Bluegrass Musicians Take Stage

TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP—The sounds of bluegrass music fill the air at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock Township this weekend.

People have gathered for the sixth annual NEPA Bluegrass Festival.

“The grounds are just exquisite and it has the river and everything is just in bloom and it draws a nice mix of people,” said Matthew McBriarty of New Jersey.

Hundreds are camping at the park this weekend for the festival.

Despite the heat, people are finding ways to keep cool in the nearby creek.

Some of the campers have been friends for decades.

They have special names for their groups and have made coming to the local festival a tradition.

“The core group knows each other since 1968 so we go way back and we loive to camp and there’s a bunch of musicians here in camp and it’s just a great thing,” said Chris Griffith of New Jersey.

There are two stages at the park, one for traditional bluegrass music and one for progressive, that is like a mix of rock and roll and bluegrass.

Festival organizer Danny Stewart showed a Newswatch 16 crew the grounds, including vendors, musicians, and the two stages.

There is plenty for music lovers to do at the festival.

“You’ve got beginner guitar workshop, fiddle workshop, mandolin workshop, banjo workshop,” said Stewart.

Vendors said they love the festival as much as the fans of bluegrass music.

“It’s a wonderful festival, people are so friendly, so kind. They love to talk and share stories with you,” said Al Zarnoski of Classy Lassy Irish Shop.

“I love it. My husband plays the bajo and he plays the harp and it’s just something we were looking forward to coming to,” said Janelle Mitros of Towanda, who was selling goat milk soap from her farm.

Bluegrass fans from near and far who said they will keep coming back to the NEPA festival.

“We’ve other friends around here that we’ve met from the area and they’re very open to meet new friends from outside the area, so we’re very happy,” said Wayne Moyer of Quakertown.

The festival continues through Sunday.
Weekend tickets cost 65 dollars and include the cost of camping.