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20 September to 25 October, 2017Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Upper Arlington, OH

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer

20 September to 25 October, 2017

Details

Through simple folk songs and fiddle tunes, you are introduced to dulcimer playing techniques. The ability to read music is not required as all songs are in tablature as well as notation. In keeping with Andy's signature style, group instruction is fun, slow-paced and user-friendly. Rentals are available through the instructor. Bring a recording device if you have one. Music packet is provided.

Times/hours/schedule: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30PM

Cost: Upper Arlington residents--$70
non-residents--$77

Getting more information

Website: https://parks.uaoh.net
Contact: Deb Mosely
Call: 614-583-5331
Email: dulcimerman26 [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

1945 Ridgeview Road
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
United States

Directions: Call 614-583-5333 for directions

19-22 October, 20172017 Dulcimer Chautauqua On The Wabash New Harmony, IN

2017 Dulcimer Chautauqua On The Wabash

19-22 October, 2017

Details

19th Annual Dulcimer Chautauqua On The Wabash. October 19th - 22nd, 2017. This dulcimer festival is held in beautiful historic New Harmony, Indiana, and features workshops and concerts by some of the top teachers/performers. Dan Evans from Olney, England, Molly McCormack, 2012 National Champion, Sarah Morgan, Stephen Seifert, and 2012 National Champion, Ted Yoder, on hammered dulcimer!

Times/hours/schedule: Things get started with a pot luck supper Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. followed by a community sing & jam sessions. A variety of morning (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) & afternoon 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.) workshops are followed by an evening concert (7:00 p.m.) & more jamming on both Friday & Saturday. Things wrap up with our Hymn sing & closing ceremony on Sunday morning (9:00 a.m.) *Times listed are Central Time Zone

Cost: Full participant pkg. includes all events Thursday - Sunday. AM & PM Dulcimer workshops/seminars, concerts, & Sunday morning hymn sing $100.00
$75.00 Pkg. includes all of the above except the Friday & Saturday workshops.
Concert tickets only are $15 each. (Free admission for ages 18 and under)

Getting more information

Website: http://dulcimerchautauquaonthewabash.com
Contact: Rick Huffman
Call: (812) 205-6781
Email: dulcimerchautauquaonthewabash [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Barn Abbey, Ribeyre School Gymnasium /Annex, The Working Men's Institute, Thrall's Opera House
New Harmony, IN 47631
United States

Other comments: Mark this event on your calendar, visit our website for details, & get registered soon... you don't want to miss this one!
If you are interested in participating as a vendor please contact Rick Huffman (812) 205-6781

22-29 October, 2017Dogwood Dulcimer Music Festival & Camp 'n' Jam Century, FL

Dogwood Dulcimer Music Festival & Camp 'n' Jam

22-29 October, 2017

Details

Annual dulcimer music festival at Lake Stone Campground in Century, Florida. All musicians of Dulcimer & Acoustic instruments welcome. All music lovers welcome to come listen. Music jams daily all week. Campsites available (for rates and availability call 850-256-5555). Social gatherings with food on Friday 10/27 and on Saturday 10/28. All festival activities will be held in an indoor pavilion.

Times/hours/schedule: 10/22-10/29: Daily music jams. 10/27 @ 12:00 pm: Hot Dog lunch. 10/27 @ 6:00 pm: Dessert night. 10/28: Pot Luck lunch @ 12:00 pm, Open Stage performances @ 1:00 pm, followed by a Music Jam. 10/29 @ 9:00 am: Hymns & devotional.

Cost: For camping fees, Call Lake Stone Campground at (850) 256-5555. Dogwood Dulcimer Music Festival is free to attend.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.gulfweb.net/rlwalker/dulcimerevents/calendar.html
Contact: Yvonne Ward
Call: (850) 982-1997
Email: april1012w [at] yahoo [dot] com

Venue Information

Lake Stone Campground - 801 W. Hwy 4
Century, FL 32535
United States

Directions: 1. From I-65 (exit #59), going south on Highway 113/AL SEE MAP AT
http://mapq.st/2yDFoHy

2. From I-10 (exit #10-A) going north on US-29 N/FL-95/Pensacola Blvd. SEE MAP AT http://mapq.st/2yFenDx

Other comments: Campsites have electric & water hookups. Campground has a bath house, indoor pavilion, playground and a lake for fishing. Pets are allowed, must be on leash but not allowed inside pavilion.

3-4 November, 20178th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival Albuquerque, NM

8th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival

3-4 November, 2017

Details

Approximately 40 workshops focusing on mountain and hammered dulcimers, but also Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, guitar, ukulele, and other folk instruments. Jams, open mic, on-site lunches, on-site music/instrument vendor, and public concerts.

Instructors will include Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly (MD), Joe Collins (MD), Wes Chappell and Randy Marchany of No Strings Attached (HD), Malacha Hall (MD), Tina Gugeler (HD), and Irma Reeder (MD).

Times/hours/schedule: Both days starting at 8:30am, concerts 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: $105 early bird, $130 after Oct 4. See website for other options.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.NMDulcFest.com
Contact: Debbie Velasquez/Festival Registrar
Call: 505.292.6030
Email: NMDulcFest.register [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
United States

Directions: Use south entrance, stoplight at Academy Rd and Moon St

Other comments: No RV/camping at site, see website for lodging/camping options and host hotel.

