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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 🙂
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