What a great week we just had!  Thank you to all who came and jammed and enjoyed the good music all around.  Thank you to the bands and to everyone who participated in the Open Mic sessions. Thank you to Trinity Gardens Lavender Farm and the Putnam Family for the very interesting farm tour.  Thank you to the George Elementary School staff for bringing your wonderful students to learn about bluegrass music.  Thank you to Betty Lampinen for being the emcee for the week, and for bringing Olga too!  Last but not least, thank you to everyone who camped at our park, for the wonderful care you take to make certain the park is clean and litter-free.  It seems you have vanished without a trace!  Hope to see all of you back here in 2018!

11th Annual George Washington

2017 Bluegrass Festival Schedule  

Camp Host for the week is Ron Gear

Mon. 9/11 - Early Bird Camping starts at noon.

DRY CAMPING ONLY.  Limited number of electrical hook-ups available at $25 for the week – see Camp Host Ron Gear 

 

Tues. 9/12

Bluegrass jamming in the park all day  

           

Wed. 9/13

Bluegrass jamming in the park all day 

1-3 pm George Elementary School Students’ Field Trip

 7pm - Hi & Howdy Pie & Ice Cream Social at the Community Hall Kitchen, hosted by the Kooys, pies supplied by the Georgettes 

   

Thurs. 9/14

Bluegrass jamming in the park all day 

3-5 pm Farm Tour: Trinity Gardens Lavender Farm (meet at GCH parking lot at 2:40 pm)

6 pm Potluck/BBQ at the Pavilion (plates + utensils supplied) 

 

Fri. 9/15  Emcee for weekend stage performances is Betty Lampinen, A.K.A. "Olga"

10 am – Upstairs at the GCH: Guitar Learn 'n Share *

10 am – Downstairs at the GCH: Bass Learn 'n Share 

11 am – Upstairs at the GCH: Advanced Guitar Learn 'n Share 

11 am – Upstairs at the GCH: Mandolin Learn 'n Share

 Noon – Open Mic (sign-up required) on stage

 1 pm - The George, Washington Home-Grown String Band

 2 pm -   Rusty Hinges  on stage

 3 pm – Bertha Whiteside & The Combinations on stage

 4 pm – Badger Mountain Dry Band on stage

 5:30-7 pm – Georgettes’ Potato Feed at Community Hall kitchen $10/plate

 6-7 pm – Open Mic

 7:30 pm – Kevin Brown and Beloved Country on stage

 

Sat. 9/16       

10 am - Upstairs at the GCH: Dobro Learn 'n Share

10 am - Downstairs at the GCH:  Fiddle Learn 'n Share 

11 am - Upstairs at the GCH: “Celtic to Cowboy: Roots of Bluegrass Music” with Hank Cramer and Carter Junction

Noon – Hot Dog lunch served at the GCH kitchen by the Georgettes $5/plate

           Open Mic (sign-up required) on stage

3 pm – Rusty Hinges on stage

4 pm – Hank Cramer & Carter Junction on stage

5:15 pm – Raffle Winner Announced

5 - 6:30 pm - BBQ Beef Brisket Dinner by BETTER TOGETHER CATERING $12/plate

7 pm - Roosevelt Road on stage

8 pm – Foggy Noggin on stage 

 

Sun. 9/17 

9:30 am Cowboy Church followed by Open Mic Bluegrass Gospel JAM 

 

*What's a "Learn 'n Share"?  Based on the idea that we all have something to learn from each other, we decided that instead of a formal workshop taught by an expert, we will have a time and location for grouped instruments, where players of any level of expertise can get peer instruction and advice on new riffs, chords or songs.  It's simple: share what you know, and learn something new with others who play the same instrument as you!  

Afternoon performances on Friday and Saturday will be on our outdoor stage, weather permitting.  Evening stage performances will most likely take place indoors at the George Community Hall (subject to change).  

Printable Venue Map:

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GEORGE, WA RESTAURANTS

ScaleHouse Café – Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch at the quintessential George cafe!  300 N Washington Way, phone 509 785-3505

Cherry Pit Pub & Eatery – Lunch, Dinner and a brew, fresh-made pizza too, at the George mini-mall.  Open 10 am until 2 am  Take-Out 509 785-5000

Montoya Bakery – 109 Washington Way Drive at the George Mini Mall – Beautifully crafted baked goods.  

Subway and Deli at Shree’s Truck Stop – Eat Fresh!  404 S Frontage Rd NW, phone 509 785-2200

George Cenex MiniMart and Chester’s Chicken and Deli 226 Royal Anne Drive W, 509 785-4511

Tacos Y Mariscos Sandoval  406 Frontage Road – Authentic, hot and fresh, from George’s own resident Taco Wagon!

Sage – An Artisan Shoppe –Delicious Bagel Sandwiches made to order at Murphy’s Corner (just outside George, go east on Hy. 90, take the Ephrata exit), 1099 State Route 283 N.  509 237-0457.  Breakfast + Lunch every day, outdoor seating, Wifi, Private Dining Area Available.

Elke’s Espresso Etc. – Great coffee, teas & other good things at 406 Frontage Road, just a quick stroll from the George Park.  509 785-4113.

The Memories Make Us Smile...

2018 Festival Bands:  The Weavils, Old Growth Quartet...                                                                    Stay tuned...there will be more!