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Purple Door 2009
August 14 & 15
Ski Roundtop, Lewisberry, Pennsylvania

by Tracy & C.J. Darlington

Relevant Magazine has called this year's Purple Festival, "One of the top 5 Festivals of 2009, worth planning a vacation around."

Think of Purple Door as the little cousin of the Creation Festival featuring a day and a half of the Fringe Stage. With attendance anywhere from 5000-8000 per day, this is a music festival that's fast becoming known as a premier venue.

In its thirteenth year, Purple Door has hosted in the past bands like MuteMath and Paramore (why didn't we go in 2006?!?).
This year saw Family Force 5 and Anberlin as the headliners closing out Friday and Saturday respectively. In between we were treated to Fireflight, Pillar, Children 18:3, Disciple, Project 86, Shawn McDonald, Spoken, House of Heroes, Nevertheless, B. Reith, Mewithoutyou and many more.

Family Force 5

With 3 stages, there's something for everyone whether your tastes lean toward the hard rock spectrum (the HM Stage), the more mainstream (The Main Stage), or the homey acoustic (The Gallery Stage).

New this year was the Youth Leader Lounge and the Forum, which featured speakers like Lecrae, Kevin Young (from Disciple) and Andrew Schwab (from Project 86) sharing their hearts.

But Purple Door is not only a music festival, it also showcases other arts as well with a gallery and interactive artistic projects.

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to some of the larger summer festivals but don't want to sacrifice quality, Purple Door is for you. Many of the same folks who help out at Creation help out here, and you can know the lineup will be stellar!

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House of Heroes     House of Heroes     House of Heroes     House of Heroes


Nevertheless     NEvertheless      Nevertheless


Lecrae     Lecrae     Lecrae


Family Force 5     Family Force 5     Famly Force 5     Family Force 5

Family Force 5     Family Force 5     Family Force 5     Family Force 5

Family Force 5


Children 18:3     Children 18:3   Children 18:3   Children 18:3

Children 18:3     Children 18:3     Children 18:3     Children 18:3

Children 18:3


John Mark McMillan  John Mark McMillan   John Mark McMillan 


Fireflight     Fireflight     Fireflight     Fireflight



Mewithoutyou     Mewithoutyou     Mewithoutyou     Mewithoutyou



Anberlin     Anberlin     Anberlin     Anberlin

Anberlin     Anberlin      Anberlin     Anberlin

Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.

C.J. DarlingtonC.J. Darlington is the award-winning authof of Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, and Ties that Bind. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a paint horse named Sky. Visit her online at her author website. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.