<h1><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-29320" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/08\/WSS-freshwater-folk-festival-pic.jpg" alt="" width="925" height="1050" \/>On Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 11th Annual Freshwater Folk Festival at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery on East Main Street will be in full swing.<\/h1>\r\nThis festival is a combination of music, art, dance, and nature appreciation activities on the beautiful hatchery grounds. There will be plenty of food for sale by commercial vendors and the Emmanuel Methodist Church, and there will be some crafts vendors too.\r\n\r\nThe six-piece band, Marshall Petty and the Groove, will create plenty of excitement around the festival amphitheater from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.\r\n\r\nMarshall plays saxophone and provides vocals for many old school R&B standards and blues tunes. In the Army in Germany, in Minnesota, in Ohio, in college at West Virginia State, wherever he went, he played in a band. For years, he toured with jazz-blues organist Winston Walls.\r\n\r\nMore vocals will be provided by Lady D (also known as Doris Anne Fields and \u201cWest Virginia\u2019s First Lady of Soul\u201d). Lead guitarist Dan Bailey, bassist Durell Edgerton, drummer Mike Fitzwater, and piano man David B. Loyd (also of the band, Rasta Rafiki) will join together to create the full sound of a great band.\r\n\r\nFrom 1 to 3 p.m. the acoustic duo Piedmont Bluz will treat the crowd to the Piedmont style of blues named for its primary region of origin, the Piedmont Plateau region from Richmond to Atlanta. Valerie Turner\u2019s fingerpicking on guitar provides the signature characteristic of this musical style. Her singing glides right along with it, and she occasionally takes up the banjo or the spoons. Her husband Benedict plays his fancy washboards and harmonica, adding his unique touch to the music.\r\n\r\nBased in New York, they have performed at venues in America, Europe, and even Jerusalem. The duo has been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival this July. After Marshall Petty stirs things up in the morning, the sweet sounds of Valerie and Ben will float through the air to ears of the groovy people on the hatchery grounds.\r\n\r\nThe Southern Stompers, a line dance troupe from Covington, will get their kicks in right before 1 p.m. Andre Kharisov and David Lynch (aka, Platapus and Dave) will close out the festival with some lively rock music. David sang with the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Aug. 24.\r\n\r\nMost of those activities will take place under a huge tent and canopies will be set up behind the benches in front of the bandstand so a bit of rain or hot sun won\u2019t be a problem. In addition to the hands-on activities, demonstrations, and displays relating to appreciation and preservation of freshwater habitats and nature in general, hatchery tours will show the success of the recovery effort since the flood.\r\n\r\nThree of the many nature activities will be West Virginia Snakes with Roy Moose, fly fishing skills taught by Trout Unlimited, and impressive birds provided by West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Fun with scientific phenomena will be offered by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.\u00a0 Green Bank Observatory will bring a small radio telescope built this summer by the First2Network Summer Internship participants.\r\n\r\nThe Greenbrier River Watershed Association will promote preservation of the freshwater environment. The Vietnam Veterans organization will supervise many games during the event.\r\n\r\nParking for the festival will be in the northwest corner of the hatchery grounds reached by entering via Hemlock Drive about 100 yards west of the main hatchery entrance.\r\n\r\nThe event is presented by the Friends of the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery and sponsored by businesses, several individuals and couples, the WV Division of Culture and History, and the Greenbrier County Commission.\u00a0 For more information visit www.freshwaterfolkfestival.org or call 304-646-0602.