4-5 November, 2017Mystery of Modes Workshop Downers Grove, IL

Mystery of Modes Workshop

4-5 November, 2017

Details

A workshop exploring modes used for relaxation, in therapeutic music, and in Celtic and American traditional music. We'll cover defining characteristics and basic chord progressions as well as improvising. This workshop is geared to hammered dulcimers and harps, but other instruments are welcome.

Times/hours/schedule: 11/4 8:45 am-5:15pm and
11/5 9:00 am- 2:00 pm

Cost: $225 if registered before August 15, 2017
$260 after August 15

Getting more information

Website: http://karenashbrook.com/lessons/mystery.html
Contact: Karen Ashbrook
Call: 301-655-0103
Email: mail [at] karenashbrook [dot] com

Venue Information

Tobias Music, 5013 Fairview Ave, #2
Downers Grove, IL 60515
United States

Directions: Just west of Chicago, less than an hour from O’Hara and Midway. On the subway! From Chicago’s Union Station by train take the Burlington North to Fairview Train Station, Downers Grove.
Free parking at store and in the neighborhood.

Other comments: Registration and the schedule for the event is here:
http://karenashbrook.com/lessons/mystery_il.html

11-12 November, 201723rd Annual Fall Harvest Festival of Dulcimers Costa Mesa, CA

23rd Annual Fall Harvest Festival of Dulcimers

11-12 November, 2017

Details

Festival for both mountain and hammered dulcimers plus other acoustic instruments, presented by Southern California Dulcimer Heritage. Workshops, jamming and concerts, this year featuring Ruth & Steve Smith (hammered dulcimer + more) and Heidi Muller & Bob Webb (fretted dulcimer + more) and many others, teaching workshops for ALL levels of dulcimer playing plus other instruments (below). There is a festival motel with group rates for visitors and other options as well.

Times/hours/schedule: 8 AM to 8 PM Saturday + small group 'focus' workshops Sunday morning

Cost: Ticket types vary. See web site (below) once prices are posted.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.scdh.org/SCDH/Welcome.html
Contact: Bobbi Adler
Call: 714-534-2855
Email: arnmiraadler [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

Venue Information

Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
United States

Directions: This is in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles.
From I-405 go south on Fairview Road for under a mile. Church is on left.
(From south bound 405 - to San Diego - south on Fairview = right turn.
From north bound 405 - to Los Angeles - south on Fairview = left turn.)

Other comments: Workshops by the featured performers and many others at all skill levels of hammered and fretted dulcimers, plus selected workshops in other folk instruments, this year including ukulele, guitar, bowed psaltery and more. Open jamming all day - all acoustic instruments welcome!

Lunch hour concert (TBA) is free. Evening concert, 6 - 8 PM, with the featured performers is ticketed. On Sunday morning, 11/12, there will also be small group 'focus' workshops with the featured performers - a chance to really pick their brains!

16-19 November, 2017North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Assoc.-Fall Festival Helen, GA

North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Assoc.-Fall Festival

16-19 November, 2017

Details

Annual NGFDA Fall Festival-at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Ga. Beautiful N. Georgia comes alive with Dulcimer music. This festival has 15 insrtructors and 3 nights of great concerts.

Times/hours/schedule: 8:00-5:00 pm each day with concert at 7:30pm

Cost: $140.00 Non-Club Member- Includes workshops and concert tickets for 3 nights.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.ngfda.org
Contact: Michael VanDemark
Call: 4048223666
Email: ngfdaclub [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

1788 Highway 356
Helen, GA 30545
United States

Directions: 90 Miles North of Atlanta Ga. nestled in the North Georgia Mountains.

Other comments: We are opening this festival up to the public who are not members of the NGFDA. Cost $140.00 for 3 days or workshops. Please go to www.ngfda.org to view list of instructors and workshops and registration.

18 November, 2017A Day with Pam Cyphert DuBois, PA

A Day with Pam Cyphert

18 November, 2017

Details

Hour long workshops plus an evening concert. Details to be announced.

Getting more information

Contact: Ginny Schott
Call: 814-371-4627
Email: ginnyschott [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Christ Lutheran Church, 875 Sunflower Drive
DuBois, PA 15801
United States

Directions: See church website for directions. Http://christdubois.org

Other comments: This event is still in the planning stages. Save the date!

5-7 January, 2018KENTUCKY MUSIC WINTER WEEKEND Louisville, KY

KENTUCKY MUSIC WINTER WEEKEND

5-7 January, 2018

Details

KENTUCKY MUSIC WINTER WEEKEND will help to chase away those winter blues with classes, concerts, open stage opportunities, vending, our Dulcimer Doctor, Sunday morning hymn sing, GREAT JAMS at every level and so much more!
All levels of instruction from beginning to advanced will be taught during each class time for the entire weekend.
Instructors this year include some of the best in the country: MOUNTAIN DULCIMER - Jessica Comeau, Bing Futch, Gary Gallier, Dave Haas, Anne MacFie, Gary Sager and Stephen Seifert; HAMMERED DULCIMER - Martha Richard, Ruth Smith, Rick Thum, Mark Alan Wade; UKULELE & BANJO - Steve Smith.
All activities will be held in one location - the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Louisville, Kentucky. You must say you are with Kentucky Music Winter Dulcimer Weekend when you call to make your reservation in order to receive the reduced room rate and up to two free breakfast tickets per day. Call the Ramada Plaza at 502-491-4830.
Please visit our web site for detailed class descriptions, instructor bios, full schedule of events, and more! Hope you can join us for this fun weekend!
www.kentuckymusicwinterweekend.com.

