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The Key West Dulcimer Fest: In A Post


Registration for the Key West Dulcimer Fest is open! Be sure to act quickly or you may miss out on the first tropical dulcimer festival in America! The four-day festival will be held at Hurricane Hole Marina (5130 Overseas Highway) and the Key West American Legion (5610 College Road).

Our performing and instructing staff includes: David Beede, Robert Force, Bing Futch, Guy George, Tull Glazener, Jeff Hames, Lois Hornbostel, Dan Landrum, Karen Mueller, Aaron O'Rourke, Butch Ross, Gary Sager, Stephen Seifert, Rick Thum, Susan Trump and Roger Zimish..

Attendees will be able to take workshops in both hammered and mountain dulcimer as well as guitar, steel drums, pennywhistle, banjo, autoharp and other instruments. There will be a "dulcimer doctor" on-site tending to repairs and upgrades while vendors will supply everything from strings and music books, to stands and padded dulcimer cases.

Registration is $95 and includes all workshops and both nights of instructor concerts.

Some information you'll want to know:

• Temperatures should be around the mid 70's during all four warm and wonderful days.

• Link for the registration form is located to the left and you can print out as many copies as you need; one for each person attending. The form has info on instructor concert tickets for non-attendees and an area to order the official festival t-shirt.

• We have an accommodations coordinator; Sheri Cabanas. She's secured us fantastic festival rates at places within walking distance of Hurricane Hole Marina and the American Legion, where workshops, meals and concerts are taking place. If you're planning on camping, you'll want to call her straight away, as there are only so many slots available during high season. Give her a call at 305-294-6019.

If you're looking for a place to stay on Key West and have decided that The Southernmost Resort properties look good to you, we've got special rates available for festival attendees.

Contact them at (800) 354 4455 and mention promo code "DULMER."

As their name implies, Southernmost Resorts are the farthest you can go to the end of the Continental United States and they are on the quieter end of Duval St., where white sand beaches and open-air cafes provide plenty of relaxation and peaceful enjoyment.

• For the best experience, plan on arriving Wednesday afternoon/evening and staying through till Sunday afternoon. Thursday the 28th will be a laid-back day of informal jams, meet-n-greet, sightseeing and planned activities. Some of the instructors will be presenting masters classes on this day as well. Friday and Saturday, the 29th and 30th will be full curriculum days:

Breakfast - 7:30-8:30 a.m.
1st Period - 9-10 a.m.
2nd Period - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lunch - 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
3rd Period - 1-2 p.m.
4th Period - 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Open Stage - 4 - 5 p.m.

Dinner will be from 5-7 p.m. with the instructor concerts scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at the American Legion's Henry F. Kokenzie Memorial Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A continental breakfast will be available at the American Legion each day with a full breakfast menu on Sunday. Both the American Legion and Hurricane Hole will offer lunch and dinner menus. Meals will be available for a nominal fee.

Sunday, the 31st, we'll have some more masters classes, informal jamming, sightseeing and winding down, leading up to a glorious sunset cruise upon the skipjack Danger in the Gulf of Mexico at 5 p.m.

We'll have more details on these events and we've got a lot more planned. You'll not only have plenty of time to soak in the island atmosphere, see the sights and enjoy the warm weather; you'll also get a good solid stream of instruction and jamming for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, pennywhistle, steel drums, guitar and more!

Conveniently located at the Hurricane Hole Marina are charters for fishing, scuba-diving, para-sailing, kayaking, long-boarding, wave-runner rentals and more. The venue is located across the highway from the Key West Golf Club and Resort, which is right next door to the American Legion.

Be sure to bookmark, subscribe and otherwise stay connected with the official website at:

for pictures, video, links, updates and the latest info on the festival. We also have a YouTube page featuring performances by our staff of instructors:

and finally, we're on Twitter! Not only is it a great way to stay informed (updates can be sent right to your phone) but it is also a neat way to communicate with other festival-goers, and we'll be using the Twitter service in some fun and exciting ways once we're headed down to the island:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at: - we've got staff working on making this an extraordinary experience for everyone who attends!

Mahalo, and hope to see you on the beach in Key West!

Bing Futch
Key West Dulcimer Fest Director


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

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