The Old Time Weekend

The Old Time Weekend runs last weekend of September on the grounds of B Chord Brewing in Round Hill VA. This festival attracted almost 200 people in 2017, 2018, and 2019. It was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19. The festival resumed in 2021.

Sep 23-26 (2021) in Round Hill, Virginia

Banner painting by Adrienne Kelly.

  • Thursday morning rain gave way to a beautiful sunset.

  • Friday was a sunny day, chilly night. Lots of jams. Great to see folks again. The paid concerts drew big crowds. The amplified music could be heard everywhere but the jams were great.

  • Saturday was perfect weather for jamming. The rock concert was kind of loud but people kept jamming after that too.

  • Sunday morning was clear and not cold at all. We said our goodbyes and vowed to do it again next year!

  • Thank you Cuch for the pre-festival planning, cut lawn, shower construction, and giant jams. Thank you B Chord for the space. Thank you Gina and Jason and all the organizers. Thank you attendees for another great festival.

Photos by Gina

Photos by Mark Collins

B Chord and DelFest on the Lawn

Our 2021 weekend was planned to overlap DelFest when B Chord gets few customers. But DelFest was cancelled last minute and B Chord picked up some of the stranded bands. The outdoor stage at B Chord will host amplified music Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 2-10pm, and Sunday 12-7pm. Admission to the concert area will restricted to ticket holders. Thanks for helping us work things out.

Parking

Parking on the grass is for old time musicians only. The gravel parking lot near the pub is for the bluegrass ticket holders only.

Food and Drinks

The group dinners of the past are cancelled in 2021 due to Covid. Please bring your own food, plates, spoons, mugs. The pub sells pizza and hosts food trucks during shows. However, the food area may be unavailable to non-ticket-holders during shows.

We will provide free coffee & tea 24x7. By Virginia law, B Chord patrons may not bring outside alcohol onto brewery property. The pub sells craft beer. The pub will sell you a refill if you bring a growler. However, the pub area may be unavailable to non-ticket-holders during shows.

Camping Facilities

You may go home at night or camp our. B Chord kindly set aside the field between the road and the pub. You can park on the grass. You can set up your tent, pop-up, trailer, or RV . There are no electric or water hook-ups for the RVs, just grass. The gate to the grounds gets locked overnight. We are providing outdoor port-a-johns and an outdoor enclosed shower. Dogs are welcome on a leash. There is Frisbee golf and bean bag toss on site. Nearby you can find a convenience store, a grocery store, and the Appalachian Trail. The pub has bathrooms, a water faucet, and electrical outlets, but the pub may be off limits during shows and it may close overnight.

Old Time Jams

This festival is exclusively about old time music jams. There are no stage performances or dances, just jams. Bring a folding chair and an instrument. Join some friends on the grass between the road and the B Chord pub.

Registration for 2021

All we ask is that you email us in advance so we can plan successfully: FrederickOldTime@gmail.com Let us know how many people, RVs, pets, and banjos to expect. Let us know of any special needs or carpool offers.

Donations

The festival is free. The brewery kindly provides the camping area free of charge. Please buy beer from the brewery. The festival organizing committee gladly accepts cash donations to help cover port-a-johns, licenses, and promotion. We suggest $5 for one day or $10 for all four days per adult or donations of labor to help with meal setup, garbage collection, and site cleanup. Thank you!

Same Great Location

Third Year at 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.

Ever since, the festival runs at the B Chord! This is a brewery near Round Hill in Loudon County, Virginia. It is just south of the West Virginia line along VA route 7. At the brewery building, you will find an indoor stage, a bar, a large seating area, sofas, and picnic tables indoors and outdoors. The brewery has several bathrooms and one shower. Our festival is a separate, outdoor event but you are welcome to eat and drink inside. 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 state 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

  • We will not have workshops due to Covid.

Thanks to the organizers

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

It happens every year on the last weekend in September.

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Crankie by Marissa Smith.

The 2019 promotional card.

The 2018 promotional card.

The 2017 promotional card.

2019

The 2019 event (third annual) was hosted by B Chord Brewing Thur Sep 26 through Sun Sep 29. The weather was perfect. Art, Pierra, and others served a huge pasta dinner. Tony & Marge led the song workshop. Danny Knicely played on the B Chord stage. [PHOTOS by Ezra Deutsch-Feldman]

2018

The 2018 event (second annual) saw heavy rain Thur Sep 27. On Friday morning, the Brunswick Family Campground had to be evacuated and by Friday afternoon it flooded. B Chord Brewing took us in on short notice. We enjoyed 2 sunny days after that. [PHOTOS]

2017

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