Times/hours/schedule: Festival Check in Friday afternoon, January 5, begins at 5:00 PM and runs until 7:30 PM. (Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 PM)
6:15 PM - Orientation for those new to KMWW
7:45 - 9:00 PM - Class One, Part One
9:30 PM - Welcome Party & Jam!
Saturday, January 6
7:30 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast Buffet
9:00 AM - Class One, Part Two (same instructor as Part One)
10:45 AM - Class Two, Part One (new instructor)
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch, vending open, jam opportunity!
1:30 PM - Class Two, Part Two (same instructor as Part One)
3:00 PM - Class Three, Part One (new instructor)
4:30 PM - Open Stage
5:30 PM - Supper Break
7:30 PM - Instructor Concert
9:30 PM - Jams!
Sunday, January 8
7:30 AM - Breakfast Buffet
9:30 AM - Gospel Jam and Hymn Sing
10:45 AM - Class Three, Part Two (same instructor as Part One)
12:00 PM - Lunch Break, Visit the Vendors, Final Jam!
1:30 PM - Class Four (new instructor - one time class)
3:00 PM - Festival Ends

Cost: Festival cost is the same as last two years - $139.00 and includes all classes and activities.
Non-participant partners are free when accompanied by paying participant.
Room costs are also the same at $72.00 plus tax per night.
Food costs are $55.00 total for Saturday's lunch and supper and Sunday's lunch. Price includes drink, dessert, taxes and tips!
Food details can be found on our web site.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.kentuckymusicwinterweekend.com
Contact: Nancy Barker
Call: 502 388 2011 (note new number)
Email: info [at] kentuckymusicweek [dot] com

Venue Information

Ramada Plaza & Conference Center; 9700 Bluegrass Parkway
Louisville, KY 40299
United States

Directions: Please see our web site for detailed directions and location map.

Other comments: Kentucky Music Winter Weekend offers you our Winter Weather Guarantee! If you need to cancel due to illness or bad weather your money is saved for future KMW or KMWW events! Although we do not offer refunds your money is not lost! You can even transfer these funds to another person.
Rental mountain dulcimers and hammered dulcimers are available for a small fee for the weekend!
If you want a room mate, please join the Kentucky Music Week facebook page and post your request there. We've had great luck finding room mates! You can always email - info [at] kentuckymusicweek [dot] com and we'll try to help!

The Ramada Plaza offers us large, spacious class rooms, great jam areas and concert area! Although the Conference Center is in a different building than the hotel rooms, they are just a few steps apart. Once you park for the event you won't need to move your car!
The chef at the Ramada is the same as last year and does a wonderful job! Everyone raved about the food and it's always fresh and delicious!
If you have any questions, please email us at info [at] kentuckymusicweek [dot] com.

5-7 January, 2018Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat Shepherdstown, WV

Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat

5-7 January, 2018

Details

Fiddle Retreat - January 5-7, 2018
Workshops, Concert, Jam Sessions and a Contra Dance for fiddlers and those who play with them. A variety of styles are presented by some of the region’s finest fiddle teachers with an emphasis on dance fiddle styles including Cape Breton, Appalachian, New England, English and Quebecois. 2018 teachers are Elke Baker (Beginning, Scottish), Laura Risk (Scottish, Quebecois), Sean Heely (Scottish, Irish), Rachel Eddy (Old Time), along with Alex Lacquemont (acoustic bass), Dave Wiesler (piano), Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer), Paul Oorts (mandolin and mixed-instrument classes), and Brad Kolodner (banjo).

Times/hours/schedule: Friday, January 5 at 8pm- Sunday, January 7 at 4pm.

See web page at http:upperpotomacmusic.info/fiddleretreat/ for mor information

Cost: Full weekend $185, or $160 before 12/1
Saturday only $110, or $90 before 12/1

Getting more information

Website: http://upperpotomacmusic.info/
Contact: Joanie Blanton
Call: 3042632531
Email: upperpotomac [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

210 N. King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
United States

Directions: Several venues in town are used for weekend events. Our showcase concert takes place in the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church at 100 W. Washington, Street. All locations are in easy walking distance.

Other comments: Although this weekend is billed as a Fiddle Retreat, we always have a hammered dulcimer class for students to hone their accompaniment skills. Often this is taught by Ken Kolodner, as it is this year.

