Music in the Woods
May 14, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm

Thank you all for a great festival this year!

Do you love bluegrass, Irish, folk and other "old time" traditional music? Each year amateur and professional musicians converge at Oregon Ridge Nature Center to play dulcimers, mandolins, auto-harps, fiddles, banjos and guitars at Music in the Woods, a traditional music festival that takes place in May. The woods and meadow come alive with musical renditions performed by plain folk who want to share their talents and love of music. There is dancing, too, with performances by local traditional dance groups such as the Carroll County Cloggers and workshops for visitors who want to learn a short dance routine.

If you enjoy folk, ballad, and other traditional music and want to shine your light, this is a free venue unlike any other. To participate, just call the Nature Center to sign-up for a spot. You need not be a professional; beginner, intermediate or advanced musicians are welcome.

For those who just want to watch, listen, and learn, admission to Music in the Woods is FREE. There's no better way to spend a spring day with friends and family than at this melodious gathering. Just lay back and relax to the music, sing along, twirl to a dance or two, try out a didgeridoo, take a chance on a raffle, meet some good folks, have your cheek painted, and lunch on hotdogs and soda. There will be a number of vendors displaying, demonstrating, and selling handcrafted instruments and other musical fare. If you have your own instrument, bring it along and join a jam session. Or join a "Meet the Instrument" seminar. And if the spirit takes hold, ask to perform on stage if there's an opening. Anything is possible at Music in the Woods.

Here are some photos from this year's festival.

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Here are some videos from the festival. The first video shows the High Strung Bluegrass Band, the second video is of the Charm City Rapper Dancers.

You can view some more photos that were taken during our past Music in the Woods Festivals by clicking here.