46th Annual Festival poster & Gazebo performances

Here is the Festival poster Flyer wpic 2019 and the Gazebo performances Gazebo Schedule 3~8~2019 for the Southern Appalachian Dulcimer festival coming up in a few weeks. They are also in the Festival information page.


Hope everyone can stay well and come enjoy the festival this year.


New Meeting Location and Dates for Saturday Jams

Since the 1st Saturday of the month frequently conflicts with holidays or other Festivals, we have moved the SADA jams to the 2nd Saturday of the month, except for our May Festival and December Christmas Party.

Also, due to the construction in downtown Birmingham, which has the interstate totally shut down for at least 14 months, we have moved our Jam location on Saturdays to Lake Crest Presbyterian Church, which is off of I-459 exit 10 about 1/2 mile north  on Highway 150.  Jams begin at 11 am and end at 2, with a short meeting at noon and a pot luck after that.  All acoustic instruments are welcome.



2018 T-shirt orders

We are ordering T-shirts for the festival this year.  The picture on the shirts was drawn for us by Sally Jordan.

Due to the shirt being a picture, they are a little more expensive than 5 years ago, and will also take a little longer to produce, therefore the deadline for ordering is March 22nd, as the order must be placed by the 23rd in order to get them in time for the festival. The front of the shirt will have the lettering high on the shirt, and the back will have the picture with lettering. Also on my computer, the blue looks darker than the shirt that we will be getting, they are the same color as the shirts we got 5 years ago.

Order Form: 2018 T-shirtOrder

T-Shirts for the 2017 SADA festival at Tannehill State park

Dulcimer Shirt for 2017 SADA Festival (prices include tax)

Sweet Melodies & Accessories

(205) 515-5089


A printable version of this form is here: Dulcimer Shirt for 2017 SADA Festival

Shirts are only available by pre-order by April 15th, there will be no extra shirts at the festival this year.


Shirts are all 50/50 cotton blend


Short sleeve T’s in sizes S-XL are $15.00

Short Sleeve T’s in sizes 2X – 4X are $17.00


Long Sleeve T’s in sizes S-XL are $17.00

Long Sleeve T in size 2X or 3X is $19.00

T-shirts for the festival are only available via pre order by April 15th.

To order shirts, please contact Sweet Melodies prior to April 15th by e-mail or phone listed above  and provide the following:

Type of shirt: short or long sleeve

Size of shirt, your name, e-mail and cell phone number


Shirts must be picked up at the SADA festival at Tannehill State park between Thursday May  4th – Saturday May 6th.

November 2016 meeting

Due to a conflict at the church, the November meeting has been moved back to the first Saturday of the month, which will be on November 5th, 2016. We will meet at 11:00 am to jam, have the meeting at noon with pot luck afterward, then more jamming  (or working on tunes for upcoming programs).  Bethlehem Methodist Church at the corner of Allison Bonnet and Tin Mill Drive in Hueytown.

43 rd annual festival notes

Our 43rd annual festival has come and gone, and it was another year with awesome weather.  We were able to use the schoolhouse for jams every night, which was nice since it rained on Monday and Tuesday and was too cold to play outside at night the rest of the week.  Due to that unfortunately there were no Kiwanis Pavilion jams, which is sad since the sound of the music floating through the park is heavenly.

Everyone was most helpful in pitching in to help and we appreciate everyone’s efforts since it wouldn’t be a great festival without all of the wonderful people that come.

There are many pictures posted on our facebook  page (look up Southern Appalachian and you should be able to find our log0), and several people have posted You Tube videos, and the links to the ones we have found are listed below:

David Bennet has done another awesome video of the park and some of the festival and we appreciate his work in doing this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os7RDaz-QlU

Lee Edmiston has posted a video of the entire Southern Strings Gazebo program from Friday May 6th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9jmvrsaq0U

Ron Zuckerman has posted his songs: Early Winter Morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my8_yKB43nY  and Watermelon Boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lvQ3fWL44A which were performed by Ron, his son Christopher, and Dawn Wilson.  Ron is an awesome composer.

Lee Edmiston has also posted videos of Bob and Rose playing Battle Cry of Freedom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnxlEGKqYkI,  and I’ll be Waiting on the Far side  Banks of Jordan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lbo5K5h6CU

Paul Sykes has posted a video of Tony Vines preaching and singing at our Schoolhouse Church Service on Saturday May 8th, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v9Xrn7VSa8

Joe Knight posted a video on Facebook of Westphalia Waltz at the schoolhouse, but you might need to sign in to facebook to see it: https://www.facebook.com/joe.knight.7564/videos/10209593705346534/



2016 SADA festival T-shirts

T-shirts will be available for the festival this year, but to guarantee a shirt it should be pre- ordered. There will also be Embroidered polo shirts and long sleeve T-shirts, but these are only available via pre order.  Shirts must be picked up at the festival.

Removed bulk of post since shirts no longer available


First meeting in January, 2016

Remember that our first meeting in January will not be on the first Saturday due to the New Years weekend, but on January 9th at 11:00 am, with lunch at noon.  We will meet at Bethlehem Methodist church in Hueytown (at the corner of Allison Bonnet and Tin Mill Road)


Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and a Blessed New Year!