The Old Time Weekend

The Old Time Weekend is cancelled due to Covid-19. The 2020 event was to occur September 24th to 27th, 2020 on the grounds of B Chord Brewing in Round Hill VA. We hope to resume the annual music festival starting in 2021.

When our second festival went under water in Brunswick, we moved to higher ground. With our fourth festival now threatened by disease, we are moving online.

Please join the Virtual PotLuck Dinner online at 6pm on Sat Sep 26! Put your salad bowl in front of the computer then get in line! We will feature a B Chord beer tap, the 24hr Coffee Pot, the Big Murals Art Show, some Jam Tunes, a Song Workshop, some special guest appearances by favorite-folkies we know and love, a How to Mute your Mic Workshop, and the "Cleanup the Left Behind Banjos" closing ceremony. We'll send out the connection details in September.

When the CDC said "older adults and people with underlying conditions" are at risk, they were clearly referring to us Old Time Musicians. We don't want to lose any good musicians to this epidemic, or even any banjo players. Let's do our best to keep each other from getting any sicker and resume the fun in 2021.

-- TOTW Organizing Committee at Underground Bunker Headquarters, 13 July 2020

Sep 24-27 (2020) in Round Hill, Virginia

Banner painting by Adrienne Kelly.

  • Old time music jams all day long.
  • On the grounds of the B Chord Brewery.
  • Round Hill, Virginia, USA.
  • Last weekend in September.
  • Thursday noon through Sunday 4pm.
  • Pasta+salad dinner Friday night.
  • Pot luck dinner Saturday night.

Registration for 2020

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 and wine from the brewery. The festival organizing committee gladly accepts cash donations to help cover port-a-johns, licenses, promotion, pasta, etc. 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!

Music

This festival is exclusively about old time music, the traditional American square dance tunes played with fiddles, banjos, guitars, and a few other acoustic instruments. At this festival, you will hear great music just by walking from campsite to campsite. You will see people clogging and flat footing, too. There are no stage performances or dances but there are jams, group dinners, and a few workshops. Bring your instruments!

Camping Facilities

You may go home at night or camp in the field. B Chord kindly set aside a large camping area where you can park on the grass and set up your tent or pop-up next to your car, trailer, or RV . (There are no electric or water hook-ups for the RVs.) There is an indoor bathroom, an outdoor enclosed shower, several port-a-johns, a foot-pump hand-washing sink with soap, a faucet for filling up water jugs, and a phone-charging station. 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. There will be live bluegrass music in the pub, and large crowds as usual for the Friday and Saturday night shows. The pub closes overnight and the gate to the grounds gets locked.

Food and Drinks

Please bring food to eat and to share. Please bring re-usable mugs, goblets, growlers, or jugs for water, coffee, beer, and wine. We will provide free coffee & tea 24x7. The pub serves its own craft beers, local wine, and brick oven pizza. By Virginia law, patrons may not bring outside alcohol onto brewery property. As usual, the brewery hosts food trucks on site Friday and Saturday night. We will organize Friday Night Pasta Dinner and Saturday Night Pot-Luck Dinner for free. We provide a tub of reusable plates & silver that we wash off-site, and of course you are welcome to use your own camping plates.

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. 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 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 may offer one or two workshops by experienced musicians.

Thanks to the organizers

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

It happens every year on the last weekend in September.

Spread the word!

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OldTimeFrederick.org

Ask to join the email group

FrederickOldTime@gmail.com

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]