THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
23rd Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited, Ashley, Ohio

March 5 - 9, 2014

 

   

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Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals          2013          2012          2011 (20th)         Before the 20th 

 

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Buckeye Dulcimer Festival - 2014

The 23rd Buckeye Dulcimer Festival closed yesterday with the Gospel Sing and a fantastic raffle.   Evaluations say that the festival was great!  

Our staff was fun and accepting from the start with Brian and Debbie at the registration table, picking up t-shirts, and the opening orientation.   'Rindercella' ... Buckeye style won't be soon forgotten.   After orientation and being able to talk with instructors, everyone seemed to relax into a really fine Wednesday night jam.  Each instructor called a song to get started.  I enjoyed it very much.

Extended classes of Thursday and Friday and the weekend schedule featuring mini sessions and concerts on Friday and Saturday night went smoothly.   More updates including pictures to come!

THANK YOU ALL!!!

Sincerely .... Shari and Joyce

PS.   Look for Buckeye dates for 2015 soon.

 

 

 

Pictures and Videos - Buckeye Dulcimer Festival - 2014

Class Open Stage - 'Opening Ceremony'

 

 

 

 

 

Here's just an idea of what to expect at Buckeye 2014.
 

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

The festival/camp edition will start with Wednesday night's  (March 5, 2014) orientation, skits, jamming, and more. 

We'll continue on Thursday and Friday (March 6 & 7, 2014) with 5 hours of intensive instruction each day on the 
Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp (intermediate), Pennywhistle (intermediate) and 'Band~It' group,
evening instructor-led jams, participant and class open stages. 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                             

Friday (March 7, 2014) at 4 pm, each class will have a chance to have demonstrate what they learned during the extended session.  
Open Stage Director, Dorothy Buchanan transforms the Lodge into an Open Stage 'in the round' with classes filling
each nook and cranny.   We love the relaxed atmosphere.   With Class Open Stage, the extended portion of the
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival draws to a close.   
 

During late afternoon on Friday, we welcome our weekend participants and start to convert to a festival format including
shopping with our vendors and Friday night concert with jamming afterwards. 
 (March 7, 2014)
 

                                       SATURDAY (March 8, 2014) Includes:                                                     
A full Mini workshop schedule featuring four 75-minute sessions for mountain dulcimer; hammered dulcimer; autoharp; 
--- Intensive 3 1/2 hour workshop for Intermediate Harp with Dee Dee Tibitts;
--- Intensive 3 1/2 hour workshop for Intermediate Harmonica with Joe Steiner;

                                                                                                                      
--- 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.

--- All-day (3 1/2 hour) open jam in the Dining Hall
--- Afternoon Wedding Reception for newlyweds, Joe & Chris ... let's CELEBRATE!
--- 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 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 ... 25 in each wing.   Cabin B has been designated as our 'couples' cabin. 
Gentlemen are housed in one wing and ladies in the other.   Each year, I'm amazed at how folks 'build their nest' 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 special rates posting on the HOUSING page. 
Be sure to mention that you'll be attending the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for these reates.

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

What can't be expressed by looking at a schedule is 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 continues to work with Recreation Unlimited in keeping prices as low as possible.   I'm not sure that there are many 4-day events that have kept the overall cost including all program, lodging, and food for around $350. 

We hope this all sounds great and that you'll join us for the 23rd year of the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. 

 

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Last updated:   March 10, 2014

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