Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Key West Dulcimer Fest 2010


Registration for the Key West Dulcimer Fest is now open! Our pre-registered folks have reserved their place in line and are guaranteed a spot. Only 200 slots are available, so be sure to act quickly or you may miss out on the first tropical dulcimer festival in America!

Some information you'll want to know:

• Temperatures should be around the low 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, 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.

• 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 - 7:30-8:45 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.

Dinner will be from 5-6:30 p.m. with the instructor concerts scheduled from 7-9 p.m.
Times may change slightly. Meals will be catered by Hurricane Hole Restaurant and will be available for a nominal price.

Sunday, the 31st, we'll have some more masters classes, gospel jam, informal jamming, sightseeing and winding down, leading up to a glorious sunset cruise upon a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico at 6 p.m.

We'll have more details on some of 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. Island AeroPlane Tours offer old-fashioned biplane rides high above Key West or, for those who wish to keep their feet close to earth, the Conch Train gives great tours of "Bone Island."

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: jobentertainment@yahoo.com - we've got a staff of people 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

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