June 17, 2018 at 4:16 PM #62438
Well, I guess I’ll try this again. My first attempt was to reach out to anyone here in Alberta interested in the local fiddle world, but the thread got locked down so no-one can respond to get connected. I’m sure there are lots of fiddlers within range of Alberta that would at least be interested, and possibly able to participate eventually. So here’s a repeat of that post…
Alberta has a great organization to promote fiddling called the Alberta Society of Fiddlers. They hold two great fiddle camps each year and numerous other events to promote fiddling. They offer a $500 grant to hold a fiddle family dance in new communities with the goal of getting the ball rolling in bringing new fiddlers together and establishing an organized community of fidders in that location. Along with the grant, it’s members join in to provide the fiddling for the event, while inviting local fiddlers & families.
So last night we held a family dance/fiddle event at Gull Lake, Alberta. It was well attended and turned out great. Lot’s of families & young people, so most of the dancing was square dancing, but not just the American type but also some other stuff like Sasha…kind of a Ukrainian style where you are constantly changing partners and doing the Sasha clap thing. The big favorite is always the Virginia Reel.
One family had a little crippled girl in a wheel chair, and they had her out on the floor participating in her wheel chair, or carrying her in their arms, till she would go out all alone & spin around in her chair having the time of her life with her face all lite up just thrilled. (They have these amazing high tech, small, rubber tired, wheel chairs now that are really maneuverable)
I have to say that this event was a special bright spot in today’s negativity. It shows that there are a lot of great, wonderful families out there just mostly out of sight and carrying on just fine. I feel privileged to have been a part of it. But it couldn’t have happened without the hard work & sacrifice of some accomplished, dedicated people. And in that atmosphere, all the fiddlers played better than ever.
Anyone from Alberta lurking on the forum & interested in fiddling, I hope you can connect with all this, & I’ll be glad to help out.June 17, 2018 at 4:16 PM #62261
Sounds like great fun !June 17, 2018 at 5:25 PM #62262
What a wonderful thing for a fiddling association to do, sponsor the continuation of this beautiful music through a grant to the community. That’s a superb idea.June 17, 2018 at 6:27 PM #62263
That sounds great, Rodger. Glad to hear they are doing stuff like that. it’s what I call community, and sorely lacking in many places.June 17, 2018 at 7:14 PM #62266
Our summer fiddle camp at Deer Valley Meadows is Aug 19 -24.June 17, 2018 at 8:17 PM #62273
What a great concept, Roger! Keeping the fiddle music and the communities alive and kicking. Thanks for letting us know about this great organization.June 18, 2018 at 10:49 AM #62289
Rodger, that is precious! Thank you for supporting a great organization. I hope you are able to connect with other fiddlers in the area. I hope the fiddle camp events are well-attended!June 22, 2018 at 2:45 PM #62440
Rodger I wish you luck it’s a great cause !June 23, 2018 at 12:56 AM #62478
Rodger, sorry about that — I moved the post but forgot to reopen it. Great Scott, thanks for the moderation, but no need to close a misplaced post anymore, I can now move it while it is still open! Just flag it for a move, and I’ll get it done. 🙂
Rodger, I hope you all have a great turnout this year! It’s a fantastic event and organization.June 23, 2018 at 6:14 AM #62492
Best wishes for all fiddle camps and gatherings this summer!
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