Red River Valley Dulcimer Club

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September 2014 Newsletter

September 1, 2014

Dear Dulcimer Friends,

Red River Valley Dulcimer Club will meet on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, 124 Evergreen, Durant OK.  Doors will open at 9 AM with new players and beginning classes for both mountain dulcimer and hammer dulcimer.  To be sure there is an instructor available call Lynda Bowers at 215-623-6394.   

From 10 AM to noon, mountain dulcimers and hammer dulcimers will meet separately to work on the WCR set list.  We will break for lunch about 12 PM.  We encourage you to bring your lunch so that we can eat and have a short meeting and get on to the jam and play some music until about 3 PM.

As you know the club is now in full Winter Creek Reunion mode.  Many are already working behind the scenes to ensure we have everything accomplished.  Planning for camping, entertainment, food, extra bathrooms, cleaning the grounds, cleaning equipment and working on the stage and green room are some of the many things we need to do.  Look for workdays to be scheduled in the near future and any help will be greatly appreciated.  Come to the meeting in September and get in on the plans, give us your ideas, and come out to help us get ready.  With that being said here are the work days we have planned right now.

September 27, 2014                   October 4, 2014                Monday October 13, 2014

On these days we will meet at David Lindsey’s about 8 - 8:30 AM and break off into work groups.  Bring your lunch, hat, gloves, and any equipment you think you might need.   The club will have ice water available for the workers.  If you’re staying over on Sunday night, October 12th, we have a “Pot Luck” (everybody brings a dish or dessert, meat is provided) meal that night in the shop for all who are working and still there.  Monday October 13 after the festival is also a workday.  We encourage all club members to come out and help.


Have you sent in your registration?  Better put that on your “To Do” list to do today.  Be sure and mark the products:  T-shirts, hoodies, and tote bags that you would like. 

The RRVD Club is sponsoring two meals, (no hot dog supper on Thursday) Stew on Friday night and BBQ on Saturday night.  Our cooks are already making plans and shopping lists!  You don’t want to miss either of these meals.  Our BBQ Master Mark Klein is bringing his whole competition set up.  It’s amazing, and be sure and go down to his campsite and take a look, he may just have samples!!  His BBQ is a highlight of the weekend and a HUGE help to support the festival. 

 A note on festival t-shirts.  We only order what comes in on the registration forms and print very few extra.  So if you want a t-shirt get that order in.

 Our RV camping with water and electric is full but we will be glad to put you on the waiting list.  There is RV camping available at Master Works just up the road.  Contact them at  We have tent and dry camping available.

There is a great group of vendors coming.  They are dulcimer people and carry things we might need.  Picks, tuning wrenches, strings, and tuners are some of the necessities of dulcimer players.  If you’re looking for an instrument I am sure you’ll be able to find just that right one.  We have a few craft and gift type vendors also.  For the second year Cindy will have her food booth open for your breakfast and lunchtime cravings.  On Thursday night she will offer a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings, drink and dessert.  All our vendors are privately owned and operated.  


Don’t forget about the Thursday specialty classes offered.  These classes will be from 1-4 PM Thursday afternoon.  The cost is $30.00 payable directly to the instructors at the beginning of class.  You will get in-depth instruction on your instrument, new tunings, cords and a chance to work with a professional on something you have questions about.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  


Instructors this year will be Bing Futch on mountain dulcimer, Steve Heiser on hammer dulcimer, and Karen Daniels on Auto Harp.

Our entertainers are ready for Winter Creek Reunion.  We have a great lineup again this year.


 First of all Bill Spence on hammer dulcimer and Fennig’s All Stars is a Contra Dance Band who is requested by many festivals.  We have had Bill here before and he was very entertaining on stage and a popular workshop leader.  He is bringing his band this time and their performance promises to be even greater. 

Bing Futch will be returning.  He will entertain on stage with his unique music on the mountain dulcimer.  He has also become a very popular performer and workshop leader.  As always you’re in for a treat when he is on stage or anywhere on the grounds.

Karen Daniels is a National Champion on auto harp and will perform.  She was here last year and delighted our auto harp players with her workshops.  She plays beautifully, and we hope her husband Chuck (“The Auto Harp Doctor”) will join her.

Steve Heiser will be joining in as an instructor on Thursday afternoon for the specialty class on hammer dulcimer.  If you have ever been in one of his workshops or a jam with him you know that Steve is very knowledgeable and a good leader.  He will take you to places on your dulcimer that you didn’t know existed.

Grandpa’s Neighbors are a musical family from the area.  We had them entertain in the early days of WCR and have watched them grow as entertainers.  Their beautiful music and harmony will surely leave you wanting to hear more.  They will also be here on Thursday night for the barn dance.


Yes I said BARN DANCE!!!!!  Thursday evening we will have a barn dance in the shop!!  This is going to be a first with many giggles, grins and lots of fun.  No excuse is good enough to get you out of this!!  We will have callers who will teach you how to dance!  So dust off those dancing shoes and get ready to do some fancy stepping!!  


Well now for some of the fun news!  Several of the RRVDC traveled to Red River, New Mexico for the Second Annual Dulcimer Festival.  This is a festival that David and Annette have put together with great success.  There were good workshops, great concerts and beautiful cool weather!!!!!  David and Annette, Dana and Judy Hamilton, The Wright’s and David Ellison (filling in for the Reeders who had a family illness) put on some really great concerts.

 On Sunday we all took a trip going to the top of the mountain for a weenie roast.  (By the way ask us how many dulcimer players it takes to build a fire!!  We will give you the answer at WCR!!!) Of course we all rode up in David and Dana’s Scouts and Wayne and Becky’s Jeep.  There was a lot of bouncing going on in those vehicles but what fun with good friends.  We were a little bit threatened by rain but wouldn’t it have been fun to have a few instruments up there to play!!!!!  It was a GREAT day!!

Speaking of David and Annette, they are home.  They have had a great summer traveling with Wayne and Becky Simms playing and teaching at all the festivals.  It’s been a busy summer and they are taking an extra few days for some well-deserved rest.   We welcome them back, we have missed them!!

Please remember we still have some of our members on the sick list and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Finally on a sad note:  On August 22, 2014 our dear friend and talented musician, Larry Gooch passed from this life.   Funeral services were held in Wylie, TX on Saturday August 30.  Larry and his wife, Peggy touched many lives with their music.  Larry will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  Please keep Peggy in your thoughts and prayers.

As always many thanks to Teri Siddens for putting together this newsletter!

RRVDC Secretary

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