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Fourth Annual Hog Farm Celebration & Friends: In Open Celebration

September 20-22, 2024

 

The Hog Farm Celebration is an intimate weekend gathering of our extended family and friends on the site where the we hosted the the Hog Farm Pignic. This is a great family-friendly party and a fundraiser! We are opening our beautiful home at the Black Oak Ranch to our community and aim to raise some money to help keep the Ranch in business and thriving.

 

In 2023 we raised funds to help repay a large loan we secured to build a new bridge into our event facility. This year we will continue to raise funds to repay our bridge loan. We also found the need to raise our ticket prices this year. Costs to create the event have gone up and we have not raised our prices in accordance. Thank you for your understanding. We still feel the tickets are a great deal for what you get!

 

Great Music. Light show. Games. Bingo for prizes with Wavy Gravy. Excursions. Hog Farm Film Festival. Hog Farm StoryCorps.

 

Bring your own tent/van/RV or camp in one of our beautiful teepees!

 

Delicious, locally sourced meals prepared with love included in the ticket price as well as a nightly happy hour (beer and wine). What a deal!

This is a small, intimate event which sold out in 2023. Tickets are limited so please purchase in advance.

 

Please note: We do not have volunteer ticket trade opportunities at this event as it is a fundraiser and every ticket counts. Everyone buys tickets and contributes a few hours of time during the event. Thank you for your support!

Entertainment

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

We will have musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday and fun activities throughout the weekend!

Friday, September 21

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The Sam Chase & The Untraditional

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional hails from San Francisco, California. This juggernaut of a band blends rock n roll with folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes that come from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock.

 

The leader of the band is The Sam Chase himself, a natural storyteller with a voice that sounds as if it has weathered many an epic tale.  With boot stomping orchestration and lyrics that have been immortalized on the tattooed skin of their fans, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional doesn’t mess around. 

… These are the warriors we need in these troubled times.

 

A fan favorite of Kate Wolf Music Festival, we look forward to welcoming them back to Black Oak Ranch!

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China Dolls w/ Zach Nugent

A Female Empowered Jam Band presenting the Grateful Dead and JGB catalog with Heart and Soul. Zach Nugent (JGB) will be joining the China Dolls to bring us a special set on Friday afternoon.

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Plus... The Hog Farm Campfire Jam: If there's still gas left in the tank join us for a good old Hog Farm Jam around the campfire!

Saturday, September 22

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Poor Man's Whiskey

Poor Man’s Whiskey is an Americana band originating in the San Francisco area in 2001. The music is rooted around the songwriting talents of Josh Brough and Jason Beard (who met in 1993 at the University of California Santa Barbara). Poor Man’s Whiskey’s live show and sound is a blend of high octane old time/bluegrass music (often done on traditional acoustic instruments of banjo, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin) and a more psychedelic blues/jam rock style that calls upon their earlier influences such as Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers Band, and the Grateful Dead. Poor Man’s Whiskey seamlessly transitions between acoustic and electric styles with a carefully crafted commitment that revolves around well written songs and stories...while maintaining an exciting element of improvisation and the openness to let a song expand.

Poor Man's Whiskey is a long-time favorite band of the Hog Farm and Black Oak Ranch!

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Pete Sawyer & The Left Hand Monkey Wrench Gang

Pete Sawyer & The Left Hand Monkey Wrench Gang have taken Northern California by storm in 2023-24, creating a high energy “all killer, no filler” Grateful Dead experience every time they take the stage.  Featuring unique combinations of many of the foremost interpreters of Grateful Dead music, Pete and The Gang always deliver a well-curated exploration of the classics, unexpected jewels and deep cuts in the beloved Grateful Dead songbook!

 

Pete is bringing a killer lineup of musicians to the Hog Farm for what will certainly be a magical set...

 

The Gang:
Scott Guberman (Phil Lesh)
Nate LaPointe (Cubensis)
Justin Purtill (JGB)

Anna Elva (Mark Karan)
Jenifer Freebairn (Brightshine)

Plus...

The Neverly Brothers (afternoon set) and the Hog Farm Campfire Jam (late night).

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Special performances by...

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EarthCapades

Join EarthCapades for for juggling, music, circus performance, storytelling, and comedy focused on environmental science and respect for the Earth. A beloved Kate Wolf Music Festival staple! They will be offering two performances. Stay tuned for the schedule!

