he heart of the festival is all about the Madison area and celebrates traditional music and talent. According to festival organizers, the line-up is supercharged this year. Bands include Bob Spanburgh, Mayday Malone, Graham Perry and Tommy Womack, Kyle Paxton, Joanne Cash, the Kazooettes, Sherri and Russ, and Joe and Tree. It is not only about singing-type music at the festival, there are the Nashville Irish Step Dancers and well-known area storyteller Barbara Marthal. “We are really excited to have such a great line-up of area talent on our festival stage,” said Rose Robertson-Smith, this year’s festival chair. “It is a wonderful mix that is family-friendly and has something for everyone!” The festival organizers encourage patrons to attend for the entire day. Based on this there is a multitude of activities such as the children’s area with games and hands-on activities, a variety of exceptional artisan/craft vendors, and food booths, including Nashville area food trucks. “The festival will offer a wonderful experience presenting great music, arts and crafts, and children’s activities,” said Cate Hamilton, executive director of Discover Madison and Amqui Station. “We owe a huge thanks to our festival sponsors: Cleston Daniels, CPA, H & H Construction and Bailey’s Wrecker Service.” Both Robertson-Smith and Hamilton emphasize that every effort was made to create something special and unique for the Madison area. Both of them agree that the historic Amqui Station provides a beautiful backdrop for the festival which will be relaxing, enthralling, and fun. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the festival is free to the public.
October 6, 2012
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