CHARLES TOWN—Happy Retreat in Charles Town will once again be the site of the annual craft beer and music festival. The organizers have worked hard to prepare the event which will bring together more than 30 regional and national breweries in town.
The annual festival is held to raise funds for Happy Retreat, the historic property of George Washington’s brother, Charles Washington, who founded Charles Town. A significant amount of work has been completed to date to restore the property; however, there is still a lot to complete.
Tickets to the event will give attendees admission to the festival, a 6.5 ounce tasting glass, eight tastings, admission to musical entertainment and parking. Tickets for the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., can be purchased in advance. Visit the Craft Beer and Music Festival Facebook page for a link to ticket sales. Advance admission is $35 and will be $40 at the door. Tickets for designated driver and ages 13-20 will cost $20, and ages 12 and under are admitted free.
The event features all-day music from touring bands as well as several brewers’ samples of the best craft beer available in the state of West Virginia. Ours from the historic Washington home will also be provided.
Breweries that will be represented include Abolitionist Ale Works, Berkeley Springs Brewing, Greenbriar Valley Brewing Company and Rippon Brewery, as well as over 30 national breweries including Founders, Mountain State, Evolution Brewing, Greenbriar Valley, Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf Brewing, Elysian , Big Bois and Antietam.
The day’s entertainment will include Charlie Brown Superstar, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Charlie Brown Superstar, Brett Fuller, is a DJ, producer, remixer and artist from Huntington, WV. Fuller focuses on what he calls Mountain Funk, an eclectic mix of jam, funk and electronics, with elements of local flavor.
Crush Funk Brass Band will perform from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The band is a group of passionate young musicians who love to play and play a little to a lot of music.
The John “Papa” Gros Band, hailing from New Orleans, will take the stage from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and again from 5-6 p.m. “Papa” Gros is a New Orleans grassroots artist, keyboardist, singer, and songwriter who draws inspiration from funk, rhythm and blues, and the art of American songwriting.
Food vendors will also be on site and will include Pizza City, Mojo’s Catering, Caverns, Deez Donuts, Scoop Dog and Mountaineer Popcorn.
All proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Happy Retreat, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to restore the historic Happy Retreat into a vibrant center of cultural life and community gatherings.