THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
26th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

March 7 - 11, 2018         

   

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Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals:     2017     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011 (20th)     Before the 20th
Date for future planning:  March 7 - 11, 2018 

 

WELCOME TO THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL WEBSITE!

 

Hello to All Who Love the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival: 

It is with a heavy heart, but a joyful and peaceful soul that we must let you know that Louise Ziegler (a driving force of the festival and director for the first 20 years) passed away early Friday morning, May 19, surrounded by family. She stood up to cancer and it didn't take her spirit. She was peaceful ... Hospice was wonderful.  I treasure the time we had with her and the special 'sharing' time with her daughter, Jan, early in the week.  Thinking of all the family and friends with which she has been reunited, makes my spirit smile.

There will be a Celebration of Louise's Life on June 10 at 2 pm at her home in Ashley, Ohio (232 W. High Street, bring a chair, instruments and drinks). Jan hopes to fill the yard with music, remembrances and JOY! 

We are thinking of her family but also of her music family from the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, The Gospel Retreat, The Heritage group, many area dulcimer groups, and just folks that she was able to share the joy of the dulcimer. God Speed wonderful friend!   ~~ Shari and Joyce
 

PS. Louise’s story:    https://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituary/amy-l-ziegler/  

If you would like to make a donation in Louise Ziegler’s name:       

Hospice of Marion, 1713 Marion-Mount Gilead Road, Marion, Ohio  43302 

Kilbourne United Methodist Church, 5591 State Route 521, Kilbourne, Ohio  43032 

Recreation Unlimited, Year round camp for individuals with Disabilities, and the home of the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival*.
Recreation Unlimited, 7700 Piper Road, Attn:  David Hudler, Ashley, OH  43003*As a result of a donation from the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival a couple of years ago, music has become a part of the camp program at RU.  You could designate your donation to be directed to that part of the program.

      

 

 

 

ANNOUNCING STAFF FOR THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL ...
Dates:  March 7 - 11, 2018

Hammered Dulcimer
 
Mountain Dulcimer
 
Autoharp
 
Band-it!
Acoustic-instrument group
Advanced
(5 hours one day with each instructor)
 Dee Dee Tibbits and Ilace Mears
Advanced
(5 hours one day with each instructor)
Aaron O'Rourke and Heidi Muller
Intermediate and Above
for 10 hours:

Charles Whitmer

 

Past Beginners and Above
for 10 hours:
Shari Wolf
 
Intermediate 2
(5 hours one day with each instructor)
Ilace Mears and Dee Dee Tibbits  
Intermediate 2
(5 hours one day with each instructor)
 Heidi Muller and Aaron O'Rourke

Past Beginners/Early Intermediate
for 10 hours:
Joyce Harrison

Past Beginners/Early Intermediate
for 10 hours:
Joe Steiner
 

 

Beginners for 10 hours:
Chris Steiner

Beginners for 10 hours:
Diane Hochstetler

 

These instructors will be responsible for
teaching the extended sessions on Thursday and Fridays. 

On Saturday, they will be teaching mini-sessions on a variety of their specialty topics.


Additional staff for Saturday will be listed soon.

 

 

The 26th annual Buckeye Dulcimer Festival is now History.  

It was a wonderful time !!

We made great memories and plan on sharing many of them right here on the festival website,

and on the Festival Facebook page

-- 'Band it' on Open Stage
-- Tuesday pics from early staff arrivals
 

Festival YouTube Channel
-- 'Band it' on Open Stage
 

 

A festival in Ohio ... in March???  Really?    THAT'S RIGHT!  

Here at Recreation Unlimited just north of Columbus, Ohio, we never know if we'll have fall, winter, or early spring weather ... sun, rain, ice or snow.  We've had it all.  This picture to the right tells a lot of the story. 

Up close and personal are the three folks responsible for a smooth running festival with a lot of fun added in for good measure.  

From left to right:  Joyce Harrison (BDF co-director), David Hudler (RU business director and liason), and Shari Wolf (BDF co-director).  David gave us a magic wand that we wave occasionally and He Makes It Work!

Now for the background in this picture ... people visiting, laughing, a little studying, and making the weather work. 

This begins to tell the "Buckeye Story."  This website is packed with information, but don't hesitate to email us with questions.



 

 

Buckeye Dulcimer Festival - 2018 Registration Forms

Both the Brochure and Registration form will be available for download and printing in September, 2017 (Early Bird pricing until Dec. 1)
as a PDF using Adobe Reader. 
If you don't already have it, go to www.adobe.com and download the free reader. 

Prices for March, 2018 have not been set as yet.   Use the 2017 form to get an idea of pricing of the five packages:
2017 BDF Registration Form (PDF)


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If you are new to BDF, send us an email with your mailing address, and we'll get that out to you asap.
Join our mailing list (email or snail mail):   Email us and include your information.

If you have any further questions, please call Shari or Joyce at 937-295-5253 or send us an email.

 

QUESTIONS FROM 2017

-- Do you have electrical outlets in the sleeping cabins for my CPAP machine?  YES.   Every bed has access.  Actually, there are several hospital type beds in each cabin that are plugged in.