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Entertainment

ACTIVITIES

BELOW ARE THE ACTIVITIES WE HOSTED IN 2023. STAY TUNED FOR 2024 ACTIVITIES!

 

  • Nightly pre-dinner happy hour (Friday & Saturday): 
    Enjoy beer or wine and delicious locally-sourced and lovingly made appetizers while listening to our afternoon musical sets. This is a great way to wind down into the evening and connect with everyone at the event.

     

  • Hog Farm Film Festival: Curated by Hog Farmer and extraordinary artist, Dorje. Stay tuned for this year's theme.

  • Bubble Magic!
    Tom Noddy is Bubble Magic! He will be performing his unique bubble and comedy show. Perfect for all ages!

  • Labyrinth walk with Wavy Gravy:
    Join Wavy on a morning walk through our beautiful Labyrinth. Wavy will guide us through a unique meditative experience.

     

  • Bingo for Prizes:
    One of the traditions of the Hog Farm is a fun game of Bingo for Prizes! Bingo for Prizes became a staple of the kids room backstage a Grateful Dead shows which was lovingly run by the Hog Farm. Join Wavy for this fun tradition!
     

  • Hog Farm Storycorps: 
    What have you always wondered about the Hog Farm (where are the pigs?). What amazing tale do you have from back in the day? How about WAY back in the day? What exactly did the Hog Farm do at Woodstock? What is the history of the ranch property and how did we end up here? What kinds of other parties and events have we had here and what cool things happened during them? We want to tell stories about the Hog Farm that not necessarily everyone would know (within reason, folks) and that recall how we all met, traveled and settled here at the Ranch. Join us!

     

  • Piney Woods Hike: Join Hog Farmer, Bob Barsotti, on one of his favorite, not so strenuous, hikes at Black Oak Ranch. Bob will guide us to a hidden animal trail leading to the piney woods where we can walk the creekside trail back to camp. Along the way he will tell some tales of the history of this special part of Black Oak Ranch. Duration 45-60 minutes.
     

  • Release the Oaks! Forest Restoration Hike: Join fire ecologist and Hog Farm family member, Eamon Engber, for a short hike through a Douglas-fir/black oak forest that was recently thinned and pile burned to reduce fire hazard and restore forest composition. We will tour the 30 acre project area and discuss forest resiliency, fire hazard, and fuels management in the face of a changing climate. We will also identify trees and understory plants, talk fire ecology, and discuss management options for small landowners. Mostly flat except for one arduous, but short (100) meter hill at the start.​​
     

  • Irene's Organic Farm Workshop: It's a group effort! Spend Sunday morning before brunch with Hog Farmer, Irene Engber, for a unique workshop on her working commercial organic farm located adjacent to the event venue. Irene will guide the group through a working session on the farm. Activities may include helping to care for the flower garden, picking apples from the orchard, planting garlic, and harvesting seasonal vegetables. Talk shop with Irene about organic farming and bring any questions you might have. Take home some of Irene's famous granulated garlic (limited amount available for purchase) and/or cut some flowers from the farm. Please bring garden snips (if you have them) and a bucket for flowers. This workshop should last about 1.5 hrs. Plan to get a little dirty! 
     

  • Hippie Trivia!
    Join us for hippie trivia on Sunday morning during brunch! Do you have good trivia questions? Let us know! Or just bring it to the event.

     

  • Kidz Zone: 
    Miss Rossi will be hosting our Kids Zone! She will be hosting a creative space for kids to play and make art.

  • Handmade Crafts Fair:
    We will have a wonderful selection of handmade crafts at our crafts fair on Saturday afternoon. Come support your local artists! Please bring cash as crafters will likely not be able to accept credit cards. If you've purchased a ticket and are interested in participating in the craft fair, please email: joaniebatik@gmail.com.

     

  • Mouth Harp Workshop w/ Neptune:
    Also known as a Jew’s Harp or a Jaw Harp, a Mouth Harp is a small, vibrating instrument that is plucked to make a sound, which in turn is amplified and modulated with the cavity of the mouth. Playing for close to twenty years, Hog Farmer, Neptune Chapotin, ranks amongst the world's most acclaimed Mouth Harpists, and is a medalist of the title of World Virtuoso. Traverse the fundamentals of Mouth Harp playing in an interactive, comprehensive tutorial through the beginning basics, spanning essential melodics, rhythm, & percussive breathing. Workshop Level: Easy beginner through intermediate, with no prior musical sense or experience necessary. Mouth Harps will be provided for use during the workshop. Neptune will also perform on Friday afternoon.
     

