Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering
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-fifth 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!
Bryan Bowers • Ron Wall • Drew Smith
There will again be Pre-Gathering Classes starting on the 23rd. This year's instructors will be John Hollandsworth (Beginners), Mike Fenton (intermediate), and Bryan Bowers (any level but beginners).
We're expecting another great Gathering. If you've never been to Mountain Laurel and are wondering what types of things go on there, I have 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 ...
The Hall of Fame Signature Quilt is now finished. The quilt measures 92" X 102" and, in the picture, is shown on a queen sized bed. It also has a sleeve sewn on should the winner wish to use it as a wall hanging. We would like to extend our most grateful thanks to Juli Bachman and Carleen Hack for the design and construction and Ann Hart for the quilting. It is valued at $700 but that doesn't take into account the fact that it features the signatures of all of the Autoharp Hall of Fame Living Inductees and the names of the Deceased Inductees. A true collectors quilt for sure! The fabrics pay tribute to all of the history of the Gathering and feature Peacocks and trains (the Ortheys had several peacocks who could be very noisy and agressive and the trains ran along the river at the Gathering site when it was on the Orthey Farm, they, too, were very noisy!)l Other fabrics include musical staff notation, peacock colors and a very special piece donated by Ivan Stiles. It is a Japanese screen print of multiple autoharps and was presented to him by a fan.
While we can't sell raffle tickets on-line, you can purchase tickets by sending Coleen an E-Mail requesting the details. All mail order tickets must be purchased by June 25. The drawing will be Saturday night during the concert.
Lots of new videos have been posted to our YouTube channel, as well as to our own Facebook and Google+ pages. Our intent is to use these channels of communication to both educate and to entertain our many fans, if I may be so bold as to call you that. We began by uploading two videos to our YouTube channel taken from our 2-disc 20th Anniversary DVD release. We intend to serially publish all the chapters from that DVD set on YouTube. The first video introduces our plan for the overall project and the second video covers the Dulci-harp years (1986-1990) which has recently been a hot topic of discussion on the Cyberplucker forum. Since then we have managed to upload videos covering all years through 2002 (as of this posting) with lots more to come. Our intention is to release a new video or two each week leading up to the Gathering in June ... we will sprinkle in some previously unreleased video footage of significant historical interest in addition to the videos keyed to the chapters on the original DVD release. The videos will be cross-posted to Facebook and Google+ so you can choose when and where you want to watch them. So take note of these links: YouTube, Facebook and Google+.
We have nearly something like 215 people registered as of today. We have multiple enrollments from five foreign countries so far and expect to see some more. You can register on-line (which we hope you do!) or download the complete registration packet and register by mail. Visit our registration page for all the important details and to complete your registration. Many campers are signing up to rent or share RVs but, if you are thinking of renting an RV, you may already be too late as as there is another major event that overlaps with MLAG and RV's always become scarce.Additonally, very few electrical connections remain, if we need to we will put rigs down in the overflow parking area where you can run your generators. You may also park over at the Orthey farm but this would mean having to have a car in tow ... unless you want to drive your rig back and forth every day.
Read More on the Spring Update page ...
Registration for the 2015 Gathering is now open! You can register on-line (which we hope you do!) or download the complete registration packet and register by mail. Visit our registration page for all the important details and to complete your registration.
The 2014 MLAG Autoharp and Dulcimer Cruise from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale was a resounding success. Nearly 50 cruisers enjoyed sunny days, calm seas, and some great food as we made stops in Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar, Ponta Delgada, and Horta (those last two are in the Azores for those of you who might be wondering). There are tons of photos already available for anyone to enjoy. You can get to the photos by clicking on the photos signpost and then navigating to the bottom of the page where all the past cruise photos are listed or you can simply click here.
The 25th Anniversary T-Shirt is going to be special. Ivan Stiles has done another remarkable job and this is something you're going to want to have whether you can attend the Gathering or not. T-Shirts can be ordered when you register or by ordering from our Order Stuff page.
The MLAG 25th Anniverary Autoharp Contest will also be very special for any number of reasons. We're hopeful that some of our past champions will compete to make the event even more memorable. The contest entry fee (normally $10) is being waived in honor of our anniversary!
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.