The Flying Musicians Association, Inc., a non-profit organization, will land at several well-known music venues this spring: MerleFest in April and the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival in May/June. Both are well-established, with over 70,000 patrons. In addition, FMA has committed to the celebrations at the Cowtown Warbird Roundup (Ft. Worth, May 22-23) and the DFW Summer Balloon Classic & Airfest (June 11-13).
MerleFest, in Wilkesboro (NC), is an annual celebration of the traditonal music of the Appalachian Region plus whatever additional styles the attendees are in the mood for. The Flying Musicians are teaming up with the Wilkes Flying Club to establish a new venue by creating a campground at the Wilkes County Airport from April 25 through May 2nd.
Primitive camping is available with a main canopy/tent for refreshments, socializing, hangar chat and, of course, jamming. Shuttle service to the festival grounds will be provided. Camping and services are free to FMA members; others will be charged a nominal fee consistent with other camping venues during the festival.
Viewing the festival from above is fascinating and adds a new perspective. The Flying Musicians have created an atmosphere where enthusiasts of both aviation and music can converge to share their passions while enjoying a great music festival! That’s MerleFest 2010.
For MerleFest, an RSVP is required to reserve tiedown and camping spots. Contact John@flyingmusicians.org for reservations.
Good news: MerleFest has extended the Early Bird Discount Ticket Prices to April 6.
Sponsors of this event are: the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, Wilkes County Airport, and Dove Aviation.
The Flying Musicians Association, Inc. took off in 2009 by blending two passions: flying and music. FMA was founded by two pilot/musicians, John Zapp and Aileen Hummel, who have made it their quest to encourage, promote, educate and support these two passions. The mission of the organization: “Pilot Musicians sharing their passion while encouraging and educating youth in the science and art of aeronautics and music.”
For more information about Flying Musicians, please visit www.FlyingMusicians.org.