Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, May 21

Staff Report

Grammy-nominated musician, Courtney Hartman, will headline the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival in Sussex County on May 21. In addition to her solo career, Ms. Hartman is also guitarist and vocalist for the all-female group, Della Mae. Four other bands will play sets in advance of Ms. Hartman’s performance: Kindred Spirits, Saltwater String Band, Flatland Drive, and a group formed for this festival called New and Spare Fools.

The Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival is a benefit event for Delaware Wild Lands (DWL). They are the largest not-for-profit, non-governmental landowner in Delaware, with significant holdings in all three counties and protect and restore Delaware’s important natural areas by purchasing strategic parcels of land. The festival grounds will be the scenic Roman Fisher Farm at the edge of the Great Cypress Swamp, the largest contiguous forest on the Delmarva Peninsula. DWL owns and manages 11,000 acres of the Swamp, and 10,000 additional acres in Kent and New Castle Counties.

Local craft beer will be sponsored by Crooked Hammock and Dogfish. Wine will be provided by Nassau Valley Vineyards. A bevy of food trucks will offer a menu provided by: Mr. Bar-B-Que, BK Catering, Vinnie’s Pizza Truck, and ice cream for dessert from Vanderwende Farm Creamery. Festival activities will include games, vendors, and tours.




Tickets to the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival include the opportunity jump onto a guided bus tour looping through the 11,000-acre Great Cypress Swamp. DWL is actively restoring forests, wetlands, and wildlife habitat in this unusual ecosystem. Local experts will be on hand to answer questions and explain more about the history of the Swamp. Delaware Wild Lands is committed to long-term and large scale habitat restoration in the Swamp. We’ve planted more than 165,000 trees here since 2011, improving one of the most important natural resources on the Delmarva Peninsula. Traditional uses continue on the land, including sustainable forestry, farming, and hunting. Our forward-thinking management approach is reversing decades of degradation, and rehydrating hundreds of acres of wetland habitat.

A plethora of wildlife and birds are now thriving in the Great Cypress Swamp including Wild Turkey, Red-headed Woodpeckers, River Otter, Carpenter Frogs, Bald Eagles, Wood Ducks, Teal and several other species of waterfowl.
Delaware Wild Lands (DWL) is a nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1961. Traditional uses of land, such as hunting, farming, and forestry are integral to our management regime and maintained as important aspects of Delaware’s economy and cultural heritage.

The festival will run from noon to 6pm on May 21. Tickets for adults are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Children ages 5–17 are $10. Kids under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at

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