Festival Flyer

The 50th anniversary festival is quickly coming up. Links below to the first two pages of our festival flyer. The Gazebo and teaching schedule is still being finalized. Don’t forget to order your T-shirt if you haven’t already.



SADA meeting day change

SADA members voted to change the meeting day back to the first Saturday for most months of the year. Due to holidays and conflicts with some other events, a few meetings will be on the second Saturday.

Here are the meeting dates that both the membership and Tannehill have approved for 2023: All are the 1st Saturday except July, September, and October.

January 7th (Most years we will probably meet on the 2nd Saturday but this year the 1st Saturday doesn’t conflict with the New Year’s holiday.)
February 4th
March 4th
*April 8th (moved so no conflict with Montgomery Dulcimer Festival)
May 6 – We always have our festival on the first weekend in May.
June 3rd
*July 8th – 2nd weekend
August 5th
*September 9th  – 2nd weekend due to availability of the Kiwanis pavilion and Labor day holiday
*October 14th – 2nd weekend to avoid conflict with the Athens Fiddlers Convention
November 4th
December 2nd (We will probably also be playing for the Candlelight walk this weekend.)

49th Annual Festival

Latest flyer update is here: https://sdulcimer.files.wordpress.com/2022/04/2022-flyer-and-gazebo-times-43022.pdf

We have a food truck coming on Saturday, but were not able to get a food truck for Friday, so will take orders for a Chick Fil A delivery on Friday.

Orders must be received and paid for by 7pm on Thursday night, however they have asked us to get most of our order in by Wednesday noon, so they can make sure they have enough food. Please bring your order to Dawn Wilson with cash or a check made out to Southern Appalachian Dulcimer association if possible by Wednesday at noon (Dawn is in site 128), or at the latest by Thursday May 5th before 7pm. Meals should be at the park Friday May 6th by 11:30 am.

Link to order form with prices. Drinks will be canned or bottled drinks: https://sdulcimer.files.wordpress.com/2022/04/2022-cfa-meal-order-form.pdf

2022 49th Annual Festival at Tannehill State Park

We’re getting excited about our 49th annual Dulcimer festival that will be held at Tannehill State park in McCalla, Alabama in May. Please find below a link to our festival flyer. Note that this is 2 pages. We are working on the Gazebo lesson schedule, so hopefully will have it out by the end of the month. If you are interested in teaching (especially a beginner class), please contact Dawn Wilson as soon as possible. If you would like your group to perform at the Gazebo, please contact Carol Ratliff as soon as possible.

Link to festival flyer: https://sdulcimer.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/2022-festival-flyer-wjoe.pdf

2022 Festival update Tannehill May 1-8

Joe Collins will be teaching dulcimer, as well as selling New Harmony dulcimers

Jan Hammond will also be teaching Appalachian Dulcimer

Don Hill will be teaching Hammered Dulcimer

Designs by Jen will be selling T-shirts

Thursday night we will have a shrimp boil provided by SADA at the Kiwanis. You may bring sides or desserts

Friday night is pot luck supper at the Event Center. Please bring a dish.

We are working on having Joe Collins teach a paid dulcimer class on Thursday at the Schoolhouse, watch this site, Facebook and if a member your e-mails for more details.

If you are interested in performing at the Gazebo, please contact Carol Ratliff as soon as possible.

Meeting Location

the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer association now meets at Tannehill state park for it’s monthly meetings. For cold/hot or rainy weather we will be in the museum in the room just to the right of the entrance. On nice weather days, we will be at the Gazebo. We usually meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month (except May and December), and begin playing music at 11am, have a short meeting at noon with a pot luck lunch after, then jamming again afterward. All acoustic instruments are welcome.

Temporary meeting location change

The November 13, 2021 meeting of SADA is going to be at the home of Ken Waites due to construction going on at the church due to the flooding that they had last month. The meeting will be from 10-12, however if you would like to learn the tune “In The Bleak Midwinter”, Rob will be teaching it at 9:30 am. Music is under the ‘Christmas’ tab in the SADA dropbox folder. We will not have a pot luck this month, and due to the location change, please bring a chair. If you need directions to Ken’s house, please call Ken at 205 601-2485, Rob Angus at 205 901-8210, or Dawn Wilson at 205 516-2854

The December 4th 2021 Christmas party will be held from 11- 2 at Tannehill State park in the Nelson House and we will have the pot luck beginning at noon. There is an oven in the house if you need to keep something warm, and a fridge if you need to keep something cold. SADA will provide drinks and plates/utensils.

48th annual festival at Tannehill State Park

We will be holding our 48th annual festival at Tannehill state park in McCalla, Alabama this year. Everything will be held outside (but often under a pavilion) due to Covid. Official activities begin on Thursday night, when we have the ‘Cantina On Wheels’ Mexican food truck coming to the Kiwanis Pavilion for us to purchase our dinners, then jam afterward. We did not feel it was safe to have a pot luck or hot dog supper due to Covid. The Cantina is well known for it’s food, and I’ve already had some friends say they will come to the park just for the food.

Friday morning will begin with Gazebo performances at the Gazebo – we currently have 10 groups signed up to perform, 5 in the morning and 5 after lunch.

Friday night we are working on either getting a Food Truck (most are booked already), or having a food order instead of our normal Pot luck supper, and of course jamming afterward in the Kiwanis Pavilion.

Saturday we have 3 groups lined up to perform at the Gazebo and Jan Hammond will be teaching a beginning dulcimer class from 9-10:25 at the Kiwanis and an intermediate class from 10:30 – noon.

Saturday lunch: Chick Fil A will have a tent set up to sell lunches from 11-1 at the Kiwanis Pavilion.

Saturday afternoon is open stage at the Kiwanis Pavilion.

Sunday morning is our church service at the Kiwanis Pavilion at 9am.