2-3 February, 2018Colorado Dulcimer Festival Littleton, CO

Colorado Dulcimer Festival

2-3 February, 2018

Details

A fun educational festival with workshops from absolute beginner to advanced in Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer, with jam sessions, a great "band scramble" to learn to play together, and this year a special Contra dance opportunity. You can dance, play in the band or just listen and watch! No previous experience needed! Our out of town guest teachers are Tim Yoder (of youtube fame with "everybody wants to rule the world") teaching HD and the multitalented Kim McKee teaching MD and other instruements and her partner Ken Willson. Our local teachers are Tina Gugeler, Malacha Hall and Judy Jones. We have relocated to Littleton Colorado to be more central for all our participants! We have 2 concerts, a different one each night featuring our teachers/performers. Meals are provided (must register/pay for these at time of online registration)
SOME PREFESTIVAL WORKSHOPS OPTIONAL ON THURSDAY!

Times/hours/schedule: PREFEST WORKSHOPS ON 02-01-2018 1-4 PM, WITH FESTIVAL SETUP AND PREFEST JAM THAT EVENING

FRI, 2-02-2018, 8 AM TO 11 PM (IF YOU STAY FOR EVENING JAM)
SAT 2-03-2018 8 AM TO 9 PM (OR END OF CONCERT)

Cost: Early bird (9/1/18-12/15/18)-$110
Advance (12/16/18-1/29/18) $130
At the door $140
1 day only $70, 1 workshop only $40
Meals Lunch $9, Dinner $14
Extra concert tickets $15
Note-please check back as these prices may change once we have registration set up on Sept 1st
SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

Getting more information

Website: http://www.coloradodulcimerfestival.com
Call: none sorry
Email: info [at] coloradodulcimerfestival [dot] com

Venue Information

St James Presbyterian Church 3601 W. Bellview Ave,
Littleton, CO 80123
United States

Directions: Please see website

9-10 February, 2018Central Florida Dulcimer and Autoharp Festival Mount Dora, FL

Central Florida Dulcimer and Autoharp Festival

9-10 February, 2018

Details

workshops for MD, HD, Autoharp and Bowed Psaltery. Friday and Saturday Concerts for all. Public invited.
Food available for pre-order

Times/hours/schedule: Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Concert at 7:00 pm
Saturday - 8:00 am 5:00 pm - Concert at 7:00 pm

Cost: Registration - $90.00 includes concert tickets
Concert only $10.00
Food - pre-order only

Getting more information

Website: http://n/a
Contact: Ruth Harnden
Call: 352-735-4907
Email: dulcirah [at] msn [dot] com

Venue Information

1000E 1st Ave First Baptist Church of Mount Dora
Mount Dora, FL 32757
United States

Directions: Rte 441 to Mount Dora exit. Take right at end of exit. Church is at the traffic light

23-25 February, 2018Ohio Valley Gathering Lexington, KY

Ohio Valley Gathering

23-25 February, 2018

Details

The Ohio Valley Gathering or OVG is an annual gathering of music lovers of the dulcimer and other fine instruments. There will be a concert on both Friday and Saturday evening. Workshops all day Saturday. Hymn sing on Sunday morning. Jamming all weekend. Vendors!

Times/hours/schedule: Feb. 23 Noon till concert concludes in the evening
Feb. 24 Workshops 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with concert in the evening.
Feb. 25 Hymn sing at 9 a.m.

Cost: $12.00 registration. Instructors and members of the Friends of OVG have a free weekend.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.ohiovalleygathering.com
Contact: Martha Richard
Call: 502-833-3240
Email: weaverscorner [at] bardstowncable [dot] net

Venue Information

369 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507
United States

Directions: Go to Hilton-Downtown Lexington for travel directions.

Other comments: The instructors and performers are all volunteers. Please support them.

8-11 March, 201817th Annual Laginappe Dulcimer Fete Port Allen, LA

17th Annual Laginappe Dulcimer Fete

8-11 March, 2018

Details

"Bon Anniversaire Lagnaippe". "Save the date" for our annual dulcimer and acoustic music festival in the greater Baton Rouge area. Our dulcimer club is turning 20 years old and we are having a grand birthday party with a Cajun twist on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Join us for a grand time with workshops and concerts for mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer as well as other acoustic instruments.

Many special activities are planned including a traditional Appalachian Square Dance Friday Afternoon led by Steve Bing, fiddler and professional square dance caller and also "Picnic Lunch and Jam on the Mississippi Levee" on Saturday and Cajun music jam on Friday. Join the competition for our 4th Annual Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship on Thursday..

This year we offer four extended and optional workshops Thursday afternoon including: "Dulcimer/all instrument Intermediate Orchestra" led by Steve Seifert, Adv Beg/Novice Workshop "Let's Play" led by Margaret Wright, "Keyboard Backup" for all musicians by Annette Lincsey and "Cook like a Cajun." Fees apply; you must pre-register.

Want to learn the hammered dulcimer? Beginning hammered dulcimer workshops are offered on Friday and Saturday morning - we will loan you a dulcimer.

The fete closes with a Sunday Gospel Sing at 9:00 am.

We have a stellar line-up of featured performers and supporting workshop leaders. Headliners for 2018 fete are: Steve Bing, Linda Brockinton, Karen Daniels, Sam Edelston, Steve Heiser, Erin Mae Lewis, Steve Seifert, Rick Thum, Tish Westman, Margaret Wright.

Supporting workshops will be led by: Rob Angus, Donna Bing, Chuck Daniels, Denise Guillory, Pam Kaster, Annette Lindsey, David Lindsey, Terry McCafferty, Jak Stallings.

