It was a perfect weekend.

Overnight campers and day trippers came out to Boscombe Hall for the annual Hillbilly Jam Friday through Sunday. The overall mood reflected the big sunny skies.

“It’s happening, and it’s really good. We’re happy,” said organizer Lois Bouchard on Saturday afternoon. 

“It’s not the biggest crowd we’ve ever had, but it’s a good crowd, and the weather’s perfect. You can’t ask for more,” she said.

The Hillbilly Jam is an annual outdoor festival of homemade music. The players volunteer and take their turn on stage, and there were well over a hundred people taking in the sweet sounds from their lawn chairs on Saturday afternoon. More were watching and listening from their campers.

The music started Friday evening, and there were musical and social events all weekend long. Proceeds from the weekend support the operation of the community hall, and Bouchard says it was important to get a bit of revenue.

“It’s three years since our last show. The hall was totally closed down for two years, but the bills still have to be paid,” she said. “We’re really happy we could have this fundraiser because it’s big for the hall.”

And while the fundraising aspect is important, Bouchard says the main thing is still to bring people together and have a great time. On that score the organizers, performers, and audiences all came away happy.

“They’re happy to be here—just to be somewhere, hear some music, dance a little,” she said. “The performers are awesome. They’re happy to be here and do their thing, and the audience is great.”

Sunshine, green grass, and great music made for the perfect weekend. JEFF GAYE