As usual, work weekend was very successful. The sound and light booth is completely rebuilt.  It came out great.  A big thanks to everyone that helped. Carpenter Jeff and Donny’s tractor were invaluable.   

We decided not to have stage lights or music after dark, so Mike and I made an 18 ft by 12 ft movie screen and hung it from the stage ceiling.  We showed movies every night.  We showed Blues Brothers, Woodstock, The Wall, and a Grateful Dead concert.  It was a good way to feel together, still social distance or stay in our own covid pod. 

During the day on Saturday and Sunday we had some live music from the stage.  We had Super D and the Double Chucks, American Ego, the Ringtones, Al Radley solo and Laughing Fox. 

Lana had shirts and bandanas, the food court was open.  We had no showers, no Wine and Cheese, and the group photo was one guy on the stage.  No group activities.  Despite this damn-demic, we all really had a great time.   

Hopefully next year things will be like the before times.  That’s what we’re aiming for.  So hang in there, stay safe, and be kind. 

Thanks everyone, see you next year,   AL

With great sadness in my heart, after much consideration and deliberation, Baystock has been officially cancelled for 2020.  Covid has claimed another victim.   

I don’t like it, but it is probably the wise thing to do.   

There will be no scheduled live music.  I have talked with a lot of people over the last few days and everyone is disappointed, but no one is surprised.  To Baystockers who might be camping, please be kind to your neighbors and keep yourself safe.  Perhaps a better word than cancelled is postponed until 2021.   

The goal is to live to fight another day.  Stay well and stay safe, see you all soon, Al

This year, we will have a shortened Baystock. We will only have bands on Saturday and Sunday.

We ask everyone to observe social distancing and the use of face coverings. Especially, when we are in a group environment, or other people’s campsites.

We will also be missing several things, this year. We will not have the Coffee Shop, Showers, Wine and Cheese, or the shared mobile phone booster.

We will have Daphne’s food court and Lana’s Shirt Shack.

We will also be having our Group Meeting, but it will be in the bowl, in front of the stage.

The Group Photo will be Taken from the fire pit, down to the bowl, so people can be distanced from each other.

If you are in one of the bands, please bring your own microphone.

Thank you for making it a safe and enjoyable Baystock 2020!

Dear friends and family of Welcome Drive,

We have suffered a great loss. On February 18th, our brother, band mate, and inspiration in all things musical and in life, Tom Koch, passed away. 

We all knew this was coming, but that does nothing to soften the blow; the shock, pain and emptiness that we all feel.

Tom was our musical conscience in so many ways, and to the very end he always left us with one marching order: “Keep having fun!”

So this is for you, Tom. And for the rest of us, your music and inspiration will live on forever.

We love you.

We will never forget you.

Welcome Drive

We did it again.  So many people have told me Baystock 2019 was the best ever, and I agree.  We had great music, great weather, and great people.  Thanks to everyone who cleared downed trees, came to work weekend, and maintained the infrastructure.  Also thanks to everyone for cleaning up Baystockland.  On Wednesday, Sue and I searched the grounds for trash and found nothing.  Not one piece of trash.  Thanks so much, Happy 40th Baystock.  This year, we all arrived at the right place at the right time.  As Carlos Santana says, the universe conspired to give us something, and we were open to receive it.  Later,  Al

A message from Al:

A good friend, Dick Draheim passed away earlier this year.  He was a logger and an avid antique bottle hunter and collector.  Dick had very close ties to Baystock.  He was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Bayfield in 1978.  He was at all the early Baystocks and did a lot of work.  When Baystock moved from my house, Dick hosted Baystock at his farm on Stage Road for two years.  During that time, we looked for a new place in the woods.  Dick and I found Baystock land while cross country skiing in the spring.  We knew as soon as we saw the bowl that this was the perfect place.  So thank you, Dick.  You are greatly missed.

Happy Baystock.  Every year I say it, “This was the best Baystock, again”.  It really is better every year.  On behalf of all Baystockers, I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make Baystock 2018 happen.  It’s a big job, and the challenge was well met.  To those suffering from Post Baystock Depression (PBD), cheer up knowing next year is the 40th Baystock.  See you next year, Happy Baystock, Al

This year’s schedule has been released. As you can see, we have added a couple more bands to the line-up, on Friday night. I wonder how long it will be, before this thing becomes a full week 🙂

Work weekend is the 18th and 19th. So, if you are handy and have tools, feel free to show up. There is always something to do. You don’t even need to be handy or have tools. Just come by for some prepping.

Short list of things to do:
– Gather firewood 
– Weed wack and clear brush.
– Move benches and fire pit.
– Patch up the outhouses and other structures.
– Drink beer.


On a sad note, fellow Baystocker, Ryan Martin, passed away, this last May: http://cremationsocietyofmn.com/obituaries/ryan-keith-martin/