Our Sponsors

 

Thank you to each and every one of our sponsors.  Without them, this festival could not happen.  They provide funding, materials, facilities, discounts, in-kind labor, promotion and make working with them a pleasure.  Please support them in any way you can.

 

The five founders of the festival work all year long planning the festival, recruiting teachers, promoting the event and working with the other sponsors.  The founders' organizations contribute heavily to keeping the festival's engine running.  These businesses include Meadowood Music , with principals Mike Andrews and Paula Taylor, Little Cat Records with principals Tom and Betty Druckenmiller and both The Wafarers & Co and the Pocono Dulcimer Fest with principal Norm Williams.  Please support their ventures.

 

 

The Kutztown Folk Music Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has promoted live performance by local and regional folk musicians. Pre-existing the festival for decades, KFMS now works with the festival, maintaining a bank account into which the festival deposits registration fees, grants and donations and drafts payments for service providers and teacher/performers KFMS promotes awareness of and attendance at the festival. Please visit the KFMS web site, attend its concerts, become a member, donate time and or money.

 

Godfrey Daniels , a premier live music listening room that has provided the Lehigh Valley with top quality entertainment since 1976 promotes the festival to its nearly 700 members and 100 volunteers and provides an opportunity for the festival to hold an annual fundraising open-mic concert in finest folk music venues in the country. Please support Godfrey's and their events.

Clay on Main, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of artists who collaborate to maintain a studio and gallery that supports artistic discovery, collaboration, and personal development in our community. Through a grant-funded program, Clay on Main provides free demonstration/instruction in clay arts at our festival. Clay on Main also supports music-making in more direct ways: a monthly open mic, a monthly ukulele jam and a dozen concerts by local musicians every year. Please support Clay on Main.

The Blandon Lions Club, part of the Lions Club International, owns and operates the facilities where the festival occurs, Maiers Grove in Blandon PA.  The Lions allow the festival to rent the lovely old-fashioned picnic grove every year on the second Sunday of July.  Members of the Lions staff an on-site kitchen and sell food all day, including home-made ice-cream made the day before the festival.  Lions Clubs around the country work to raise money to support vision health.  Please support them.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Reading Musical Foundation support the Arts in the State of Pennsylvania and Berks County.  Their generous financial support allows the festival to have and maintain this website and to recruit local and regional musicians to teach nearly two dozen workshops on music used in old time music as well as nationally and internationally recognized old time artists to teach master sessions.  These organizations allow the festival to offer things that would be beyond its reach with out their support.  Please donate money or time to these organizations to help keep Arts alive and vital in our community.

The festival enjoys promotional support from local media.  The Reading Eagle Newspaper, WEEU Radio and WDIY Radio all help us reach people who would want to know about the festival, its workshops and old-time music in general.  Please, subscribe to, listen to and donate to these outlets of information to help them keep information flowing in our community.

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