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This past weekend I went to the folk festival, Music in the Valley, which is held at Hale Farm and Village in the Akron, OH area.
I chickened out of taking my own violin with me (which I ended up regretting, lol), but had fun watching everyone else playing.
I could see there were people of all levels, one lady still had tape on her fingerboard and was getting help from others. I've gone to this event before, and I think it was going last year that gave me the final push to give in and get a violin and see what would happen.
Edit to add a link to some pictures I took at the festival: https://flic.kr/s/aHskD5w4Xe
And here are my pictures of Hale Farm, the museum where the festival takes place: https://flic.kr/s/aHsiN7DSFJ
@BillyG Thanks, that's what I was thinking. The event always feels a little over-looked compared to when they do their Civil War reenactment... for that it feels like everyone in the state turns out for it, lol. I think it's interesting and go every year, but it's so over crowded. This one I think most of the people that show up are the musicians, not many come to enjoy what they are doing, and I think more people should, even if I do hate a crowd. It's a fun atmosphere, to be at the museum and hear all the music surrounding it.
@damfino Wonderful!! My hubby and I tried to make it this year. I have a cousin living in the area. Work schedules got in the way.
Maybe next year!
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
@fulfillingsoul I think it's a combination of both. The one group near the end of the video (with the lobster accordion) is a local band, some other people in the larger group are part of a couple small local bands.
@Schaick It's a fun laid back group that goes to this. Some people seemed to just find a group they knew or liked and stayed there, where others moved around group to group all day. I hope by next year I'm more comfortable with my playing and songs that I know. I purposely learned a couple songs my teacher said they'd play there, but wasn't comfortable enough with them (had only been playing them a week, lol) so I guess over the course of this next year I'll work on adding more of these fiddle tunes so I'll be ready to sit in 🙂
Giving this thread a little bump because the event is coming up again in July if anyone is in the Akron, Ohio area.
You get in free when you bring an instrument.
P.s. I confirmed with the museum that it's free admission for people who bring an instrument, since they don't list that on the event page anymore.
Even if you don't want to play, if you live in the area it's a fun event to attend 🙂
So I went this past Saturday to the Music in the Valley festival, and had a great time 🙂 I brought my fiddle this year, spent half the time tasting (and buying) locally made wine and touring the old houses, and then went over to listen to the jam groups. One group a couple of the people remember me each year from taking pictures, so they egged me on to take out my fiddle, saying it was better to do nothing and have the fiddle out of the case than walk around with it in the case, lol.
I didn't know any of the songs they were playing (I heard them playing the ones I knew earlier when I was walking around, haha), so I only chopped the rhythm. My teacher had taught me guitar chords so I could watch the chords and find my place, but the guitarist was next to me talking to me, lol. Oh well. Lots of helpful and friendly people in the group, and they suggested some local jams to check out. (in the video above from last year, the group I joined is the one playing Liberty and Soldier's Joy, the group was pretty much the same people in the circle and the same spot this year, so they are easy to find)
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