Several musicians are shaking off their winter blues this weekend at the Gardner Winter Music Festival Being held at South Middle School.

This festival showcases traditional Appalachian music with continuous on-stage performances, workshops, informal jam sessions, and socializing.

A favorite part of the festival is square dancing which will be held Saturday evening in the cafeteria at 8 .p.m.

There will also be a tribute to the late Elmer Rich, a great West Virginia fiddler. 

“I always compare it to a family reunion. People know that we are here, on the last weekend of every February, every year, right here at South Middle School,” said Judy Werner, co-chair of the festival. 

The event continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. General admission is $5, and musicians with instruments and children under 7 get in free.