October 30, 2018 Galax Presentation

Bridgewater resident Phyllis Gaskins will share her story of how she fell in love with the Galax Style dulcimer, and how it became her passion  to preserve and share this style of music for generations to come. This session is being offered FOR OUR CLUB MEMBERS, but is open to all – please come, invite friends and family!
Date and Time:  10:30 am on October 30, 2018.
Location:  Alexander Mack A, Maple Terrace, Bridgewater Retirement Community, 302 North Second Street & Virginia Avenue, Bridgewater, Virginia
Phyllis  is the ultimate authority on Galax duclimers and their history, and this is a unique opportunity to learn first hand from the acknowledged expert! 
 
Galax Dulcimer/Melton Family Tradition – “Galax Style” is the term given to cover a type of dulcimer and a style of playing from the southwestern area of the state of Virginia, in particular the playing of one family in and around the area of Galax – the Meltons.  This dulcimer style dates back to the mid-1800s and is one of the oldest in the history of mountain dulcimers predating the dulcimer revival which started around the 1960s. Phyllis will share her collection of Galax dulcimers, demonstrate playing with the turkey quill, and present a slide show of features of the instrument.
 

September 22, 2018 Fall Picnic Pics

Here’s a couple pictures from our 2018 picnic.
While disappointed that some folks who had planned on coming on the original date were not able to make it, we were delighted to have a good turnout for the slow jam, and, of course enjoyed the great food!  Thanks to all!
The Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Players FALL PICNIC and JAM has been re-scheduled for September 22,  due to the effects of Florence and the forecast for rain, flooding and high winds.  This will be our THIRD SATURDAY JAM, thus no jam is scheduled at Augusta Library, Sat. 15.  Slow jam will begin at 11:00. Regular jam begins after lunch. Bring your dulcimer, chair, and whatever you need for jamming!   Gather at Shelter #4 (go straight when entering the park).  Bring your dulcimer and a chair for playing!
PLEASE RSVP  by Saturday September 15 to Becky Chalam (or blueridgedulcimer@comcast.net) letting us know how many in your family will be coming.  If you have already replied, but now will not be able to attend on Sept. 22, please drop Becky a note.
The schedule for the day will be:
  • Plan to arrive between 11 and noon, and set up for our picnic.  A “slow jam” is planned between 11 and noon; we will “boil that cabbage” while food is getting set up!  Consider this an “introduction to jamming” for newbies and a chance to play some slow tunes, for any who might find fast jam tunes daunting! So, plan to bring your dulcimer and chair!  Dinah Ansley will lead this jam; bring your Dave Haas Jam book.  We have only two more jam books left at the special club price.
  • Lunch will be at noon – bring a dish to share, BBQ chicken will be provided by the club!  –Bring a friend and family, too!  Paper plates, plastic ware and water will be provided.
  • We will continue with a jam after our meal, playing some of our usual jam favorites and a few faster tunes.
  • (In the case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook Page or website for updates or cancellation information).

Note: there will be no Jam held at the Fishersville Library on Sept. 15, 2018; as we will be jamming together at Grand Caverns Park in Grottoes, VA on Sept. 22!

Last year, we enjoyed great fall weather, playing outside, visiting with old and new friends, and sampling great picnic fare!

Photos from our September 30, 2017 Annual Picnic at Grand Caverns Park in Grottoes

 

Join Us At Our Next Jam

For your calendar:   
*On October 30, at 10:30 am,  Phyllis Gaskins will share a presentation on the history of Galax dulcimers.  See more here. Plan to come and bring a friend!
*Our November Jam in Fishersville is our annual business meeting, just prior to our 2 pm jam.
*Our December Jam in Fishersville, December 15, will be our "annual" Holiday Concert, from 2 - 4 pm.  Plan to prepare some carols and seasonal songs. If you would like to share some music, please write Dinah Ansley, letting her know what you will be playing (so we don't get too many duplications!)..

Our next First Saturday jam will be October 6,  2018 from 2 – 4 pm in the Shenandoah Room at Maple Terrace in the Bridgewater Retirement Community.    We hope to see you there!

Note:  We have purchased several club copies of our new “jam books” by Dave Haas.  If you are interested in purchasing one, please let one of the officers know.   Bring any tab from our Dave Haas workshop if you wish to play some of those!
Summer First Saturday Jams MAY be relocated to the Oasis, just for fun, for sharing and for being in an outdoor venue.  This always depends on the availability of the Oasis Shelter in the Bridgewater Retirement Village, as well as weather!  If the location is changed from the Shenandoah Room, members will be notified via email.
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Our next Third Saturday jam will be October 20, at the Augusta County Library in Fishersville, downstairs.  Hope you can join us!

