Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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August 27, 2013

Laid-back fest offers many sounds

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Different sounds are offered as frequently as every 40 minutes. Hours at Lane’s End Barn Back Porch, adjacent to the Whitewater Canal’s aqueduct east of Metamora, considered the main stage, are from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Musicians will perform in the center of town at the Bane House, a two-story brick on Main Street; and the Wagon Stage in Duck Creek Crossing, a shopping area southwest of the village’s center, from 10:40 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10:40 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Musicians also are booked at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site Grist Mill. Sunday after an 11 a.m. performance, it’s the site of the popular Slow Jam starting at 1 p.m. According to Kristoff, “We want everyone who can play an instrument or sing or even just tap their toes to join us.”

Demonstrations, displays and workshops will be offered at the Making Music area along the Whitewater Canal from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. “Workshops will cover over a dozen subjects,” Ginther reports. New this year are Appalachian ballads, soda pop bottles, banjo history and songwriting discussions.

New in the instrument builders area are David Lynch with Sweet Woods Instruments, Anthony Freeman of Gralyn Guitars and Will Kimble Mandolins.

Hungry guests will have options. Metamora Lions will run a food concession at the Back Porch. A handful of Metamora restaurants will be open, too.

Listeners should bring chairs or blankets so they’re able to see the musicians. Free parking in a field by Lane’s End can be accessed off of U.S. 52 east of town.

Other volunteers include fest founders Jim and Connie Wendel, Al Rogers, Kevin Rose, Bill Hale and Geoff Ginther. Gail Ginther, an eight-year planner, notes, “We all continue to volunteer because it wouldn’t happen if we didn’t. We’re always are looking for new people to get involved.” Interested persons can contact her at metamora@gmail.com.

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