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PhilGE
Feb-06-2004, 7:46pm
The BLACK SWAMP OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held July 9-11, 2004 in northwest Ohio at Seven Eagles EARTH Center (16486 Wapakoneta Rd, Grand Rapids, OH).

The festival begins with a dance and jamming on Friday evening and runs all day Saturday, ending Sunday at 5:00 pm. The family-oriented festival will include concerts, workshops, and jams featuring old-time music (fiddles, banjos, guitars, stringbands, dulcimers, vocal traditions, etc.), dancing (flatfoot/clogging workshops, contra and square dancing), children's activities, family nature activities, traditional crafts, fishing, an Ohio oral history area.

Performers will include Dan Gellert and Debbie Posey, Whitt Mead, The Red Mules, Dave Rice and Joe LaRose, Ann and Phil Case, and the Rhythm Billies. Local musicians include the David Moore family, Lucy Long and the Root Cellar String Band, Hand Hewn, and #others. Dance callers include Marlin Whitaker, Barry Dupen, and Tim Borten.

The event is sponsored by the Arts Council Lake Erie West

For more information, visit THIS SITE. (http://www.GoDancing.org/blackswamp.html)
Disclaimer: Goshen Old-Time Dancing is hosting this website and is not a co-sponsor of this event.

-Phil

Eugene
Feb-09-2004, 11:18am
Will you be there, Phil? I frequent the Great Black Swamp (i.e. the myriad marshes, not necessarily the festival...yet) on the day job in the summer.

PhilGE
Feb-09-2004, 1:32pm
I'll do my best to be there, Eugene. Our family is expecting the birth of our daughter in early to mid June, so things will be interesting (no, we're not naming her Amanda-Lynne, though my wife did joke about it). We missed it last year due to some other conflicts, but really hope to make it this year. I heard there was some great old-time mando jamming that I missed.

Would be great to meet you and jam together. Any other folk interested?

-Phil (staying home for half my work-day to play Poppa to the sick younger mandolin "player" in the household)

SteveK
Feb-10-2004, 8:27am
I'm definitely interested. I missed it last year but hope to make it this year. I play a bit of mandolin but mainly that funny instrument with the peg sticking out of the neck at about the 5th fret.

Steve

PhilGE
Jun-27-2004, 7:19pm
Just a tickler of a reminder: The Black Swamp Ol-Time Music Festival will take place July 9 - 11, 2004 in Northwest Ohio. For more info, go to http://www.sealionestates.com/oldtimemusic or http://www.GoDancing.org/blackswamp.html

I hope to be there and see some of you there, too!

Best,
Phil

Eugene
Jun-27-2004, 7:51pm
Oh man, the schedule may be too tight and is getting tighter. I will be sorry to miss it. I might still try to make it out for part of Saturday or Sunday.

PhilGE
Jul-02-2004, 11:03pm
A Schedule for the Black Swamp Old-Time Music Festival July 9 - 11, 2004 is now available at http://www.godancing.org/BSOTMF_Sched.html

I hope to see you there, Eugene! I've heard some nice things about Joe LaRose.

-Phil

PhilGE
Jul-09-2004, 7:10pm
The final schedule is now posted at the above web page.

Hope to see folks there!

-Phil

PhilGE
Jun-05-2006, 11:18am
The following information was forwarded by Lucy Long and is current as
of June 5. Note that there will be a gathering, just not an official
festival. Stay tuned for further updates...

-Phil
http://www.godancing.org/
http://web.mac.com/philg2/iWeb/OTMusic

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The 2006 BLACK SWAMP OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL to be held July 7-8-9 in
northwest Ohio at Mary Jane Thurston Park (next to Grand Rapids, OH)
has been CANCELLED-POSTPONED-DOWNIZED for 2006. We plan to hold the
festival in 2007, same time and same place.

There will, however, be an informal GATHERING of old-time musicians at
the Park that weekend. Starting Friday evening, July 7 with a pot-luck
supper, old-time jams will be lead by The Root Cellar String Band, Dave
Rice and Mark Ward, Andi Ardito and Fiddle Faddle, Whitt Mead, and
others.We'll also have a contra dance. The schedule will be posted
later. People are welcome to join us, and camping is still available
through the Ohio State Parks website. .) For reservations go to:
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Parks/parks/mjthrstn.htm or call (419)
832-7662. (and don't be confused by the address for the park. Mary
Jane Thurstin State Park is the same park, although the address given
is McClure, OH.)

