WCU to offer second annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend

Western Carolina University will offer the second annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend Thursday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Lambuth Inn in Lake Junaluska.

dulcimer06Activities will include mountain dulcimer-playing classes, concerts, cultural presentations, bowing the dulcimer, a student open stage, jam sessions led by staff, a dulcimer orchestra, outdoor activities and a Sunday morning shaped-note singing.

Dulcimer players from several states will attend. Nationally known champion dulcimer performers, authors and recording artists Lois Hornbostel, Bill Taylor, Betty Smith, Kenneth Bloom, Jim Miller and WCU’s Will Peebles, professor of music, will serve as instructors and performers.

The weekend was developed as a winter extension of WCU’s Mountain Dulcimer Week, held in the last full week of June each year. Dulcimer Week, now in its eighth year, presents the country’s largest curriculum for the mountain dulcimer, said Hornbostel.

A registration fee of $135 covers all weekend activities. A non-participant spouse/companion registration fee of $30 covers some activities.

The Lambuth Inn will offer special room and meal rates to attendees. Commuting participants also are welcome.

For more information or to register, call WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach at (828) 227-7397 or toll free at (800) 928-4968.

Participants should make accommodation arrangements directly with the Lambuth Inn by calling (800) 222-4930 by Jan. 10.