New officers, meeting time & October Picnic

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)
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.

42nd annual festival

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:

Magnolia Strings at the Gazebo playing Clinch Mountain Backstep:

Ric & Dawn on open stage: Pants song and Sweet Hour of Prayer:

Whistle Stop Pickers at the Gazebo playing Cluck Old Hen:

Southern Strings at the Gazebo playing Bonnie Blue Flag:

Shelby Strummers at the Gazebo playing the tune Bunessan:

Royce & Darlene at the Gazebo playing song Wooden Heart:

Hangmans Reel played at the Wednesday night schoolhouse jam:

More videos to come, they take a while to process and upload.

SADA festival drawing

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.


DSC_0924Small canvas bag with dulcimer embroidered on it


DSC_0923Fleece blanket with floral dulcimer embroidery

DSC_0921Faith of our Fathers CD by After Class, donated by Rob Angus who plays Hammered dulcimer on the CD.

FullSizeRenderScarflett made and donated by Amy Parsons



Gazebo Schedule and times

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 Jam Nov 2, 2013 at Big Oak Girls Ranch

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.
-Turn left
-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.

Shirt orders

We are in the process of ordering shirts for the 40th anniversary festival, which are only available by pre order.

The following shirts are available:

T-shirts in a cotton/polyester blend

Sweat shirts in a cotton/polyester blend

Long Sleeve T-shirts (listed as LST on order form) in 100% cotton.

Ordering form is below and must be received with payment by Dawn Wilson by April 6, 2013. The design and cost(s) are listed on the order form.

If you previously sent in an order and would like to change your order, please let Dawn know as soon as possible. Note that the cost of the extra sized shirts has gone down. If you have already ordered this size and don’t want to change your order, you will be refunded the difference when you receive your shirt.