There were two picnic groves, New River Ranch in Rising Sun, MD, and Sunset Park in nearby West Grove, PA, where the biggest names in country and roots music had played, ex., Eddie Arnold, Minnie Pearl, George Jones, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Hank Williams, Sr., Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Jerry Garcia visited Sunset Park and picked up a lot of things that went into Grateful Dead music. I had read about these places years ago, and they were in fact an impetus for starting Cyber Plaque, to mark these great sites on the Web, but I lost the article and could not remember the locations. George Jones died a few days ago (first entry on Cyber Plaque was 4/28/13, and it got erased accidentally), and there was an obituary in this weekend's Wall Street Journal that mentioned both places. That led me to the article where I first heard of them, at http://www.bluegrasswest.com/ideas/sunsetpark.htm, a Philadelphia Weekly article of 10/31/01. There is quite a bit on the Web about the two parks and the tapes of performances at them that are being mined and archived. I believe that New River was hopping in the 50's and early 60's, and Sunset was open into the 90s. If I have the addresses wrong or this information is inaccurate, please comment below with corrections. The address above for New River is the closest I can find.
|Location:||New River Ranch (former) , 1413 Conowingo Road , Entrance Just East of Car Lot (subject to confirmation), Rising Sun, Maryland, 21911, United States|
|Listing Category:||Concerts, Music Festivals, Country Music, Bluegrass, Music, Nostalgia, Parks, Pop Culture, Pop Music, Rock and Roll, Rock Stars|
|Virtual / Real:||Virtual|