Red River Valley Dulcimer Club

August 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The Red River Valley Dulcimer Club will meet on August 17, 2013 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please note we have changed our meeting place to the First Baptist Church, 124 West Evergreen St, Durant, OK. Directions are: Go east on Main St to First Ave., turn left and continue about 1 ½ blocks. Parking lot is on the corner of Beech and First Ave. Enter thru the north side door, which is full handicapped accessible. Go to the first room on the right.

We will have instruction from 10 to 12 PM, lunch (brown bag) or buy from nearby places, and then jam as a group till 3 PM. If you are a very new player and feel the need to work with an instructor please call Lynda Bowers at 580-434-6231. She will make arrangements for someone to meet you before meeting time for lessons.

Winter Creek Reunion plans continue to be made. Soon we will be putting out the lists for volunteers to help in various areas during the festival. It is a big job and it takes a Village to make it happen.

We have great headliners this year. Joe Collins on Mt. Dulcimer, Guy and Sharrie George on Hammer Dulcimer, Ukulele, and Steel Drums, Dave Para and Cathy Barton on Guitar, Banjo, and Hammer Dulcimer, Betty Scott on Auto Harp, Suzanne and Jim Hale on Guitar, Banjo and Flute, and of course many of our own local talent will be entertaining also. We promise you will not be bored and music will be in abundance!!!

If you haven’t looked at our website be sure to take a look. It has all kinds of festival information. Including the registration form. If you haven’t sent yours in be sure to do that soon. We need head counts for meals and you don’t want to miss out on getting a Winter Creek Reunion T-shirt!

Well the big news this month was the Red River New Mexico trip!! As you know David and Annette, Dana and Judy Hamilton, and the Wrights performed at the Community House in Red River this August. They invited the RRVDC to come along for a first ever day long festival. They had organized workshops in Mt. Dulcimer and Hammer Dulcimer and Margaret did a Shape Note Workshop. The club had a jam tent out on the lawn and we played there all day. Lots of people came by and listened and asked questions. The weather was beautiful and cool.

We got a real surprise when Casey Miles who was the 2003 National Champion Mt. Dulcimer player happen to be in Red River. He came buy and we put a dulcimer on his lap and he played with us for a while. He lives in Fort Worth so maybe we can get him up to WCR sometime.

Also some members of the Albuquerque Dulcimer club came. Scott and Irma Reeder played with us too. There was another memorable Mandolin player who came and jammed with us. He is a Celtic player but he had us playing along with him in no time. That was fun. I failed to get his name so I hope someone else did. He is a professor at a college and teaches computer science. If any of you know his name let me know.

It was just a really enjoyable day. The weather was really nice, about 85 during the day and cool nights. Beautiful scenery and lots to do. We had great representation from RRVDC. Members who made the trip were, Jack and Myra Snipes, Jerry Price and his wife and son, Jerry and Brenda Wheeler, Clyde and Teri Siddens, Ed and Trish Scarborough, Janet and John Hoefer, Coy and Essie Hoggard, and David and LaRae Ellison. If I left anyone out I am so sorry. I am still wishing I was up in that cool mountain air!!!

We have posted pictures to our web site and Facebook. So take a look when you get a chance. We will be posting more.

By the way Bob and Sue McClure are creating our new website. If you haven’t seen it take a look. We are very grateful to them for all their hard work. We will be able to do many things thru the web when they are finished. They are doing a great job!!!

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The Lindsey, Hamilton and Wright families performing at the Community House in Red River New Mexico, August 3, 2013

As always a big thank you to Teri Siddens for writing the newsletter!

RRVDC Secretary

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