There is nothing better than toe-tapping music to put you back to simpler times when friends gathered to enjoy conversation, good food and companionship. The Silver String Band’s performance at this year’s Village Peddler Festival held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark on September 15th and 16th will do just that, take you back in time and entice you to slow down and enjoy the quaint outdoor marketplace atmosphere.
The band under the direction of Dave Pethtel had its start some 38 years ago when Dave and George Hanna knew each other as teenagers. Sixteen of those thirty-eight years they have played at the Village Peddler Festival. Festivals, wineries and outdoor venues are most likely where you will find The Silver String Band during the summer months.
When asked where the most interesting place the band has performed, the answer was Severance Hall. With a style of music that is up-tempo, exciting and fun, The Silver String Band is said to be one of the best acoustic groups in the Cleveland area.
The Silver String Band will play on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They have had the pleasure of playing all over the USA and Canada. Based somewhat in the bluegrass persuasion of musical genre, the band prefers Texas Swing and Jazz rather than the I, IV, V and staccato tempos of traditional bluegrass.
This year the band will welcome, for a set or two on Saturday, Ross Nickerson, five-string banjo master. He is in the area promoting his album. Nickerson has been playing since the age of 17 and has been a member of some very successful bands. He has the distinction of being a two-time winner of the Telluride Band Contest, being selected for
contracts at Tokyo Disneyland and Opryland in Nashville, two-time winner of the Four Corners Bluegrass Festival Band Contest and the winner of Newspaper Readers poll Best Band contests three times. Nickerson has been performing and teaching for many years both nationally and internationally.
Entertainment is included in the Village Peddler Festival’s admission price along with all daily Farmpark activities on the 235-acre family friendly facility, wagon rides and corn maze. Admission is $9.00, $7.00 (ages 60+), $5.00 (ages 2-11) and under 2 is free. The Farmpark opens at 9:00 a.m. both days with the festival hours being 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15th and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16th. Parking is free
with gate drop-off and handicapped spots available.
For complete Village Peddler Festival details visit Village Peddler Festival.
Pictured In Cover Photo: From Left to Right: Dave Pethtel on Banjo, Mike Periera on Mandolin, Paul Hamann on Bass, and George Hanna on Guitar.