Jefferson Memorial Forest to host a Saturday of Bluegrass music on May 18 | Arts & Culture
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Bluegrass music lovers will want to stop by the Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, May 18 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the 9th Annual Forest Fest.
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) is the presenting sponsor. “There is no better place than the Jefferson Memorial Forest to just kick back enjoy a nice spring afternoon and listen to some great music,” she said. “If you have never been to the forest, this is a perfect chance to experience its beauty and join others who know what a special place it is in Louisville Metro.”
Headlining this year’s Forest Fest ‘13 is Della Mae of Boston, Massachusetts. The five member female band is an up-and-coming band that mixes a contemporary sound with traditional Bluegrass. The group has toured the country and will soon release their second album, “This World Oft Can Be.” Also performing this year are Chatham County Line, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, and the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys.
Forest Fest Band Schedule
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Chatham County Line
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Della Mae
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Chatham County Line
6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Della Mae
While music is the main focus of the day, vendors will be on hand selling arts and crafts, food and other refreshments. The Jefferson Memorial Forest staff will also have nature presentations and information about educational programs and a children’s area. The forest trails will also be open during the event.
Forest Fest Schedule of Activities
10:30 a.m. Booths open to the public
Food areas open
Forest Nature booth opens for children
11:00 a.m. Music begins
Noon Children’s activities begin (until 4:30 p.m.)
6:00 p.m. Food and crafts booth close
7:00 p.m. Forest Fest concludes
The concert is free, but parking is $10 per car. Blankets and folding chairs are allowed, as well as picnic food. No alcoholic beverages are allowed, however. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but their owners are asked to be considerate of other patrons.
A shuttle will be provided from the Welcome Center to the event at the Horine Section to provide easy access for those who ride the FREE New Cut Road Trolley. To board the shuttle, visitors must present a pass that they will be given upon exiting the trolley.
Joining Welch as additional sponsors are Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), Robin Engel (R-22), James Peden (R-23), Madonna Flood (D-24), and David Yates (D-25).
Forest Fest ‘13 also has the sponsorship of Metro Parks, WFPK Radio Louisville, Pic Pac of Fairdale, W.G. Hardy Funeral Home and Cemex Inc.
“This is such a great event for everyone in Louisville Metro,” said Welch. “I hope you will come out to just relax and enjoy the natural beauty of our fabulous Jefferson Memorial Forest while listening to some great music.”
To find out more about Forest Fest ‘13, contact the Jefferson Memorial Forest at 368-6856.
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