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Here we go!

As you can see, we've got the countdown clock ticking down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the First Annual Key West Dulcimer Fest, just a little over a year away! We're all pretty excited because this will be the first ever tropical dulcimer festival and lots of folks will not only have a great time in one of the most beautiful places on earth, but many will also get a chance to visit the island of Key West for the first time.

Even better still, we've got 15 top-notch instructors on staff who will make this an unforgettable extended weekend of music, fun and fellowship!

Pre-registration has begun, which is basically just a way of reserving your place in line since we're only offering 150 registrations. Folks have been busy e-mailing for the past couple of months and those slots are filling up, so don't miss out!

In the meantime, we've added a few things to the site, so have fun looking around and whetting your appetite for the adventure that'll be here sooner than you realize! We're talking with various island businesses and merchants to secure discounts and special bargains for festival-goers and their families. We're also in the process of finalizing arrangements with the venues for our festival - so we'll have that information soon, and then registration will begin. Be sure to read the previous blog, It's Official!, for some of what you can expect in the southernmost point in the continental United States!

Not only can you find information right here on this site, but the Key West Dulcimer Fest is also on Twitter! If you haven't used Twitter yet, it's a wonderful way of keeping connected with other folks. It's easy to start an account and you can Twitter from your computer or your cel phone. Twitter will be a key (pun intended) element to some of the fun we plan to have in Key West. From staying connected and informed to scavenger hunts and games throughout the year!

If you have any questions, please drop me a line at Mahalo nui loa - let the good times roll!


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The 2013 Key West Dulcimer Gathering will take place January 24th - 27th at Casa Cabanas (2510 Harris Ave.) in Key West, Florida!  The low-key nature (pun fully intended) of the 2012 event worked so well that we've decided to stick with that formula; whoever shows up, shows up and will be welcomed with music, fun, great food and the beauty of wintertime in the sub-tropics of the United States.

No registration fee is required and with the workshops on mountain dulcimer, Native American flute and ukulele (perhaps even guitar), you simply pay as you go.  Or nap on the deck.  Or go snorkeling - it's all your call.

The dynamic duo of Butch Ross and Bing Futch will be on staff and ready to help you learn as you have fun - or is that have fun as you learn?  Either way, it's going to be a good time as we enjoy lots of jamming, an honest-to-goodness Cuban cookout, some sightseeing and whatever else may come into play;  this is Key West after all.

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The Key West Dulcimer Gathering is just around the corner and we're starting to get excited about spending four lovely days in the place that you see in the picture above.  (That's Smathers Beach, by the way, and we'll head over there at least once.)

There's no registration fee - merely point your GPS to 2510 Harris Ave in Key West and plan on showing up sometime on Thursday, January 24th.  Nothing is planned yet - that's completely up to those who arrive!  Butch Ross and myself will be on hand to lead jams, offer private lessons and see who's interested in what.  Once we have a consensus, we'll know what kinds of workshops to put together and when to offer them.

Now, if you don't have a place to stay yet, contact Sheri Cabanas at Conch Republic Concierge (305) 294-6019.

Other than that - prepare to have a blast in the tropics!  If you're joining us later than the 24th, text or call me at (407) 342-1447 and I'll let you know where we're at if …