2017 Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête

Please save the date for next year’s Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête:
March 9-12, 2017 at West Baton Rouge Community Center,
Port Allen, Louisiana


Download Registration here: lagniappe-fete-2017-final-registration-form

Dear Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Club, Helen Bankston and I (Maylee Samuels) are the Co-Chairs for the 16th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Society Fête being held in Port Allen, Louisiana, March 9 through March 12, 2017.  Although it is several months away, we are eager for clubs in the South to know about our festival and to begin making plans to attend.
The extensive flooding in August in our area did not impact the festival grounds and buildings; we are planning a fête that is larger than ever – with 72 workshops on mountain and hammered dulcimer and other acoustic instruments and still counting.
The theme this year is “Yankee Doodle Dulcimer & Extravaganza.” We have planned a fun array of events to celebrate a patriotic theme and music blended with the bayous and Cajun culture of Louisiana.
Helen Bankston has lined up another stellar cast of featured workshop leaders and performers including mountain dulcimer instructors Dana Gruber, Aaron O’Rourke, Carol Walker, Pam Weeks and Margaret Wright.  Irish, Manx, fiddle, waltz, jazz, contemporary music are on the schedule as well as techniques and skills. Vendors, Gary Sager, Annette Lindsey and Dottie Shephard, will teach mountain dulcimer, too.
Special activities include:
·        Thursday afternoon extended workshop for Beginner/Novice dulcimer players with Margaret Wright,
·        Thursday afternoon multi-instrument orchestra with Lagniappe member Lisa Oivanki. She has obtained permission to orchestrate the song, “River, Take Me Along,” by Bill Staines. It is one of the most beautiful and poignant songs ever written, in my opinion.
·        Thursday afternoon 3rd Annual Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship. It is for amateur’s (not sanctioned by Winfield), so come show us your talent! Rules and deadlines are on our WEB site.
·        Thursday afternoon — A taste of Louisiana cuisine with boudin balls, fried alligator and crawfish pies.
·        Thursday night extravaganza concert with a patriotic theme including our performers, Lagniappe members and crowning a new king and queen.
For hammered dulcimer players:
·        If you have always wanted to learn the hammered dulcimer, Steve Heiser will teach extended workshops Friday and Saturday mornings with several loaner dulcimers available (first come, first serve).
·        For intermediate hammered dulcimer players, we have a full schedule of workshops taught by vendors David Lindsey (hammered dulcimer builder), Dan Landrum (Dulcimer Players News editor), Denise Guillory (Louisiana player extraordinaire) and instructor Steve Heiser.
For fiddlers:
·        Pam Weeks from Maine is coming to teach Cajun fiddler music!
For authoharp players:
·        Charles Whitmer is coming as our autoharp workshop leader. How exited are we about this!
For guitar, ukulele, banjo and pennywhistle players, percussion and sacred harp:
·        We have a variety of workshop leaders lined up including the talented Danny Shepherd on percussion, Pam Kaster (pennywhistle), David Porter (banjo), Hank Gruber and, Steve Heiser (guitar), Dana and Hank Gruber (ukulele),  Charles Whitmer (sacred harp).
Other activities and unique workshops include:
·        Lots of jamming in each time slot including a Cajun song jam and “I didn’t know you could play that tune in a jam”.
·        TablEdit music notation software classes with Jak Stallings.
·        “Performance Critique” with Dottie and Danny Shepherd. So, put your ensemble or solo work to the test for Danny & Dottie to fine-tune.
·        “Creatively putting a song to music” with Lagniappe members Bonnie Guelfo and Maylee Samuels.
·        How to build a dulcimer with our dulcimer doctor Terry McCafferty.
·        How to purchase and care for a dulcimer with vendor Gary Sager.
A Sunday morning gospel sing ends our festival
Concerts – There are concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as Friday and Saturday afternoons. Plus an open stage Saturday afternoon. Whew!
We have a full line-up of vendors including both a dulcimer doctor and fiddle doctor who will re-hair bows. In fact, vendor tables are sold out.
And enjoy meals catered by our new caterers, Walk-On’s Sport Bar and Catering and Logan Farms. We will again be serving complimentary breakfast at the Community Center for early risers.
Plus.  We have a new T-shirt design, see attached draft. And unique raffle and door-prizes.
Fête Venue Site: West Baton Rouge Community Center & next door Museum for all Fête events – 749 North Jefferson Street, Port Allen, LA 70767.
Fête Camping: There are camping spots next to the Community Center. You must reserve – Call (225) 336-2423 & ask for Raina.  There is also camping at nearby Denham Springs KOA.  Farr Family Park has camping, too, including pass through R.V. slots and increased amps, but no reservations are taken.
Fête Motel: A special rate for rooms at near-by Hampton Inn & Suites has been secured. Call Hampton for reservations. 1-800 Hampton or directly at (225) 389-6655 and provide the code (DUL) or ask for the “Dulcimers Block.” Special rate is available ONLY for March 9-12, 2017,  Register  on-line on a dedicated page by following a link on our club WEB site.
Lagniappe Dulcimer Web Site: http://www.lagniappedulcimerbr.org/
Our web site has more Fête information, registration forms, vendor information and teacher/performer bio’s & class descriptions. It will be updated during the fall and winter. It also includes deadlines and cut-off dates for ordering meals, T-shirts, reserving campsites and hotel rooms and fête refunds.
We are working hard to make the 2017 Fête successful and thank you for your support in keeping dulcimer and acoustic folk music alive in the digital age.   And I think we have planned something for everyone – whether you play a musical instrument or not!
Please indicate if you served in our armed forces when registering, so we may recognize you during our fête.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call:
Maylee Samuels (225)-924-6063 — mayleesam@aol.com or
Helen Bankston at 225-753-7917 –hmbankston@cox.net or
Registration Chair, Marie Varnes 225-767-0211 –marieewv@gmail.com
Come join us in March 2017 for a Louisiana fun-filled weekend of music!  Maylee and Helen