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Laurie Lewis & The Right HandsLake County, CA -- The sixth-annual Old Time Bluegrass Festival will be held at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park in Lower Lake on Saturday, September 10, 2011. This annual event brings together local and regional musicians for performances on two stages, as well as a full schedule of musician workshops led by pros Laurie Lewis, Steve Werner, Pat Icker, Jim Williams, Andy Skelton, Don Coffin, and others throughout the day on such topics as banjo, fiddle, and flat-picking techniques for guitar. Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments for workshops and informal jam sessions behind the ranch house.

The Old Time Bluegrass Festival will feature demonstrations and vendors selling old-time handmade crafts, Art-in-the-Barn, beer and wine gardens with Lake County wines, food, children’s activities, and workshops that make this event fun for the entire family.

Entertainment during the festival will be provided by Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, The Stairwell Sisters, Pat Ickes & Bound To Ride, Fur Dixon & Steve Werner, The Mighty Chiplings, and Two Rock Ramblers. Local favorites include the Konocti Fiddlers Club, the Clear Lake Clikkers, the Cobb Stompers, and 3 Deep. Period attire is welcomed.

The Festival is a benefit for the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and supporting Anderson Marsh State Historic Park.

The Old-Time Bluegrass Festival will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., rain (under cover) or shine; gates open at 9:30 a.m. At the gate, tickets are $20; $15 in advance and available online. Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, 8853 Highway 53, Lower Lake. (707) 995-2658, www.andersonmarsh.org.

Located in beautiful Northern California, Lake County is just two hours by car from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento Valley, and the Pacific Coast. Lake County is home to Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California and possibly the oldest lake on the continent. Visitors to Lake County experience the state’s cleanest air basin, spectacular scenic beauty, fine wines, and unsurpassed recreational opportunities -- from hiking, biking, golf, and off-road adventures to boating, fishing, kayaking, birding, and even rockhounding. The local area code is 707. For visitor information, contact the Lake County Visitor Information Center at (800) 525-3743 or www.LakeCounty.com.

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