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 noon on the first 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.
Most months (except May and October) we meet at the Bethlehem Methodist Church on the first Saturday, at the Corner of Tin Mill Road and Allison Bonnett Drive, in Hueytown. Come in the entrance on the side of the building facing Tin Mill Road. (do not enter upstairs via the handicap ramp but below underneath the steps).
Our current Club officers are:
Dennis Jones- President (205-452-2233) dendenjones50 at gmail.com
Frank Smelley- 1st Vice President
Carol Ratliff – 2nd Vice President
Joyce Clark – treasurer (see contact information in newsletter)
Freda Moore – Secretary ftm202fm at gmail.com H (205) 655-2904 Cell (205) 200-5183
Dawn Wilson – Festival Chairman/publicity e-mail halfpintwil at gmail.com or phone (area code two zero five) 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 1st Saturday in May, which is May 5, 2018 and will be our 45rh 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 Kiwanis pavilion.
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 or October 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 205 516-2853 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 Bobbie Payne at 205 655-2386 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!
Dulcet Tones: Not meeting regularly at this time.