THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
26th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

March 8 - 12, 2017         

   

HOME PAGE includes,
festival overview
and facility highlights
RECREATION UNLIMITED
... the Mission
INSTRUCTOR & STAFF Introductions CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
 
HOUSING
On Site
Local Motels
REGISTRATION
Brochure
Packages & Pricing

Registration Form
SCHEDULE
Extended
Weekend including
Saturday Workshops
MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
T-Shirts, Vendors, Menu, Raffle
RECEIVE OUR EMAIL UPDATES
Sign up for our mailing lists ... email or snail
UPDATES & NEWS
Class Availability
Housing Availability
 

Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals:     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011 (20th)     Before the 20th
Date for future planning:  March 8 - 12, 2017 

 

WELCOME TO THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL WEBSITE!

 

A festival in Ohio ... in March???  Really?    THAT'S RIGHT!  

Here at Recreation Unlimited just north of Columbus, Ohio, we never know if we'll have fall, winter, or early spring weather ... sun, rain, ice or snow.  We've had it all.  This picture to the right tells a lot of the story. 

Up close and personal are the three folks responsible for a smooth running festival with a lot of fun added in for good measure.  

From left to right:  Joyce Harrison (BDF co-director), David Hudler (RU business director and liason), and Shari Wolf (BDF co-director).  David gave us a magic wand that we wave occasionally and He Makes It Work!

Now for the background in this picture ... people visiting, laughing, a little studying, and making the weather work. 

This begins to tell the "Buckeye Story."  This website is packed with information, but don't hesitate to email us with questions.



 

 

Buckeye Dulcimer Festival - 2017 Brochure and Registration Forms

Both the Brochure and Registration form can be downloaded/printed as a PDF using Adobe Reader. 
If you don't already have it, go to www.adobe.com and download the free reader. 

2017 Brochure (PDF)

2017 BDF Registration Form (PDF)
Early Bird Pricing until December 10


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If you are new to BDF, send us an email with your mailing address, and we'll get that out to you asap.
Join our mailing list (email or snail mail):   Email us and include your information.

If you have any further questions, please call Shari or Joyce at 937-295-5253 or send us an email.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS and QUESTIONS FROM THE PHONE, EMAIL and MAILBAG (Feb. 7, 2017)

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

-- CONFIRMATION LETTERS   ...  from all those registrations that we received by Wednesday, Feb. 15, were mailed on Friday.  As we continue to receive registrations, Joyce will mail those immediately upon receiving the registration and you will get an email confirmation
(where possible) letting you know that your registration has been received.

--  MENU    The festival menu has been posted.  Please note any dietary issues on your registration form or contact us.

--  SCHEDULES:    The Extended Schedule (Wednesday - Friday afternoon) and the Weekend Schedule (Friday afternoon - Sunday Brunch) have been uploaded to this website.  Check out the Schedule page

--  RAFFLE UPDATE:  NEW INSTRUMENTS     We are so pleased and grateful to announce that there will be 2 brand new instruments in the raffle:  a brand new hammered dulcimer handcrafted by Michael Allen, Cloud Nine Hammered Dulcimers  
and ... a brand new mountain dulcimer (
"a teardrop with a Ribbon Mahogany body and Spruce top..... haven't decided on sound hole and other details") handcrafted by David Lynch, Sweet Woods Instruments .         Thank you Michael and David!!!  (Posted:  February 7, 2017)

--  RAFFLE UPDATE:   The general raffle in addition to books and cds now includes a slightly used hammered dulcimer. (Posted:  Feb. 7, 2017)

QUESTIONS:  Emails and phone calls are coming everyday and some of the questions and answers might be beneficial to everyone interested in BDF.

-- Does Joe Steiner's Clawhammer class provide for all levels?  YES    
Here's Joe's class on open stage, Buckeye Dulcimer Festival 2016.    
https://youtu.be/a8_Tz30KtQ8 

 

 

-- What do you do in the Band-it! class?   We'll just let last year's class (2016) show you. This video is part of their time on open stage. 
https://youtu.be/yusuNOXY7i4

 

-- Do you have electrical outlets in the sleeping cabins for my CPAP machine?  YES.   Every bed has access.  Actually, there are several hospital type beds in each cabin that are plugged in.

-- What is your cancellation policy?  Questions on the Buckeye Festival Cancellation Policy. We really don't have one. We believe that everyone that registers, really wants to come. If personal illness, family illness, weather or other reasons get in the way, so be it. We refund money that has been sent for registration as soon as we can. We just need to know as soon as possible by phone or email. Give us a call at 937-295-5253 if you have more specific questions.

-- Is there Wi-fi available onsite?  Yes.  In the Welcome Center, Life Center, and marginally in the Dining Hall.

-- Do I have to sleep on an upper bunk?   NO ... no one sleeps on an upper bunk.

