New stomping ground for LaHave Folk Festival

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Event organizer Darren Arsenault will be there with his Darren Arsenault Trio, among 17 other musicians and bands.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>The Chimney Swifts are among the line-up for the LaHave Folk Festival September 4 to 6 in Farmington</p>
  • <p>FACEBOOK PHOTO, PICNIC IN THE PARK</p><p>Amanda Riley was on the ticket for the August 25 concert at Chester&#8217;s Lordly Park.</p>

After 14 years of being held in the same place, the LaHave Folk Fest is on the move.

"We wanted to do it at the original site at the Fort Point Museum, but the grounds there are not big enough. So this is like a 40-acre field and there's going to be so much room for people to social distance. And it's just such a beautiful site," organizer Darren Arsenault told LighthouseNOW.

The 15th annual LaHave Folk Festi will take place September 4 to 6 in the rolling hills at 1078 Farmington Road in Farmington.

"Loads of great music, breath taking scenery, great food vendors, hand washing stations. Bring your tent and lawn chairs," said Arsenault, who is hopeful for a good turnout despite the pandemic induced restrictions.

Arsenault, a musician and event organizer, has being doing sound for the Picnic in the Park events at Lordly Park in Chester.

"And they've been having crowds of up to 150 people and everybody keeps to themselves; I think bubbles of 10 are allowed. So people are behaving," he reported.

Arsenault noted that it will be the first time the LaHave Folk Festival is offering camping, all weekend long.

"There was just not enough room at Fort Point," he explained.

According to Arseanault, attendance fluctuates over the years and tends to range between 350 and 500. "I think the highest number we had at Fort Point was close to 500 people."

Arsenault's band, the Darren Arsenault Trio, will be among a line-up of 18 musicians and bands. Arsenault describes himself on his Facebook page as "A large platter of smokey blues smothered in swingin country sauce, piled high on a bed of hot toasted bluegrass with gooey hot melted chunks of jazz inside!!!"

He plays a variety of instruments including the guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, drums and percussion.

Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased through e-Transfer. Cost is $45.00 per night for camping and concert; $100.00 per person for concerts and camping for the entire weekend. Kids under 12 are free; kids over 12, pay $30.00 for the weekend. E-Transfers can be sent to lahavefolkfest@gmail.com

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