Winter Fest Update: Initial Details on 2015 Folk & Bluegrass Fest, First Thursday, Book Fest

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Words With Strangers at Balt. Book Fest (Stephen Babcock)
Words With Strangers at Balt. Book Fest (Stephen Babcock)

It’s a chilly, rainy day in December, so outdoor fun probably isn’t on the immediate agenda. Unless, of course, you’re a local festival organizer who thinks about fair-weather events year-round. Three of our favorites have already announced details about their 2015 plans. Let’s check in:

Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival: The three-year old spring music gathering in Druid Hill Park already has an initial lineup to salivate over. This year’s headliner is The Travelin’ McCourys, which is made up of members Del McCoury’s band — minus Del. DC-area bluegrass experts Seldom Scene and Frank Solivan & the Dirty Kitchen will also be making appearances, along with local troubadour Letitia VanSant. The 2015 fest is on April 25.

WTMD First Thursday: The Towson radio station’s always-packed free outdoor concert series will return to Canton this year, according to the Baltimore Guide. General Manager Steve Yasko didn’t release any lineup details yet. He told the Canton Community Association that the series’ move from Mt. Vernon to Canton Waterfront Park appeared to be a smooth one, with the exception of one minor crowdsurfing scare. However, Yasko promised that station organizers and Brewers Art will be “continuing to refine the process for handing out beer.” The concerts return in May.

Baltimore Book Festival: Monument construction claims another gathering. The city’s annual outdoor literary salon is also making a move away from Mt. Vernon. After relocating to the Inner Harbor this year, the organizers at the City’s Office of Promotion and the Arts made the move permanent in early December. The 2015 dates are Sept. 25-27.

 



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