The annual Bluegrass for Hospice will be held on Saturday October 28, 2017 for the 9th year. As in the past years, the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland, known as the “Christmas Farm” will be taken over by the sounds of Bluegrass music. Jay & Michelle Armsworthy present, once again, the one day fundraiser for the Hospice of St. Mary’s, Hospice House. All the Bluegrass music will kick off at Noon for this family event that will include raffles, silent auction, and many giveaways. Gates open at 11:00 am.

The silent auction, this year, will include many unique handmade items. The popular McCormick Spice Basket will again be raffled off. A small handmade “John Deere” wagon will be filled with Bluegrass items and new this year, a full scale replica of the same wagon will be raffled along with a money raffle. Bluegrass for Hospice-2017 will feature something for everyone, but most of all the day will be filled with some of the best that Bluegrass music has to offer including the popular demanded all female super-group, Sister Sadie.

A couple of years ago, Sister Sadie, made their first Maryland appearance at the annual Hollywood Rescue Squad Bluegrass Festival at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds and were so well received that the many fans that they made in Southern Maryland demanded that they come back. So they will be the headline act at this year’s Bluegrass for Hospice.

With over 21,000 likes on Facebook, Sister Sadie, is up for nomination as the Emerging Artist of the Year by IBMA. The band features 5 times IBMA Female Vocalist of the year, Dale Ann Bradley. She brings her beautiful heartfelt vocals to the band along with her special talent of finding songs from other forms of music and changing them to fit the Sister Sadie style of music. Playing mandolin for Sister Sadie is none other than the very talented and soulful Tina Adair. Tina is such a powerful singer and musician & brings a youthful confidence to the group. Joining them on fiddle is the always charismatic Deanie Richardson. If you've never seen Deanie play live, you're in for such a treat. She commands the stage like no other. Deanie has performed with Bob Seger, The Chieftains, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. She also teaches the fiddle online and has several students in the Southern Maryland region. On the banjo, is Gena Britt who comes from the great state of North Carolina and has played with several critically acclaimed bluegrass bands over the years & is known for her solid & tasteful banjo playing. Gena is also currently a member of Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. Rounding out Sister Sadie is Beth Lawrence on acoustic bass. Beth is well known & respected by her peers as a phenomenal bass player. Beth free-lances as well and brings a comedic element to the stage!

When you put it all together you have SISTER SADIE and they say that they can't wait to share their music once again in St. Mary’s County with everyone at Bluegrass for Hospice 2017!!

The Virginia Ramblers, a traditional bluegrass band based out of central Virginia, in the Charlottesville area will honor the legends of bluegrass, such as Jimmy Martin and the Stanley Brothers, and they strive to carry on in that tradition.# A band of bluegrass veterans, they focus on rich, vocal harmony and#strong instrumentation.# They perform secular and gospel bluegrass, with some original tunes.# Their mission is to provide a professional performance everywhere they go.# You will not be disappointed when you hear The Virginia Ramblers and they have the reputation to prove it. Guitar player and lead singer Charles Frazier and Bass player/singer#Donnie Shifflett played for many years with#the late, great#Alvin Breeden and The Virginia Cutups.# When Alvin retired around 2005, Charlie and Donnie carried on with the same traditional, hard driving sound as, The Virginia Ramblers.# Rounding out their sound is Troy Gooding on mandolin and vocals, Tom Hogge on banjo and vocals and Richard Will on fiddle. All#are former members of The Courtney Hollow Band.

A couple of new bands with connections to Southern Maryland have been added this year. The Patuxent Partners with their high lonesome sound that they say ‘never goes out of style’ features Bryan Deere. Bryan, who hails from Southern Maryland, has an expressive and powerful singing voice that is pure and true to the roots of the music. Since 1975, bandleader Tom Mindte has brought a wealth of traditional songs to the band's repertoire. Whether the song is a country tear-jerker or a bluegrass classic, you can bet it will be the sound of bluegrass, “the way it was”!

Guy Herbert is a well-known Hollywood, Maryland banjo player. He played with Charlie Thompson & the Bottom County Bluegrass for most of his life and is now featured with The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run band. They will bring there “look” and “sound” of vintage straight-ahead bluegrass to this year’s Bluegrass for Hospice. Based near the bluegrass hotbeds of Baltimore and Washington DC, the band is#heavily influenced by the sounds of Jimmy Martin, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs.

Local favorites, Recycled Bluegrass, 15 Strings, The Dixie Ramblers, and the Spoon Creek band will be the local Bluegrass bands to perform this year. In addition to the great Bluegrass music, silent auction, and prizes, there’ll be many vendors, 50/50 raffles and food will be available for sale by Lynn’s Catering. Please bring your lawn chairs and “BYOB” is welcome. The event will be held inside a handicap accessible, ‘arena style’ barn with outdoor bathroom facilities.

Bluegrass for Hospice-2017 will also be holding a food drive to support the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Southern Maryland. Although it’s not required to enter, everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items.

For out of town guests, the LQuinta Inns & Suites is offering a special room rate if you mention “Bluegrass for Hospice”. They are located at 22769 Three Notch Road in California, MD and they can be reached at 301-862-4100.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and will be $30.00 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. To purchase tickets by credit card, go to They can ordered by mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a check made payable to “Hospice of St. Mary’s” and mailed to P.O. Box 741, California, MD, 20619. They will also be available to purchase at the Trading Post in Great Mills, Maryland on the corner of Rt. 5 and Indian Bridge Road. The deadline for advance ticket sales will be October 14.

For more information on Bluegrass for Hospice-2017, go to the event website at or contact Jay Armsworthy at 301-737-3004. Vendor applications are now being accepted for the event. Go to the event website for complete details.