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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 🙂
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