The band Yesteryears performs at the 2013 Country and Bluegrass Festival. Band members include, from left, Tom Reding, Margaret Boberg Shue and Fred Boberg.
Blacksmiths John and Tara Riese show off their skills at last year’s Fiddle Fest.
CONCORD—On Saturday, July 26, Fiddler’s Green Park will once again earn its namesake when the third annual Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival, better known as Fiddle Fest, beings.
“Prior to 1834, Springville was actually known as, Fiddler’s Green,” said Joel Maul, the co-chairman of the Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival. “There was a tavern located in the village, and someone renting a room above the tavern gave fiddle lessons. The students would go out into the green and practice their fiddle. As a result, they say from New England to the west, Springville was known as Fiddler’s Green before it was incorporated as Springville.”
The event started to honor the town’s history in 2012, as part of the Town of Concord’s Bicentennial Celebration. Now, two years later, Fiddle Fest has become a midsummer event that much of the community looks forward to year round.
“Anyone attending the festival can expect quite a variety of both country and bluegrass music, continuously throughout the day. Plus the opportunity to check out and support the crafters that are here,” said Maul.
The village of Springville will be filled with non-stop country and bluegrass music from 12 to 6 p.m. Performance from The Sunset Bluegrass Band and the Bluegrass Disciples will kick the event off from the Fiddler’s Green Park Gazebo, located on the corner of North Buffalo and Franklin streets. Later in the day John Boys, the Mercantile Musicians and the Niagara Frontier Fiddler’s will complete the musical performances on the Concord Mercantile porch, located on the corner of East Main and Franklin streets. An Open Acoustic Jamming Entertainment Tent has been added for this year’s event.[photo2]
In addition to the music, the festival will also have many crafters and food vendors, as well as a colonial encampment in Fiddlers Green Park featuring historical demonstrations, including blacksmithing, tinsmithing, butter churning and wood-spoon carving.
Across the street at the Concord Town Hall, Boy Scout Troop 524 will be providing Wendel’s Famous chicken barbecue dinners and the Western New York Clogger Association will be conducting Clogging workshops. At 1:15 p.m. the Clogger Association will be offering clogging lessons for the general public on the main floor of the Town Hall.
Also festival goers can step inside the Springville Post Office to see the original 1938 Victoria Huntley Fiddler’s Green mural in the lobby, which will be open until 4 p.m.
The event wraps up with a Community Round and Square Dance held in the Town Hall from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Homemade Jam will provide the music for dancing and Pete Boberg will call the square dances. The WNY Cloggers Association will be performing during the intermission at the Square Dance and the winner of the 1975 Vintage Guild Guitar and the Fiddle Raffles will be announced.
In honor of the festival, Mayor William Krebs has issued a proclamation that the village of Springville will be temporarily renamed, once again, to Fiddler’s Green on July 26. The Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival is free to attend and is sponsored by the Concord Historical Society. Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the music and the participate in all the great events occurring throughout the village of Fiddler’s Green.