Please be on the lookout for information on next year's festival. We
plan to be back up and running!

www.sealionestates.com/oldtimemusic or
http://www.GoDancing.org/blackswamp.html
Lucy Long (419) 372-7862; L...@bgnet.bgsu.edu
Leslie Lippert 937-767-2999 llipp...@yellowsprings.com

Mary Jane Thurstin Park. 1-446 State Route 65, Grand Rapids Located 1/2
hour southwest of Toledo, Mary Jane Thurston Park offers a marina,
camping, and picnic areas along the Maumee River and is adjacent to the
historic town of Grand Rapids. The camping is rustic with appropriate
ADA accommodations. Reservations are necessary and should be made
directly through the Ohio State Parks.

DIRECTIONS: (A) I-75 to Bowling Green; Rt.6 west to Wapakoneta Rd.;
turn north towards Grand Rapids; turn west on West 2nd St; follow SR65
to Mary Jane Thurston park on right; first entrance is day area (main
stage); second entrance is camping; or
(B) 475/23 to exit for US 24, go west (towards Napoleon), about 15
miles, turn south on SR 578, cross Maumee River; go west on SR65, about
3/4 mile to park.

PhilGE
Jul-06-2006, 12:49pm
Another update from Lucy...
-Phil
http://web.mac.com/philg2/iWeb/OTMusic
http://www.godancing.org/
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The 2006 BLACK SWAMP OLD-TIME MUSIC GATHERING will be held July 7-8-9
in northwest Ohio at Mary Jane Thurston Park (next to Grand Rapids, OH
(The festival will be back in 2007, same time and same place.)

Activities are at the Stone Lodge. Everything's free, but donations
will help. Here's the schedule (jam leaders may switch some times
around):
# # #Friday, July 7 # # # # # # 6-7 # Potluck supper
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # 7-9 # # Contra dance
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # Caller--Barry Dupen #
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # Band-Root Cellar String Band
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # Informal jamming afterwards

# # Saturday, July 8 # # # # 12-2 #Singing jam with Jim Hall
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #and Cindy Morgan (old-time/folk duo from MI)
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #2-4 # #Root Cellar String Band #(NW Ohio)
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #4-6 # #Fiddle Faddle #(old-time band from
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # Columbus)
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #6-8 #Dave Rice # # (Harmonica/Fiddle
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #virtuoso from NE Ohio)
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #8-10 #Whitt Mead #(Fiddle/Banjo master
# # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #from southern Ohio)
# # Sunday, July 9 10-12 # #Informal jamming

Grand Rapids Rally Days is also happening this weekend, so there's
plenty of activity to choose from. Food vendors will be in Grand Rapids
rather than at the park. It's about a _ mile walk from the park into
town along the river and canal. Camping is still available through the
Ohio State Parks website. #For reservations go to:
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Parks/parks/mjthrstn.htm or call (419)
832-7662. (and don't be confused by the address for the park. Mary Jane
Thurstin State Park is the same park, although the address given is
McClure, OH.)

Please be on the lookout for information on next year's festival. We
plan to be back up and running!

www.sealionestates.com/oldtimemusic or
http://www.GoDancing.org/blackswamp.html
Lucy Long (419) 372-7862; L...@bgnet.bgsu.edu
Leslie Lippert # 937-767-2999 # # # # # # #llipp...@yellowsprings.com

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Mary Jane Thurstin Park. 1-446 State Route 65, Grand Rapids Located 1/2
hour southwest of Toledo, Mary Jane Thurston Park offers a marina,
camping, and picnic areas along the Maumee River and is adjacent to the
historic town of Grand Rapids. The camping is rustic with appropriate
ADA accommodations. Reservations are necessary and should be made
directly through the Ohio State Parks. (For reservations go to:

DIRECTIONS: (A) I-75 to Bowling Green; Rt.6 west to Wapakoneta Rd.;
turn north towards Grand Rapids; turn west on West 2nd St; follow SR65
to Mary Jane Thurston park on right; first entrance is day area (main
stage); second entrance is camping; # #or
(B) 475/23 to exit for US 24, go west (towards Napoleon), about 15
miles, turn south on SR 578, cross Maumee River; go west on SR65, about
3/4 mile to park.

Eugene
Jul-08-2006, 10:02am
This year, I'm emergency substitute teaching ichthyology at Stone Lab on Lake Erie's Gibraltar Island. Today is my only day off and I'm home with family. I will be setting a trap net in remnants of the Great Black Swamp, specifically the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, on Sunday. Perhaps next year...

PhilGE
Jul-15-2006, 7:03am
I will be setting a trap net in remnants of the Great Black Swamp, specifically the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, on Sunday.
Setting traps for the little know wild mandolinetto?

Yeah, someday I'll attend festivals again. Life is taking interesting turns these days.