In addition to dulcimers, workshops for acoustic instruments are as well as fiddle, autoharp, ukulele, guitar, banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, bowed psaltery, sacred harp singing. Refer to WEB site for skill levels taught.

We have a new Cajun vendor for meals (must pre-order by Feb 17), vendors, raffle, mini-concerts, open stage, both slow cookin' and fast jams, convenient RV camping on-site..

Times/hours/schedule: Thursday afternoon workshop are 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 4th Annual Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship is 3:15 p.m. Evening concert at 7:00 pm. Friday and Saturday workshops, vendors and mini-concerts from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm and evening concerts at 7:00 pm. Sunday morning gospel jam at 9:00 am.

Cost: $95.00 weekend player prior to Feb 17; $100.00 if registered after Feb 17. Weekend Jammers $55.00. Weekend non-player $15.00 Thursday pre-fete workshops are: Intermediate Dulcimer/All Instrument Orchestra ($15), Adv Beg/Novice Dulcimer workshop ($15), Keyboard Bac-Up ($17) and "Cook like a Cajun" ($25, includes all foods and supplies). Dulcimer competition entrance fee is $15. Individual concert tickets at the door for non-registered family and friends are $10.00 each.

Getting more information

Website: http://lagniappedulcimerBR.org
Contact: Maylee Samuels
Call: 225-924-6063
Email: mayleesam [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

749 N. Jefferson Avenue
Port Allen, LA 70767
United States

Directions: DIRECTIONS to FETE:
From the East on I-10: Port Allen Exit 153, KEEP IN RIGHT LANE; take ramp right onto SR-1 for 1.3 miles, Turn Right (East) onto Oregon Ave for 0.3 Miles, Turn Left onto Jefferson for 0.1 miles. Community Center is on the Left. From the West on I-10: Exit 153, turn left onto SR-1 and continue same as above.

8-11 March, 201817th Annual Laginappe Dulcimer Fete Port Allen, LA

17th Annual Laginappe Dulcimer Fete

8-11 March, 2018

Details

The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society is hosting a 2-1/2 day acoustic music fête, "Bon Anniversaire", with workshops, vendors, raffles and concerts for the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer and related acoustic instruments. Four pre-fete workshops are planned on Thursday afternoon as well as our 4th Annual Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship competition. Many special activities are planned to celebrate our 20th year anniversary.

Times/hours/schedule: Fete begins on Thursday, March 8 at 1:00 pm with optional workshops, continues with evening concert Thursday at 7:00 pm. Friday and Saturday all day from 8:30 am to evening concert at 7:00 pm and ends Sunday, March 11 at 9:00 am with gospel sing.

Cost: Weekend players registration is $95 if registered by February 17, 2017 and $100 for late registrations. Jammer's rate is $55 for the weekend and non-players $15. Individual concert tickets are $10 each.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.lagniappedulcimerBR.org
Contact: Maylee Samuels
Call: 225-9246063-
Email: mayleesam [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

845 North Jefferson Avenue
Port Allen, LA 70767
United States

Directions: Directions to West Baton Rouge Community Center and fete: From the East on I-10: Port Allen Exit 153, KEEP IN RIGHT LANE; take ramp right onto SR-1 for 1.3 miles, Turn Right (East) onto Oregon Ave for 0.3 Miles, Turn Left onto Jefferson for 0.1 miles. Community Center is on the Left. From the West on I-10: Exit 153, turn left onto SR-1 and continue same as above.

Other comments: We have a stellar cast of featured instructors which includes Steve Bing, Linda Brockinton, Karen Daniels, Sam Edelston, Steve Heiser, Erin Mae Lewis, Steve Seifert, Rick Thum, Tish Westman, Margaret Wright and supporting workshop leaders including Rob Angus, Donna Bing, Chuck Daniels, Denise Guillory, Pam Kaster, Annette Lindsey, David Lindsey, Terry McCafferty and Jak Stallings. We feature the mountain and hammered dulcimer and also will have workshops for fiddle, ukulele, guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, pennywhistle, bowed psaltery and sacred harp singing. Terry McCafferty is our dulcimer doctor and Chuck Daniels is available for autoharp repairs and we will have a fiddle doctor, too. Did you always want to learn the hammered dulcimer? A special series of workshops on beginning hammered dulcimer is planned (we will loan you a hammered dulcimer). Events get started at 1:00 pm on Thursday afternoon with extended workshops on intermediate dulcimer/all instrument orchestra with Steve Seifert; adv beginner/novice dulcimer with Margaret Wright; all musician's Keyboard Back-up with Annette Lindsey and "Cook like a Cajun" for anyone interested. Fees apply to these pre-fete workshops. Then we continue with the Louisiana State Mountain Dulcimer Championship Contest followed by a Thursday afternoon concert introducing our mountain dulcimer instructors. Thursday's highlight is the evening concert & pageant and unveiling of our new Fete King and Queen. Friday and Saturday continue all day with workshops, jam sessions (both slow cookin' and fast frettin'), concerts, vendors and raffle drawing Saturday night. We end the fete on Sunday morning, March 11 with a gospel sing. We have a new T-shirt design, Cajun catered meals, convenient R.V. parking and special activities including a square dance, and "Lunch and Jam on the Mississippi River."

