OIA and the Ozark Experience!

Hawksbill CragThe town of Mountain View is famous for the preservation of folk ways and traditional music and often is labeled as “The Folk Music Capital of the World.” One of this small town’s most charming features is that music can be heard playing all around the lively Courthouse Square or the adjacent Washington Street Pickin’ Park.  The picturesque Courthouse is simple and built of stone. Several surrounding buildings are also made of cut stone, adding to the Square’s classic appeal.

The long-time custom of impromptu jams on the Square remains today once the weather warms usually around April in time for the town’s annual Folk Festival and continues until late October when the Bean Festival is in full swing. Just about every afternoon and night of the week during the season you will hear all kinds of instruments playing tunes of century old folk songs including mandolins, € fiddles, banjos, dulcimers, upright bass, guitars, harmonicas, and even spoons.

Musicians from all points of the United States and beyond are welcome, in fact, are invited, to bring an instrument, pull up a chair and join these jam sessions with local musicians. Visitors who do not play an instrument or left theirs at home are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and wander from group to group dotting the Square lawn, the park, and points in between.  The key is to kick back, relax and enjoy the music. For meandering visitors, there’s plenty to do here besides listening to music. Between groups and songs, poke your nose in the music store, browse through the surrounding antique shops or visit the candy factory. Stroll over to one of the vendors for a yummy treat like ice cream, nachos, or a milk shake. A variety of restaurants also would love to satisfy your hunger. So, come on out to our Square and enjoy the music. Play that instrument, sing along, or jump up and dance a jig.

One thing is for certain. very few small town courthouse squares across America are as lively as Stone County’s. And, you won’t find friendlier folks anywhere else.