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Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival
May 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
On Memorial Day folk musicians from across the region will converge at Connemara for a day of toe-tapping fun and music. Just as Carl Sandburg’s family enjoyed sitting on the porch while he played a guitar and sang for them, you can experience the gentle strums of folk music at Connemara. All performances take place in the amphitheater, unless otherwise specified, and signs will direct festival goers. The performance schedule is: 11am, Lillian Chase and Friends perform old-time music; 12pm, Drayton and the Dreamboats play a mix of swing tunes, Latin numbers and vocal ballads from the golden age of radio; 1pm, Leeda “Lyric” Jones plays soul music; 2pm, Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval performs with vocalist Megan McConnel. From 11am-2pm at the barn, Steve and Jean Smith perform mountain and hammered dulcimer music. A courtesy shuttle will run from satellite parking lots at the Flat Rock Playhouse located across the street and from the Flat Rock Village Offices at 110 Village Center Drive. It is a short walk from the park entrance to the amphitheater. There will be also be a shuttle operating inside the park to take visitors from the entrance to the amphitheater, Sandburg Home and barn area. Bench seating is available and visitors are also welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets as seating is expected to fill quickly. Come prepared for warm weather, with sun protection, water and snacks. Dogs are not permitted in the seating areas for the festival.