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) http://www.tannehill.org/images/park_map_new.pdf
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.
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: https://youtu.be/k8T5WCrmttk
Magnolia Strings at the Gazebo playing Clinch Mountain Backstep: https://youtu.be/p_x7CUBIdD0
Ric & Dawn on open stage: Pants song and Sweet Hour of Prayer: https://youtu.be/xvQLR5vWqgo
Whistle Stop Pickers at the Gazebo playing Cluck Old Hen: https://youtu.be/vLTnqZYkhDM
Southern Strings at the Gazebo playing Bonnie Blue Flag: https://youtu.be/Ur2SuhAv7Js
Shelby Strummers at the Gazebo playing the tune Bunessan: https://youtu.be/J2EZT_KKHkE
Royce & Darlene at the Gazebo playing song Wooden Heart: https://youtu.be/YALkpAjad2c
Hangmans Reel played at the Wednesday night schoolhouse jam: https://youtu.be/NMGKEwmgrZI
More videos to come, they take a while to process and upload.
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.
The SADA April-June newsletter has been added to the site. Information on our festival is here, as well as information on many festivals upcoming in the Southeast.
The festival flyer and Gazebo Schedule are on the festival page, but are also linked here:
42nd Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival
Gazebo Schedule and times 2015
The SADA newsletter has been posted on the newsletter page, but a link is here:
Also, the Athens club has done a wonderful article about Archie Lee, who was once president of the Ala-sippi club and was a regular at SADA events. The article also discusses Mildred & Martha Jean Crain. The link is below.
New officers have been listed on our “About” page, pictures have been added to the 2014 Festival page, and a new dues page has been added since dues will now go to our new secretary.