9-11 March, 2018Upper Potomac Spring Dulcimer Fest Martinsburg, WV

Upper Potomac Spring Dulcimer Fest

9-11 March, 2018

Details

Spring Music Weekend - March 9-11, 2018
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Karen Alley, Tina Bergmann, and Mick Doherty; plus Cape Breton fiddlers Troy McGillivray and Andrea Beaton on fiddle and piano, teaching a Cape Breton music class for all instruments. Special Guest Artist will be Persian santur player Roya Bahrami, and others, TBA. Rental instruments are available.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday, March 9, from 1pm- Sunday, March 11 at 4pm.

See webpage for detailed schedule. http:/upperpotomacmusic.info/

Cost: A weekend tuition fee of $190 ($175 Early Bird Tuition Rate until February 15th) covers all program events including the evening concert, sessions and 8 hours of instruction in classes and workshops. Partial weekend tuition options are also available. For partial weekend fees, see the application form.
The Friday afternoon class is an additional $50 for full-weekend students.

Getting more information

Website: http://upperpotomacmusic.info/
Contact: Joanie Blanton
Call: 3042632531
Email: upperpotomac [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Martinsburg, WV 25404
United States
9-11 March, 2018Upper Potomac Spring Dulcimer Fest Shepherdstown, WV

Upper Potomac Spring Dulcimer Fest

9-11 March, 2018

Details

Spring Music Weekend - March 9-11, 2018
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Karen Alley, Tina Bergmann, and Mick Doherty; plus Cape Breton fiddlers Troy McGillivray and Andrea Beaton on fiddle and piano, teaching a Cape Breton music class for all instruments. Special Guest Artist will be Persian santur player Roya Bahrami, and others, TBA. Rental instruments are available.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday, March 9, from 1pm- Sunday, March 11 at 4pm.

See webpage for detailed schedule. http:/upperpotomacmusic.info/

Cost: A weekend tuition fee of $190 ($175 Early Bird Tuition Rate until February 15th) covers all program events including the evening concert, sessions and 8 hours of instruction in classes and workshops. Partial weekend tuition options are also available. For partial weekend fees, see the application form.
The Friday afternoon class is an additional $50 for full-weekend students.

Getting more information

Website: http://upperpotomacmusic.info/
Contact: Joanie Blanton
Call: 3042632531
Email: upperpotomac [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

210 N. King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
United States

Directions: Several venues are used throughout the weekend. The concert takes place at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, at 100 W Washington Street. All venues are in walking distance.

Other comments: Workshops take place in the relaxed, retreat setting of the Shepherd University campus and surrounding historic buildings. Shepherdstown is a oldest town in West Virginia and has many quaint shops and restaurants. All weekends have classes for other instruments as well, so other family members can participate.

1-7 April, 2018The 15th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Spring Week for Intermediate/Advanced Players Sandbridge, VA

The 15th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Spring Week for Intermediate/Advanced Players

1-7 April, 2018

Details

For the last thirteen years, I have conducted four weeklong workshops for intermediate and advanced players in Sandbridge, VA with three weeks in the fall and one in the spring. In 2016, 75 players plus 18 spouses/guests attended from 25 states. Our houses are large ocean front beautiful beach houses! There is no moving your instrument and all food is included (with a chef). All you have to do is get there!

These are intensive workshops in a wonderfully relaxed and supportive environment. It is all about developing a community of players. Expect a minimum of approximately 5-6 hours of daily group instruction as well as informal individual instruction. Evenings include special sessions as well as jamming which is sometimes “structured” and sometimes informal. Additional special sessions include a Wednesday evening “coffeehouse” featuring student performances (100% optional participant) and a “beautiful tunes” jam on Friday. And fiddle lessons!

Topics include arranging, accompaniment, technique, ear training, jamming skills, developing of listening skills, application of chord theory, improvisation and much more
Written music for all versions of the pieces.
Comprehensive summary video (DVD and private youtube links)
Chef prepared dinners
Swim in the ocean which is just a stumble outside our door
Dolphins & pelicans and other creatures!
Lots of fun & games like foosball, ladder toss, pool, hot tub, bocce ball on the beach
Airport pickup and drop off
Instruments provided
Private lodging
Lots of jamming

The Spring week is be a mixed level group of intermediate through advanced players – comparable to the fall week #2 in terms of pace. The fall first week will accommodate mostly an intermediate level while fall week #2 is geared more toward a mix of strong intermediate and advanced level players while the last week is designed primarily for advanced players. However, there is usually a mix of levels at each week. Enrollment is limited to 18-20 participants per week (but is sometimes less, depending on the week). Spouses/guests are welcome for an additional fee.

Times/hours/schedule: All day

Cost: $925 shared room
$1075 private room
Includes food, lodging & workshop

Getting more information

Website: http://www.sandbridgedulcimer.com
Contact: Kenneth Kolodner
Call: 4107468387
Email: kenkolodner [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

3556 Sandfiddler Rd
Sandbridge, VA 23456
United States

Other comments: SPRING WEEK! April 2-8, 2018 (Intermediate/Advanced)

11-14 April, 2018MENUCHA DULCIMER FESTIVAL (formerly Columbia Gorge Dulcimer Festival) Corbett, OR

MENUCHA DULCIMER FESTIVAL (formerly Columbia Gorge Dulcimer Festival)

11-14 April, 2018

Details

Our 9th annual mountain dulcimer festival - 4 days of making beautiful music April 11-14 in Oregon's spectacular Columbia River Gorge!
Instructors: Aaron O'Rourke, Karen Mueller and Janita Baker.
Menucha offers delicious homemade meals with fresh bread daily, comfortable accommodations and spectacular views.

