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Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!)

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!)

Friday May 14 2021, 12:00 PM
@ Online
Attendees:  @Mary Barnsdale@Lois Sprengnether Keel@Sam Edelston@Steve Eulberg@ocean-daughter@Heidi Muller@D J Hamouris@Kay Bolin@Aubrey Atwater@Dusty Turtle

The Ninth Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering will be held May 14-16, 2021, and will be online once again!  Join us from your living room (or your garden, or your office, or . . . )!  

Featured teaching artists: Aubrey Atwater on MD and Ilace Mears on HD

Faculty includes: Steve Eulberg , Heidi Muller , Erin Mae Lewis , Deborah "DJ" Hamouris , Dusty Thorburn , and Kay Bolin!

Faculty Concerts, May 14  & 15  and Festival Workshops: May 15 & 16

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Dusty Turtle
05/14/21 01:20:27PM @dusty-turtle:

Even if you didn't register for workshops, you can still attend the concerts Friday and Saturday early evening PDT.

And last night we had the open house, when folks could pop in and talk to each of the instructors.  Thanks to Laurie Alsobrook for compiling this picture after visiting each of us:

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Dusty Turtle
05/12/21 11:36:49AM @dusty-turtle:

If you've registered for this event, make sure you attend the Saturday lunch social. We have a surprise "west coast dulcimer legend" who will be joining us.  


Dusty Turtle
04/24/21 02:25:10AM @dusty-turtle:

The early bird price for the virtual  Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering  expires on the 24th, so what are you waiting for?  Instruction on both MD and HD, a big jam session, and other community-building events are part of the experience.  And don't forget your t-shirt!


Dusty Turtle
03/27/21 12:12:17PM @dusty-turtle:

It was recently confirmed that the faculty concerts for this event will be handled by The Online Concert Thing , so the sound quality will be way better than Zoom.  Hook up some good speakers or fine headphones and enjoy the show.  And you don't have to register for the festival (although why wouldn't you?) to check out the concerts, so come share the music!


Dusty Turtle
03/20/21 01:17:51PM @dusty-turtle:

Lois Sprengnether Keel:  I'm also told the shirts are now available.


Indeed, the newly designed t-shirts are now available. Click to " Register " and you can buy a t-shirt whether or not you register for the festival.


Lois Sprengnether Keel
03/19/21 11:20:16AM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

I'm told that glitch on the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering website has been fixed.  DJ worked with me, but I'm sure she wanted the problem resolved.  BTW I'm also told the shirts are now available.


Lois Sprengnether Keel
03/16/21 10:13:17PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

DJ was helpful & I may have identified a glitch.  If anybody has a problem, she's also a workshop leader, so her email is listed on the teacher page.


Dusty Turtle
03/16/21 07:22:52PM @dusty-turtle:

Lois, I'll send you a personal message with DJ's email.  She can help you with Sunday, and it's possible you found a glitch in the website that she'll want to know about.

I'm glad you'll be joining us again this year!


Lois Sprengnether Keel
03/16/21 07:11:05PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

@dusty-turtle : Registration is now open for the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering in May.

Made the difficult choices (some timeslots had 3 I wanted!) & easily registered for the Saturday workshops, but for some reason can't get registration to add the Sunday workshop I want.  Don't want to complete my registration until I can get that, too.

BTW I am NOT a morning person. sleepyyawn   I look forward to your Pacific Daylight Time of 9:30 a.m. workshop here in the Eastern time zone (yes, we're both going through the atrocious switch to Daylight Saving Time!), but I get to take it at the more civilized time of 11:30!  My comprehension loves this & expect to understand so much more by actually being awake.

For people undecided, there's a reduced rate now.  That ends on May 8.


Dusty Turtle
03/16/21 12:33:27AM @dusty-turtle:

Registration is now open for the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering in May. jivedulcimer

The entire festival--including workshops, concerts, and the big finale jam--are all online.  Join us from your living room or front porch or wherever you enjoy sharing music.

Details about the concerts, t-shirts, and other goodies will be forthcoming. 


Dusty Turtle
03/02/21 05:13:20PM @dusty-turtle:

@ocean-daughter, as I said below, I will post a comment here when registration is open. We are just now working out the workshop schedule.  If you click "attending" above, you will get a notification when I post again.


ocean-daughter
03/02/21 05:08:32PM @ocean-daughter:

I hope to take part in this festival!  Will be watching to see when registration opens.


Dusty Turtle
02/01/21 03:21:43PM @dusty-turtle:

Lois Sprengnether Keel: This was my first dulcimer online festival & very well done at a time when it was a developing concept. [ . . . ] When does registration begin? 

@Lois-Sprengnether-Keel, I'm glad you found last year to be a success.  Things should go even smoother this year since everyone is more comfortable online now.

I will post here when registration begins. It is not open yet.  After Quarantune is over the organizers are planning a big meeting, but right now we don't even know what the workshop selections will be.


Lois Sprengnether Keel
02/01/21 03:05:05PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

This was my first dulcimer online festival & very well done at a time when it was a developing concept.  I sent to our folklore group information about this and the other festival.  The newsletter editor wants to save this one until May.  I know once registration begins the workshop selection will be picked over.  (Yes, pun alert, but true.)  When does registration begin?  I went to the site and it looks like it has begun registration.

Thanks for the notice @Dusty-turtle!  Maybe this time I'll catch a workshop from you.  I know my ever making the festival in person is extremely unlikely.  Looks like the move to online festivals has proved  "It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good."


Dusty Turtle
01/30/21 09:59:11PM @dusty-turtle:

Wendy Songe was originally scheduled to be the featured artist on mountain dulcimer at the 2021 Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, but as many of you know, Wendy is now recovering from major surgery. She was relieved that we found a wonderful replacement for her: the multi-instrumentalist, folklorist, and best darn percussive clogger I've ever seen, Aubrey Atwater.  We are expecting Wendy in 2022 instead and wish her well on her recovery.