Back at the end of April, WinterWonderGrass announced that it would be expanding to the East Coast this year, adding a third festival in Stratton, Vermont. Over the years, WinterWonderGrass has become a staple event in the bluegrass community, with highly successful editions already established in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Tahoe, California.As for the new festival in Vermont, WinterWonderGrass’s East Coast debut is scheduled for December 14th through 16th, 2018. While the festival has remained tight-lipped about its lineup, thus far, the event has revealed that two WonderGrass regulars will headline: Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters. Notably, both Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters headlined the California edition of WonderGrass this year along with The Devil Makes Three, The California Honeydrops, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more.In the coming months, WinterWonderGrass Vermont will solidify its lineup, with an additional 20 artists scheduled to be announced to play over the festival’s three days and four stages. Because it’s marketed as a celebration of a true “winter lifestyle,” the festival will also feature craft beer and cider, local food, and access to premier skiing and snowboarding in addition to internationally renowned bluegrass acts.WinterWonderGrass is currently offering a discounted sale on tickets, with an allotment of discounted $129 passes set aside for fans wanting to attend the Stratton, Vermont event. The sale will span from Thursday, June 28th, to midnight on Friday, June 29th. For more information, head to WinterWonderGrass’ website here.Earlier this year, we sent a reporter to WinterWonderGrass’ Colorado edition for a game of “interview tag” with Billy Strings and members of Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and The Lil’ Smokies. You can check out the fascinating series of interviews here.
left-to-right are:Batesville Chamber Board President, Mary HuntingtonCommunity Service Award Winner, Anne RaverCommunity Impact Award, Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children (Executive Director, Tonya Ruble-Richter)Educator of the Year, Mrs. Cathy OllierOutgoing Batesville Chamber Executive Director, Anna IboldBatesville, In. —The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated another year and passed out three community awards.Brad Stoneking and Catherine Dalton presented the Educator of the Year Award to Cathy Ollier, Sarah Heppner presented the Community Service Award to Anne Raver and Glennis Williams and Pat Polley presented the Community Impact Award to Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children.The event included a “Penguin Encounter” from Wave on Wheels from the Newport Aquarium.