Live music 2017

Enjoy live music on the Center Hall porch all day during the New Deal Festival! 4 talented music groups will be playing throughout the festival.

Music schedule
10:30 am          18 Strings
12:00 pm         Soup Camel
1:30 pm            Aurora Celtic
3:00 pm           Matt Fields


18 Strings is an acoustic string trio based out of Morgantown, WV. The three members come from different musical backgrounds spanning everything from jazz to folk, and rock to classical. The result is a seamless fusion of styles that incorporates smart songwriting, tight harmonies, refined instrumental technique, and an airtight groove. Appalachia is a culturally rich region that 18 Strings is proud to call home. Their aesthetic draws from the people of the mountains and their stories. The organic sound of voices, a guitar, mandolin, and upright bass matches the miles of rolling hills that hide centuries of musical tradition.



Soup Camel is a unique band from Morgantown, West Virginia consisting of; Soup Camel, Motown Minnie K, The Beat Doctor, The Lovely Leslie Faye, and Delta Dave. Their music is an eclectic mix of genres that can only be described as Americana. Mostly acoustic in nature, Soup Camel is rooted in jazz/blues from the 1920s to 1940s and beyond with some occasional journeys into world music.



From the hills of West Virginia, Aurora Celtic plays evocative, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. The band consists of Alice Fleischman, Michael Broderick, Chris Bern and Jake Pitzer: multi-instrumentalists who have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, at the Kennedy Center and in Europe. They have played in numerous musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian, Celtic & Alternative.


One Man Band is the best way to describe the 2016 Winner of the Wills Mountain Band Competition, Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Fields. He runs the countryside touring in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia with a style and ability to captivate audiences with a completely original genre of performance that mixes soulful singing, fingerstyle guitar, melodic harmonica layered over driving percussion using a custom built drum set operated with a system of foot pedals to create an entire band by himself.

2017 Craft Market

The 2017 New Deal Festival craft show features 15 talented artisans and their handmade goods. The Craft Show runs throughout the festivities on Saturday July 8 with gates open at 10 am and closing at 5 pm. Browse the talented artisans joining the festival below:

Crafts Market

Maureen Donnelly (Wood Mountain Dreams) is part of a family woodworking business that creates wall art, home and seasonal décor items, plus charming children’s puzzles.

Ruth and Wayne Rowand (Ridgerunner Crafts) use a scroll saw to make clocks, plaques, and other home décor items.  They also make and handpaint bottle candles and chimes.

Tammy Light hand makes all kinds of things. Crocheted items include scrunchies, baby hats & booties, can cozies, and tea towels. She knits dish cloths, soap pockets, scrubbies, and scarves.

Molly Superfesky is demonstrating the making of stained glass all day in her booth. Stop by to admire her skill and see what she is working on now.

Susan Jennings (Allegheny Treenware) brings a collection of handmade West Virginia hardwood kitchen utensils. Bargain hunters can check out the selection of seconds.

Mavis Strakal (Nine Questions) designs jewelry from polymer clay. She makes simple fun and functional pieces to brighten your day.

Jackie Clarkson (Jackie’s Useables) weaves and crochets household helps. Jackie enjoys spending time making products for you to enjoy using in your home. She is demonstrating the looping and tying of rugs.

Denise Heckel (Studio D Pottery & Jewelry) creates unusual pieces that mix her love of nature, Bohemian style, and folk art. She often uses copper to enhance her clay jewelry.

Diana Davis (Teardrop Jewels and Designs) is inspired by the delicate designs of the Victorian era to craft her jewelry, often using beautiful gemstones.

Jennifer Lewis and her husband design and craft items from reclaimed wood. They make great gifts for any occasion from weddings to housewarmings to holidays.

Richard “Bear” Ware (Bear’s Leather Shop) makes handcrafted leather belts, wallets, key tabs, purses, money clips, and so on. All use American leather and special orders are welcome.

Vickie Mason (Yesterday’s Stitches Today) retired and turned her  hobby of sewing into a business making aprons, clothespin bags, table runners, baby blankets, etc. She loves making new friends, so stop by.

Arthur Lee Davis (Lee’s Wood Creations) uses his talents to build on tradition and construct wood pieces of high quality. They include plant stands, baskets, centerpieces, and living room tables. He welcomes custom orders.

Denise Baylor (Fields Creek Creations) makes 100% all natural soaps, shampoo bars, healing salves, lotion bars, bath bombs, special soaps for kids (and dogs), plus some crocheted items.

Jackie Henderson (Anderson Hollow Farm) specializes in goats milk soaps. They are naturally healthy soap plus some types have natural products added to help with many skin conditions.

Jodi Zickefoose makes whimsical flower pots out of recycled pots and pans.

Wild and wonderful kid’s activities

During the 2017 New Deal Festival, get a dose of the wild side of West Virginia with kid’s activities hosted by Friends of Deckers Creek and Avian Conservation Center for Appalachia. 

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) is a small, but effective 501(c)(3) nonprofit watershed group whose mission is to improve the natural qualities of, increase the public concern for, and promote the enjoyment of the Deckers Creek watershed. FODC is a community-based organization that works out of Monongalia and Preston Counties, West Virginia. FODC has installed eight acid mine drainage (AMD) remediation projects, removed over 76,000 pounds of trash from the watershed, provided environmental education to the community, created a Citizen Scientist water monitoring program, and performed many other community-based projects.

In the Deckers Creek watershed, and almost anywhere you go, you see the effects of erosion (the removal of material from one place to another by wind or water). Kids will demonstrate raindrop splash (splash erosion) and determine its impact on bare soil, ultimately being able to visually identify types of erosion. The kids will also learn some erosion control practices farmers use to conserve soil.


Avian Conservation Center for Appalachia The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (ACCA) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the region’s wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation. Founded in 2012, each year all our-volunteer staff treats more than 300 injured or displaced wild birds. Additionally, the ACCA‘s volunteer environmental educators conduct programs throughout the region featuring non-releasable birds of prey. The organization also sponsors and assists with citizen-science based research projects designed to conserve wild birds. The ACCA is located on the same property as Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in the Morgantown, WV, area.

They will be bringing avian ambassadors to visit the New Deal Festival between 11 am and 2 pm!