2017 Schedule

Campground opens Thursday, July 27 at 4:00pm

Friday Night Appalachian Barn Dance

Pickin’ and Jammin’ in the Park

7pm, July 28

dance-logo-webAppalachian Barn Dance, Lakeview Shelter, Whitetop Mountain Band. Dance Caller is John Turner;  four couple figures, Big Circles, Reels, Flat Foot and Two Step Dances; All levels, Beginners welcome; Admission $5


The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. Their shows are very versatile and entertaining containing everything from fiddle/ banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four part mountain gospel songs. The band is well known for their high energy and charisma on stage.


11:00 am Saturday, July 29
WKSK’s Bluegrass and Old Time Radio  Show with Gary Poe. Broadcast LIVE from Blevins Shelter featuring  Strictly Strings Band

The members of Strictly Strings Band came up through the ranks of the Watauga Co JAM program and started playing out in public about 2 years ago.  They all play multiple instruments, also having taken banjo, mandolin and guitar classes in JAM.  Most have gone to music camps such as Peach Bottom, Pete Wernick Camp, and Swannanoa Gathering, as well as the pre-concert workshops by musicians performing at the Jones House set up by Mark Freed.  They are the next generation of Old Time, Bluegrass, and other genres, and are like sponges, soaking up the music. These young musicians have a heart to play, and have parents who cared enough to put them in JAM, and now are proud to take them to the many gigs where they are requested.

Members in the band for the dance:

  • Kathleen Burnett-fiddle
  • Anissa Burnett-fiddle & bass
  • Willow Dillon-fiddle & banjo
  • Caleb Coatney-mandolin & banjo
  • Cecil Gurganus-guitar





Gates Open to the Public



WKSK’s Bluegrass and Old Time Radio  Show with Gary Poe. Broadcast LIVE from Blevins Shelter featuring  Strictly Strings Band

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