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Greetings Festivarians,

In just 3 short weeks Darrell Scott will walk out onto the Town Park stage to sound his one-man acoustic overture for our 35th gathering together in Telluride.

Darrell Scott"Telluride Bluegrass Festival is about community – from stage to vendors to musicians to audience to staff and volunteers – for an amazing weekend in June in the most beautiful place in the country we gather from wherever we live and show ourselves not just how the world could be, but how it is."
– Darrell Scott

Much of this community spirit is developed in the festival campgrounds. With record demand for camping this year, we have just added an additional camping option at Telluride High School. This new campground is located in town (less than a mile from the festival grounds) and adjacent to the showers. In accordance with school district regulations, alcohol and tobacco will be strictly prohibited in this campground.

Throw Down Your HeartBecause this camping option became available after our refund deadline, we are allowing Mary E and Lawson Hill pass-holders to exchange their camping passes for Telluride High School at no charge, while room allows on a first-come first-served basis. For more information and to fill-out the online camping exchange form visit bluegrass.com.

"Tears, laughter, passion and the unalloyed bliss of making music." That's how the Austin American-Statesman describes Béla Fleck's new African documentary Throw Down Your Heart. We'll be screening this award-winning film at the Nugget Theatre as part of the Telluride NightGrass series, with Béla on-hand to personally introduce each showing. Get your tickets for this and other NightGrass shows now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

We're excited to welcome two new partners to Telluride Bluegrass. Producers of Merino wool socks, point6, will be on-hand throughout the festival giving away luxurious Merino socks and spreading the wonderful sustainable benefits of wool. In addition they will be offering reusable tote bags in exchange for a small donation to the Telluride Foundation’s Good Neighbor Fund. The Swell SeasonThen slip your freshly soothed feet into sandals from our new partner Chaco. The Paonia, CO-based company will be on-hand assisting with the Green Campsite Challenge and helping you get into a new pair of Chaco shoes.

After hearing the stories about their sold-out Radio City Music Hall show last week, it's hard for us to contain our excitement for The Swell Season's set on Telluride Bluegrass Sunday. (Watch them rock your gypsy soul with this knock-out Van Morrison cover.) They'll be sharing the Sunday night stage with the long-awaited Telluride return of Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers and a full two-hour festival closing set from our virtuosic House Band - Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, & Luke Bulla. Pure genius.

Telluride FestivariansThe complete Telluride main stage schedule is now available. Get your 4-day passes, single-day tickets, and camping now to celebrate the 35th together with Ryan Adams, Ani DiFranco, Yonder Mountain String Band, Paolo Nutini, and many more on the full moon summer solstice, June 19-22. Collect your Festivarian family and order your passes now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. As always, you'll pay no handling fees of any kind.

With your tickets in-hand, it's time to start planning your Telluride travel with our first Sustainable Festivation Tip. Folks from all over the country are looking to share rides at the Festivarian Forum. Or join one of the groups who are biking to Telluride or committing to make cycling a part of their everyday lives.

Shawn MullinsWith the final addition of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins, the lineup for the 18th Annual Folks Festival (Aug. 15-17) is complete. And that means single-day tickets are on-sale now. Get your tickets and camping – including the coveted on-site camping passes – to celebrate the summit of the song along the St. Vrain River with KT Tunstall, Greg Brown, Amos Lee, Nanci Griffith, and many more. Order now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

Finally, with the St. Vrain River here in Lyons, CO nearing peak flow, join us this weekend (May 30 - June 1) – along with our partners Keen and Leave No Trace – for the annual Lyons Outdoor Games. With kayaking, biking, fishing, and a Friday night concert, it's a great way to keep your mind off your countdown to Telluride.

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

Sustainable Festivation Tip #1: Getting There

Bike to Telluride

Two groups of avid Festivarians are embarking on multiple-week cycle tours to Telluride Bluegrass in an effort to promote “Sustainable Festivation” and provide a model for long-distance carbon-free transportation.

Bluegrass By BikeFormed in Boulder in 2007, Bluegrass By Bike will again be biking to and from Boulder to Telluride, as well as biking to the RockyGrass and Folks Festival in Lyons. Their 800-mile bicycle tour will take them over numerous mountain passes and afford several weeks of stealth hammock camping. They invite all Festivarians to join them for all or part of their rides to the festivals. Learn more about their mission and how you can involved at www.BluegrassByBike.org.

Celebrating their second year, CycleC2C will enjoy Telluride Bluegrass as the midpoint of their 40-day tour along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. Their bicycle journey last summer took them from San Francisco to Telluride Bluegrass. Learn more about their travels and their mission to spread the word about cycling at www.CycleC2C.net.

Team Wonderbike

Team Wonderbike is a laughing war whoop, a human-powered, carbon-free campaign to greatly increase the use of mankind’s greatest invention… the bicycle. Team WonderbikeBy joining Team Wonderbike, you become a part of a growing movement of folks who want to reduce oil consumption, pollution and traffic congestion while increasing their healthfulness, good looks and personal happiness. It’s a quality group of people, to be sure. You’ll also receive updates, anecdotes and a place to express yourself as a part of this Wonderful community.

TellurideIf you were at Telluride last year and took the pledge – many thanks. The team is now more than 11,000 Wonderbikers strong with 9 million miles pledged. We hope you’ve been telling your friends about what a great year you’ve had riding your bike… wind in your hair, no parking hassles, freedom from the pump! If you're not yet a member, join now at FollowYourFolly.com or visit Greentown at the festival.

Share the Ride

Biking to Telluride may not always be a realistic option. If you're driving why not consider sharing the gas and the emissions with a fellow festivarian. The Hitch a Ride board on the Festivarian Forum has offers and requests for rideshares from as far away as California and New York, or as close-by as Colorado's Front Range. Save some money, make some new friends – get turned on to someone else's CD collection – and promote sustainable festivation.

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