Folks I already released another JULY Bluegrass festival on the east coast, not far from this one. This is the twenty sixth annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Western New York….Sherman N.Y. to be exact! In 1992 Miss Julie Rockcastle’s father founded the festival and I found this little bit on their official website:
The Heron property has many water spigots that supply Health Department approved chlorinated drinking water. The Heron’s Merch Booth sells bottled water and ice. At The Heron’s Cafe in the Woods you can get water, coffee, soft drinks, pizza, baked goods & more. The festival midway offers an exotic variety of fresh-cooked fare & beverages. Southern Tier Brewery will be offering a selection of their award winning brews and Willow Creek Winery will be featuring their very popular Wine Slushies. Please stay hydrated and well nourished.
THIS IS A RULE NATIONWIDE THAT YOU CANNOT TRANSPORT YOUR OWN FIREWOOD FOLKS. As you know cover 175 nationwide festivals like this one. They ALL have that rule, and HERE are a few more small ones.
Attendees under the age of 18 must arrive with a parent or guardian.
• The drinking age is 21 in New York, please obey the law.
• NO PETS! Service animals MUST have paperwork with proof of what the animal is trained for and you may be asked to buy a wristband for the animal.
• Please, please, NO FIREWORKS. Go see them nearby in Mayville or Findley Lake.
• GLASS is not banned, but HIGHLY discouraged.
• FIREWOOD cannot be brought to the festival.
• The BEACH is only open when a guard is on duty.
• Going topless is allowed for male patrons only.
• Respect the peace & privacy of fellow campers.
• Leave the land as you found it, or better, because you were here.
Patrons or families with children under the age of 18
will be directed through Security Check-In at the gate. A parent or guardian will be asked to sign in & assume responsibility for all young people. This helps us facilitate “lost child” or “lost parent” situations or deal with inappropriate behavior.
The Heron community is friendly and cooperative, but since we have all age groups here, some camping areas are quieter than others! (See the camping details page).
How are emergences & first aid handled?
Familiarize yourself with the locations of the HQ Barn, Security Hole, & the First Aid Building, but know that anyone with a radio or golf cart can help you. Many volunteer crews have coverage around the clock, including security, first aid, HQ, & tickets. We also have professional security & first aid staff on-duty at all times. Radio communication links them all. We have good relations with law enforcement & fire department emergency services and can ask for assistance, if needed. HQ can call our on-site auto & towing serviceman for auto emergencies. Don’t hesitate to report problems and we will do our best to solve them!
Lost & Found People & Things:
The meeting place for lost children or lost parents is the First Aid Building. The HQ crew keeps a log of lost & found items. We recommend you don’t bring valuables to the festival or if you do, lock them in your car when not in use. Better safe than sorry!
Please, please no fireworks!!
They are dangerous to children, adults, tents, campers & our trees. There are local fireworks displays nearby in Mayville & Findley Lake NY.
No Pets – No Exceptions!
The owners of the Heron board their animals, you need to also! Google: kennels Chautauqua or Jamestown.
Please, no glass containers!!
We do not ban glass, but we hope that you will continue to reduce the glass you bring and especially what you leave for our recyclers to handle. It’s heavy, breakable & can cause injuries.
The festival ends Sunday evening when the music stops.
All patrons must be packed up before dark and ready to go home (it’s so sad, we know). Those that remain are crew chiefs, sound & tech support, and volunteers with schedules for Monday clean-up. Our security will be making sure all others leave. There are other local camping & lodging options here:
Also I have included a HUGE LIST of local area hotels and things below!
Best Western Plus Downtown Jamestown
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Erie
Cobblestone Inn & Suites
Americas Best Value Inn – Jamestown / West Ellicot
Fairway Suites at Peek’n Peak
Pine Hill Cottages & Motel
The Spencer Hotel & Spa
The Inn at the Peak
Carey Cottage Inn
Peek’n Peak Resort
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jamestown
Comfort Inn Jamestown – Falconer
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Findley Lake (I-86 Exit 4)
Best Western Plus Downtown Jamestown
Lily Dale Assembly: Leolyn Inn
Red Carpet Inn
As you can see here there is TONS TO DO for children and like many Bluegrass festivals this one is VERY family friendly.
Here is a video from last year to kind of show off the area and some of the folks involved in that scene up there. And after I print the lineup links I’ll post their 2017 video for you to see the acts next week!
Donna the Buffalo
The Suitcase Junket
Sim Redmond Band
Big Mean Sound Machine
Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors
Cats On Holiday
Preach Freedom and Connect
Tiger Maple String Band
Mount Pleasant String Band
Max Garcia Conover
Charlie Wheeler Band
Dirt Track Racing
Derek Davis Band
Bess Greenberg Music
Uncle Ben’s Remedy
The Bogarts Fan Page
Ken Hardley Music & the Moose Club
The Stan Barton Trio
Jeb & Tara
Glabicki & Miller
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Click up there and get up there folks!