THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
28th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

March 6 - 10, 2019         

   

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and facility highlights
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Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals:     2018     2017     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011 (20th)     
Before the 20th
Date for future planning: 

 

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.



 

 

FYI:    BASIC QUESTIONS  and  UPDATES

 

-- Do you have electrical outlets in the sleeping cabins or Greif House 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 (937-216-2002) 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.  There is no wif-fi in the Residence Halls/sleeping cabins or staff housing.

-- Do I have to sleep on an upper bunk in the Residence Halls or Greif House?   NO ... no one sleeps on an upper bunk.

-- Do you provide for vegan vegetarians?
The answer is no, that we cannot provide for a vegan vegetarians or a Kosher diet.
The menu from 2018 is posted on our website.

The 2018 menu is also available as a pdf and can be printed on a single page.
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 Residence Halls/sleeping cabins, Greif House 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 sleeping cabin as well as the dining hall has a refrigerator and microwave for your use, if you find it necessary to bring items to supplement.
 

 

2019 T-shirt Design

Here is the t-shirt design about 90% final.  You'll see it's very different and action oriented. We will be tweaking it ... moving a couple instruments, resizing, and adding a couple fun things.  Hope you like it.  The BLUE background color is what the shirt will be. 

Our new supplier will be able to offer us a long-sleeve tee as well as the short-sleeve and sweatshirt. 

PRICING: 
Short sleeve t-shirt      $17.00  (S, M, L, XL)     and    $20  (2XL and 3XL)  
As on registration form
NEW ... Long sleeve t-shirt    $18.50  (S, M, L, XL)      and $21.50   (2XL and 3XL)
Sweatshirt      $22 (S, M, L, XL)  and  $25 (2XL and 3XL)   
As on registration form

If you've already registered for the festival and ordered (or didn't order) a t-shirt and would like to modify your order,
please call Joyce at 937-295-5253.

Posted:  January 23, 2019

 

 

 

Buckeye Dulcimer Festival - 2019 Registration Information and Forms
are now availale here on the website.


 

LOOK TO THIS AREA FOR THE MOST RECENT AND LATE BREAKING INFORMATION.

January, 2019 Linda and Aaron respond to questions about their extended Advanced mountain dulcimer 'ARRANGING' classes.

Linda: 

"There are many ways of arranging. I will be going through and entire arrangement a step at a time. First , all the places you can play a piece, how you can insert a key change,, intro, exit and finally the ď connectors that help you put it all together.... 

We will also bring a few other pieces that contain such things as how to find a note you need in multiple places, how to write an 8 bar intro or bridge for shorter songs to make them more interesting. Then last but not least we will look at the way we move our arrangement around so that it flows the best . There are many D chords, F# m chords , etc to choose from. We often pick the most familiar or perhaps the only one we know without thinking about where others that are much easier to reach might be.  These things make the difference in writing down the tune and making an Arrangement.  No one will have to write an arrangement and perform it.... so donít worry.  See you soon! 

Aaron:

1. I will give tab
2. Some of the tab will likely be tunes participants already know but arranged in a unique way.
3. We'll discuss the thought process behind the arrangement and give examples of how a player can apply those concepts to other pieces in their repertoire.

  The BDF 2019 Brochure has been uploaded as a legal-sized PDF.    There are now two registration forms.  
You'll find the traditional registration form covering all 5 packages with housing in the Residence Halls (dorms). There is now a separate registration form to those that would like to stay in the new GREIF HOUSE semi private building.    Registration information
  Snail mail brochures have been mailed.  You'll find a brochure along with two registration forms.  

The WHITE FORM covers housing in the RESIDENCE HALLS (dorms) for the EXTENDED and WEEKEND packages as
well as the COMMUTER package for the Extended and Weekend packages.  It also covers the one-day Saturday package. 

The GREEN FORM is the registration form for those that are registering for housing in the new GREIF HOUSE semi private building for the EXTENDED SESSION and the WEEKEND SESSION.

October, 2018 Buckeye ad in the DPN.  Please send us your snail mail or email address to be added to our mailing list.  Email Us!

 

2019 T-shirt Design

Here is the t-shirt design about 90% final.  You'll see it's very different and action oriented. We will be tweaking it ... moving a couple instruments, resizing, and adding a couple fun things.  Hope you like it.  The BLUE background color is what the shirt will be. 

