88th Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic

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Date(s) - 08/13/2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hibernia County Park


Fiddlers Stage

At 10 AM, Remington Riders, will take center stage, playing hard driving bluegrass with softer old country tunes and bold instrumentals.

The opening act will lead into the continually changing slate of individuals and groups, who have registered to perform throughout the day. Register as a group (2 or more) or as an individual to play on the Fiddlers main stage between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.:

  • Solo acts are allotted 10 minutes; Groups receive 20 minutes
  • Stage registration opens at 9 a.m.

Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Tents and canopies are not permitted in Fiddlers Field. Alcohol is prohibited.

Vendors and Activities

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy the stage show or stroll through the event grounds. A highlight of the day is the jamming and singing taking place throughout the venue. Visitors can stroll through the event grounds and listen to the blend of music heard amidst Fiddlers’ Field. In the woodlands flanking the stage, musicians play tunes using a variety of instruments such as guitars, banjos, and mandolins, and perform styles such as bluegrass, old-time and gospel.

The Picnic, coordinated by Christian Sanderson, began at Crystal Springs Park outside Parkesburg and later moved to Lenape Park, south of West Chester. When Lenape Park closed in 1980, Chester County Parks & Recreation offered to sponsor the Picnic at Hibernia County Park. Mr. Sanderson’s fascination with history and “living records” culminated into a collection housed at the Christian C. Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. Museum representatives will be on site displaying various items.

Visit over 30 vendors featuring a variety of crafts, foods and novelties. Grab lunch from menus including BBQ, sandwiches, Italian ice, crab cakes, fries, funnel cakes and more.

Children and those new to string instruments are encouraged to come learn by observing and talking to the musicians in this relaxed atmosphere. Instrument demonstrations, beginner jam sessions, and children’s activities are also planned.Â

ATM will be on site. Pets are welcome but must be on a six-foot lead.

Hibernia Mansion Tours
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Take a wagon shuttle or enjoy a walk along park roads to see Hibernia Mansion. Guided tours of the 19th century Ironmasters home will be available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. $3/person donation requested.Â

Shuttles will leave the event area at 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Chris Downey

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