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For enthusiasts of early banjo
Time: September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Location: Appomattox Courthouse National HIstoric Park City/Town: Appomattox, va. Event Type: banjo, gathering, festival
Organized By: David Wooldridge, Mark Weems Latest Activity: Sep 15, 2017
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Just got off the phone with Dave Kirchner. He wanted me to warn y'all that he will be attending the Appomattox event. He also wanted me to alert Dave Wooldridge that he plans to camp in the park.--Rob Morrison
I am attending along with my sister who plays the tamb. My first time down to the fest. Is there any news about protest and things of that nature?
Curtis, I'm hoping Dave W. will jump in here to elaborate and reassure, but I can say that from my experience last year, the site is hardly a place where protests would be likely or feasible, for many reasons-
-park rangers everywhere, looking out for visitors and grounds
-no lawful assembly permits would be obtainable
-families with children all over the place exploring the park and historic buildings
-very restricted parking options
-no monuments that might be focal points for protesters or demonstrators
I think of our group as a very thoughtful little band of friends and musicians. I know we are kind and caring and that we'll not only make our hosts at the Park proud, but will also honor and be considerate of each other regardless of our possibly diverse views. :)
Plus, it is pretty out of the way and not a place that would serve as a rallying point for anybody but us banjoists.
Curtis, David from Appomattox Court House NHP here. Just getting back from work travel & so I'm just seeing this.
There is no plan that any of us at APCO know of for any sort of protest or demonstration by any groups. We have had First Amendment events here in the past including the Flaggers group out of Richmond but we have had no requests for any such 1st Amendment activities.
We are home to one monument to the soldiers of North Carolina that fought and died here as well as the Confederate Cemetery which is the final resting place of 18 Confederate & 1 Union soldier.
Appomattox is a large part of the collective memory of all of the United States which is, to my mind, all the more reason to host our celebration of the early banjo and ALL of those who played a part in its evolution. This in addition to the incontrovertible fact that some of the most important of those early banjoists lived, learned, performed, and died in and around the village that is Appomattox Court House.
And this "little band" as Strumelia so aptly put it has proven itself over the past years as fine interpreters & representatives of the importance of this instrument and these musics in American culture.
We are truthful and honest in what we do, and not divisive or derisive. This event will be a great one in a great place full of great players & playing, dancing and learning for Convergence participants & the general public as well. Can't wait to see you there!
Thanks for elaborating Dave! :)
-Hey Dave I sent you a PM, check your inbox please.
Ah, the lyrics of theses songs are nothing compared to an offensive Confederate statue now are they ? :)
I am looking forward to it, and meeting everyone and learning as much as possible. I wasn't really worried about the protest, I have been in reenacting now for over 35 years.
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