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.
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.
Small canvas bag with dulcimer embroidered on it
Fleece blanket with floral dulcimer embroidery
Faith of our Fathers CD by After Class, donated by Rob Angus who plays Hammered dulcimer on the CD.
Scarflett made and donated by Amy Parsons
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
Due to a surgery and illness, some of the people in Gazebo performances have had to drop out, therefore the Gazebo schedule and times have been revised. They are updated under the festival page, but are also linked below for your information:
Gazebo Schedule and times 2014
Several campers are already at Tannehill. It is not known yet when Campground 1 will open, the Electricity and sewer have been repaired or replaced (all sites in campground 1 will now be 50 amp), but the site grading and paving has not been completed yet.
SADA will be meeting Saturday November 2nd at the Big Oak Girls ranch in Springville, AL for our monthly jam. We will be meeting inside if the weather is cold or rainy, and outside in a pavilion if the weather is nice. We may arrive as early as 11:00 am.
Jae Thomas of the Ranch will be cooking us hamburgers, and others will be bringing slaw, baked beans, desserts and drinks. Please bring approximately $5 per person to cover the cost of the food, and your dulcimer and come have a great time. We plan to eat at approximately noon. We are planning for about 40, so if you are bringing a large group, please call Brenda Hickey to let her know how many are coming so we can get more meat.
Directions from Jae who says that people get lost using their GPS.
-Take I-59 north to the St. Clair Springs exit 156.
-At stop sign turn right onto Highway 11
-Go approximately 4.2 miles and turn left into Big Oak Ranch. (Across the road from Valley Country Store)
-You will stay on that road until you go down a steep hill. Look for the lake entrance on the right.
There is a nice article and video about Jon Harris and his dulcimers here:
Here is a link to many pictures from the SADA 2013 40th annual festival at Tannehill State park. There were some videos taken with a phone, so the sound and picture quality are poor on those.
The July – Sept newsletter has been added to our Newsletter page. SADA members have been busy playing for churches and facilities over the summer. Come join us to share the fun.
This Friday, May 24th the program Absolutely Alabama will have a segment on the 40th annual festival at Tannehill State park. The program airs on Fox (6 in Birmimingham at 10:35 p.m), but might air at other times in other programming areas.