-- Do you provide for vegan vegetarians?
The answer is that we cannot provide for a vegan vegetarians or a Kosher diet.  The menu from 2016 is now posted on our website.  You'll also find the special dietary needs that can be offered.    The menu continues to evolve each year as our participants as well as RU's clients have special dietary needs.  There are several folks that bring some food items to supplement what RU has to offer.   Refrigeration and microwaves are available in the sleeping cabins as well as in the Dining Hall.

-- Can I come to the festival for just Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday? 
Unfortunately, no.   You can't imagine how hard we have worked with RU to keep costs to us and to you as low and reasonable as possible.   By creating these packages (5 options including non player pricing), I think of these as the 'value meals' of BDF.   If we had to prorate pricing for differences in the packages, we would end up charging much more.

-- Can I register and not pay for meals?   I will be commuting and don't need to have meals.  The same question because of dietary needs.
RU operation guidelines, our contract, and reasonable package pricing must include meals.  Know that each cabin as well as the dining hall has a refrigerator and microwave for your use.
 

 

2017 T-shirt Design (Posted: 1/28/17)

If you have already registered, but did not order a shirt or sweatshirt and would like to now, email us or call Joyce at 937-295-5253.
Deadline for shirt orders is February 21, 2017.

This design was developed by Dorothy Buchanan who have been involved
with this festival all 26 years.  We used this design in the early years and thanks to Joyce Harrison and Jill Nichols it's been updated for this year. 
We'll continue to use the 'DULCFLY' as one of our festival logos. 
THANKS, DOROTHY!!!

 


 

Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, 2016, open stage audience.

THANK YOU ALL for a great #25 of the
BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL !!!

This picture of the audience for one of the open stages was just awesome.  
After 5+ hours of classes, folks still had the energy as well as the need to
support those willing to take a risk in playing on stage.  
It was so much fun!


 

Here's just an idea of what to expect at Buckeye 2017.
 

OVERVIEW OF THE FULL Buckeye Dulcimer Festival 4-DAY EXTENDED SCHEDULE:

The festival/camp edition will start with WEDNESDAY night's (March 8, 2017) orientation, skits,
BIG JAM including instructors and all participants. 

We'll continue on THURSDAY & FRIDAY (March 9 & 10) with 5 hours of intensive instruction each day on the 
Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Harp (intermediate), Clawhammer Banjo and 'Band~It' Classes (multi-instrument),
evening instructor-led jams and special workshop sessions, participant open stage and more. 
 


                                                                                                                                                                                             

FRIDAY
(March 10) at 4 pm, we'll gather for a special activity to wrap up the extended session.  

During late afternoon on
FRIDAY, we welcome our weekend participants and start to
convert to a festival format including shopping with our vendors and Friday night concert with
jamming afterwards. 
 (March 10)

SATURDAY (March 11)
                    
A FULL MINI WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:  
featuring four 75-minute sessions for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, intermediate autoharp, and other instruments 

                                                                                                              
        
BEGINNER/NEW PLAYER Classes:

Mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp. 
These 3 1/2 hour classes will provide the basic technique, repertoire, and ideas for jamming with others.

--- Morning (3 hour) open jam in the Dining Hall
--- Evening concert with jamming afterwards

SUNDAY (March 12) Morning Gospel Sing, raffle drawing, and Good-Byes

HOUSING ... STAY WITH US AT RECREATION UNLIMITED ...
MOTEL IT! ... COMMUTE FROM HOME.

Questions on RU onsite housing:   There are 3 cabins (A, B, and C) that consist of two wings with a large lounge and restrooms in the central area.  Each cabin can house approximately 48 participants ... 24 in each wing.  
Cabin B has been designated as our 'couples' cabin.  Gents are housed in one wing and ladies in the other.  

Each year, I'm amazed at how folks 'build their nests' in the cabins. 

Included in your confirmation letter, you'll find a listing of things that will make your stay a pleasant one. 

If this modified dorm housing setup is not for you, there is a list of area motels with special rates posted (March, 2016) on the HOUSING page. 
Be sure to mention that you'll be attending the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for these rates.

SUMMARY ... BUCKEYE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

What can't be expressed by looking at a schedule is the atmosphere of family and friendship that is 'Buckeye'. 
We feature the finest of instructors, yes, but we look for staff who are willing to give, tirelessly, of their time and talent for our participants.  Jamming can be one of the most rewarding or most frustrating experience for players. 
It is our goal to make that jamming experience, THE BEST!

BDF leadership as a lease group continues to work with Recreation Unlimited in keeping prices as
low as possible.   I'm not sure that there are many 4-day events that have kept the
overall cost including all program, lodging, and food for these prices. 

We hope this all sounds great and that you'll join us for the 26th year of the
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. 

 

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Thanks to Dan and Angie Landrum for all they do for the Dulcimer World!

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