For your calendar:  Our November Jam in Fishersville is our annual business meeting, just prior to our 2 pm jam. Our December Jam in Fishersville, December 15, will be our "annual" Holiday Concert, from 2 - 4 pm.  Plan to prepare some carols and seasonal songs. More info about a schedule for sharing will come later.

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Note: In the event of inclement weather, PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE for a notification of cancellation.


Note:  We have purchased several club copies of our new “jam books” by Dave Haas.  If you are interested in purchasing one, please let one of the officers know.   There will be some available at the jam.  Bring any tab from our Dave Haas workshop if you wish to play some of those!
Note: In the event of inclement weather, PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE for a notification of cancellation.

2018 Jam and Program Schedule

Special Events for your calendar:   
*On October 30, at 10:30 am, Phyllis Gaskins will share a presentation on the history of Galax dulcimers. More info here. See more here. Plan to come and bring a friend! *Our November Jam in Fishersville is our annual business meeting, just prior to our 2 pm jam.
*Our December Jam in Fishersville, December 15, will be our "annual" Holiday Concert, from 2 - 4 pm.  Plan to prepare some carols and seasonal songs. If you would like to share some music, please write Dinah Ansley, letting her know what you will be playing (so we don't get too many duplications!).

October 6, 2018 – First Saturday Jam in Bridgewater Retirement Community’s Maple Terrace

October 20, 2018 – Third Saturday Jam in the Augusta County Library in Fishersville

October 30, 2018 – A special presentation on the Galax Dulcimer by Phyllis Gaskins, the ultimate expert on Galax duclimers and their history – 10:30 – noon.  Details here.

November 3, 2018 – First Saturday Jam in Bridgewater Retirement Community’s Maple Terrace

November 17, 2018 – Third Saturday Jam in the Augusta County Library in Fishersville and ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING with election of officers for 2019 – 2020.

December 1, 2018 – First Saturday Jam in Bridgewater Retirement Community’s Maple Terrace

December 11, 2018 – Holiday Musical Sharing at Bridgewater Retirement Community’s Maple Terrace, tentative time from 10 am to noon.

December 15, 2018 – Annual Holiday Concert and Sharing – Augusta County Library, Fishersville, from 2 – 4 pm.

 

Joe Collins Workshop Photos

Our Joe Collins Dulcimer Workshop

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church

We had a great day Saturday, enjoying three workshops with Joe, sharing our bag lunches in the Fellowship Hall or out in the sunny weather by the Tinkling Spring. We enjoyed our evening meal supplied by club members and the visiting time it provided us.

This before-supper photo included only those who stayed for supper.  Somehow the day (and attendees!) slipped away before we snapped a photo will all our club members who were there!  We’ll have to do better next workshop!

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The 6:00 pm Evening Concert by Joe Collins was a delight and enjoyed by a good sized group!  Thanks to all who came, participated and shared!

Joe Collins was winner of the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in 2007 in Winfield, KS, in addition to numerous other awards! Over the past twenty years, he has had the opportunity to teach and play in festivals from California to the east coast, from Florida to Vermont, and a lot of places in between.   His performances are sprinkled with a lot of humor and some excellent mountain dulcimer playing – sure to bring a smile to audiences of all ages.

Sunday Afternoons at Humpback Rock

We hope you can come join us in a jam at the Humpback Rock Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway! Club members will be playing from 2 – 4 pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of  June, July, August, and September.  If the weather is agreeable, October, too!  It’s always a fun way to spend time with the dulcimer community and to share our music with visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway!

Bring your own chair – sometimes we play on the porch of the Joe Clark cabin right down the path, and sometimes we play on the platform under the big tree.

On the Porch Humpback 2015

Photos from our Dec. 16 Concert

Enjoy these photos and audio clips of our December 16 Holiday Concert at the Fishersville Library!

 

Cville Group

This is a sound clip from the concert:

Members of the BRMDP Club shared seasonal music at the Augusta County Public Library in Fishersville  on December 16, 2017.

A HOLIDAY TREAT
featuring
MANY VOICES OF THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER
concluding with a SING-A-LONG
presented by the BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYERS

Those sharing music included:

SWEET STRING SISTERS – from the Waynesboro area
DULCE, CHARLOTTESVILLE DULCIMER CIRCLE – from the Charlottesville area
MARYLOUISE’S FINGERPICKING GROUP – primarily the Shenandoah Valley from Bridgewater to Greenville
PARICIA AND SHANNON DUO
DINAH’S BRIDGEWATER GROUP – this will be the “sing-a-long” group and last group to perform before a final invitation for all dulcimers players to join in playing/singing WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS.