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Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VI (June 21-23, 2013)

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Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VI (June 21-23, 2013)

Time: June 21, 2013 to June 23, 2013
Location: Keedysville, MD
Street: 18906 Shepherdstown Pike (MD Rt 34)
City/Town: Keedysville, MD
Phone: 301-695-1864 (ext 823)
Event Type: conference/gathering
Organized By: George Wunderlich, Kyle Wichtendahl, Tom Frezza, Greg Adams
Latest Activity: May 14, 2016

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Event Description

The Sixth Annual Antietam Early Banjo Gathering

The Antietam Early Banjo Gathering (also known as the Early American Banjo Conference) is the premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th century banjo music and culture. The conference, held at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam National Battlefield, raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular music. It also underscores music’s importance in the lives of Civil War soldiers. 

We are excited to announce the schedule for the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering-VI to be held on June 21-23, 2013. The event will take place at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Antietam National Battlefield, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville, Maryland.

The Antietam Early Banjo Gathering is focused on three main activities: formal presentations (screenings, lectures, and workshops); one-on-one mentoring sessions about playing techniques; and two public concerts (for additional information about the schedule, please see this forum post).

Registration for the event is $60 per person and includes morning breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday), Saturday lunch, and daily snacks. For more information or to register online, visit www.civilwarmed.org/calendar and click on the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering. For questions, please contact Kyle Wichtendahl at 301-695-1864 ext. *823 orpryprograms@civilwarmed.org. To register for the conference by phone, please call 301-695-1864 ext. *811.



FRIDAY, June 21

• Noon: Registration opens

• 1:00-5:00 p.m.: “Early Bird" Mentoring Sessions (first come, first serve)

• 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Dinner on your own

• 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Greetings and Show & Tell

• 8:00-9:00 p.m.: Presentation 1: Documentary screening: Jim Carrier’s The Librarian and the Banjo (the story of music librarian Dena Epstein and her research into early banjo history)

• 9:00-?: Jam sessions, social time



• 8:30 a.m.: Check-in, coffee, and pastries

• 9:00-9:45 a.m.: Presentation 2: Dorothea Nelson, “Military Amateur Minstrel Groups in the Mexican War and Civil War”

• 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Presentation 3: Panel Discussion, “Interest in the Early Banjo: Why We Do What We Do” with Bob Winans, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Clarke Buehling, George Wunderlich, and Pete Ross (moderated by Greg Adams)

• 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch (provided for registered participants)

• 1:30-2:15 p.m.: Presentation 4: Renee Lapp Norris, “Operatic Parodies in the Minstrel Shows”

• 3:00-3:45 p.m.: Presentation 5: Emily Oleson and Matthew Olwell, “A Presentation and Tutorial on Vernacular Dance and Movement as Applied to the 19th-Century Banjo”

• 5:15 p.m.: PUBLIC CONCERT at Pry House Field Hospital and Museum

• 6:30 p.m.: Dinner on your own

• 6:30 p.m.-?: Jam sessions, social time


SUNDAY, June 23

• 8:30 a.m.: Check-in, coffee, and pastries

• 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Large group meeting about AEBG 2014, logistics for Sunday afternoon concert

• 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Presentation 6: Joel Hooks, “Discovering Horace Weston (1825-1890)”

• 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Presentation 7: Clarke Buehling, “A Presentation on Playing Technique”

• 11:30-12:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own

• 12:30-2:00 p.m.: Concert preparation

• 2:00 p.m.: PUBLIC CONCERT in Dunker Church

• 3:00 p.m.: good-byes 

Comment Wall

Comment by Joel Hooks on June 12, 2013 at 11:19am
I will have a special announcement about thimbles before this week is over!
Comment by Strumelia on June 12, 2013 at 11:26am

Where else would one find a group that gets aroused about banjo thimbles, I ask you?   ;D

Comment by Mark Weems on June 12, 2013 at 12:01pm

Ha! Hey bud, "He who smelt it, dealt it" as they say. James' snoring at Harper's Ferry was the only thing in town louder than the train, and shook the walls just as often!

Comment by Matthew Mickletz on June 12, 2013 at 12:19pm

Really want to come down for this, but it's the weekend before the big 150th Gettysburg event/reenactment (well, one of em) that I'm headed to.  I believe the wife has to work that weekend as well, meaning I"M the care taker of the little guy.  Maybe next year :/

Comment by Strumelia on June 12, 2013 at 12:50pm

I'm bringing my earplugs!   =8-o

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on June 12, 2013 at 12:51pm

solo tenting and ear plugs.

Once again a season is upon me and here I am on the West bank...hope things transpire so that I can make it out there NEXT year, though I am tired of saying that, just need to make it happen. Such a worthwhile event to be part of. Safe Travels everyone, and look forward to the posts afterwards.

Comment by Paul Certo on June 12, 2013 at 2:29pm

I won't be attending, but for any who do arrive on Thursday, I have been to the jam at O'Hurley's General Store. It's a good friendly crowd, very welcoming to passers-by who join in the fun. I most often travel with a dulcimer  for hotel playing, it's quieter and takes less space than banjo or guitar, so that's what I used there. There were a variety of banjos, mandos, fiddles guitars and a few mt & hammered dulcimers as well.  They move the quilting frames & such out of the way and set up folding chairs for the evening. Good folks and good fun, if you are there Thursday and not too tired from the trip.

Comment by Strumelia on June 16, 2013 at 1:38pm

Hi all- I'll be arriving on thurs afternoon and staying at the Clarion in Shepardstown- still willing to share the two-bed room with some other female if they want to save some money. 

I may go to the O'Hurley jam thurs night if I have nothing better to do.   In any case, I'll have my cell phone if anyone wants to get together thursday, etc...  ( 518) -763 _ 4986

Comment by Strumelia on June 19, 2013 at 8:52pm

Any good places to go to in Shepardstown or Keedysville on Friday for breakfast?  (possibly espresso, ...or is that like a dirty word around there?)

Comment by Mark Shimonkevitz on June 21, 2013 at 5:05pm

I hope everyone has a great time!  Something came up, and I can not make it.  Family matters.  I wish I was there!  Next year.....


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