ATHOL - On Sept. 12 and 13, the natural amphitheater of Veterans' Memorial Field in Thurman will ring with the sound of traditional mountain music as some of the best bluegrass and fiddle performers in the Northeast gather for the annual Fiddlers' Jamboree.
This 13th annual two-day festival is hosted by the local John Thurman Historical Society. The festivities are kicked off by "Breakfast with Jam," an old-fashioned fire company buffet breakfast held at town hall, served up with live music, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Music continues when stage entertainment begins at 10 a.m. on the field behind the hall. Regional bluegrass and fiddle groups alternate sets until 9 p.m., and the lineup includes Sara Milonovich and Greg Anderson, The String Dusters, Lockhart Mountain Boys, Dorothy Jane Siver and family, Don't Quit Your Day Job, Adirondack Fiddlers, Cedar Ridge, Nelson Rock and the Circle of Willis. Also throughout the day on Saturday guests will enjoy browsing among food and craft vendors and publications, participating in raffles, listening to field picking or workshops, and watching kids' activities. Ticket for Saturday is just $7.
Sunday offers an all-gospel program beginning at noon and running into the early evening. Jim Davis and Friends alternate with The Flying Dutchman, the Hartley Family and an audience singalong, "Singspiration." A donation basket will be passed at intervals during the afternoon and evening.
Guests are encouraged to bring a friend, a smile, and a chair, and wear layered clothing for comfort in the changeable mountain weather of Thurman. for details, see www.thurman-ny.com or call 623-9961.