Cost: Every participant pays a program fee and for meals. The total cost will vary depending on the type of lodging chosen. Options are private, semi-private, community or commuter. See website for complete details on cost.

Getting more information

Website: https://menucha.org/programs/dulcimer-festival
Contact: Lori Nance
Call: 503-695-2243
Email: lori [at] menucha [dot] org

Venue Information

38711 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy
Corbett, OR 97019
United States

Directions: Menucha is just 30 minutes from the Portland, Oregon, airport or downtown. Visit this page for specific directions from north, south, east or west.

http://menucha.org/about-us/directions

Other comments: For photos and information about this terrific festival, visit... https://www.facebook.com/Columbia.River.Gorge.Dulcimer.Festival

Video created by a 2013 festival guest:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUOvBxGtlAw

For information on the history of Menucha, here's a TV clip:
http://www.kgw.com/travel/destinations/grants-getaways/grants-getaways-menucha-i...

30 April to 6 May, 2018Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival McCalla, AL

Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival

30 April to 6 May, 2018

Details

45th Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival which will be held April 29 – May 6, 2018. Gazebo performances will be on Friday May 4th, and Classes and open stage will be on Saturday May 5th. Prior to the Friday and Saturday events, there is informal jamming in the campground all week leading up to the festiva.

Times/hours/schedule: April 29 – May 4 Informal jams at campsites and at SADA host site and later in the week, schoolhouse jams Monday – Thursday nights.

May 3, Thursday TBA PM Ice cream and dessert social
May 4, Friday 9:30 AM Informal playing and singing by members and guests at the Gazebo next to the Country Store. Vendors open for sales all day.
May 4, Friday 5:30PM Pot Luck Supper. Bring a dish to share & the Host Club will provide the rest. Jamming afterwards!
May 5, Saturday 9AM-5 PM Hospitality tent open – Information and signup for Open stage. Vendors open for sales near Gazebo or Kiwanis Pavilion.
May 5, Saturday 9AM-Noon Lessons in mountain and hammered dulcimer & psaltery. Those attending lessons should join club. See Gazebo and Lesson Schedule.
May 5, Saturday 11:15 – 12:30 Hot dog lunch at the Event Center – Free for club members
May 5, Saturday 1 PM Open Stage at the Kiwanis Pavilion, drawing for dulcimer at end of program. School.
May 6, Sunday 9 AM Church service held in Cane Creek School House

Cost: Park entrance fee for Tannehill State Park
Attendance at festival is free. To participate in classes, open stage, gazebo performances or lunch a club membership is required, which is $20.00 per family.

Getting more information

Website: https://sdulcimer.wordpress.com/45th-annual-southern-appalachian-dulcimer-festiv...
Contact: Dawn Wilson
Call: 205 516-2854
Email: halfpintwil [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

12632 Confederate Parkway,
McCalla, AL 35111
United States

Directions: Tannehill is located off Interstate 59, 12 miles southwest of Bessemer, less than 30 minutes from downtown Birmingham. Take I-59/20 to Exit 100 and follow the signs (appoximately 2 miles) or you can take I-459 to Exit 1 and follow signs (approximately 7 miles).

6-11 May, 20186th Annual Spring Hammered Dulcimer Chord Camp Asheville, NC

6th Annual Spring Hammered Dulcimer Chord Camp

6-11 May, 2018

Details

It's all about the chords! Learn how to identify, play and use chords on your Hammered Dulcimer for both ensemble backup and creating beautiful solo arrangements. Intensive participatory workshops for a limited number of intermediate and advanced students.

Part of the Hammered Dulcimer Academy at Perelandra

Times/hours/schedule: Mon-Fri 9:00AM -4:30PM

Cost: Around $1100 for the week including meals and lodging. See website for details

Getting more information

Website: http://www.jonweinberg.com/ChordCamp
Contact: Jon Weinberg
Call: (978) 500-0600
Email: jon [at] jonweinberg [dot] com

Venue Information

Jerry Read Smith's Perelandra studio and performance center
Asheville, NC
United States

Directions: (provided upon enrollment)

Other comments: Annual event held each spring in Asheville, NC and each fall in New England

13-18 May, 2018Hammered Dulcimer Arranging Camp Asheville, NC

Hammered Dulcimer Arranging Camp

13-18 May, 2018

Details

Building on the use of chords for arranging from HD Chord Camp, this session focuses on the use of various techniques and embellishments to turn your favorite fast and slower tunes on the hammered dulcimer into polished performance pieces.

This will be a very small-group session to insure a lot of personal coaching, with time and space for you to develop and practice your arrangements.

