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These are currently quick descriptions of the venues where Big Blow performances are scheduled (or where they have performed), with particular emphasis on kid-friendliness. Some of these descriptions come from previous performances which Bush Leaguers have attended, others are supplied by the band or the venue management.
In Salisbury, MD. Excellant location for a family oriented gig. No play areas. Still an active church.
Rehoboth Beach, DE. Two story Micro Brewery on the main street of town as you head to the ocean. Upstairs, where band performs is a bar that seats approximately 125 people. Sorry, but no kids.
DECEASED: In Ellicott City, MD. A converted movie theater, about 150 seats plus some standing room. Kid-neutral: no play areas, but no dangerous areas either. Out of buisiness.
In Fairlington, VA. Open-air stage in a very nice playground. No power, so no amplification.
Location: Berlin, Maryland Directions: Take Route 50 East from Salisbury, Maryland towards Ocean City. Turn right on Route 113 South. Turn right off of 113 into Berlin. Follow road to Y. Take left branch of Y and go to the traffic light. Turn right. Theater is on the main street. [Very quaint, historical district] Theater is on the left of the main street. Size: 3 rooms - Total seating - Approx. 100 people with another 10 sitting on the stairs going up to the art gallery Atmosphere: Very good. Old theater renovated to a coffee house, art gallery, and small theater . Acoustics: Good, 3 small rooms. Theater was best area. Directly in front of the stage where the band played Restrooms: Yes Kid-friendly: Yes Dance space: None Smoking/non smoking: No Smoking Food served: Food Available [gourmet] Alcohol: Yes Other? Flash Photography Allowed. Some room to whoop and holler!!!!
Location: Annandale, VA Directions: Off Columbia Pike. Ample free parking near the ampitheater. Size: Wooden benches seat about 180, plus lots of SRO Atmosphere: Outdoor ampitheater Acoustics: Good for an outdoor setting. Restrooms: Yes Kid-friendly: Very, lots to do in the park Dance space: adequate Smoking/non smoking: N/A Food served: none, but good location for a picnic Alcohol: none allowed in park. Other: We were pleasantly surprised by the site, a very nice location for outdoor concerts. Has especially good handicap access and seating.
Location: South of Leesburg, VA Directions: Easy to get to. Plenty of parking in fields. Size: Many venues. Tent for 200. Atmosphere: A good time for all ! Something for everybody Accoustics: Always seemed good for mostly outdoors spaces. Restrooms: Sufficient Kid-friendly: Yes Dance space: Yes Smoking/non smoking: Gave it up for heart reasons, but Smoking Food served: Veg/Health, Snack, Luncheon Alcohol: Always beer in controlled area, last year added Scotch Whiskey Other: Two day event, although not all performers there both. Larger audiences each year 5-10k per day (my estimete). Visit the Oatlands Celtic Festival web pages for more info.
Venue Name: Pemberton Park Location: Salisbury, Maryland Directions: West side of Salisbury Maryland. Heading away from Ocean City on Route 50, Turn left at the 7-11. Go to the small bridge and turn left onto Pemberton Road. Go about 2 miles, park is on the left. Size: Lawn Atmosphere: Very good. Weather was comfortable. Accoustics: Outdoors. Restrooms: Might have been some somewhere, but didn't see them. Kid-friendly: Yes. passed out alot of musical shakers to the kids. Dance space: Alot of open field. Smoking/non smoking: Smoking Food served: None Alcohol: no
In Annapolis, MD. Open-air stage in a beautiful park. Many playgrounds and activities including boating, lots of room to run. Stage provides power/amplification.
Snow Hill, Maryland... Located at the Furnace Town Histiorical
Complex. Day long event consisting of numerous attractions from Sheep
Herding to Society of Creative Achranisms sword battles. Drum and
Pipe programs with the Bushwackers finishing the day out. Most of
land is level, but area where band preforms is at the base of a hill,
providing excellant seating for spectators. Kid friendly with
numerous attractions geared directly to the kids.
Venue Name: Snow Hill Celtic Festival. Location: Furnace Town historical park, Snow Hill, Maryland Directions: From Bay Bridge, take Route 50 East past Salisbury, Maryland, then turn right onto Route 113 South to Snow Hill. Look for and follow the historic markers to Furnace town. Size: Lawn and Hillside. 300+ in attendance Atmosphere: Outstanding! Acoustics: Very Good Restrooms: Numerous Port-a-pottys around grounds. Kid-friendly: Yes Dance space: Yes Smoking/non smoking: Smoking in certain areas. Food served: Numerous food vendors. Alcohol: Yes Beer $1.50 a bottle. Other: All day affair! Bring blankets to sit on, coats for later that night.
A two-day extravaganza of music, dance, and crafts at the old Glen Echo amusement park. Far too much to see, do, and buy. Kid-friendly, with one stage dedicated to children's performances, numerous arts/crafts activities, and some open grassy areas to burn off energy. Visit the WFF web site for more information.
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