Our 5th Annual Gathering will be held on:
July 26 and 27, 2019
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
301 St. Thomas Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601
You may have joined us for earlier Gatherings or this may be your first time. Just know that whether you are a beginner, novice, intermediate or an advanced player, there is something new every year — and workshops for all skill levels. This year, in addition to a full range of mountain dulcimer workshops, we are adding acoustic guitar workshops, as well.
So who will be there as instructors? We have a wonderful group this year: Nina Zanetti, Bill Collins, Dave Haas, Wendy Songe, Butch Ross, and Judy and Kirk House. Our guitar instructor will be Andy Fox. Please check the Instructors page for information about everyone and the Dulcimer Workshops and Acoustic Guitar Workshops pages for full details about the classes each one will be teaching.
The general schedule will include three classes on Friday, July 26, beginning at 2:30 PM, and four classes on Saturday, beginning at 8:30. Our registration form is now available to download.
**Update on July 8: Classes are filling rapidly at this point. Registration is closed for four workshops: It’s All in the Phrasing (Nina Zanetti), Fingerpicking for the First Time (Nina Zanetti), Secrets to Smooth Playing (Wendy Song), and Playing Irish Jigs (Bill Collins). You may ask to have your name added to the waiting list for any of these, but should select an alternate workshop.
Meals are available to purchase for dinner on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday, if you pre-order either or both with your registration. Please note that all orders and payment MUST be received by the cutoff date of July 20. What will we be serving? On Friday we will have available a pasta dinner (either regular or gluten-free), which includes salad, a drink, and dessert. On Saturday, for lunch, you may choose from three different subs — Italian, Ham & Cheese, or Turkey — which includes a drink, chips, and a cookie. Both meals will be catered by the nearby Oregon Dairy and Restaurant. In addition, snacks and drinks will be available throughout both days.
Of course, you are free to choose to dine instead at one of the restaurants in the area or to bring your meals with you. If you have a few items that need to be refrigerated, please place them in a ziploc bag labeled with your name and you may store them in the refrigerator in St. Thomas’ kitchen.
Where will you stay? Lancaster is a tourist area, so there are many motels and Bed & Breakfast inns in all price ranges. The closest moderately-priced motel is the Clarion Inn, at 1492 Lititz Pike, Lancaster 17601. The phone number is 800-760-7718. (Please note that we do NOT have a group rate there.) Most motels are along US 30, both east and west of Lancaster, or downtown. As always, you will find a better rate by reserving early.
Will we hear the instructors perform? Of course you will! There will be an impromptu concert during lunch on Saturday, and a full concert in the St. Thomas sanctuary on Saturday evening.
Will we have Gathering souvenirs? You bet! This year, we will have T-shirts with our logo on the front and, on the back, a list of all instructors who have helped to make the Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering possible during the past five years. And we will have 5th anniversary Gathering coffee mugs with our logo available, too. You can’t go wrong with either — or both — pieces of souvenir swag! Best of all, you may pre-order with your registration form and we will have yours waiting for you when you arrive. Please note the cutoff date for pre-orders and payment for T-shirts and mugs is Saturday, June 22.