Heartfelt storytelling, talented musicians, and (crossing our fingers) beautiful weather, it's enough to drive any folk fan wild. Golden Link Folk Singing Society will host its 45th Turtle Hill Folk Festival this weekend on the Rotary Sunshine Campus. The festival opens on Friday with performances by Robert Jones and Matt Watroba, Gathering Time, and headliner April Verch, a fiddler, singer, and step dancer (the roots music triple threat). Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys (with Sara Milonovich) will open Saturday, and David Wilcox, a prolific singer-songwriter based in Cleveland, will headline. Saturday will also see the "New Voices" Emerging Artists Showcase featuring regional acoustic musicians Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Ramsay, Austin McCrae, and John Sonntag — the "Audience Favorite" will perform again during Sunday's finale concert. Food and craft vendors will be on site, and workshops, round-robins, and jam sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday. There are also grounds available for free tent camping or RVs.
The Turtle Hill Folk Festival will take place Friday, September 9, through Sunday, September 11, at the Rotary Sunshine Campus, 809 Five Points Road, Rush. Concerts on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. All-weekend passes are $70 for members; $80 for non-members. Day tickets range $15-$35. For schedule and ticket prices, check out goldenlink.org/festival.