The Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering brings
together autoharp enthusiasts from around the world for five days of workshops,
concerts and 'round the clock music-making. Now in it's twenty-fourth year, the
Gathering features concerts and workshops from some of the folk world's best
musicians -- and they come because no matter what else they're famous for, they
also just happen to play the autoharp!
The 24th Annual Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering is now history and we're easing into gearing up for our 25th Gathering which will be held
June 24-28, 2015 at
Buffalo State Park Campground just outside Newport, Pennsylvania. There will be pre-Gathering classes staring on the 23rd so stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, I've posted a recap of the 2014 Gathering as a Thank You for a Great Gathering message and you can take a look at that here if you're inclined to do so ...
Our featured performers for 2015:
Bryan Bowers • Ron Wall • Drew Smith
Mountain Fling with John Hollandsworth • Country Ham with Judie Pagter
Mike Fenton • Tom Fladmark (2014 MLAG Autoharp Champion)
AHOF Quilt: For the past two years Carlene Hack, Juli Bachman and Ann Hart have
generously donated their time and talent to make small quilts to include
in the MLAG Silent Auction. Both featured signatures of that years' contest contestants with the center square reserved for that of the contest winner. Both years it has been generously bid on by Margaret
Crowl, who then presented it to the winner.
This year, in honor of the 25th Gathering, they are planning do make two
items. One similar in size to the previous which will include the
contest winners' signatures, and another bed-sized which will have all of the current living Autoharp Hall of Fame members signatures and the
names of the posthumous recipients as well.
In order to raise at least the fair value of the quilt (which is
expected to be about $700), we will obtain a state "Games of Chance "
license. Due to the registration fee involved we will only be selling
the raffle tickets for one month prior to the drawing on Saturday, June
We'll be posting progress pictures to whet your interest and, beginning
on May 30th, you may purchase tickets on-line. Details of the ticket
costs will come later but we just want you to "get ready" to purchase
opportunities to own this special quilt.
| And, while we are talking about the Autoharp Hall of Fame, we'd like to
remind you that it is never too early to submit your nominations for
next year's committee review. The deadline is April 15, a ballot is
downloadable here and is
also available in any issue of the Autoharp Quarterly.
MLAG Photos: A bunch of photos are now up on the Photos page ... hopefully, there are more to come!
- Applications for the Cohen/Grappel Recording Grant are due June 1st, 2015. Details are here.
|If you are thinking about coming to the 2015 Gathering but a lack of funding is making it tough, consider applying for a Mary Lou Orthey Scholarship.
And speaking of Mary Lou, MLAG has re-mastered both of her original cassette recordings into one CD which is available from our 'order stuff' page ... all proceeds from the sales of this CD go directly to support the Scholarship Fund. You may also donate directly to the Fund. Contact Carole Outwater
for donation details.
The Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Consider making a tax-deductible donation. Please contact us for details or, to donate on-line via PayPal, click on the donate button below.
If you have comments or questions, you can direct
them to our registrar.
|Remember to bring items for the Silent Auction to benefit the Gathering. Items or services do not have to be autoharp-related or even music related -- any item you think might be of interest to people is welcome. More details at the Gathering or send a note to Cindy Harris.
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