The weather forecast at this point does look rainy, but this event is RAIN OR SHINE. There are indoor/covered locations for all of the workshops and the performances can be moved to from the outdoor amphitheater to the indoor theater, which is very nice.

THERE WILL BE A MANDOLIN WORKSHOP offered in Session III. We did not originally plan for this, but many of the students attending are mandolin pickers! Participants will be able to switch around their workshop choices to accommodate for this.

Schedule of Events:

11 am – Instrument Petting Zoo will be open; registration will be open.

1 pm – Please arrive by 1 pm at the latest if your child is participating in the workshops or if you are leading a workshop. There will be name tags and workshop assignments for all of the participants, and several of the children will need this time to clarify their workshop choices.

1:25 – 2:10 Session I (choice of Singing/Songwriting, Fiddle II, Stringband II, Dance, Banjo I, Instrument Zoo, museum exhibit)

2:15 – 3:00 Session II (choice of Singing/Songwriting, Guitar II, Stringband I, Dance, Fiddle II, Banjo II, museum exhibit)

3:05 – 3:50 Session III (choice of Singing/Songwriting, Guitar I, Stringband II, Fiddle I, Mandolin, museum exhibit)

3:50 – 5:00 Open jam time, practice for performances, free meals provided to student participants, teachers and JAM directors accompanying students


5:00 – 5:20 Childress Girls of WiseJAMS – Big Stone Gap, VA 

5:25 – 5:45 Creekside Crawfish of Transylvania JAM – Brevard, NC

5:50 – 6:10 Alleghany JAM – Sparta, NC

6:15 – 6:35 Jackson Co. JAM – Cullowhee, NC

6:40 – 7:00 Galax JAM – Galax, VA

Directions for traveling to the Blue Ridge Music Center: 
Thanks! We are looking forward to this event. It will be special to see the kids from different regions and programs interact with each other and realize that the world of old time and bluegrass music is much bigger than their local community! The Blue Ridge Music Center is also a state-of-the-art venue, and this performance opportunity will be very beneficial to their music education experience.
We are very appreciative to our partners, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, National Park Service and Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild to make this a reality!