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Dulcimer Days fun planned in Roscoe Village

| June 12, 2014

COSHOCTON – The 40th consecutive Coshocton Dulcimer Days promises to be filled with old-fashioned entertainment, educational opportunities, and a chance to see and hear previous national dulcimer contest winners. This year’s festival is back in its original home in Roscoe Village for the third year and will be June 13 – 15.

The festival begins Friday at 1 p.m. with a variety of workshops at Central Ohio Technical College. Six workshops will be presented from 1 – 2 p.m., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., and 4 – 5 p.m. on Friday. Instructors will include headliners Stephen Seifert, Cathy Barton and Dave Para, as well as Bing Futch, David and Annette Lindsey, Jan Hammond, Paul Conrad, Nathaniel Samsel, Mark Wade, and many others. Each workshop is $15 and there are beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. Tickets can be picked up at the central registration table near the Warehouse Restaurant or at the information table at COTC.

“People come for the workshops,” said Louise Cardenzana. “That’s the only thing we charge for during the festival, so the workshops are very important.”

Relax in the Warehouse Courtyard and listen to the mini-concerts from 5:30 – 7:45 p.m. The day will end with a jam session in the COTC parlor from 8 – 10 p.m.

Workshops continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at COTC. Mini-concerts will also be in the Warehouse Courtyard from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. which will feature two vendors and winners from the 2013 National Championship, Nate Pultorak and Nathaniel Samsel. Pultorak placed third on the hammered dulcimer and Samsel placed second on the mountain dulcimer. Make sure to also check out jam sessions happening all day throughout the village. Saturday will conclude with the headliner concert at Roscoe United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. featuring Seifert, Barton, and Para.

“At the concert on Saturday night, we have a good group of local people and it’s free,” said Cardenzana. “We pay our performers through very generous people in the community.”

Sunday begins with a brunch at the Warehouse Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. with a gospel sing to follow. After the gospel sing, there will be the duet competition and the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships at noon on the Main Stage in the Village. The Dulcimer Days Festival is an accredited site for the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships, and winners go on to compete at nationals.

The Dulcimer Days will also feature five items for raffle. David and Annette Lindsey are donating a hammered dulcimer to be raffled. Paul Conrad is donating one of his mountain dulcimer, Terry Kirby is giving a bowed psaltery to be raffled, and Wildwood Music is donating a Larivee D-02 guitar. Jan Myers at the Coshocton Visitor’s Bureau is donating a selection of Coshocton County wines. Tickets are available at the information table at the festival and are $1 for one, six for $5 and 13 for $10.

“The dulcimer is associated with old time and Appalachian music and people who come are people who come for love of the instrument,” said Cardenzana. “They spend a lot of money on these instruments and they just love them. It’s a tight-knit community. You can sit down with these instruments and very quickly, play music, and it’s also the opportunity to play with other people.”

For more information on Dulcimer Days, visit www.coshoctondulcimerdays.com.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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