-- What is your cancellation policy?  Questions on the Buckeye Festival Cancellation Policy. We really don't have one. We believe that everyone that registers, really wants to come. If personal illness, family illness, weather or other reasons get in the way, so be it. We refund money that has been sent for registration as soon as we can. We just need to know as soon as possible by phone or email. Give us a call at 937-295-5253 if you have more specific questions.

-- Is there Wi-fi available onsite?  Yes.  In the Welcome Center, Life Center, and marginally in the Dining Hall.

-- Do I have to sleep on an upper bunk?   NO ... no one sleeps on an upper bunk.

-- Do you provide for vegan vegetarians?
The answer is that we cannot provide for a vegan vegetarians or a Kosher diet.  The menu from 2016 is now posted on our website.  You'll also find the special dietary needs that can be offered.    The menu continues to evolve each year as our participants as well as RU's clients have special dietary needs.  There are several folks that bring some food items to supplement what RU has to offer.   Refrigeration and microwaves are available in the sleeping cabins as well as in the Dining Hall.

-- Can I come to the festival for just Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday? 
Unfortunately, no.   You can't imagine how hard we have worked with RU to keep costs to us and to you as low and reasonable as possible.  
By creating these packages (5 options including non player pricing), I think of these as the 'value meals' of BDF.   If we had to prorate pricing
for differences in the packages, we would end up charging much more.

-- Can I register and not pay for meals?   I will be commuting and don't need to have meals.  The same question because of dietary needs.
RU operation guidelines, our contract, and reasonable package pricing must include meals.  Know that each cabin as well as the dining hall has a refrigerator and microwave for your use.
 

 

2017 T-shirt Design (Posted: 4/21/17)

This design was developed by Dorothy Buchanan who has been involved with this festival all 26 years. 
We used this design in the early years and thanks to Joyce Harrison and Jill Nichols it's been updated for this year. 
We'll continue to use the 'DULCIFLY' as one of our festival logos. 
THANKS, DOROTHY... JOYCE, and JILL!!!

Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, 2017, audience pics

 

Here's just an idea of what to expect at Buckeye 2018.
March 7 - 11, 2018
 

OVERVIEW OF THE FULL Buckeye Dulcimer Festival 4-DAY EXTENDED SCHEDULE:

The festival/camp edition will start with WEDNESDAY night's orientation, skits,
BIG JAM including instructors and all participants. 

We'll continue on THURSDAY & FRIDAY with 5 hours of intensive instruction each day on the 
Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp (intermediate), and 'Band~It' Classes (multi-instrument - beyond beginners),
evening instructor-led jams and special workshop sessions, participant open stage and more. 
 


                                                                                                                                                                                             

FRIDAY
at 4 pm, there will be open stage that could feature some classes, groups, and individuals that want to share their music and take a chance on stage with the kindest audience you'll ever have.   

During late afternoon on
FRIDAY, we welcome our weekend participants and start to
convert to a festival format including shopping with our vendors (4 pm) and Friday night concert with
jamming afterwards. 


SATURDAY
                    
A FULL MINI WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:  
featuring four 75-minute sessions for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, intermediate autoharp, and other instruments TBA. 

                                                                                                              
        
BEGINNER/NEW PLAYER Classes:

Mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp. 
These 3 1/2 hour classes will provide the basic technique, repertoire, and ideas for jamming with others.

--- Morning (3 hour) open jam in the Dining Hall
--- Evening concert with jamming afterwards

SUNDAY  Morning Gospel Sing, raffle drawing, and Good-Byes

HOUSING ... STAY WITH US AT RECREATION UNLIMITED ...
MOTEL IT! ... COMMUTE FROM HOME.

Questions on RU onsite housing:   There are 3 housing cabins (A, B, and C) that consist of two wings with a large lounge and restrooms in the central area.  Each cabin can house approximately 48 participants ... 24 in each wing.  
Cabin B has been designated as our 'couples' cabin.  Gents are housed in one wing and ladies in the other.  

Each year, I'm amazed at how folks 'build their nests' in the cabins. 

Included in your confirmation letter, you'll find a listing of things that will make your stay a pleasant one. 

If this modified dorm housing setup is not for you, there is a list of area motels with rates posted in January on the HOUSING page. 
 

SUMMARY ... BUCKEYE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

What can't be expressed by looking at a schedule has to be the atmosphere of family and friendship that is 'Buckeye'. 
We feature the finest of instructors, yes, but we look for staff who are willing to give, tirelessly, of their time and talent for our participants.  Jamming can be one of the most rewarding or most frustrating experience for players. 
It is our goal to make that jamming experience, THE BEST!

BDF leadership as a lease group continues to work with Recreation Unlimited in keeping prices as
affordable as possible.   I'm not sure that there are many 4-day events that have kept the
overall cost including program, lodging, and food for these prices. 

We hope this all sounds great and that you'll join us for the 27th year of the
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. 

 

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Thanks to Dan and Angie Landrum for all they do for the Dulcimer World!

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