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35th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival 2018, Lyons Community Park, 15 Park Avenue, Lyons, PA, September 16, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission: $5; free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit: youtube.com/user/fiddlingatlyons/ ; www.lyonsfiddle.com
Fiddle Hell Massachusetts, Westford, MA, Nov. 1-4, 2018. Fiddle styles: Bluegrass, Cajun, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Jazz, Irish, Klezmer, New England, Oldtime Southern, Scottish, Swedish, Swing, Texas, Western Swing. Instruments: Fiddle (of course!), mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo, singing, dances. Levels: Beginner through Advanced. Fourteenth annual gathering, with inexpensive rates for 2, 3, or 4 days, or even just 1 day. DIscounts for kids, young adults, seniors, and for advance payment. 85 instructors lead 450+ workshops and guided jams throughout the four days in picturesque New England Inn. Free parking all 4 days. Public concert and dance Nov 3 at 7PM, $15 at door. More info: Fiddle Hell Website, Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook Group, or call (781) 367-7316.
Museum of Appalachia Fall Heritage Days, Nov. 9-10, 2018, Clifton, TN.
The Museum grounds will be filled with homemade food, bluegrass and folk music, as well as demonstrations such as molasses making, sawmilling, soap making, toy and doll making, quilting, sheep herding, antique tractors and engines, and more. The Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum — a pioneer mountain farm-village that lends voice to the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind. Founded in 1969 by John Rice Irwin, the Museum is now a non-profit organization, and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. (Fiddler Magazine's DVD Carrying on the Traditions: Appalachian Fiddling Today was filmed primarily at the Museum.) The Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention will be held Nov. 10, featuring fiddle, banjo, dancing and other musical instrument contests. Cash prizes will be given to the winners in each category. To register for the contest, please contact John Meyer at email@example.com or 865-494-7680. For more information, visit www.museumofappalachia.org/.
4th Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling, December 1, 2018, Twin Sisters Dance Hall, Blanco, TX. Old time country, western swing, creole, Texas Polish, son huasteca, Tejano... Info: thefestivaloftexasfiddling.com/ or facebook.com/FestivalofTexasFiddling/.