WinterWonderGrass Festival features sugar and strings

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STRATTON — Maple sugar and string instruments; two things that could go together when talking about Vermont. That's why WinterWonderGrass Festival is returning to Stratton on April 13 and 14 for "Sugar & Strings," a weekend of free music to show gratitude for the positive response after the inaugural date in December.

"All of the WinterWonderGrass family including artists, staff and crew have deep gratitude for the warm and inviting welcome we received in our inaugural year at Stratton," said Scotty Stoughton, the festival founder, in a release. "And so, we are absolutely coming back! Following lengthy discussions with bands, our team, locals and fans, we have decided to move the event later in winter to take advantage of longer (and warmer) days, and sugaring season."

The event coincides with Vermont's maple syrup season, the end of Stratton's winter season and intends to celebrate the community. Featured musical performances include Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, the Kitchen Dwellers, Twisted Pine, Beg Steal or Borrow, Will Seeders Mosheim & False Hearts and Pappy Biondo of Cabinet. Music will run from 3 to 7 p.m. at the base of the mountain.

There will be a dedicated kid zone for activities for families, as well as a family jam to take place at Grizzly's on April 13. Tickets available soon.

"The inaugural WinterWonderGrass was a huge success," said Alex Malloy, Stratton's communications and social media specialist. "It was a weekend filled with friends from across the country and some of the best bluegrass around. By hosting the festival in the spring of 2020, we'll be able to take advantage of some amazing spring skiing and longer, warmer days. We're excited to close out the season with a weekend of free, family-friendly music and preview what the 2020 festival will hold."

WinterWonderGrass travels to California and Colorado for two other festivals throughout the year. Stratton was added to its tri-state tour in 2018. Tickets for

WinterWonderGrass 2020 at

Stratton will be announced soon.

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