  • Mosaic Tile Group Art Project:
    Join Hog Farmer, Sharon Paltin for a unique group art project. Sharon has made the mosaics you see on the Black Oak Ranch and will lead the workshops. During the mosaic workshop we will use glass, tile, and mortar as we play and make a durable and aesthetic mosaic piece for the ranch. In two couple-hour sessions we'll try to design, stick down pieces, clean (let dry), then next day grout, a new group-effort sign for the ranch. Sharon will be offer her workshop after lunch on Saturday during the Craft Fair and finish up Sunday morning.

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SCHEDULE

2023 SCHEDULE

STAY TUNED FOR 2024 SCHEDULE

 

Friday, September 22, 2023

2:00PM: Event opens

3:45PM - 4:15PM: World Mouth Harp performance w/ Neptune

4:20PM: Happy Hour

4:20PM - 6:00PM: Wake the Dead

4:20PM - 6:00PM: Kidz Zone open

6:00PM - 6:30PM: Opening Dinner Circle

6:30PM: Dinner service begins (yellow group)

7:00PM: Dinner service begins (pink group)

8:00 PM: Dinner service ends

8:00PM - 11:00PM: Jerry's Middle Finger (two sets)

8:00PM - 11:00PM: Hog Farm Film Festival (Big Top)

11:00PM: Campfire Jam (bring instruments, no drums please)

Saturday, September 23, 2023

8:00AM: Roll your own breakfast

8:30AM - 10:00AM: Hot Breakfast

10:00AM: Piney Woods Hike w/ Bob (meet at the Rainbow Stage)

10:00AM: Mouth harp workshop w/ Neptune (Big Top)

11:30AM: Bingo for Prizes w/ Wavy (Big Top)

11:00AM - 1:00PM: Kidz Zone open

1:00PM: Lunch service begins (yellow group)

1:30PM: Lunch service begins (pink group)

2:30PM: Lunch service ends

1:30PM - 7:00PMish: Craft Fair 

2:00PM - 4:00PM: Mosaic tile group art project w/ Sharon (craft fair area)

2:00PM: Tom Noddy Bubble Magic show (Big Top)

3:00PM - 4:15PM: Tumbleweed Soul Duo

3:30PM: Hog Farm StoryCorps (Big Top)

4:00PM-6:00PM: Kidz Zone open

4:20PM - 6:30PM: Happy Hour

4:45PM - 6:30PM: Electric Tumbleweed

6:30PM: Dinner service begins (yellow group)

7:00PM: Dinner service begins (pink group)

8:00 PM: Dinner service ends

8:00PM - 11:00PMish: Poor Man's Whiskey

8:00PM - 11:00 PM: Hog Farm Film Festival (repeat showing)

11:00PM: Campfire Jam

 

Sunday, September 24, 2023

8:00AM: Roll your own breakfast

8:30AM:  Irene’s Garden Organic Farm Tour (meet at parking lot)

9:00AM-12:00PM: Brunch

10:00AM: Hippy Trivia w/ HM (at brunch)

9:30AM - 11:00AM: Visit the Labyrinth with Wavy and Jahanara

10:30AM: Free the Oaks Forest Ecology Workshop w/ Eamon

10:30AM: Mosaic tile group art project finish (craft fair area)

11:00AM: Tom Noddy Bubble Magic (2nd performance)

12:00PM: Leftovers available in the kitchen

2:00PM: Event close

Info

INFO

No DOGS! (or other pets of any kind)

 

No FIRES (except in our fire pit)! We are in VERY DRY northern California in the summer and fire danger is VERY HIGH. This means NO candles, lanterns, incense. NO personal cooking with BBQs or stoves except in the designated picnic table area at the main kitchen.

WEATHER: While we expect and hope for nice weather, it can rain in late September at the Ranch. We will hold event rain or shine unless we expect heavy rain. If we expect heavy rain, we will postpone the event until next year. In this unlikely event, refunds will be available.

ARRIVAL:

  • Weekenders: Plan on arriving any time after 2PM and before 10PM on Friday and departing by 2PM on Sunday. If you arrive after 10PM on Friday, please camp temporarily and check in in the morning.

