SPRINGWATER – The annual Fiddler’s Fair will once again gather the incredible musicians hidden in our local hills to Punky Hollow Farm on Sept. 19.
Fair organizers say that the farm at 8277 Pardee Hollow Road (thorough directions below) will turn into a wonderland of jam sessions, with all kinds of acoustic performers putting on breathtaking music from every nook and hollow.
“These will be acoustic Irish acts played by local hill talent in red hats,” said Dan LaFurno, Chair of the Springwater Fiddler’s Fair. “Everyone’s jamming. There are trails with musicians jamming in the woods. And there’s a barn built into a hill with musicians jamming.”
There will be a sound stage at the barn at Punky Hollow. Crafters will bring their tools and wares to the farm, and there will be workshops and woodland activities for all.
Music starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. Food vendors will have tasty morsels for festival goers to snack on, and there will also be gourmet cuisine served.
The event itself was organized by and steeped in the Springwater community seven years ago. Herb Tinny organizes all of the music, and Sue Cogne has been a chief organizer from the start.
“The guy who started all this was Chuck Winship with Sugarbush Sugaring House who tried to get local vendors, local artisans, local talent from the hills and put on a day where especially kids can have fun,” said LaFurno. “All of these musicians are playing for fun, for free, and a lot of them are starting groups that are going places. Look at Mulberry Soul out of Middlesex. This is the first year they won’t be here and it’s because they are in demand now.”
Admission to the grounds comes with a $5 donation. Kids accompanied by an adult are admitted free. No dogs or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Organizers warn not to rely on GPS to find the farm. They say folks coming from the north should take Rte. 15A south just before the hamlet of Springwater, then turn left onto Wheaton Hill Road (Tabors Corners sign). Go to the end and turn left onto Whitmore Road, then right onto Tabors Corners Road, then left onto Dutch Hollow. After three minutes this becomes Pardee Hollow Road. Then follow signs from there to the parking lot.
From Wayland, take Rte. 21N and then turn left onto Rowe.
From North Cohocton, Take Rte. 21S, then turn right onto Rowe (Steuben Co. 38) which becomes Garlinghouse/Atlanta Road, then left onto Pardee Hollow Road. Then follow signs to the parking lot.