The 2018 Gathering of SongFarmers is for all front porch Musicians, Writers, Poets, Painters, Artists, Song Farmers, Fans, Families and Pickers. Become a member, support the growing community of front porch musicians, the education program … and get two free tickets.



The 2018 GATHERING of SONGFARMERS is our yearly festival and conference for WFPA members. Imagine an international gathering of musicians, artists, writers, poets, families and fans in a rustic autumn setting setting to share their music, stories, experiences and wisdom. Workshops, lectures, front porch stages, music lessons and a big Saturday evening concert will be part of the two day Gathering. So many wonderful things are happening in our SongFarmers community. As it grows and flourishes, the direction we take become even more important.

2018 National Gathering of SongFarmers will be Oct 12 and 13 in historic Berea Kentucky, right off interstate 75 about 45 minutes south of Lexington. Our focus will be on helping, nurturing and developing our SongFarmers chapters … everything from song selection, marketing and inviting folks to attend, how to work with hometown sponsors for events and more. It will also have a LOT more song circles and workshops.

Each SongFarmers member of the WFPA will get TWO FREE TICKETS to the Gathering. Since it is a smaller venue we can only accept the first 300 requests total so PLEASE REGISTER EARLY by

  1. A) making sure your membership is current through October 2018
  2. B) send us a confirmation email to

There are plenty of affordable hotels in the Berea and Richmond area, plus camping opportunities. Updated information should be online at by the time you get this letter. We are here to help you! Never hesitate to contact Perry Brake ( or Penny Lane Diersing ( if we can be of any help.


The 2018 National GATHERING of SONGFARMERS venue location:

BEREA ARENA THEATER Complex (plenty of FREE parking)
1 Fairway Drive, Berea, KY 40403


Reserve a room early at the historic BOONE TAVERN, just 5 minutes from the Gathering of SongFarmers venue:

BOONE TAVERN Reservations (ask for the WoodSongs/SongFarmers rooms)
100 Main Street North, Berea, KY 40403
Phone: (800) 366-9358


All active members of the WFPA will get TWO FREE tickets for BOTH days of the music conference, full of song circles, work shops, lectures, song circle, song circles and more song circles. Saturday evening will feature a big public event … a concert by our SongFarmer members!


Hotels in Berea

Fairfield Inn & Suites 227 Paint Lick Rd, Berea KY 40403 … 859-985-8191 … 10-ROOM BLOCK AVAILABLE FOR SONGFARMERS $109 per night, call and ask for “SongFarmers”

Red Roof Inn & Suites 330 Walnut Creek DR, Berea KY 40403 859-228-0340 … 10-ROOM BLOCK AVAILABLE FOR SONGFARMERS $69 per night, call and ask for “SongFarmers”

Holday Inn  Richmond (15 minutes from Berea) 1990 Colby Taylor Dr, Richmond, KY 40475 … (859) 624-4055 … 10-ROOM BLOCK AVAILABLE FOR SONGFARMERS $117 per night, call and ask for “SongFarmers”

Knights Inn 715 Chestnut St, Berea KY 40403 … 859-986-2384
Holiday Motel 100 Jane St, Berea KY 40403 859-986-9311
Americas Best Value Inn  196 Prince Royal Dr, Berea KY 40403 859-985-8000 … $69.99 per night
Holiday Inn Express 219 Paint Lick Rd, Berea KY 40403 859-985-5500 … $115 per night only Oct 13
Econo Lodge 254 Paint Lick Rd, Berea KY 40403 859-986-9323 … $80.50 per night
Motel 6 KY 1029 Cooper Dr, Berea KY 40403 859-986-7373 … $64 per night
Quality Inn 365 Peggy Flats Rd, Berea KY 40403 859-986-9627




MEMBERS: REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the 2018 Gathering of SongFarmers by filling out this easy online form: click here


How WFPA SongFarmers felt about last year’s Gathering:

“Kudos and our deepest gratitude to each and all who were a part of the success of the 2016 Gathering. Our front porch here at SongFarmers of the Suwannee River Valley of Florida has just grown considerably larger and better.” Linda and Skip Johns, Florida

“I learned so many things and can say I’m a better musician than when I came here. We are SongFarmers, sowing seeds of music and instilling the roots that our forefathers planted so long ago to the younger generation.” WFPA Member Daniel Vann

“We are anxiously looking forward to meeting again with all the Song Farmers next year at Shaker Village. I am still flying high! Thank you for making all this come about.” Dave & Carol Rowgo, Kalamazoo Folklife Society, Kalamazoo, MI