Dear Esteemed Members of the Hudson Bluegrass Association,

We are a liner group of people. We have camped out down below the hill at the Rothvoss Hill in preparation of the festival for years. 
Then we became homeless. All of a sudden a stray Neuron from the planet Casanoovy hit me in the head and gave me an idea. Why not have liners at the new site? I got together with two partners; Bonnie Underwood and Dr. Bob Tahmin and we began a search for a liner spot. 
We found one about two miles from the festival site owned by a lovely 
woman and it sits on top of a hill with very good views. We have to rent the land and hold insurance. More...

Therefore it will cost $25 per head for a seven day experience. We will have portolets and trash pick up. Nothing else from us. Outlines of insurance policy forbids it. 
It does not however forbid locals from selling us vegetables or ice. We're holding covert meetings to discuss this issue. We're negotiating with the festival to let us in first as in years past. 
We'll have an answer soon on that. Regardless, we will have a liner 

We will call the liner campsite the "Foxhole". Our collective 
experiences will be called "lollygagging" We call ourselves the "lazy bums". If you want to sit at the foxhole and lollygag with a bunch of lazy bums please join us. The $25 per head is for seven days. There 
is no cheaper campsite around. Kids under 15 free. No fireworks. No 
dogs. We think that "gumbo night' might be held on the festival grounds Wednesday evening. Come join us and jam, lollygag or just plain scratch your butt! Everybody have fun tonight, everybody Wang 
Chung tonight!

Jack Mazur is one of the organizers of the group, The Liners

A “Liner” is one of the group of people who for years have camped out “on line”, waiting to get up the hill at Grey Fox to get the best sites.
Join The Liners group at

Douglas Eugene Crabtree Jr., the hard-driving bluegrass banjo virtuoso with the nationally known James King Band, picked his songs like a cruising locomotive -- at full throttle.

"He could play a song as fast you'd want and not be sacrificing clarity. He typically played all his songs flat out, at 100 mph," said Randy Crittenden of Hardyville, a dobroist who formerly played with him in the group Flatt Out Bluegrass.
Eugene, 42, who reportedly had mentioned earlier in the week that he was having chest pains, died Wednesday in Gloucester, where he was living at the time.
Next to the aroma that comes from the kitchen, there's nothing like music in the house to make you feel at home.
Fortunately, the Dwyers have cooked up enough to share with the rest of us.

"Is It True?" is the title of  the 2008 CD released by this now Port Townsend, Washington based band and the tunes should be familiar to HVBA members who remember the tasty mandolin and fiddle mixture of Jack (he's the brother) and Katey (she's the sister) backed up by Bill (he's the dad) on guitar and Mindy (that's mom) on bass. If you don't remember, give a listen and you soon will.


Dear HVBA:

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Peggy Haftl-Fanny, my father was Joseph (Joe) Haftl, singer and mandolin player for Ted Lundy and the Southern Mountain Boys, Penn Central (Bob Paisley), (Troy Spencer), Mason Dixon Grass and FretLoose.  My father was a huge part of the Bluegrass community since the 1970's.  Two years ago this March, we lost my father to a long brave battle with cancer.  One of the hardest things for my father during his fight for life was being unable to play his mandolin or participate with his band.  He even had a hard time listening to Bluegrass music, because he was unable to join in.  In his honor and in honor of what Bluegrass has meant to our family, I am having a Bluegrass Benefit.  We will honor those fallen fathers of Bluegrass Music and those who are fighting for their lives.  Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass have agreed to play for the benefit along with many of my father's ex band mates.  All of the net proceeds are going to The Chester County Hospital'’s Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which was the hospital that took the best care of my father.

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is coming up soon! Since this year’s festival will be in its new home, attendees might be having questions regarding directions, new arrival procedures, camping rules, etc. A visit to the Grey Fox website – – and a link to the May Newsletter will answer all questions and them some. More...

Important to know is that ticket purchasers will be admitted to buy tickets no earlier than 9:00am on Wednesday, July 16. Gates will open for campers at NOON of that day. There’s no on-site camping before then, and parking along the road will not be allowed by local police until 9am, so plan not to arrive before 9:00am. The newsletter suggests a local gas station/deli as a meeting place where groups can gather before making their way to the festival site. It also outlines camping rules, main stage etiquette and other juicy items.

Not covered in the newsletter is the Liner Picking Party, a separate event that will take place for a week prior to the festival on a nearby farm. Information for this can be found at

Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association
5/31/08 Draft

Constitution (original 12/16/97) More...

Article I

Section 1. The official name of this organization shall be the “Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, Inc.” Reference to this organization as set forth herein by these bylaws and rules may be known as the “HVBA.”

Section 2. The HVBA is hereby designated as a nonprofit, voluntary membership organization. Any funds not disbursed for necessary expenses shall be used to further the purpose of the organization.


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