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

Event Details

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.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

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

 

SATURDAY, June 22

• 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 Rob Morrison on February 19, 2013 at 12:36pm

I'm planning on coming again.  It's a great chance to see Joel, Carl, Ian, Greg, John, Dave, Jim, Andy, and whoever else might be there.  Let's all pray for dry weather.

Comment by Jonathan Weaver on February 19, 2013 at 8:17pm

Something that I have looked forward to for quite a while.

Comment by Mark Shimonkevitz on February 22, 2013 at 4:13pm

I just registered.  As a banjo neophyte, I am really looking forward to this event.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 26, 2013 at 1:01pm

Something I wish I could do. thought it would happen this year, but the cost of it all to get out there is a wee bit out of me budget this year.

Hopefully next year!

Comment by Connie Vinci on March 16, 2013 at 3:11pm

Dave and I are registered, and plan to attend. We are hoping for kind weather (dry, about 75 to 80 degrees; cloudy skies would be fine)! Making hotel reservations today for the event. We figure we'll need air conditioning and showers by the end of each day!

Comment by Scott Danneker on March 27, 2013 at 11:34am

Is there air conditioning and color TV in the barn?

Comment by John Masciale on March 27, 2013 at 11:01pm

Is there anyone coming from North Carolina?

Comment by Valerie Diaz Leroy on March 28, 2013 at 8:35am

I wish I were coming from anywhere! I am already registered for something else that weekend. Is this always the same wekend in June?

Comment by Rob Morrison on March 28, 2013 at 8:59am

John--Me.--Rob

Comment by Scott Danneker on March 28, 2013 at 1:09pm

I'll be coming from North Carolina.

Could someone please recommend suitable off-site lodgings close to the event?

Additionally; do participants wear period attire during the event? 

Thank you,

-Scott Danneker

Elizabeth City, NC

 

 

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