We are a group of people from the Birmingham, Alabama area interested in traditional music and traditional instruments, particularly the dulcimer. We meet once a month (usually 11 am on the 2nd Saturday*) for jamming and a short business meeting. The most popular instrument in our group is the Appalachian (lap) dulcimer, but others play hammered dulcimers, guitars, etc. We welcome anyone who plays an acoustic stringed instrument and enjoys traditional music. Our festival is the week of the first Saturday in May, and our Christmas Party is the first Saturday in December.
Most months (except May and September) we meet at the Lake Crest Presbyterian Church on the second Saturday, from 11 am until 2pm. We play music until noon, have a short meeting, then have a pot luck lunch before returning to play music.
Our current Club officers are:
Rob Angus – President (205) 901-8210
Carolyn Rials – 1st Vice President
Bob Sutton – 2nd Vice President 205 668 0659
Brenda Hickey – treasurer
Sherry Knight – Secretary
Dawn Wilson – Festival Chairman/publicity phone (205) 516 2854
Our festival (see below) and picnic are at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park (www.tannehill.org).
Festival – The festival is officially on the weekend of the 1st Saturday in May, which is April 29 – May 3 2020 and will be our 47th annual festival. However, folks show up during the week before to camp, jam and socialize. The first scheduled event will be a dessert social on Thursday evening followed by group jams at the Kiwanis and Old Schoolhouse. On Friday, there will be performances all day long by individuals and clubs and a pot luck supper in the evening followed by more jams. On Saturday, there will be free lap and hammered dulcimer workshops in the morning and an open stage in the afternoon. The event is held regardless of weather. If it is raining, most of our classes are scheduled indoors or under cover and the Gazebo performances are moved to the Event Center.
Our festival is held at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla, AL just west of Birmingham (http://tannehill.org). The park has a nice campground with all sites having water and electric and a limited number of sewer sites. The only charge to attend our festival is the park admission charge or your camping fee. (note there is also an annual pass available for those who go to the park frequently)
There is no cost for Vendors at our festival, however the park requires vendors to be members of our club, which is $20 annually. Vendors should supply their own tent & tables. There are now outlets in the woods across the road from the Gazebo, so if vendors need electricity they may set up there. Vendors may set up on Friday and/or Saturday. The park rules do not allow advertising or set up at your campsite, however if someone comes to you to look at or purchase something at your campsite you may sell to them.
Annual Picnic: In September Second Saturday at Tannehill State Park Kiwanis Pavilion, 10:00 a.m until… . Bring your chair and maybe a fan to keep cool or keep the bugs off. A few of us may come and camp the week prior to the picnic. See fall newsletter for date of picnic.
Area Dulcimer groups (other acoustic instruments welcome) besides the SADA monthly meeting:
Shelby Strummers: Meet at Camp Branch Methodist Church on 123 Camp Branch Rd. in Alabaster, every other Tuesday of each month. Jams begin at noon and last to 2 pm. New attendees please call Dawn Wilson at 205 516-2854 if you plan to come for the jams. Other acoustic instruments welcome!.
Joyful Jammers / Trussville: 1st Baptist church at 128 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173 on Thursdays. Call if you need directions. Enter at the parking lot between Willow and Walnut streets, come in the corner door and take the elevator (to the left) to the 2nd floor. Jams begin at 6 p.m. New attendees please call Freda Moore at 205 655-2904 if you plan to come since occasionally the group plays at nursing homes or is canceled due to church activities or other scheduling conflicts. Other acoustic instruments welcome!
McCalla Melodies: Meet on Thursday mornings from 10:00 – 12:00 at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church 4809 Bell Hill Rd, Bessemer, Al.
The church is off exit 1 from I459. It is easy to see as it is right next to the interstate, on the side of Tannehill and on the left if headed toward Tannehill
Upon entering the church parking lot, go to the right side of the church and then around back on the side next to I459. We are meeting in the choir room. If planning to attend, please contact Marvin or Bea Farris at 615-513-0784 Marvin or 615-973-0150 Bea.