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Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017

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Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence 2017

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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Comment by Strumelia on August 11, 2017 at 10:00pm

Hi Roberta!  I got this one:


It's not quite as primitive/period looking as some of the white canvas ones I've seen, but it's way sturdier, is 17" high for sitting, and best of all the seat is a little wider for lady-sized hips.  It's real nice wood and weighs like 7 lbs.  

The green seat fabric is technically not cotton canvas, it's polyester, but it 'looks like' green canvas.

Various buyers had trouble assembling it, mostly because the little Allen wrenches provided are too dinky for the massive screws.  My husband used his drill with an Allen bit to drive in the screws and had no trouble.  He said he was impressed with how sturdy this stool was, and the materials used.

I have wide sit-bones/hips, and it's totally comfortable to sit on.  I wish it weighed a tad less, but still it's lighter than our rickety old wooden camp folding chairs.

Comment by Roberta Perkins on August 11, 2017 at 10:08pm

Hey, Thanks Strumella, Ok I think I can do this. I like the height. I have a drill...will look to see if I have an Allen bit...shouldn't be too hard to find, if I  don't. Can use the seat width for comfort:-). Have been asked to portray a laundress in a jamboree in October and need seating for my banjo playing. Nanticoke River Jamboree: http://www.restorehandsell.org/?page_id=88

Comment by Strumelia on August 11, 2017 at 10:24pm

This is a comfortable sturdy wide folding stool for banjo playing!

- btw, my husband removed the very nice brass plate with the manufacturer's name on it.    ;)

You could add a leather strap to the folded stool to sling around your shoulder for carrying, I suppose.

Be sure to read the customer comments on Amazon for tips on putting it together.

Comment by Roberta Perkins on August 11, 2017 at 10:27pm

Oh, I intended to remove the label:-) Will look into a strap...for future.

Comment by Mark Weems on August 11, 2017 at 10:40pm

There is a special group rate available at the Appomattox Inn that David Wooldridge just secured for us if you want to check into that. It's about $30 per night cheaper than the regular rate. Just tell them you are with the Banjo Gathering at the Courthouse.

Comment by Mark Weems on August 12, 2017 at 8:39am

Try Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival. Tll them its for the weekend event at the Courthouse and the contact person is David Wooldridge.

Comment by Scott Danneker on August 12, 2017 at 9:35am

I spoke with the sales rep and she is not aware of any group rates for the park as of yet.  David might want to call.  In any event, I can't get out of my Super8 reservations anyway so I'll be there with Tom.

Comment by Strumelia on August 12, 2017 at 9:54am

I'm trying to phone the App.Inn and can't get through yet.  But yes, I wanted to know of the special discount and what it would then cost.  Dave please confirm with them about the 'deal'?  With a discount it might be worthwhile for me to switch from my B&B, but I'd need to know pretty soon.

Comment by Paul Draper on August 12, 2017 at 12:28pm
I spoke with the manager (Dana) of the App Inn, she said she would get in touch with David on Monday to "set things up". In the meantime she booked my room and quoted me a price of 109$ instead of 139$ which is the normal price for that weekend. (This probably doesn't include taxes...)
Comment by Paul Draper on August 12, 2017 at 12:47pm
However, now that I'm looking at the App Inn website, it looks like the lowest priced room for that weekend is 111$. So... I'm confused...


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