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Date & Time
Sunday, August 5

Member: $75;
Nonmember: $90;
EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION THROUGH 7/22: Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75

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Fruitlands Museum
Harvard, MA

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Fruitlands Fiddle Fest

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All-acoustic Fiddle Fest on Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Workshops and Guided Jams 10AM - 4:45PM
Open mic 5 - 6PM
Jam / Guided Trail Walk / Art Gallery Tour 6 - 7PM

Instructor concert 7:30 – 9:30PM (included with daylong event)

A preorder/prepay box lunch option is available from Fruitlands Fireside Cafe. You may select an option when registering. Bringing a picnic is also a good option.
The café will be open but does not have the capacity to offer table service to Fiddle Fest participants. (Cafe is open for regular museum visitors)

Full Schedule, Session & Instructor Details, and What to Expect

 The Fruitlands’ hillside will be humming with fiddle tunes in a variety of styles. Master-level instructors will teach beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Beginners must be able to play a small repertoire of simple tunes. Fiddlers, cellists, mandolin, banjo players will find opportunities to learn, jam and practice performing at open mic sessions. Pack up a picnic basket, bring a blanket and enjoy the music and the workshops. The museum galleries will be open, as well, for participants to enjoy during the lunchbreak. The day will conclude with an evening concert performed by the instructors: Dave Reiner, Laurel Martin, David Kaynor, and Cathy Mason and their accompanists. Friends and family may purchase tickets separately for the evening concert. The Fruitlands Museum galleries and trails remain open for museum visitors with regular admission 10AM-5PM.

Early-bird registration through July 22: $60 Members  and $75 Nonmembers
Regular pricing, after July 22: $75 Members of The Trustees $90 Nonmembers
Evening Concert only: $10 Members and $15 Nonmembers


Select your skill level below to register!

Beginner - knows 10-20 simple tunes; working on basics of rhythm, tone, bowing, playing mostly by ear: and would like to play with others.
In workshop expectations: simple tunes, taught slowly, with help on technique and style.

Intermediate - knows 20 -40 tunes, playing tunes between a moderate to dance tempo, working on technique, going beyond the basic tune.
In workshop expectations: looking to learn tunes from a variety of genres and challenging intermediate tunes, tunes taught more quickly.

Advanced - knows a large repertoire in one or more traditional styles; plays most with nuance and some techniques at a quick tempo.
In workshop expectations: looking for relatively fast teaching pace, challenging tunes, and a focus on ornaments, variations, and nuances of style


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