This year, 2022, we will be taking a one year pause in our Gathering.
As we all know….it’s been a complex couple of years.
Our 7th Gathering will be held on
one of the last two weekends in July, 2023.
We are all sorry about the need to pause the Dutchland Gathering this year, but fear not….we’ll be back next year…we have a venue….we have a caterer (always a trick)…just waiting for the final date. We are targeting the last or next to last weekend of July 2023.
So…once we have the dates….we’ll post it and start inviting leadership.
Many thanks for all of you who have been a part of our story of bringing together our community every year….we’ll be back next year.
A bit about Dutchland Dulcimers…. we’re a group of folks in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The area is known best for being the home of the Amish in Pennsylvania. However, we are so much more… a hub for music… art… food… and more.
Bing Futch challenged us to form a club…so we did. Two years later, with only three months to plan, we held our first gathering (or perhaps pulled it off)… and after 6 more…. here we are. We moved from a small church…. to taking over a school…. to using a wonderful church setting…. and next the wonders of zoom technology during the pandemic. But next year, 2023, we are planning to return in person.
These gatherings have been a wonderful way to share the love of this instrument, meet some wonderful business owners.… and hopefully provide a place of some solace during some turbulent times.
Last year…. the joy included people from around the world sharing laughter and learning. For me, it was the ability for folks who are not able to travel or even leave their homes to learn and to meet people from near and far.
So….looking ahead to 2023…
We will welcome back some instructors…. and welcome a few new folks. We may be able to add more slots for classes, too.
There will be a concert on Saturday evening… with an opportunity to enjoy music and conversation with our instructors.
There may be a few other additions as well…. be sure to keep track of us on Facebook.
Jeffrey Hamilton, chief wrangler of Dutchland Dulcimers