Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on February 23, 2013 @ 11:45PM
Created on February 23, 2013 @ 11:28PM
Saturday, in Morgantown, the two-day Gardner Winter Music Festival wrapped up it's 35th year of celebrating traditional American music.
About 600 musicians and music lovers crowded the Morgantown South Middle School to see local musicians playing Appalachian, Celtic, and other styles of traditional American music. There were workshops for beginner and intermediate musicians, square-dance lessons, and folks playing together in hallways. Festival organizers say that appreciation of the music for older generations is just as important as passing it on to the next generation.
Festival co-chair Eb Werner told 5 News, "A lot of it is stuff that was learned from grandpa or great-grandpa or whatever. [It] was just passed down through the generations and we're trying to continue the 'pass it down through the generations.' "
The festival is named after Worley and Margaret Gardner. Worley started the festival in 1979, and his wife Margaret continued to run it after he passed away in 1992.