Fishing, Boating and Bluegrass?
Photography: Jill Orschell
Rockport State Park & Reservoir is popular not only with boating and fishing enthusiasts, but with acoustic music lovers, too. Located about
20 minutes from Park City near the town of Coalville, Rockport Reservoir hosts two events this summer that celebrate the heritage and music of its rural surroundings.
June 12 - 13, Rockport Reservoir Heritage Days
On Friday evening, this free celebration kicks off with live country music, a wagon train parade and a pig roast at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Coalville. Heritage Days continues on Saturday, as the wagon train travels to the Rockport Reservoir Historic Church Campground. For the State Park daily entrance fee of $5, enjoy children’s games, food vendors and heritage crafts, all inspired by the event’s theme: “Old Days, New Ways.”
In the afternoon, longtime Rockport State Park Manager Steve Hewson will host a bluegrass band scramble. “Musicians enter their names into the appropriate jar for whatever instrument they play — guitar, mandolin, fiddle, etc. — and the names are drawn at random to create impromptu bands,” Hewson explains. After 30 minutes of rehearsal, each newly formed band performs two songs for a voting audience, with the winning band taking home a cash prize. The Heritage Days event concludes with a public contra dance. To learn more about the Heritage Days Festival, contact Rockport State Park at 435.336.2241.
August 7 - 9, Rockport Reservoir Dam Jam
This informal, live music campout also takes place at the Historic Church Campground and is open to all bluegrass and acoustic musicians and music lovers. “It’s like a bluegrass music festival without the stage shows,” offers Hewson, who has hosted the event for 16 years. During the course of the weekend, upwards of 300 people from as nearby as Park City and as far away as Oregon and Arizona will gather in the campground to participate in live jam sessions. The Dam Jam crescendos with communal potluck suppers on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information about the Dam Jam, contact Steve Hewson directly at 435.503.0234.