New officers, meeting time & October Picnic

The club voted to move the monthly meetings one hour earlier so that we will be eating closer to noon. Beginning in November (October is the picnic), we will begin the jam at 11:00 am, with the meeting and then pot luck at noon, with more jamming afterward.

The October 3rd picnic will begin at 10:00 am at the Forge Pavilion at Tannehill State park. The Forge Pavilion is in the Farley Field area. After entering the park gate, turn left and go past all the campgrounds and train station, and keep going straight past the exit to the left. Drive down the one way road and when you get to the Farley field area, keep going straight to the end, the Forge pavilion is near the restroom on the far side of the field. You can see where the Forge Pavilion is in this link : (in the inset map for Farley field)
Polly’s family will be providing BBQ sandwiches and sides for a donation, please bring drinks and a dessert to share. Don’t forget your chairs.

Amy Parsons has stepped down as our club president due to her helping a family member in poor health. Amy has been a great president and we will miss her, please remember them in your prayers. Our new president is LaVelle Wright, 1st vice president is Dennis Jones, and Nancy McIntosh is our new 2nd vice president. All other officers remain the same.

42nd annual festival

The Festival has come and gone for 2015, we could not have asked for better weather! Many regular attendees were missed that could not come, especially Jake.   Mark your calendars for next years festival the weekend of May 6-8, 2016 which will be our 43rd annual festival.

Below are links to some of the videos that were taken of different groups during the festival.

SADA on the open stage playing Moonshine and Mountain Home:

Magnolia Strings at the Gazebo playing Clinch Mountain Backstep:

Ric & Dawn on open stage: Pants song and Sweet Hour of Prayer:

Whistle Stop Pickers at the Gazebo playing Cluck Old Hen:

Southern Strings at the Gazebo playing Bonnie Blue Flag:

Shelby Strummers at the Gazebo playing the tune Bunessan:

Royce & Darlene at the Gazebo playing song Wooden Heart:

Hangmans Reel played at the Wednesday night schoolhouse jam:

More videos to come, they take a while to process and upload.

SADA festival drawing

Pictures of some of the items donated for our festival drawing on Saturday:


Carpe Dulcimer CD by Rob Angus and Denise Guillory. This also includes a book of the songs on the CD tabbed out.


DSC_0924Small canvas bag with dulcimer embroidered on it


DSC_0923Fleece blanket with floral dulcimer embroidery

DSC_0921Faith of our Fathers CD by After Class, donated by Rob Angus who plays Hammered dulcimer on the CD.

FullSizeRenderScarflett made and donated by Amy Parsons



Hotels near the SADA festival

For those that don’t camp, the hotels are about 10-20 miles away as we’re in a state park.  Below is a link to hotels in the area. Note that Talledega has moved the races to the same weekend as our festival, so some of the hotels are very high priced if rooms are available. There tend to be a few more rooms available and lower prices the further you get from I-20.  I believe the motel off of I-459 exit 6 has the best prices and most availability, and is it in a very good area of town.

Link here:  Hotels

For those of you who do camp, a list of stores is at the bottom of the Hotel page.