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An Early Banjo Gathering

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An Early Banjo Gathering

Time: June 26, 2020 at 7pm to June 28, 2020 at 1pm
Location: Renfrew Museum and Park
Street: 1010 E Main St
City/Town: Waynesboro, Pa
Website or Map: https://www.renfrewmuseum.org…
Event Type: gathering
Organized By: John Masciale, Elaine Masciale, Tim Twiss, Al Smitley, Andy Chase
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

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Event Description

We are hosting an Early American Banjo gathering. The committee for this event are John and Elaine Masciale, Tim Twiss, Al Smitley, and Andy Chase.

At the end of the last gathering there was a lot of interest in continuing with the gathering, but we needed a new venue.  After a lot of searching we are pleased to announce that Renfrew Museum is willing to host us.

Our goals are:

!. To educate about and create an appreciation for the early American banjo, its musical repertoire, and its role in American history.

2. To develop and foster fellowship and camaraderie among players who are often isolated geographically. This fellowship creates increased opportunity for conversation and mentorship.

3. To welcome and mentor new players.

4. To be a resource for players for sources of music, instruments, and accessories.

5. To provide a cost-effective, impactful opportunity for players of early American banjo.

6. To have fun. Lots of fun.

Based on this event we hope to plan future events.

Come join us!

Comment Wall

Comment by Timothy Twiss on February 11, 2020 at 8:27am

This should be amazing. After a lull in the action, I'm glad to see this revived. I recall going to the first AEBG and the impact it had on me....to hang out and play with people for real. See other instruments, share books and tunes, play bones, wear cool clothes, and just get lost in another world for a day or so. It is pretty dry where I live so far as other players, so coming there was fantastic. The spirit of friendship and helpfulness made the drive totally worthwhile.

Comment by Len Entrabartolo on February 11, 2020 at 9:22am

I unfortunately will be out of the country at that time. I am sorry that I will miss this gathering. I hope there will be more in the future. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Comment by James Hartel on February 11, 2020 at 10:10am

Some memories from 2010

Comment by Andy Chase on February 11, 2020 at 9:38pm

I never played more or better than the five years I was fortunate enough to attend the Antietam Gathering; it was always a bright spot to look forward to each year, and a good motivator.

It's no coincidence that this new venue also has a barn, which gave AEBG so much of its character.  There is absolutely nothing like listening to the plunk and clack of banjos and bones as the evening comes on and the fireflies come out.

Comment by Trapdoor2 on Monday

I've put it on my calendar. I sorely miss going to AEBG. We've just moved to SC which puts this one at around 6hrs away. Hopefully I can get things straight around here to be able to attend!

Comment by John Masciale on Tuesday

AEBG has had a tremendous influence on both Elaine and me. I want others to have that same opportunity. If you have attended in the past, please come! If you have not had the opportunity, this is your chance! If you don't play banjo, but play other instruments, then come! We love having other period players there, particularly if they are familiar with our repertoire.

Experience level does not matter.  I was a real beginner at AEBG 1. I had kludged together a banjo from various parts.  I am also encouraging those of us to have spare instruments to bring them so newer players get a chance to play.


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