Jeff Furman – May 2, 2020 Workshop

Plans are underway for a May 2 WORKSHOP featuring JEFF FURMAN. Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist (mountain dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, guitar, autoharp, and string bass) who has been playing old-time music since 1980. Primarily a banjo player for many years, Jeff developed a rhythmic and melodic style of playing which has heavily influenced his dulcimer playing. 

Jeff has won numerous dulcimer competitions in North Carolina and Virginia. Most notably, he was Champion Mountain Dulcimer player at the Fiddler’s Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC, numerous times, and he has also won awards on the mountain dulcimer at the prestigious Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Virginia. Jeff’s playing has been described as fluid and expressive, and, in his hands the mountain dulcimer becomes an instrument capable of creating a wide array of moods, emotions, and feelings.


Save the date: MAY 2,2020 –  DULCIMER WORKSHOP, location to be announced.

Retirement Communities & More

Music Memories:

Familiar Music for those in Nursing Care, Memory Units and Retirement Villages

In the dining rooms, the community rooms and gathering places of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, White Birch Retirement Home, Sunnyside Retirement Community, The Springs Retirement Community in Hot Springs, and Brookdale Senior Living, strains of familiar tunes and hymns are often heard. Tom and Jan Scanlan, have entertained in these venues for literally hundreds of hours over the years. They are greeted enthusiastically, and the question each time at the end is “When will you be back?”

Sometimes they are joined by other club members and players, and make special appearances from time to time to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions.

Jan, Shannon, Patricia and Tom at the Sugar Maple Festival

In addition to their regular circuit in the retirement communities, they make an annual appearance at the Maple Sugar Festival in Highland Co., in March and at the Hands and Harvest Festival in Highland Co. in October each year.

Jan at Highland’s Old Time Fiddler’s Convention

Jan and Tom include music related stops in their travels, including several areas that claim they are the home to Old Joe Clark of the old time tune. However, Kentucky may have the most authentic claim; they have his statue and  plaque to prove it!

Old Joe Clark himself, at home in Kentucky!

“Heartstrings”

Some of our northern-most club members are the “Heartstrings”

Club members Vicky Germroth, Arna Zulauf, Irene Mertens, Ann Grisdale and Sally Walters gather to play as “Heartstrings”.  This year they played at the Greenfield Nursing Home in Strasburg in February, April and May. They took our Limberjack  (Jig Doll) and the residents loved it!  They also attended the Poconos Dulcimer Festival in Stroudsburg, PA in April.  In October, Tom and Jan Scanlan joined the group as they played at Brookdale Senior Living in Harrisonburg. Last December Heartstrings played Christmas music at the “Merriment in Middletown” event  and at Bellegrove Plantation in Middletown and are scheduled to perform at both places again this December.

“The Pride”

The Pride of the Blue Ridge – Blue Lions!
Homecoming Sunday at Holy Cross Episcopal Church

On September 15, 2019 in Batesville, several dulcimer players joined Renée Willis in providing the prelude for the special Homecoming service. Every pew was filled, and the tables overflowed with food at the fellowship meal! What a lovely historic place to gather for worship!

Play well, listen to each other… and, what, we were supposed to look up and SMILE, TOO?
We were a well-fed group!

The Pride will make another appearance in the Batesville area the afternoon of December 1, at the Batesville Market (read more here). They also plan to play at the Augusta County Library in Fishersville on December 11.

“Joyful Noise”

Harrisonburg Baptist Church 150th Year Anniversary Celebration

Don’t you love our very own “Minnie Pearl”?

On September 29, the Joyful Noise, the Tuesday Morning Maple Terrace dulcimer players, joined Wally Holthaus in celebrating the Harrisonburg Baptist Church’s 150th Anniversary. What a great service, fun day, and wonderful food! We played some multi-part hymns in the gazebo during the noon meal.

Playing in the Gazebo at the Baptist Church
The gazebo venue at Harrisonburg Baptist Church

Vespers at BRC’s Lantz Chapel

August 18 turned out to be one of our most exciting programs ever, in a totally unexpected way! As the Joyful Noise (the Tuesday Morning Maple Terrace dulcimer players) were preparing to begin the Sunday Evening Vesper program, the storm that had been rumbling outside erupted in a loud clap of thunder and …. the power went out! Thanks to the help of some of the audience who provided light for the players with their cellphones, we were able to complete the program in almost complete darkness.

