2021 Feisty Music Camp for Kids

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Walnut Valley Festival invites you to take part in our Feisty Music Camp for Kids! The two-day event will give children the chance to take part in hands-on, music-related crafts, workshops and concerts.

Walnut Valley Festival thanks Deering Banjos, Mass Street Music, Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance and Winfield Arts and Humanities Council for support of Feisty Music Camp for Kids.


Kids dancing at Feisty's Kids Music Camp
Kids learning new instruments at Feisty's Kids Music Camp
A special concert for participatns of the Fesity's Kids Music Camp


The camp welcomes kids from pre-school through 6th Grade


Each session will have a theme or focus, and some sessions may be split to give kids a chance to choose which activity they want to do.


Stage 6, in West Campground


Friday & Saturday, Sept. 17-18, 1-5pm


  1. PLAN ON ARRIVING 10 MINUTES BEFORE SESSION’S START.  You will be asked to sign a release for each child participating.  This gets the child into that session and any subsequent sessions desired.  We will be using wristbands, so children can return later (with a parent or guardian) for a different session if desired.  A wristband does not guarantee admission for a later session, so get there early to secure a space. Space is limited; first come, first served.
  2. Parents or guardians are required to remain onsite to observe the excitement first-hand.
Fesity's Kids Camp Directors: Erin Mae Lewis & Peter Thomas Lague
Aaron Fowler


Music Camp Organizers Erin Mae, Peter Lague, and Aaron Fowler will be organizing and operating the camp, and all have a wealth of experience to draw on.

Erin Mae has brought American music education into public schools, home school co-ops, libraries, churches, foster care programs and summer camps. An accomplished musician, she won the national Mountain Dulcimer Championship at Winfield in 2004. She went on to study classical piano at Sterling College, KS, before pursuing a degree in commercial music, with an emphasis in bluegrass and acoustic jazz, through South Plains College in Texas. After graduation, she began touring full- time as part of the duo Scenic Roots.

Peter Thomas Lague, an artist and educator specializing in murals, ceramics painting and many other media, has partnered creatively with Lewis before while organizing the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, KS. In Operation Clean Slate, he worked with kids all over California to bring color and positive messages to graffiti-prone areas through the painting of murals. Lague will be taking on a mural project as part of Feisty Music Camp this year.

Aaron Fowler is A touring musician, storyteller and teaching artist. He has been making music since he was 16 years old! His greatest joy is getting folks to sing together. Whether a group of 4-year olds in a preschool classroom or a group of elders in a Hospice center, the world is changed when we make music together. Aaron is member of the Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts, National training team (Vienna VA), a teaching artist with Arts Partners (Wichita, KS) a Young Audiences Affiliate and a national touring singersongwriter. Aaron is a member of Local 1000 and serves as the US Vice President of the American Federated Musicians Local 1000 Touring Musicians union.




Friday, September 17 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

  • 12:45 to 1:00 – Carp Camp Parade from Information Booth to Stage VI
  • 1:00 to 1:30 – Sing-a-longs with Ann Zimmerman
  • 1:30 to 2:00 – Storytelling with Aaron Fowler
  • 2:00 to 2:30 – Rhythm Workshop
  • 2:30 to 3:00 – Dulcimers Demonstration with Mark Alan Wade 
  • 3:00 to 3:30 – Flatfoot Dancing Workshop with Jeremy Blaes
  • 3:30 to 4:00 – Learn to play Ukulele/Mountain Dulcimer with Erin Mae
  • 4:00 to 4:30 – Spoons Workshop with Abby the Spoon Lady
  • 4:30 to 5:00 – Kids Concert by Chris Luquette from Dirty Kitchen

Saturday, September 18 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

  • 12:45 to 1:00 – Carp Camp Parade from Information Booth to Stage VI
  • 1:00 to 1:30 – Sing-a-longs with 3 Trails West
  • 1:30 to 2:00 – Build A Story Song with Aaron Fowler
  • 2:00 to 2:30 – Rhythm Workshop
  • 2:30 to 3:00 – Kids Jam (bring your own instrument) 
  • 3:00 to 3:30 – Open Mic hosted by David Hakan from Stage 11
  • 3:30 to 4:00 – Song & Sign with Linda Tilton
  • 4:00 to 4:30 – Flatfoot Dancing Workshop with Jeremy Blaes
  • 4:30 to 5:00 – Kids Concert by Barry Abernathy 
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