  • Saturday ONLY: Feel free to come any time on Saturday before 10PM. Please purchase a weekend ticket in order to participate in Sunday brunch or any activities on Sunday. Day ticket holders are welcome to camp the night of their ticket.

ACCOMMODATION:

  • TIPIS are available on a first come first served basis. Tipis sleep 6-10 comfortably so if you are a smaller group and want to be in a tipi you might be paired up with other folks. Tipis have sleeping mats, but bring warm sleeping bags/bedding!

  • CAMPSITES - there are many around the facility, so bring a tent and bedding. Most campsites are shady so you shouldn't need any extra shade.

  • CAR CAMPING - New this year, we will offer car camping in our flat field near the labyrinth which is adjacent to an area we call the "East Bay." This is for folks who would like to camp next to their vehicle. Please let our parking folks know you want to car camp and they will direct you to car camping after you check in. NOTE: the path from car camping to the venue is fairly steep with a few steps so please let us know if you plan to car camp and have any mobility access needs by emailing hogfarmfamily@gmail.com.

  • RVS/Large VEHICLES (21'+) will be parked in our parking lot a short walk from the venue. Please make sure to purchase an RV vehicle pass. Please also let us know if you have a mobility access need and you are sleeping in your vehicle. There are no hookups available.

NOTE: there is absolutely no driving into the facility. All camping is walk-in. We will have a luggage shuttle available to help get your gear in and out. Wagons can also be helpful.

AMENITIESThere are hot showers available as well as flush toilets. It is dark at night, so make sure to bring a flashlight! 

HOTELS/MOTELS: There are a limited number of motels in the town of Laytonville (10 mins from the ranch) and a larger selection in the town of Willits (25 mins from the ranch).

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Clothes for cool and warm weather (it can be warm during the day
    and get VERY cold at night this time of year, make sure to come prepared!)

  • WARM sleeping gear if you are camping (it gets cold at night!)

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen & hat

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Flashlight

  • Good shoes for walking

  • Towel & toiletries

  • Camp chairs to use around the camp fire or at your camp.

  • Rain wear (while we will cancel the event if we expect lots of rain, we may
    get light rain that time of year so please come prepared!)

  • Cash to purchase merch and spend at the craft fair (we won't be able
    accept cards).

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  • Costumes for fun!

FOOD & DRINKS: We will provide the following meals:

  • Friday dinner

  • Saturday breakfast

  • Saturday lunch

  • Saturday dinner

  • Sunday brunch

All meals will have plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options lovingly prepared by our amazing cooks! We have a wonderful organic farm (Irene's Garden) on the Ranch and we will source as much of our ingredients from the farm and other local sources as we can at that time of year. If you plan to shop on your way to the event, stop in Willits or elsewhere. Laytonville may not have exactly what you're looking for. Please plan to store any personal food in your vehicle to avoid critters making unwanted visits to your tent or tipi.

There is plenty of drinking water throughout the facility. All meals will have non-alcoholic beverages provided. We will provide a daily happy hour (around 4:20PM Friday & Saturday evenings before dinner) and limited beer & wine during our nighttime activities. Feel free to bring anything else you might want to consume but keep in mind this is a small, family friendly gathering and we aim to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. We ask you to be responsible and respect the vibe of the event! 

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Directions

Getting Here 

NOTE this event is held at Streeter Creek Facility where we normally host Camp Winnarainbow and NOT at our main festival venue.

 

From the Bay Area: Take Hwy. 101 north 150 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville on the west side of the highway. Look for the signs on the left. Note: we are just north of the Hog Farm Hideaway and former Kate Wolf Festival entrance.

From the Sacramento Area: Take Hwy. 5 north to Williams, turn on Hwy. 20 West, follow all the way to Hwy. 101 North–go approximately 40 miles north to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville. Note: we are just north of the Hog Farm Hideaway and former Kate Wolf Festival entrance.

From the North Coast/Oregon: Take Hwy. 101 south. The site is approximately 100 miles south of Eureka, 45 miles south of Garberville. As you get close begin to look at the mile marker signs at the side of the road. Black Oak Ranch is at mile marker 74.54. Signs will be on the west side of the road, as will the entrance. Note: we are just north of the the Hog Farm Hideaway and former Kate Wolf Festival entrance.

 

About 3 hours north of San Francisco, 2 hours north of Sebastopol, and 2 hours south of Eureka.

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