27th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

March 7 - 11, 2018         

2017 information

2017 Festival T-shirt     Past Festival Shirts      Vendors

Menu     Raffle      Visitor's Info

2017 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-Shirt


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. 


Past Festival T-Shirts

 Past Festival T-shirts - Designed by Jan Hammond

2016 Festival T-Shirt


Jan's design is a celebration of BDF's 25 years featuring ALL the instruments.

2015 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-shirt/Sweatshirt Design


2015 T-Shirt/Sweatshirt featured another of
Jan Hammond's wonderful designs. 



FYI ... 2014 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival T-SHIRT & SWEATSHIRT
Just checked our supplies ... none left ... darn (2/28/15)


The design for the 2014 BDF shirt is simple, with a simple message.
"Get into the music" ...
 and it will get into you.

While many feel music comes from a place deep in the soul, learning good mechanics doesn't hurt either.

Let's join together to "get into" this simply beautiful music while supporting
Recreation Unlimited at the same time.

~ Jan Hammond








Confirmed vendors for BDF 2017:
Updated:  January 30, 2017

Dulcimer Bag Lady
(Lee Felt:  This year, Lee's daughter, Toni, and son-in-law, Steve Binkley will be here.)

Winsome Expressions
Handmade shirts, accessories, and much more
(Marge Diamond)

Cloud Nine Hammered Dulcimers
Hand-crafted hammered dulcimers and marimbulas
(Michael Allen:   Once again, Michael is donating one of his beautiful hammered dulcimer for the raffle. THANKS!!!)

Ron Ewing Mountain Dulcimers
Hand-crafted mountain dulcimers
(Ron Ewing)

Mossy Rose Designs
Dulcimer greeting cards, accesories and dulcimers
(Pat Moss) 

Strings & Things
Handcrafted Mountain Dulcimers
(C. Ernie Goodwin)

Whippoorwill Acoustics
Custom Crafted Autoharps
(Ken Ellis)



The BDF 2017 menu has just been posted.   (2/14/17)

2017:   The Menu for 2016 is posted below or can be downloaded and printed as a PDF.   
When registering, there is a place to include special diet needs. 
Please give us as complete an idea as possible as to how we can accommodate them.
You'll notice that Recreation Unlimited offers gluten-free and vegetarian items. 
Friday's menu includes meatless options.
We just need to have an idea in advance of numbers of participants for each area.

Menu considerations (meatless) have been made for Wednesday and Friday
along with the normal vegetarian options.  

We continue to work with RU each year with special diet considerations such as diabetic,
gluten free, and vegetarian options.  RU can not accommodate Kosher or vegan options.

Please note these considerations on the registration form or email us.

Menu - 2017 as a PDF to print.

MENU for 2017   



Each year, instructors, vendors, and participants donate items to the Buckeye Raffle.   It's a wonderful raffle and a great way to bring the festival to a close.   Over the years, the scope of items donated has been phenomenal ... Cds, tablature books, vendor items including music stands and capos, photography, music-related tote and hammer bags, AND Instruments...Yes, INSTRUMENTS.  

The tradition of raffling a hammered dulcimer started with the first festival (actually several years before) by Joe Wojciechowski, a popular Michigan builder.   Joe met Bob & Louise Ziegler before Buckeye started when a small community apple butter festival took place at Recreation Unlimited and brought one of his 'novice' hammered dulcimers for a raffle.  Louise started the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival in 1991 and  Joe continued his  participation and donation of an instrument.   As the festival has continued, other builders joined Joe's cause.   Over the years, Paul Conrad and Gary Sager have donated mountain dulcimers and in 2014-5 Michael Allen donated a hammered dulcimer.    What a Gift!  

Several years ago, Joe passed away.  Since then, several of his previously donated instruments have returned to the raffle as a result of past 'winners'  passing the beginner instrument back to the raffle for the budding player to take home.   Continuing the 'passing on' tradition, other used instruments... banjo/dulcimer, psaltries, and more have been donated. 


We've had requests regarding 'visiting' on Saturday and being able to shop with the vendors.  

Visitors are welcome in the Dining Hall (where the vendors are located) anytime from 9am to 4pm.   When checking in at the registration table, you'll need to fill out our festival release form and RU's release form.
                                                    Cost:  $10           Lunch (extra)

After 4 pm, folks coming to visit vendors, stay for dinner and the evening concert begin arriving.   When checking in at the registration table, you'll need to fill out our festival release form and RU's release form.    Cost: $20




Friday Night:  
Country Strings ~ Gary Gallier ~ Lorinda Jones  <Break>   Heidi & John Cerrigione ~ Buckeye Band

Saturday Night:  
Chris & Joe Steiner ~ Jeff Furman ~ Pam Bowman  <Break>  Dan Duggan ~ Buckeye Band

 Time:  7:00 pm (Doors open 6:30)

Adult Admission - $10
       *Children 12 and under - FREE with paying adult per child

Open to the Public!


Come to the 
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival ... learn from some of the best instructors in the country,
play lots of music, make life-long friends, and ... have a great time!   


Last updated:  February 14, 2017

Webmatician: Shari Wolf