Annual Heart of the Alleghenies Folk Music Festival

Here's what people have had to say about previous HOTAfests:

To view photographs from past festivals, click here.

"Wow!! The festival was wonderful. I wanted to thank you for all you have done. It was a gathering of many joyful folks who love music and love sharing it.” P.C.

"Heart of the Alleghenies was like a mini vacation.” A.H.

"We wanted to thank you once again for the great experience. We went to college for a weekend, something we never had a chance to do before.” M. and R.

"I had no idea what a festival was all about, now I’m hooked.” P.M.

"What a great festival! This is only my second, but this one was, in my opinion, much better than last year's.” G.H.

"I’ve never been able to play music in a group before, now I can.” P.W.

"It’s been almost a month since the festival, and one thing in particular stands out from that experience. You made my friend and I feel so welcome from the moment we walked into the room. Neither one of us feels comfortable playing in front of other people, but your kindness and encouragement made us feel at ease, and we had such a good time at the jams. Thank you! I hope we will meet again at the Heart of the Alleghenies.” L.H.


"Saying that I had a wonderful time is really understatement. I grew up in a home where music was as much a part of life as eating or drinking or working. To be, for a short time, back among people who felt that same way, was a bit like coming home.” J. Anderson

"Holy smokes, what a weekend!!! It really knocked my socks off. It by far exceeded my expectations. I know you put thousands of hours into this thing, thanks for all your work. It was really magical for a lot of people--- the dancing in particular was really amazing, it's so cool how much of a dance weekend it turned into. I loved seeing dancers who we run into in Ithaca, Rochester, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, etc!! I thought the combination of staff worked out really well too--- there was some really great energy between Tunescape and Bonnie Loch and Celticladda. We had so much fun. Thanks again for all your work!” Rachel Bell

"Congratulations on a wonderful festival and for bringing off an event that worked very well for just about everybody there... I am tired, inspired, and full of ideas for next year.” Mitzie Collins

"My husband and I attended Hotafest for the very first time this year and didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. One word--Awesome! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We felt like family. My husband plays guitar, but didn't bring it this time, but plans on in next year. I am not musically inclined, but enjoyed watching and listening to the amazing talent that surrounded me. I'm telling all my friends about the event and they are excited about attending next year with us! It is worth the 2 hr. trip to get there.” K.M.

"Thanks for an incredible weekend! It was an amazing experience for me and I'm sure everyone. (I am sore and tired!!!!). The whole experience just keeps getting better, and the music was awesome.” R.M.

"What a great festival! This is only my second, but this one was, in my opinion, much better than last year's.” G.H.

"What a great week-end! I enjoyed every minute of it. The time was well spent jamming and listening to all those fantastic singers out in the hall. I enjoyed volunteering, jamming, meeting new people, being at the concert on Saturday night, playing in the Open Contra Dance Band, and so much more.” E.C.

"Just wanted to let you know that I thought that the Hotafest was amazing. The workshops were well attended and the whole festival was very well organized. My kids also had a great time with the workshops and the friends they met.” S.P.




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