Joyful Noise playing at Bridgewaer Retirement Village Vespers

When we left, the rain had stopped, and a rainbow appeared over the chapel. We took that as a sign that all was well.

The storm is over – the rainbow over Lantz Chapel at Bridgewater Retirement Community

The Sweet Sounds of the Sweet Strings Sisters

The “Sweet Strings Sisters”, Debbie Campbell, Patricia Cash, Carole Ralston and Shannon Tate, were often heard playing this summer by the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway on 2nd and 4th Sundays of summer months.

This year, Sisters of the Strings, Shannon Tate and Patricia Cash, have shared sweet music at the Homecoming Sunday at Love Church and also at Glovier Memorial Methodist Church for Waynesboro Weekly Religious Education program. They were invited to play also at the Tinkling Presbyterian for their “Angels Among Us” luncheon, where Patricia played autoharp and sang and Shannon did voice and dulcimer backup with dulcimer.

Shannon and Patricia at Love Church Homecoming
Sisters of the Strings, Shannon and Patricia,
at Love Church Homecoming
Patricia and Shannon making their strings sing!
Patricia and Shannon making their strings sing!

Grand Caverns Annual Fall Picnic

For the past several years, we have gathered for a fall jam at Grand Caverns Park in Grottoes. We have shared good food as well as good music! After an unseasonably warm week, the day of our picnic dawned chilly and remained that way! We were thankful for Mike’s crockpot of macaroni (and his red velvet cake, too!), for Joan’s spectacular salad, the ham, snack mix, and myriad of other goodies that were shared! A dozen folks were there, and the sun shone while we jammed before lunch. Thanks to Dinah for leading the slow jam!

We were glad for our sweatshirts at our picnic jam!
2018 Annual Picnic Jam at Grand Caverns Regional Park

Summertime music at Humpback Rocks

Sunday strumming on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Playing under the oak tree by Joe Clark’s log cabin at the Humpback Visitors Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Jan and Tom Scanlan, Patricia Cash, Shannon Tate, Debbie Campbell and Carole Ralston, along with other club members, played at Humpback Rocks, Milepost 6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, every 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoon of the summer months, June through September, weather permitting. Lots of visitors at the Visitor Center stop by to learn about the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer and to listen to some old-time tunes. We met visitors from many states and several other countries. Perhaps the most memorable visitors, however, were the black bears. The music must have been to one of the bear’s liking – he came back another Sunday to hear some more!

Tull Glazener Workshop Photos

Tull Glazener’s Workshop, September 21, 2019

What a wonderful day – three multi-part workshops with Tull, ending with the class playing “Go in Peace” as the prelude to Tull’s evening concert. As always with our instructor concerts, it was a real treat! Thanks, Tull!

“Sum of the Parts” – there’s something magic that happens when a like-minded group of musicians gets together to play.   The “whole” truly is greater than the sum of its parts!  We spent the day working on the skills and techniques needed to “play well with others” as we worked through a number of multi-part ensemble arrangements.   We were thrilled to “open” Tull’s concert Saturday evening with his multipart arrangement of “Go Now In Peace”.

Read more about Tull and his music at his website: http://www.tullglazener.com/

Join Us At Our Next Jam

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

Our next First Saturday jam will be November 2,  2019 from 2 – 4 pm in the Shenandoah Room at Maple Terrace in the Bridgewater Retirement Community.    We hope to see you there! It’s not to early to bring some Christmas music!

Plans are underway for our First Saturday December jam on December 2 to take place on the balcony of the atrium in Maple Terrace. We will plan to play Christmas Carols. More details later as this is confirmed and finalized.

See dates for our Third Saturday jams below!

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Annual Club Meeting, 1:30 on November 16

We plan to have a short annual meeting on November 16, just prior to our 2 pm jam at the Augusta County Library, downstairs. We will hear our treasurer report, and discuss plans for next year.

Our next Third Saturday gathering will be from 2 – 4 pm on November 16, 2019. The location will be the Augusta County Library in Fishersville, downstairs. Bring a list of songs you would like the group to play, your Dave Haas Jam Book and our Joe Collins hymn collection and Christmas Music collection!

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