Escaping Pavement capping off the line-up. The festival is scheduled to end around 7 p.m.

Bill Kehl will be back by popular demand as emcee. Bill, a talented musician and raconteur, will share his knowledge of many cultures’ music, including demos of musical instruments from throughout the world. Bill promises to keep things moving and provide plenty of reasons to smile and chuckle.

Festival tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Tom at 920-358-4565 or tomstraydog@aim.com; or Joanne at 920-293-4455 or sewwhat1@centurytel.net. Tickets may also be purchased day of festival at the gate.

Picnic carry-ins are welcome. Concessions will be available as a fundraiser for the Mt. Morris Pioneers 4-H Club. Additionally, the festival hosts an arts and crafts fair. If you are an artisan or crafter, here’s a shout out for you to visit blackhawkfolk.org to review and download a registration form; or contact Judy at 608-586-4317 or locustview@maqs.net to for info about setting up a booth. The registration fee includes admission for two adults to the festival.

This is an outdoor event--pack your blankets or lawn chairs, sunscreen, hats, and insect repellant. No pets are allowed. Mt. Morris Park features playground equipment and a swimming beach—making this a wonderful family event.

Parking is free and on site; the park is handicap friendly.

The rain site is Mountain View Community Center, located at N3137 21st Lane, at the intersection of 21st Lane and Highway 152, just south of Mt. Morris and six miles northeast of Wautoma.