Billtown Blues Festival, Way’s Garden art show scheduled

For many local people the turn of the calendar from May to June may mean strawberries and the closing of schools, but for others it’s time for the Billtown Blues Festival and the Way’s Garden Art & Craft Show.

The Blues Festival will celebrate its 25th year at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville with local musicians and out-of-town acts.

Perhaps there’s no better day to celebrate a quarter-century of blues. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s and the skies will be clear, according to John LaCorte of the National Weather Service in State College. Or blue, depending on how you look at it.

The Way’s Garden Art & Craft Show, set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park at West Fourth and Maynard streets, will feature artists, artisans and crafters.

What started as a small musical event on a makeshift stage in a cornfield back in 1990, the Blues Festival has grown considerably in size and scope.

This year, 10 musical acts will perform at the all-day event.

The festival kicks off at noon with K.G. + 3 performing.

A pair of local bands, The Nate Myers Band and the acoustic duo of Sean and Adam, will later entertain the crowd with their unique blues sounds.

Both bands earned the right to play at the festival after emerging as winners in a competition held by the Billtown Blues Association earlier this year in Williamsport.

The Nate Myers Band is set to play at 1 p.m. on the main stage; Sean and Adam will perform at 4:45 in the Acoustic Tent.

This year, in celebration of 25 years, a photo tent will be set up with memorabilia of past festivals, according to Blues officials.

Those attending the Bald Eagle Art League’s 58th edition of the Way’s Garden Art & Craft Show will find paintings and crafts lining the sidewalks and lawn of the park.

The Eve Archer Award is presented to the artisan voted ‘People’s Choice’ by the public. Voting ballot boxes are located at the park’s two entrances.

The event includes entertainment, music and family fun activities.

Just recently, plans were announced for a transformation of Way’s Garden.

The goal is to restore the garden to the original vision of its founder, J. Roman Way.

Once again, Trinity Episcopal Church, across West Fourth Street from Way’s Garden, will hold its annual Strawberry Festival during the arts and crafts event.