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    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.
    Disclaimer: Goshen Old-Time Dancing is hosting this website and is not a co-sponsor of this event.

    -Phil

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    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.

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    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)

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    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

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    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,
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    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.

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    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

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    The final schedule is now posted at the above web page.

    Hope to see folks there!

    -Phil

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    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.

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    Another update from Lucy...
    -Phil
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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

    **************************
    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.

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    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Eugene @ July 08 2006, 10:02)
    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.

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