Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Special Events




Sponsored by Clark-Hirth Accountants, Blue Crane Music, Wood n Tap, and Telefunken

Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This 3rd annual festival will highlight some of the great musical talent we have in the area. There will also be an open mic contest! Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine.are
Musical acts include: The Hot Flashes, Belle of the Fall, The Wool Hats String Band, Brian Dolzani, Pat Stone and The Dirty Boots, Peter Lehndorff, Coffee Grinders, Auburn Mode, Sweetest Key, Eric Paradine, The Bombay Oysters, Horizon Blue, Krista Johnson and Blackberry Jam.  Registration is required for this event. Sorry no pets allowed.

Date: Saturday, October 20th

Time: 11:00am to 6:00pm

Where: Winding Trails Camp Area

Fees: $10 for adults and $5 for children, in advance – purchase tickets online at

$15 for adults and $8 for children at the gate.  Winding Trails members receive a $2 discount off each ticket

Tentative Schedule of Performers

Included with your Acoustic Festival Ticket:

Song Contest: Come and perform your original song at the Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival. This is your chance to showcase your talents and gain some exposure. Space is limited so sign up early. Registration for this workshop includes a ticket to the Acoustic Festival. Rules: 1. No amplification except for bass guitars 2. One song which must be original material 3. Bring 4 copies of the lyric sheet for the song, no exceptions 4. No drum kits; hand percussion is allowed 5. Contest entry cost is included in the price of admission to the festival Available equipment: 1. PA with 8 channel mixer 2. 2 radial active DI for acoustic instruments 3. Microphones 4. 1/4″ and mic cables Performers will be judged by a panel for a chance to win: * A 3-year membership to the Connecticut Songwriters Association; * A music business consultation at the Connecticut Songwriting Academy; * A spot as a featured act performance at the Groton Songwriters Showcase * A spot at next year’s festival at the Nature’s Porch stage. To enter the contest, email

Songwriting Workshop: The Craft & Business of Songwriting with Grammy Award winning Songwriter Bill Pere. Come and learn the craft and business of songwriting with Grammy-Winning songwriter Bill Pere. Bill was named one of the “Top 50 Innovators, Groundbreakers, and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry” by Music Connection Magazine. He is the author of the industry-standard songwriting guide “Song crafters’ Coloring Book” and is one of the most sought-after songwriting coaches today, working with clients around the world. His presentations at national conferences and analytical critiques have revolutionized the way we craft and evaluate songs. Bill is Executive Director of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, the 2003 National Independent Artist of the Year, and an Official Connecticut State Troubadour. He is Founder of the LUNCH Ensemble, and Director of the Connecticut Songwriting Academy. Bill has released 16 CD’s and has written and produced 23 stage plays. He has twice been named Connecticut Songwriter of the Year, and has appeared on a special edition Cheerios box as a hunger-fighting hero. The New York Times calls him “The Link Between Music and Science”. More at

Vocal Workshop: Vocal Coaching Workshop with Nashville recording artist Kay Pere. Come and learn some career changing vocal tips with Nashville recording artist, award-winning singer-songwriter, and a nationally known vocal and creativity coach Kay Pere. Kay has been a Director for the Connecticut Songwriters Association since 1997, and she presents regularly at national music conferences. Her piano-propelled folk-rock, with finely crafted lyrics, has been performed in such noted CT venues as the Shubert Theater, Garde Arts Center, Cheney Hall, Seven Angels Theater, University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, and the Vanilla Bean Cafe. Beyond New England, she has performed internationally with the LUNCH Ensemble, with the Steve Chapin Band, as part of a select choir at New York’s Avery Fischer Hall, and on stages in New York, Nashville, Dallas and L.A. Kay has recorded in Nashville with a Gammy winning producer and world class musicians. One of her songs has been recorded by the great Melba Moore. More at





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Winding Trails

50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Phone 860.677.8458    Fax 860.676.9407

Winding Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving people from Farmington and surrounding communities, providing year round recreational and educational activities for the enjoyment and growth of families and individuals of all ages. Winding Trails is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of the natural woodlands and waterways that allow outdoor programming, character development, and other activities that strengthen the lives of those we serve.