The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival (PAMFest) returns for the 10th anniversary year on Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival returns with a bang with a weekend of music, dance, food and entertainment for young and old in idyllic Peacham Town.
With dozens of events scheduled, PAMFest offers a wide range of music, dance, workshops and crafts. A full schedule is available at www.pamfest.org.
This year, PAMFest is collaborating with the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) which is celebrating its 30th anniversary! Their mission is to deepen our understanding of each other by engaging with Vermont communities to document and share expressions of tradition, innovation and culture. VFC supports music, dance, visual arts and other forms of cultural expression. Performers and artisans affiliated with VFC will showcase their talents at various venues around the festival grounds.
PAMFest is also collaborating with the Peacham Historical Association (PHA) to offer music and crafts at two of their amazing venues, just up the road from the PAMFest registration area. One is the Peacham Historical House where history-based music will be offered outside at the east end of the building from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoons. The historic house will be open and will feature a wonderful exhibit by famed photographer and Peacham resident, Richard W. Brown.
The second location is the PHA’s fully functional ‘Ashbel Goodenough Blacksmith Shop’, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The blacksmith shop will be led by blacksmith Ed Schneider with guest master blacksmith, Lucian Avery, who is affiliated with the Vermont Folklife Center, and will demonstrate his craft.
Workshops – Start at 9:00am with workshops taught by artists from Peacham Congregational Church and other nearby venues. Offerings range from instrument workshops to songwriting and jam sessions.
jam sessions – There will be jam sessions throughout the festival starting Friday, some will be formal and many impromptu. People are encouraged to bring their instruments and join a jam or create your own!
Instrument petting zoo – Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Back by popular demand, Young Tradition Vermont’s Instrument Petting Zoo offers a program designed to give young, old and curious alike the opportunity to explore different instruments and get inspired to start playing. There will be “zoo keepers” to help visitors explore these musical treasures.
The Family Tent returns offering a variety of activities for children (young and old). The giant xylophone will be back and an instrument-making workshop will be offered.
craft fair – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the craft fair will open its doors. There will be a diverse group of vendors offering lots of handicrafts, jewelry, massages and more.
food offerings – The festival features food vendors serving a variety of culinary choices including pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, and more. And don’t forget the Peacham Café, a short walk from the festival grounds!
Camping – Available through the generosity of our neighbors at the Village Farm, but reservations are requested by calling (802) 592-3632.
Tickets for PAMFest are available at the Catamount Arts Regional Box Office or by calling (802) 748-2600. Tickets will be available onsite at the festival registration area while supplies last.
The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival is produced by Frank Miller and Copithorn Productions in partnership with Catamount Arts and the support of our generous sponsors.