THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
29th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

NEW TIMEFRAME:    APRIL 22 - 26, 2020    

    

   

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Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals:     2019     2018     2017     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012     2011 (20th)     
Before the 20th
Date for future planning:  April 22 - 26, 2020

 

WELCOME TO THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL WEBSITE!

 

GREAT NEWS!!!     

The Buckeye Dulcimer Festival in March is HISTORY!   

Thanks to David Hudler from Recreation Unlimited, we were able to move the festival to the last of April.  

For 2020, the dates are April 22 - 26. 

Here at Recreation Unlimited just north of Columbus, Ohio, we have a much better chance now of eliminating most of the winter weather issues.  The festival will now take place the end of April. 

The timeframe will eliminate issues with winter, will not conflict with Easter.   We've had it all.  This picture to the right tells a lot of the story. 

The Buckeye Dulcimer Festival moves to April!  
THAT'S RIGHT!
  April 22 - 26, 2020

We are just beginning to truly feel the impact of this move.  We can focus on 'springtime' at RU with its wonderful outdoor attractions including the wonderful walking and hiking 'back at the pond.'

In the coming months, this website will be going through a ton of updating as we set our sights to April of 2020.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!

Up close and personal are the three folks responsible for a smooth running festival with a lot of fun added in for good measure.   And ... for the background in this picture ... people visiting, laughing, and a little studying. 

 

I'm leaving this section from Buckeye 2019. This section
is still very relevant for next APRIL'S festival.

FYI:    BASIC QUESTIONS  and  UPDATES

-- BDF Menu for 2019 has been uploaded on the Miscellaneous page.

-- Saturday beginner sessions for Mountain, Hammer, and Autoharp are filling nicely.

-- 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.
 

 

 

THERE WILL BE FRESH ADDITIONS and CHANGES to 2020.

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. 

Look for updates for 2020!



 

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 Ashley Ernst and the Dulcimer Players News for all she does for the Dulcimer World!

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