10 Reasons to Attend Eaglewood Folk Festival – August 23, 24, 25, 2013

Eaglewood has become part of our summer lives; I have attended every Eaglewood Folk Festival for the past 17 summers; my husband has attended since 1991. Our love for this festival remains strong and we promote it to everyone we know.

We have never figured out why this event is among the smallest of Ontario’s summer music festivals.Despite being just one hour’s drive from Toronto and with great artists performing, attendance at the Eaglewood Folk Festival remains low with barely 500 ticket buyers in 2012. Over the years, Eaglewood has acquired the reputation of being a most intimate folk festival and a favourite among musicians.

Perhaps it is the up close and personal connection to the artists that we love so much. Or, perhaps it is the natural woodland setting that evokes such strong emotion. There is a “vibe” at Eaglewood and after three days at the festival, one feels transformed and refreshed…as though you’ve been far away in some enchanted place.

On August 23, 24, 25, 2013 Eaglewood Folk Festival celebrates its 24th event; the biggest and best yet.

1. Best lineup – every year the festival makes this claim, but I truly believe that Liz has assembled the most amazing lineup of performers ever to grace the Eaglewood stages, many of them Juno award winners and nominees.

2. Despite growing attendance, Eaglewood is still an up close and personal encounter between performers and audience in a cozy woodland setting. Eaglewood offers attendees a rare and privileged experience.

3. Family-friendly activities with daily kids program, playground, pony rides, Sunday parade. The legendary Magoo is featured children’s entertainer this year.

4. Audience diversity: a blend of ages, abilities, ethnicity. Warm, friendly folks who love roots music congregate at Eaglewood. It is a very human event.

5. Low admission prices – Where else can you get superb, world class entertainment for less than $2.50 per hour? (based on $70 advance adult weekend pass over 3-day program). Tickets can be purchased online at www.eaglewoodfolk.com Note: Saturday night entertainment is FREE at the Belvedere Cookhouse and Saloon!

6. Yummy meals from food vendors and unique handcrafted wares at artisan’s booths, all on-site.

7. Camping in woodland clearings for those who want the full festival experience. You can’t beat the sweet sounds of soft singing or instrument strumming through the night air.

8. Brightness of the recent full moon (August 20th) will facilitate nighttime trail navigation, making strolling between campfire song circles even more memorable.

9. The Eaglewood property is for sale and there is no guarantee that new owners will welcome the festival in 2014, even if it is our 25th anniversary. This may be the last Eaglewood Folk Festival at this location.

10. Replicating Eaglewood at a new site will be very difficult. All patrons are invited to attend an open meeting on Saturday morning (August 24th) to discuss the future of the Eaglewood Folk Festival. Please come out to express your thoughts.

Attend to experience all that is Eaglewood on August 23, 24, 25, at the Eaglewood Resort and Nature Park, 9715 Morning Glory Road in Pefferlaw. See you there for lots of “Fresh Air, Good Vibes, Great Music!”

Denise Sheedy

President, Eaglewood Folk Festival



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