BECKWITH – Just off the Beckwith Road between Oxford and Port Howe the thump of a drum and strum of a guitar waits to fill the rural country air.
It’s the fifth annual Beckwith Bash and founder Eric Fresia says, just like previous years, there’s something for everyone at the music festival.
“We certainly do our best you have lots for everyone. It’s definitely for all age,” Fresia said from his home where the grounds of the August 17th festival will be found. “Camping is free and new this year we’ll have a quiet camp area… we set up a big outdoor lounge and we’ll be putting up a large tent for sun shade or in case it rains. There’s a pond and our sauna gets turned into a kids zone with toys and costumes for them to dress up in and play in a safe environment.”
And then there’s the music.
Fresia talks about each performer coming to this year’s event like their old friends. Coyote, Heavy Meadows and Ostrea Lake. Fresia launches into reflections of Dan Dorion and his blues abilities or Marc Raddin returning for another year like they were old friends coming over for dinner. Everything from folk to rock n’ roll is on the bill when the musicians take to the two stages that will be set up on the homestead.
“Music starts at 3 p.m. and into the wee hours of the night,” Fresia said.
The Beckwith Bash started as an album release for Fresia and his children’s band – Fresia and The Offspring – but with a project popping up every year to release, the festival was born around the idea and everyone should be able to dig in and enjoy the day, Fresia said.
“This is our home,” Fresia said. “We try to make [the festival] around the atmosphere. It’s our home and yard and we try to make it comfortable for everybody. It’s been five years now and it’s been very successful mainly by word of mouth.”
Which brings us to the food.
“We spent some time in Louisiana and we have a friend there. A couple years ago he came to our second one and he brought a big pot for us to cook in and a pot for him and we made gumbo,” Fresia said. “So we like to make up a Southwest Louisiana Cajun meal, vegetarian chili, but everyone can bring their own picnic meal and refreshments, too.”
More information on the Beckwith Bash can be found at http://www.ericfresia.com.
For a video sample of last year’s Beckwith Bash click here.