Avalonfest 2013

The largest and final scheduled event of the Avalon Resort Summer Concert Series, Avalonfest 2013, begins late next week. The 16th annual Avalonfest runs from Friday, August 9th, through Sunday, August 11th. Avalonfest is the 3-day music, arts and crafts festival held rain or shine on the front lawn of Avalon Resort.  The event attracts local folks and neighbors as well as people from all of the surrounding states who pitch their tents, bring their campers and RVs to enjoy a long, fun-filled weekend. Throughout the weekend, in addition to listening to a variety of music, shopping at the Vendor Marketplace, sampling a variety of food/drinks/snacks, or just relaxing and enjoying the amenities of Avalon Resort, one always finds time to make new friends and reacquaint with old friends.


On Thursday night for those arriving and settling in early there will be a special free dance from 8 pm to 10 pm indoors in the Bare Barn. A DJ will be playing your favorites as well as your requests to get you movin’ and dancin’ to start your fest fun.


The entire Avalonfest schedule is packed with a variety of music, workshops and entertainment. The first workshop begins at 11:00am on Friday. The music starts from the Front Lawn Stage at 1:30pm on Friday. The type of music includes Blues, Celtic Rock, Folk, old time, swing, Southern Country Rock, Caribbean Party and more. Here is the lineup. (The performers highlighted in bold will be performing on the Front Lawn Stage.)


THURSDAY – August 8Free DJ Dance beginning at 8:00pm!


FRIDAY – August 9 – Day 1 of the Fest begins at 11:00am


11:00-12:20pm    Workshop: (Drawing) The Exquisite Nude – led by Jenni Avila

1:30-2:30pm        CassiRaye Band – Singer/Songwriter

2:50-3:40pm        Hot Soup! – Harmony

3:55-4:40pm        Jack Williams – Guitar Groove – Singer/Songwriter

5:00-6:00pm        Hard Swimmin’ Fish – Old-time Acoustic Blues

6:00-8:00pm        Dinner Break

8:00-9:15pm        Barleyjuice – Celtic Rock

9:30-11:00pm      Singing in the Lodge with Jennie Avila

9:30-midnight     DJ dance in the Bare Barn


SATURDAY – August 10 – Day 2 of the Fest begins at 10:00am


10:00-11:30am    Workshop: Songwriting with Jack Williams

10:30-11:30am    Workshop: Bellydancing with Nina Amaya

11:30-12:30pm    Billy Thompson Band – Electric Blues

12:50-1:35pm      Harpeth Rising – Old time

1:55-2:40pm        Nina Amaya – Bellydancing – Middle Eastern

2:55-3:40pm        Gathering Time – Folk Harmony

3:40pm       Group photo

3:55-4:40pm        Jack Williams – Guitar Groove – Singer/Songwriter

5:00-6:00pm        Grandsons – Swing

6:00-8:00pm        Dinner Break

8:00-9:15pm        Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band – Southern Country Rock

9:30-11:00pm      Singing in the Lodge with Gathering Time

9:30-midnight     DJ dance in the Bare Barn


Sunday – August 11 – Day 3 of the Fest begins at 10:30am


10:30-11:30am   Open mic

12:00-1:00pm     Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band – Southern Country Rock

1:25-2:10pm       Gathering Time – Folk Harmony

2:30-3:30pm       Hula Monsters – Caribbean Party


Great music, workshops, vendors, fun, food and more fun are what to expect at Avalonfest. On Friday and Saturday nights when the outdoor stage performances end, head to the Bare Barn and dance the night away. If you don’t feel like dancing on one or either of those nights hang out in the lodge for one of the group sing-alongs. Combine all of that with the amenities offered by Avalon Resort and you have a recipe for a fantastic weekend. Pack up your towel, favorite relax-on-the-lawn chair, sunscreen and come be a part of Avalonfest 2013.


The Avalon Lodge rooms are always booked well in advance of Avalonfest. But there is plenty of camping space available as well as campsites with hookups. To request camping space or a campsite call the Avalon office at (304) 947-5600. The office also can give you the contact information for onsite condo rental.


The 3-day festival tickets include free tent camping Friday and Saturday nights. The advance price for the entire 3-day festival is $150 ($180 if purchased at the gate). Daily ticket prices are Friday ($60), Saturday ($75) or Sunday ($60). Call the office at (304) 947-5600 to order tickets.


A variety of festival foods along with beverages are available on the festival grounds. No coolers will be permitted into the event. Picture taking or the possession of cameras, camera phones or any other picture taking device is not permitted in the event area.


Press/media passes are available. Email information@avalon-resort.com for the details.


For several years the generosity of guests, members, residents and staff has made Avalon’s charitable activities extremely successful for benefiting our surrounding communities. The annual drive to collect school supplies for the Paw Paw schools is beginning. If you plan on coming to Avalonfest for the weekend or just a day, bring some school supplies and drop them off in the Avalon office when you register. Call the office at (304) 947-5600 if you would like some suggestions on what type of supplies are being collected.


As the year-end holidays approach the annual food drive and gift drive will begin. Canned/nonperishable food, store gift cards, new toys and clothing are collected to be donated to local organizations for families in need.


Each Fall Avalon Resort is a participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. The scenic grounds of Avalon provide a beautiful backdrop for a large group of people to walk and raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.


The Summer Concert Series is coming to a close, but the events and activities continue throughout the year at Avalon. Avalon Resort is “Your Getaway to the Friendliest Clothing-Optional Resort!”  To find out more about what is going on at Avalon visit www.avalon-resort.com. If you want to follow the events and activities click ‘like’ on the Avalon Resort facebook page.


To receive the Avalon weekly newsletter via email, send a request to newsletter@avalon-resort.com so you can keep up to date on the exciting events and activities taking place at Avalon Resort. You can also signup for the newsletter from the Avalon Resort website. Avalon is affiliated with both the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and The Naturist Society (TNS).