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WCNY Classic FM Presents Bill Knowlton’s 49th Bluegrass Ramble Picnic

WCNY Classic FM, Central and Northern New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, presents Bill Knowlton’s 49th Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, the oldest bluegrass and old-time country music event in New York and New England. Bill Knowlton, co-producer and emcee of the picnic, is an internationally recognized broadcast personality and longtime host of WCNY’s “Bluegrass Ramble” radio show on Sunday nights since 1973. The event takes place at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York, Sunday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is free to the public.

Attendees will enjoy live music from 17 bluegrass and old-time bluegrass bands coming from far and wide, donating their musical services free of charge. Food, CDs, and other bluegrass souvenirs will be available for purchase. Attendees will also be invited to take part in a raffle for a brand-new guitar, donated by Ithaca Guitar Works.

Bill Knowlton recommends picnic-goers bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, as well as a camera to capture the day. If unwelcome rain arrives, there will be a large tent setup by the Cortland Repertory Theatre, along the north shore of Little York Lake, to keep dry.

Dwyer Memorial Park Address:

6799 Little York Lake Road | Preble, NY 13141

2022 Bluegrass Ramble Picnic Bands:

  • Delaney Brothers (Host Band)
  • Gospel Way
  • Joe LaMay & Sherri Reese
  • Northwater
  • The Cadleys
  • New Snip City
  • Salmon River Boys
  • Atkinson Family
  • Off the Wall
  • Barn Floor Groovers
  • Lake Effect
  • Lonesome Road Ramblers
  • Melanie & the Boys
  • Plexigrass
  • Larry Hoyt & the Good Acoustics
  • Simmer Stew
  • Joe Davoli & Harvey Nusbaum

For more information, please visit Members of the media interested in covering the event, please contact Bill Knowlton at or (315) 457-6100.

About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today, it is a community-owned media company that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT magazine, and social media. Through online streaming technology, WCNY has a global broadcast audience of viewers and listeners throughout the United States and 17 countries. WCNY operates four digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally programmed classical music.


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