From Noon to 6 pm the hills will be alive with the sound of music …
Bluegrass music that is – fiddles and banjos, harmonicas and mandolins and so much more!
On May 19th, families, friends, fun, food, and flowers come together once again at Halfinger Farms to celebrate another year of cultural and entertaining events provided by The Buttonwood Tree. This May, Buttonwood folks pay homage to their mothers and invite you to do the same! For a lively atmosphere, bluegrass – a cross between country and jazz – will set the stage at the farm’s lush and lovely valley setting surrounded by the rolling hills of Higganum. Live animals, face-painting, dancing, raffles, popcorn, and ice cream will make it the place to be for kids of all ages.
“When Jen and John Halfinger came to me a few years ago and said they wanted to help support The Buttonwood Tree in some way, I was contemplating an outdoor music festival and searching for a venue. It was, as they say, a marriage made in heaven.” says Anne-Marie Cannata, Executive Director. “Aside from watching my daughter, an artist, face-paint happy kid faces all day, it’s most rewarding to hear the positive feedback I receive from so many people. It’s truly a full day of fun and entertainment for very little cost – while helping The Buttonwood Tree raise much-needed funds. So it’s a win-win for all.”
Last year, an estimated 400 people joined in on the festivities. This year, whoever comes can count on:
- Back-to-back bands (featuring the bluegrass genre) ANDY BUZZI, CHARTER OAK BLUEGRASS BAND, POOR OLD SHINE, SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS AND MORE!
- A Tribute to our Mothers – everyone is welcome to share their own words (or song) to honor their mother. We will have set times during the day to share, and if your mother is there with you, she will receive a gift from us too!
- A terrific variety of raffle prizes, including framed photographs by Carolyn Astor, gift certificates to restaurants, a tour of Tschudin’s Chocolates and tickets to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
- 3 state-of-the art greenhouses filled with amazingly beautiful, lush, and hearty flowering plants
- Delectable food from area restaurants including fresh-on-the-spot Kettle Corn, and Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream
- A look inside the operations of a flower and pumpkin farm, including tours and equipment demonstrations
- Nan Vecchito jewelery, 4-H Club animals with an educational program, and more!
CHARTER OAK BLUEGRASS
The Charter Oak Bluegrass band is Connecticut tradition, solidly rooted in the bluegrass tradition of Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin. Known for its drive and bounce on up-tempo numbers, and soul and depth of emotion on the slower tunes, Charter Oak Bluegrass is the essence of bluegrass.
The band is comprised of veteran performers who have played together for years. The band is a true unit — keenly attuned to and complementing one another, leaving the maximum amount of space for each to shine.
SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS
The South Carolina Broadcasters are an award winning old-time trio with modern day appeal. Featuring Ivy Sheppard (fiddle,banjo, guitar, vocals), David Sheppard (guitar, vocals), and Grace Kennedy (banjo, triangle, vocals), their expert songwriting, tight harmonies and exceptional instrumentation give The Broadcasters their powerful old-time sound. Drawing their inspiration from the Carter Family and early country duos, The Broadcasters aim to keep alive the roots of American traditional music.
The South Carolina Broadcasters are one of those special bands that comes along every once in a while. The timeless themes of their songs and tunes speak to the universal human condition and transcend the whims and fads of popular culture. They have won blue ribbons at fiddler’s conventions, and have taken standing ovations in hard core rock-n-roll venues. All three members share a common vision and obsessive passion about the music they are playing. This little mission band is on a mission.
POOR OLD SHINE
From their handpainted cereal box cd cases to their thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine, a Roots/Americana band from Storrs, CT is about honesty and hand crafted creativity. It’s foot stomping, mind racing, dirty bluegrass like you’ve never heard it before! They travel with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, string bass, cello, a swarm of harmonicas, and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It’s old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real.
POS’ music is rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and sticky rock clubs alike. They have been compared to The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Langhorne Slim, and The Low Anthem because of the changing instrumentation and harmonies. Each set mixes the band’s modern songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs, and front porch style jamming.
Poor Old Shine features Chris Freeman (banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Antonio Alcorn (Mandolin, guitar), Harrison Goodale (Bass), Samantha Goodale (Fiddle), and Brian Conlon (drums). All are students at the University of Connecticut. The new band has had the opportunity to play around Connecticut at Toads Place in New Haven, The Space in Hamden, and Sully’s in Hartford. They have opened for The Steel Wheels and Monroeville at Bridge Street Live and appeared on WWUH’s Caterwaul with Ed Mckeon and The Sunday Night Folk Festival on WHUS with Susan Forbes Hansen.
Halfinger Farms is a family-owned and operated flower and pumpkin farm located at 489 Candlewood Hill Road in Higganum, Conn. The farm has become a beloved mainstay of the community and known for its wide selection of luscious plants grown in its greenhouses in the Spring, and its corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins in the Fall. Learn more at: halfingerfarms.com