Times/hours/schedule: 9:00 - 4:30 each weekday

Cost: Approx. $1300 for the week including meals and lodging. See the website for details.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.jonweinberg.com/ChordCamp
Contact: Jon Weinberg
Call: 978 500-0600
Email: jon [at] jonweinberg [dot] com

Venue Information

Jerry Read Smith's Perelandra studio and performance center
Asheville, NC
United States

Directions: Will be provided when enrolled.

1-3 June, 2018Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat Centreville, MD

Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat

1-3 June, 2018

Details

Workshops on mountain dulcimer and other folk instruments

Times/hours/schedule: Noon Friday through Noon Sunday

Cost: Several affordable choices for any budget including camping, hostel style bunk house and a luxurious retreat center.

Getting more information

Website: http://www.marylandfolk.com
Contact: Pat Costello
Call: 410-968-3873
Email: ask.patrick [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

401 Jack Elliot Way
Centreville, MD 21617
United States

Other comments: Located on the grounds of Camp Pecometh by the Charles river. Plenty of space for jamming, relaxing and socializing.

8-10 June, 2018Mystery of Modes Workshop-Boston! AUBURNDALE, MA

Mystery of Modes Workshop-Boston!

8-10 June, 2018

Details

A workshop exploring modes used for relaxation, in therapeutic music, and in Celtic and American traditional music. We'll cover defining characteristics and basic chord progressions as well as improvising. This workshop is geared to hammered dulcimers and harps, but other instruments are welcome. 10 CEUs available for therapeutic musicians.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday 6/8/18 6:30 pm-Sunday 6/10/18 noon

Cost: RESIDENTIAL (Fri/Sat nights lodging, Fri dinner, Sat lunch, 2 breakfasts and all classes), $425 if registered by 3/1/18, $475 after that date.
COMMUTER (includes classes, Fri dinner and Sat lunch)
$300 if registered by 3/1/18, $350 after that date.
CEUs and private room, extra fee. See website for more details.

Getting more information

Website: https://www.karenashbrook.com/lessons/mystery_ma.html
Contact: Karen Ashbrook
Call: 301-655-0103
Email: mail [at] karenashbrook [dot] com

Venue Information

The Walker Center, 144 HANCOCK ST
AUBURNDALE, MA 20466
United States

Directions: https://www.karenashbrook.com/documents/WalkerCenterTravelInfo.pdf

Other comments: Visit the main Mystery of Modes page for a description, testimonials and general information about the workshop. https://www.karenashbrook.com/lessons/mystery.html

1-7 July, 2018Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas Joseph, OR

Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas

1-7 July, 2018

Details

Our 8th annual adult dulcimer camp is held at Wallowa Lake, near the town of Joseph at the foot of the 9500' Wallowa Mountains in northeast Oregon. Instructors include: Rob Brereton (intermediate, advanced), Thomasina Levy (advanced beginner, intermediate), Sarah Kate Morgan (advanced beginner, advanced), and Bob Webb (beginners). There are classes for every level. Meals and lodging are available at camp, as well as in the area nearby. Hosted by Heidi Muller and Bob Webb.

Times/hours/schedule: Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 3:00 pm Registration
Daily intensive classes 8:45 - 11:30 am, and afternoon electives
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 11:00 am Checkout

Cost: 2017 student registration $320-350; will be updated for 2018
Lodging and meals extra

Getting more information

Website: http://wallowadulcimer.com
Contact: Heidi Muller
Call: 304-382-9422
Email: wallowadulcimer [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
United States

Directions: I-84 east or west, exit at La Grande, OR, then Hwy 82 to Wallowa Lake. Details will be provided to registrants.

Other comments: Lodging includes cabins, tent camping, a few RV spots without hookups, and a women's dormitory-style bunkhouse. Lodging nearby includes Eagle Cap Chalets, RV Park at the River, Flying Arrow Resort cabins, Wallowa Lake Lodge, Wallowa Lake State Park, Indian Lodge Motel in Joseph.

7 July, 2018Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas Joseph, OR

Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas

7 July, 2018

Details

Our 8th annual adult dulcimer camp is held at Wallowa Lake, near the town of Joseph at the foot of the 9500' Wallowa Mountains in northeast Oregon. Instructors include: Rob Brereton (intermediate, advanced), Thomasina Levy (advanced beginner, intermediate), Sarah Kate Morgan (advanced beginner, advanced), and Bob Webb (beginners). There are classes for every level. Meals and lodging are available at camp, as well as in the area nearby. Hosted by Heidi Muller and Bob Webb.

Times/hours/schedule: Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Registration starts at 3:00 pm
Daily intensive classes 8:45 - 11:30 am, and afternoon electives
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Check out by 11:00 am

Cost: 2017 price $320-350; will be updated for 2018
Lodging and meals extra

Getting more information

Website: http://wallowadulcimer.com
Contact: Heidi Muller
Call: 304-382-9422
Email: wallowadulcimer [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
United States

Directions: I-84 east or west, exit at La Grande, OR, then Hwy 82 to Wallowa Lake. Details will be provided to registrants.

Other comments: Lodging includes cabins, tent camping, a few RV spots without hookups, and a women's dormitory-style bunkhouse. Lodging nearby includes Eagle Cap Chalets, RV Park at the River, Flying Arrow Resort cabins, Wallowa Lake Lodge, Wallowa Lake State Park, Indian Lodge Motel in Joseph.