Monday, August 30, 2010


Just want to remind everyone that the deadline for the advance ticket price is September 1. So you can still call for those and if I am on the other line, please leave your number and/or a message. We will call you back.

Also I want to remind those of you who keep up with my blog and facebook postings that I still need photos for the book project I'm doing. And for those of you reading this for the first time I will explain: I am in need of photos of attractions that are now defunct in Sevier County. We know there are thousands of photos out there somewhere in closets, boxes, attics, albums, get the picture (no pun intended). Many of you have been vacationing here in our area off and on for years and most likely have taken a photo or two with some of those old tourist attractions in the background. It doesn't matter if you are in the photo. That would just make it even more interesting.
This book will hopefully be a compilation of information on those old places that we enjoyed (or not) visiting and would like to see again. But, alas, they are no longer around. So...............when you make your plans to come to the festival on the 16th toss those pictures in an envelope and bring them along. I would appreciate it a lot! And if you can't join us, you could mail them to me. Thanks!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Got Your Tickets Yet??

First off, allow me to apologize for not keeping my blog up to date. You know what they say about good intentions............. Anyway, here we are merely a month away from one of our most exciting shows ever! You can still get the advance price on your festival tickets through September 1 so you still have a little time for that. But all you campers out there need to "git r done" by 8/15 in order to confirm that your spot will be here for you. Almost everyone has taken care of that but there are still a few of you who may need a gentle reminder. The dates to have your information and balance turned in is on your pink copy of the reservation form.

We've been hearing from people all over the globe again this year. And that is indeed exciting to know that there are bluegrass fans everywhere. We are anxious to see your reaction to a group from Sweden, G2. Joe and I saw them in Nashville last year at IBMA and I think we can safely say that you will not be disappointed.

It's going to be a grand weekend! There's going to be something for everyone.

Although Darrin Aldridge has been on our stage before, this will be the first time for the Darrin & Brooke Aldridge Band to appear in Dumplin Valley. And 2010 will be the second time for us to present Next Best Thing and Brand New Strings. The rest of the bands have all graced our stage at least once in the past and some have become a regular member of our Dumplin Valley Family: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out; Lonesome River Band; Balsam Range; Dailey & Vincent; The Grascals; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; James King Band; Paul Williams & The Victory Trio; Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier; Shadow Ridge.

We always look forward to seeing all the familiar faces as well as the new ones at the festival.

Many of you will be arriving early in the week and will be jamming with your friends until the hustle & bustle of the festival begins. This is the time we look forward to most. A time to visit with you all without all the demands of the event going on. Joe really enjoys picking and jamming with everyone but doesn't get to do it much once the shows begin.

Don't forget the potluck dinner on Wednesday night for all the campers already on site. The main course will be beans and cornbread so bring along a dish to share with everyone. Tea and water, plates, cups, ice & utensils will be furnished.

We also want to congratulate Sally and Hunter Berry on their marriage this year. Sorry we couldn't schedule your bands on the same day this time!

See you soon!!!!m