Time: May 10, 2013 to May 11, 2013
Location: Appomattox Court House NHP
City/Town: Appomattox, VA
Website or Map: http://www.appomattox1865foun…
Phone: 434-352-8987 ext. 236
Event Type: instructional, gathering/, public, program/, fundraiser
Organized By: Appomattox Court House NHP, the Appomattox 1865 Foundation, the North Carolina School of Traditional Music
Latest Activity: May 8, 2013
This event is actually a combination of 2 events.
The first actually starts on Friday May 10, 2013 with "The Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence."
This early banjo instructional gathering will include: instruction in & lectures on Early American Banjo Style, historical tours of Sweeney buildings and artifacts, a visit with banjo makers and collectors, jamming, 19th century dance & a rare opportunity for possible period camping at Appomattox Court House NHP- the birthplace of Joel Sweeney!
For registration for this portion of the event, contact Mark Weems at: email@example.com
The 2nd event- the "Joel Sweeney & the Banjo: from Africa to Appomattox" kicks off Friday evening at the National Park's Visitor Center with a free screening of Marc Fields' production "Give Me the Banjo!" Music will be played, refreshments will be served & donations will be accepted.
Saturday May 11, 2013 the "Joel Sweeney & the Banjo: From Africa to Appomattox" continues. This event will be at Appomattox Court House NHP & will be open to the general public (with general park admission $3-5.) Planned daytime activities include:
*a gubernatorial proclamation honoring Joel Sweeney's contribution to the history of the banjo,
*banjo programming (offering a veritable cornucopia of oppurtunities for instructional gathering attendees to play period banjo on the stomping grounds of Joel & the rest of the Sweeney family)
*banjo makers showing their craft & wares
*tours of Sweeney family sites
*exhibits of Sweeney related artifacts
*interpretive talks on the history of the banjo
All daytime events will be free to the public (after the general park admission.)
The day will culminate in an evening concert to feature performances conveying the evolution of the banjo. Again this concert will be held at Appomattox Court House! Within earshot of the birthplace of Joel & the rest of the Sweeneys.
The concert will be a ticketed fundraiser to assist Appomattox Court House NHP in restoring Sweeney family structures in the National Park & creating an interpretive trail linking Sweeney related sites.
If you are interested in being a part of this program, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.