Maine Bluegrass Tradition
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The following is from Blistered Fingers recent email blast:
Hello Dear Friends,
Happy New Year! We have made it through another cold and snowy holiday season and we’re starting a brand new year! We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. Everyone in the Cormier family is doing great. Katie & Chris’s little Scarlett joined our Family October 31, 2019. She’s a real cutie like the other grandkids.
Thank you to everyone that attended our 2019 Blistered Fingers festivals, also to our staff and the wonderful bands who performed. It won’t be long till its festival time again. We’ve been busy getting everything ready for the upcoming 2020 Blistered Fingers festival season. We continue to work hard to bring lots of quality entertainment, a Star lineup and keep the price down.
As a Thank You for all of your support and many great memories, we are running a 54th June Festival SPECIAL. If you purchase your June weekend ticket before midnight February 16th, 2020 it will cost you only $54 dollars per person for your whole weekend ticket!!! That’s Thursday-Sunday, which is a $36.00 saving per adult ticket off the gate price. The weekend tickets cover music and camping for 4 days for each festival.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the August festival advance ticket price at the same time when you place your order. When purchasing advance tickets you can only pre-buy your advance ticket. You can buy your power, dogs and early bird camping when you arrive. Remember the price is only $35.00 for power for your Entire stay on the grounds which is still on a first come basis. You can order online with a credit card or you can still purchase your festival tickets by mailing a check or cash at the gate. Please remember to send a self-addressed stamped return envelope with your mailing order.
Children 16 and under are FREE with a paying attendee this will help allow more families to be able to enjoy our Blistered Fingers Family festivals. We are continuing along with the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine with offering our kid’s academy that is FREE for children to attend. They will receive a Blistered Fingers Kids Academy t-shirt to wear during the group stage performance on Saturday of the festival. Many thanks to the Adult Instructors who help make this program possible.
For folks that have not yet been to our festivals, we offer indoor bathrooms, free hot showers, many water fill up locations and electrical hookups. Generators may be used periodically during 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. We have lots of shaded tree line areas for our friends who like to tent. The Honey Wagon will be available during the festival for any camper needing to pumped out for a small fee and it will be set up across the road Sunday morning for your convenience. Campfires are allowed, but they need to be in above ground fire containers and all ashes need to be taken care of.
Our weekend gate opens at 8:00 am Sunday morning for Early Bird camping for each festival. The stage shows will be Thursday through Saturday with the gospel Sing Along & Jam on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. The weekend tickets covers 4 days of great music starting Thursday and Camping until 10:00 am Monday morning. We do offer a visiting rate if you can’t stay for $10 per person (Sunday-Wednesday) to visit with your friends or drop something off.
The website is being updated often with a lots of information, so make sure to keep checking our website www.blisteredfingers.com for updates and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook. If you would like to share any photos that were taken at Blistered Fingers please send us your photos. A big “Thank You” to everyone who helps spread the flyers throughout the year, it helps to spread the word in different areas. If anyone is willing to spread flyers out in your area please contact us, we would love the extra help.
In closing, you all warm our hearts with all of your thoughtfulness. We love and appreciate each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing you this upcoming festival season. “Don’t just hear about it, come experience it”.
Keep smiling and your toes tapping!
Love, Greg & Sandy
Thomas Point Beach Maine Bluegrass Festival
Maine bluegrass’s premiere festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, had run its course after 37 years (with a one- or two-year hiatus in there somewhere). It’s back!! Bill Monroe played the festival several times. Most of those that come to listen also pick, or have a spouse that plays an instrument. It’s a beautiful spot, right on the ocean in Brunswick, Maine. The magic is not just in the music, but in the comradery amongst the campers. A Maine bluegrass festival is unique, in that the real show happens out in the field after they close down the stage. Thomas Point has a tradition of bringing one of the headlining bands to the ‘caboose’ late at night for a jam session. It’s a chance to rub elbows with some bluegrass nobility (if I can use that word, bluegrassers are a humble bunch). The nice thing about the Thomas Point Beach festival is that it draws a big enough crowd to afford some of the best performers in the world. In addition to late-night pickin’ around the fire there are small-group workshops throughout the festival.
One Longfellow Square
Check out One Longfellow Square for bluegrass shows.
Blizzard Bob has been a mainstay of Maine bluegrass for many years. I can remember listening to his show on WMPG back in the late 90s, before I hardly played at all. I would tape the program, then just about wear out the tape listening to it for the following week. Occasionally I would get a chance to play the show at work (when I was manning the radio). I’d be willing to bet there are many folks out there that got their start listening to Bob. Thanks, Bob.