Megan Woodland Donley Hewitt knows the challenge of not always being given opportunities as a female folk artist.
That’s why, for the seventh year, she has organized the “Harvest Moon Womxn of Folk Festival,” a musical event spotlighting women-led bands and female artists.
“I wanted to have a gathering to showcase these women artists that I knew,” said Donley Hewitt of local band The Wild Hymns. “It can be a challenge as an up-and-coming artist to get gigs and as a woman to get gigs.”
The event will take place on Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Moon Dancer Winery in Wrightsville. Eight local and national artists and bands will perform, including The Wild Hymns, Diane Cluck, Inca Campers, Big Sky Quartet and Cumberland Honey, among others.
Additionally, there will be nearly 50 artisans and vendors, yoga and food. Donley Hewitt expects upwards of 600 attendees at the event.
“It’s a festival celebrating women, but it’s open to everyone,” she said. “Everyone’s welcome.”
In keeping with the festival’s mission of inclusivity, the spelling of “womxn” in the festival’s title was used to account for all who identify as women, including members of the LGBTQ community, Donley Hewitt explained.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased in advance, at a discounted rate of $15, or at the door for $20. Children 12 years old and under are free.
Some of the proceeds from the festival will support the YWCA.
Overall, Donley Hewitt hopes the event will foster community, while shining light on the musicians.
“It’s really important to have spaces that uniquely support people who aren’t always celebrated,” she said.
Moon Dancer Winery is located at 1330 Klines Run Rd., Wrightsville. For more information on the “Harvest Moon Womxn of Folk Festival,” visit their website.
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