I was invited to the Footlight Ranch this past Friday to check out the Tuckahoe Ridge and Friends bluegrass music event. I’m glad I went. Everything came together to make a really nice evening. The crisp fall weather, a cozy venue with camping right near the stage, good friends, and some bluegrass music with lots of Jerry tunes thrown in.
The main entertainment for the night was the three bands, Mountain Ride, JerryRigged, and Tuckahoe Ridge. They played on the poolside stage, adorned with palm trees and fall decorations, which is the focal point of the property. The bands where already playing when I arrived at about 7 pm and played until about midnight. I was surprised how good the sound from the stage was. I was also surprised, although there was good turn-out, that there weren’t more people at this great music and camping venue. I guess even though the Footlight Ranch has been around for a long time, this was only the second concert event held there by the new management. I’m sure once the word gets out, this place will be an area favorite.
The Footlight Ranch provided a buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and some desserts. You can bring your own alcohol, just no glass. Apparently the pork was so good that, after the buffet was closed, a friend of mine proposed a late night wrestling match with one of the managers to decide if he would get more of it. Although the challenge may have been accepted, the guys’ better halves intervened and denounced the plan.
I really liked the camping set-up. Unlike some bigger venues, the camping area is within close proximity to the stage where the music is clearly audible and your sleeping bag is only a few steps (or a quick stumble for some) away after the show.
Another unique amenity of Footlight Ranch, it has its own private airstrip. I arrived with the rest of the plebeian class by car, but if Wellsville, PA seems too far out of the way, maybe you can arrange to arrive by air.
If you’re in the area or live local, I definitely recommend checking out the next concert/camp out at Footlight Ranch. Maybe I’ll see you there. They also host other events like weddings, family or business picnics, and swimming. Check out the Footlight Ranch website for more information about booking and a calendar of events.