The deadline for vendors to register to participate in the Tusculum Old Oak Festival is Friday, March 31.
There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths, and the deadline for reserving a booth is March 31, or until all spaces are filled. The Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum campus April 21-23.
Featuring a wide variety of music and food and fun, the Old Oak Festival will span across three days, featuring something for everyone, be it live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.
Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz featuring local vocalists and instrumentalists.
“We are very excited about the wide variety of art and craft vendors that we have committed to this year’s festival,” said David Price, director of music and band programs at Tusculum and coordinator of the festival.
“This year’s vendors offer something for everyone and show off amazing artistic talent from folks in our region and beyond.”
While the list of musical performers is not complete, currently several bands have announced plans to perform and include the Brother Boys, My New Favorites, Shiloh, Ashley Bean, Sigean, the Dread Scots, Poplar Hill Reunion, the Tusculum Jazz Band, the Tusculum Marching Band, the Tusculum Concert Band, the Tusculum Handbell Choir and the Bluegrass Outlaws.
There will also be jam sessions during the festival and visitors are encouraged to bring their instrument and join for a weekend of fun with other musicians.
Workshops for high school students will be held on Friday and include sessions on the Math and Science of Tree Identification, Contemporary Poetry, Instrumental Master Class (Band), Vocal Master Class, Introduction to Programming with Python, Drawing, the Brief Essay or Prose Poem, Medieval Siege Warfare, Songwriting, Playwriting, Political Jeopardy, Flash Fiction, SM-Art! Sensational Mathematical Art, as well as Animation.
Workshops are presented by faculty of Tusculum and other experts in the field.
There is no charge for students to participate in the workshop sessions and lunch will be provided. Students need to register by Wednesday, April 12. To reserve a spot, contact Kelsey Trom, assistant professor of English at firstname.lastname@example.org or (423) 636-7420 ext. 5420.
Other special events planned for this year’s festival include an art show at Allison Gallery, student theater productions and literary readings.
There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entertainment and food continues into the evening, with the final performers ending at 10 p.m.
Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers, firearms and alcohol are also prohibited on the Tusculum campus property during the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on facebook. For more information on registering as a vendor or performer or volunteering at the festival, contact Price at 423-636-7303.