Spring 2001

The Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest

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The festival was held at the historic Hilltop Hotel in Harpers Ferry, WV. The weekend’s activities included dulcimer classes, jam sessions, and a concert. During meals there was also an open mic for teachers and students; I played during two lunches.

I took the advanced beginner class with Rick Thum. He taught droning, chord spelling and patterns, and some techniques for arranging. We also learned a couple of tunes, including “Uncle Joe” and “June Apple.”

While I was in class or jamming, Mark was walking around in Antietam or on the Appalachian Trail.



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