Ken Longfield


Location: Reedsville, PA
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Hindman Dulcimer Gathering 2021 -online

Hindman Dulcimer Gathering 2021  -online

Thursday April 8 2021, 10:26 PM
@ Your home or wherever you are
Attendees:  @Robin Thompson@Dan@Dusty Turtle@Sharon Porter

Here is a link to the 2021 Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming. It will be a virtual gathering and it is free. You do need to register through this website:


Dusty Turtle
04/10/21 11:25:09AM @dusty-turtle:

The 2021 Hindman gathering seems to be the first effort at a "hybrid" festival, with attendees both live and also virtual.  I've been thinking about how to do that for a long time.  If anyone was there in person, please contact me. I have a bunch of questions and would love to hear about your experience.

04/09/21 10:38:35PM @leny-sue:

I was able to attend almost every session on Thursday and enjoyed each one. My husband's surgery was scheduled for today but I took my dulcimer along and was able to catch Sara Kate's workshop as well as most of Lorinda's while sitting in my vehicle and watching them on my cell phone. Now if that's not dedication I don't know what is 😂.

04/09/21 03:57:45PM @strumelia:

Very cool.  :)

Ken Longfield
04/09/21 10:01:52AM @ken-longfield:

Dusty, I was able to view Don's first workshop and part of Lorinda's. I also listened to Ron's presentation and the concert. I agree with your last sentence. I might be able to catch a little of the Gathering today, but probably none of it on Saturday as our daughter's family will be visiting.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
04/08/21 10:42:40PM @dusty-turtle:

I was only able to catch the concert at the end of the day today (who invented this thing called "work" anyway?) but what a wonderful treat!  Each performer was special in her or his own way, demonstrating a variety of styles of dulcimer playing.

Ken Longfield
03/25/21 10:58:32AM @ken-longfield:

Since the event is free, there shouldn't be a problem with registering and not showing up. I have not seen a schedule. The only thing I've received is links to the Zoom for each day. Given the three hour difference in time, most of the festival, except for Saturday, will take place while you are at work. Unless, of course, you work on Saturday. The schedule on PDT would be: Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. I think Doug Naselroad is going to post the concert to YouTube, but I am not sure of that.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
03/25/21 07:50:44AM @robin-thompson:

@dusty-turtle I believe after I registered, a schedule popped up.  I'd think there is no harm done if you go ahead and register-- I am imagining the planners know there will be more people registered than may show up for any given workshop. 

Dusty Turtle
03/24/21 09:47:48PM @dusty-turtle:

Ken, is there a schedule somewhere?  I'm interested in attending, but since the 8th and 9th are work days for me and there's a 3-hour time difference, I'd hate to register only to not be able to attend much.

Robin Thompson
03/24/21 08:49:07PM @robin-thompson:

If I'm able to get the tech part figured-- I'm a dunce with technology-- I'll just watch and listen to some of the fest.  I don't plan on playing any mountain dulcimer but just enjoying watching and hearing others.  

Ken Longfield
03/24/21 07:35:28PM @ken-longfield:

Zoom isn't difficult to use. Just make sure that you test your sound and video before the meeting starts. Usually one of the early screens that pops up lets you do that. When you enter, enter with video and make sure that your sound is not muted. Since my grandsons will be here on that Saturday (and maybe Friday night) I'll only be able to participate on Thursday and part of Friday depending upon my cardiac rehab schedule.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

03/24/21 06:56:50PM @dan:

I've never used Zoom either, I've got it downloaded and have played with it a bit. Looking forward to it!

Robin Thompson
03/24/21 06:46:07PM @robin-thompson:

It was my privilege to get to meet Mike Slone in-person at the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming in '15.  And I never had the privilege of meeting Jon Pickow.  Both fellows, gone too soon from this life.  

Thank you for posting this event here, Ken.  You were at that '15 Homecoming, too.  Though I did not get to stay for the entire event, it was wonderful to be in Hindman for the time I was able to spend there.  

I'm not sure which events I will be able to catch online yet have registered and got a Zoom app downloaded-- I have never before used Zoom.  

Ken Longfield
03/19/21 08:48:11PM @ken-longfield:

Thank you to Strumelia who enlarged the photo above. I received this new information today.

Celebrate 150 years of Dulcimer History

Uncle Ed Thomas built dulcimers from 1871 thru 1931. He lived around Hindman. (Big Doubles) Uncle Ed is credited with creating the hourglass shape for the dulcimer. He influenced many dulcimer builders. At this festival, we will celebrate Uncle Ed's contributions to the development of the Mountain Dulcimer.

We dedicate this event to two Friends who have left this world way too soon.
Mike Slone, who was a co-founder of the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming, and a champion of the traditional mountain dulcimer. We also honor our friend Jon Pickow, who was scheduled to be on staff. Jon was the son of Jean Ritchie. He carried on his family's traditions with skill, humor and humility.

Join us for three days of online fun, fellowship and music.

Be sure to click on the link below to see the new graphic.