Our new supplier will be able to offer us a long-sleeve tee as well as the short-sleeve and sweatshirt. 

PRICING: 
Short sleeve t-shirt      $17.00  (S, M, L, XL)     and    $20  (2XL and 3XL)  
As on registration form
NEW ... Long sleeve t-shirt    $18.50  (S, M, L, XL)      and $21.50   (2XL and 3XL)
Sweatshirt      $22 (S, M, L, XL)  and  $25 (2XL and 3XL)   
As on registration form

If you've already registered for the festival and ordered (or didn't order) a t-shirt and would like to modify your order, please call Joyce at 937-295-5253.

Posted:  January 23, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Here's just an idea of what to expect at Buckeye 2019.
March 6 - 10, 2019
 

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

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

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


                                                                                                                                                                                             

FRIDAY
at 4 pm, there will be open stage that could feature some classes, groups, and individuals that want to share their music and take a chance on stage with the kindest and most compassionate audience you'll ever have.   

During late afternoon on
FRIDAY, we welcome our weekend participants and start to
convert to a festival format including shopping with our vendors (4 pm) and Friday night concert featuring our instructors
with jamming afterwards. 


SATURDAY
                    
A FULL MINI WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:  
featuring four 75-minute sessions for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, harp (intermediate and above),
autoharp (past beginner and beginner) and other instruments TBA. 

                                                                                                              
        
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  Morning Gospel Sing, raffle drawing, and Good-Byes

HOUSING ... STAY WITH US AT RECREATION UNLIMITED (Dorm or Semi-private housing) ...
MOTEL IT! ... COMMUTE FROM HOME.

Questions on RU onsite housing:  

DORM STYLE:  There are 3 Residence Halls (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.  
No one sleeps in an upper bunk.    There are hospital beds with electric raise/lower features available.
There is plenty of electric outlets to accommodate CPAP machines.

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. 

SEMI-PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS:    The Greif House providing semi-private housing options to participants just opened Spring, 2018.  
This new building provides a fine alternative
to 'dorm' housing without driving to and from a motel for a price very competitive to motel rates.  The Greif House provides semi-private housing for 2, 3, or 6 people including full restroom facilities. 

If these on campus housing options are still not for you, there is a list of area motels on the HOUSING page. 
 

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

What can't be expressed by looking at a schedule has to be 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
affordable as possible.   I'm not sure that there are many 4-day events that have kept the
overall cost including program, lodging, and food for these prices. 

We hope this all sounds great and that you'll join us for the 28th year of the
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. 



 

FYI:    BASIC QUESTIONS  and  CLARIFICATIONS

-- I am confused about whether or not there will be BEGINNER MOUNTAIN and/or BEGINNER HAMMERED DULCIMER instruction.
The last few years we have had one or two 'beginners' in both the hammered and mountain dulcimer extended (Wednesday - Sunday).  This year we felt that we could not offer either class unless there were five students which would pay for the instructor.  Again this year, we do not have the students. 
BUT, we always offer a one-day (3 3/4) of beginners on Saturday which could be part of a 'weekend package' (3 or 4) or a 'Saturday only' package.  We offer Saturday beginners instruction for mountain (Ricki Spicer), hammered (Jill Nichols, and autoharp (Phyllis Davis).  Please email us for further clarification.

-- Do you have electrical outlets in the sleeping cabins or Greif House 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 (937-216-2002) 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.  There is no wif-fi in the Residence Halls/sleeping cabins or staff housing.

-- Do I have to sleep on an upper bunk in the Residence Halls or Greif House?   NO ... no one sleeps on an upper bunk.

-- Do you provide for vegan vegetarians?
The answer is no, that we cannot provide for a vegan vegetarians or a Kosher diet.
The menu from 2018 is posted on our website.

The 2018 menu is also available as a pdf and can be printed on a single page.
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 Residence Halls/sleeping cabins, Greif House 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 sleeping cabin as well as the dining hall has a refrigerator and microwave for your use, if you find it necessary to bring items to supplement.
 

 

 

If you are new to BDF, send us an email with your mailing address, and we'll get information 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.

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

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