The Old Time Weekend

Sep 27-29 (2019) in Round Hill, Virginia

A weekend of old time jams

Old time music is the traditional American square dance tunes played with fiddles, banjos, guitars, and other acoustic instruments. At this festival, you will hear great music just by walking from campsite to campsite. There are no stage performances or dances but there are group dinners every night and a song workshop.

Our festival runs Friday through Sunday, last weekend in September, 2019. The festival is located on the grounds of the B Chord brewery in Round Hill VA USA.

Registration for 2019

Please mail us in advance so we can plan successfully. Write to FrederickOldTime@gmail.com and please specify the number of people, pets, RVs, and banjos. Let us know of any special accommodations needed.

Donations

We will gladly accept donations of cash or labor. May we suggest $5 for one day or $10 for the weekend, per adult? Cash donations help us cover expenses (port-a-johns, licenses, promotion). The brewery has kindly provided the camping field free of charge. We need help with meal setup, garbage collection, and site cleanup.

Camping

We encourage you to camp at the festival. You may set up a tent in the field. You may park a car, trailer, or RV on the grass. Sorry, there won't be any electric or water supply hook-ups. There is drinking water at the pub so bring a jug. There will be port-a-johns and a hand washing station but no showers. The gate to the grounds will be locked at night. Dogs are ok on a leash.

Food and Drinks

Please bring food to eat and to share. We will organize the Friday Night Pasta Dinner and Saturday Night Pot-Luck Dinner. We will provide free coffee 24x7. We invite reusable plates but we may not be able to provide plate washing facilities. As always, the brewery invites food trucks on site Friday and Saturday night.

Everyone may purchase B Chord craft beers on site. According to Virginia law, no one may bring outside alcohol onto brewery property. We have applied for a license that would permit a wine vendor on site. Festival participants are encouraged to bring re-usable mugs, goblets, growlers, etc. for water, coffee, beer, and wine.

New Location for 2019

Moving to B Chord Brewing

Our 2017 and 2018 festivals were booked at Brunswick Family Campground between the C & O Canal and the Potomac River. Sadly, river flooding destroyed much of the trails. Flooding in 2018 forced us to evacuate the festival. The B Chord Brewing company generously took in the entire festival on short notice.

For 2019, the festival returns to the B Chord! This is a brewery near Round Hill in Loudon County. It is in Virginia just south of the West Virginia line along VA route 7. Inside the brewery building, beside the big beer tanks, you will find an indoor stage, a bar, a large seating area, sofas, and picnic tables. The brewery has several bathrooms. B Chord hosts big-name bluegrass shows every weekend and there will be one such show during our festival. The band will play on stage indoors from supper time till late Saturday evening. Our festival is a separate, outdoor event but you may want to peek in on the stage event. B Chord produces a variety of craft beers that will be on sale during our festival. Everyone may bring bring their own growlers, mugs, and glasses but they may not bring in outside alcohol, by VA law.

Inclusiveness policy

This is a fun retreat for people who love to play, listen to, or dance to Old Time acoustic music. We enforce family-friendly behavior. We want to get away from amplified music and electric instruments. We don't tolerate rude, offensive, or drunken behavior. We welcome EVERYONE who wants to participate.

  • Friday and Saturday nights: join the jams; join the campfire circles; contribute to the community potluck dinners.
  • Bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, and standup bass. Leave the electrics at home.
  • Provide your own tent, awning, chairs, food, water, cook stove, utensils.

Workshops

  • Songs in Old Time Music. Led by Tony & Marge. Printed lyrics provided.

Thanks to this year's organizers

Cuch, Jason, Old Time Harold, Tony, Gina.

It happens every year on the last weekend in September.

Spread the word! Share this web ite (OldTimeFrederick.org). Email us at FrederickOldTime@gmail.com.

Crankie by Marissa Smith. Tune: Midnight on the Water.

The 2019 promotional card.

The 2018 promotional card.

The 2017 promotional card.

2019

The 2019 event (third annual) is hosted by B Chord Brewing in Round Hill VA. The event happens last weekend of September: Sep 27 - 29 2019.

2018

The 2018 event (second annual) was Thur Sep 27 5pm + Fri Sep 28 + Sat Sep 29 + Sun Sep 30 noon. It rained hard Thursday. We evacuated Friday morning as the mighty Potomak rose. We moved to B Chord Brewing and enjoyed 2 sunny days. [PHOTOS]

2017

The 2017 event (first ever) was Fri Sep 29 to Sun Oct 1. The event was located at the Brunswick Family Campground. It was cold but turnout was good. We received 120 donations. [PHOTOS]