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Saturday is Blackberry Jam time

Ten years ago Carol Warren and her husband Dale Whitehead, owners of the Boyd Mill Blackberry Farm, wanted to host a big, family friendly picnic. An American singer/songwriter, Warren not only had blackberries in her blood, she knew the local music scene very well, so it was only natural to invite some musicians to the picnic – and a couple hundred close friends.

Warren and Whitehead’s 200-year old home, once the Boyd Mill millkeeper’s home, sports a front porch just asking to be a stage for musicians.

Thanks to volunteer helpers, the picnic was such a success, it was repeated the following year, with even more people showing up. That was when Warren and Whitehead decided to charge admission and because the volunteers continue to be supportive the festival gives all the money raised to a local charity. This year Hard Bargain is chosen as the recipient.

The Blackberry Jam Festival is a fun family picnic – bring your own basket or, “if you don’t like that bologna sandwich in your basket, it’s sure nice to have something from Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork,” said Steve Young, longtime festival volunteer. Or any of the other vendors.

Besides outstanding music, there will be games for the kids provided by the Academy of Westhaven – after all, kids can only sit through only so many tunes.

Shuff’s Music will provide the musical version of a Petting Zoo – string instruments youngsters may touch and play, with a quick lesson for the interested.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Blackberry Jam Festival, nine of the 10 bands performing are returning for a sort of festival reunion.

Tickets to Blackberry Jam 2013, held at 3395 Blazer Road in Franklin, are $10 in advance and may be purchased online at www.theblackberryjam.com or $15 at the gate. Children age 12 and younger are free.  Children age 12 and younger are free. Bring a cooler, a picnic basket and lawn chair or purchase food and drinks from vendors on the premises. Come and go as you need but come and have fun. Then come back in early July to pick blackberries.

Performance Schedule
1 p.m.          Tracy and Jo Ann Epps
1:40 p.m.     Terry Comer and the Best in Town 
2:15 p.m.     Women in the Round, with Paddy Dougherty, Tyler Hayes and Lynn Langham
3:15 p.m.     Kevin So
3:55 p.m.     Dane Bryant
4:55 p.m.     MSG–The Acoustic Blues Trio
6:05 p.m.     Carol & Dale, Hippie Cabbage
7:05 p.m.     Rick Vito (yes, THE Rick Vito from Fleetwood Mac)
8:15 p.m.     The Railers

Posted on: 6/21/2013

 
 

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