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Festival Dates...
May 18, 2017 Optional Extra Day
May 19-21, 2017 Regular Festival

The Harp Gathering, Folk Harp Festival
2017 Performer/Instructors!!!

Tip of the Week...

Check in weekly for tips and tricks from the pros!

Tip: Did you ever want to accompany your voice with the harp to a song having some “unique” chords in it? You know, the chords that are beyond the 1, 4, 5 normal turnaround chords. And not only that, but the “unique” chords cannot be played without having to flip a few levers right before and after you play that chord? Well instead of taking that song off your “wanna learn” list, try this little trick!!
Play the 1, 4, 5 turnaround chords of the song in the low to middle registers of your harp. Before you begin the song set your “unique” chord lever changes in the upper register of your harp which is where you will play that “unique” chord. You accomplish two things doing it like this. One, you get to include this song in your repertoire now and two, you do not have to keep flipping levers throughout the song. I do this with “What a Wonderful World.” I sing and play it in C and by the time I get to “… and I say to myself…” you need to play an Ab. I set my levers for this chord in my upper register before I even begin to start the song.

-Cass Jendzurski

 

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3/20/17

The 2017 Schedule is Posted!!!

Just a quick note to let all of our harp gatherlings know that the 2017 schedule is now posted and ready for your perusal...WooHoo!!!

Don't forget about the Early Bird Deadline being extended to March 31, 2017. You can still take advantage of $100 of the on-site registration fee and get entered to win one of two $25 iTunes Gift Cards just by sending in your full harpist registration, postmarked by March 31, 2017. And that's just one of several drawings going on that weekend, don't forget about the Harp Hunt & Gather(ing) prize drawing that will have lots of prizes, including an HG 30 lever harp from our friend and sponsor Jeff Lewis at Lewis Creek Instruments!!! There is still room to join us for our 10th anniversary so why not come out and play!? We are super cool, super fun people to hang with (if I do say so myself...nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean, know what I mean!!!).

Oh, also, the Heritage Inn is full but we have had a couple of folks cancel, so their rooms have gone back into our block of rooms. If you haven't made your lodging arrangements yet, be sure to check with the Inn as you may get lucky and score a room! If not, be sure to have the folks at the Heritage Inn add your name to their waiting list. Otherwise, we have scoped out a few alternative places to stay that are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Here is the list:

1. Holiday Inn Express, Wauseon, Ohio (8.5 miles to Sauder): Holiday Inn Express

2. Rodeway Inn, Wauseon, Ohio (8.5 miles to Sauder): Rodeway Inn

3. Colonial Manor. Motel, Bryan, Ohio (13 miles to Sauder): Colonial Manor

***NOTE: Please don't assume there is no more room at the Harp Gathering and make sure to call, email, or fill out the info form and let us help with arrangements!!!!!***

Much more to come, and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

3/8/17

St Patty's Day Special, Workshop Descriptions, New "Tip of the Week" and Instructor Video!!!

So, in honor of St Patty's Day and just because we are all, super cool, here at Harp Gathering H.Q., we are extending the Early Bird Deadline to March 31, 2017. And...if that isn't enough, we're going to have another special prize drawing for all of those folks who send in their Full Harpist Registration, postmarked by March 31, 2017. Let's see...Hmmm....what to give away in this drawing??? Oh, I know...how about one of two $25 iTunes gift cards!!!!! So not one, but two lucky people will win in this drawing - WooHoo!!! Do we rock or what!?!?!!!! : )

We are pleased to announce that the last of the workshop descriptions are posted and ready for your perusal on the Workshops page.

Next, you will find a new "Tip of the Week" and a new Instructor Video up above so have a look. Good advise from Cass Jendzurski about singing with your harp and see what Sharon Thormahlen's workshop on Comfortchords will be about!

More to come, for sure, and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

2/23/17

The Heritage Inn is Officially Full and much, much more!!!

Ok, lots of info to share with all of our Harp Gatherlings!!!

First, the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn is now full, but we can still make room for a few more Harp Registrants and their companions! We are currently putting the word out, to ask those that have reservations at the Heritage Inn, if there are any who would like to share a room and save some money on lodging. Also, we are providing some links for three other hotels in the area that rate 4 out of 5 on TripAdvisor! They are all anywhere from 8.5 miles to 13 miles from the Sauder Village Heritage Inn and your meals will still be provided, by the Harp Gathering, at The Heritage Inn!! Here are the links:

1. Holiday Inn Express, Wauseon, Ohio (8.5 miles to Sauder): Holiday Inn Express

2. Rodeway Inn, Wauseon, Ohio (8.5 miles to Sauder): Rodeway Inn

3. Colonial Manor. Motel, Bryan, Ohio (13 miles to Sauder): Colonial Manor

***NOTE: Please don't assume there is no more room at the Harp Gathering and make sure to call, email, or fill out the info form and let us help with arrangements!!!!!***

Next, We have a new "Tip of the Week" posted above along with a new video from Kim Robertson about her upcoming workshops at 2017 Harp Gathering (did I mention it's our 10th anniversary - HeeHee!!!).

Have a look at the Prize Drawing page for an updated list of prizes for the Harp Hunt and Gather(ing).

We have more workshop descriptions posted so have a look on the Workshops page.

Finally, Jo Lynn Rhodes has just informed us that her Sunday Devotions is entitled "Practice Makes Perfect??" so be sure to join her Sunday morning as she always does a wonderful job!

Well that's about it, but there is always more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

1/31/17

More Workshop Descriptions, New Tips, New Teachers, etc...

OK, lots of updates!!!

First, we are sad to say that Lynda Kuckenbrod will not be able to join us this year as she had some personal matters crop up. However, we are excited to announce that Cass Jendzurski will be able to fill in for Ms. Kuckenbrod. Cass is a graduate of Lynda's Harp Therapy Training Program and will be presenting two workshops that we are sure you will be thrilled to be a part of!!! Cass is also vending this year so stop by Guided Angel Ministry's booth and say hello!

Next, we have several instructor's workshop descriptions posted so do peruse those when you have a chance. Lots of great subjects being presented, for sure!!!

Finally, three more things...

1. New "Tips of the Week" have been posted at the top of this page. Great info from Harper Tasche and Lynda Kuckenbrod!

2. We have a new instructor video posted just above this blog post...WooHoo! See what Aislinn Gagliardi will be up to in her workshop "The Music & Life of Turlough O'Carolan."

3. We have new teaches posted on the Harp Teacher Finder page, so if you are looking for a harp instructor be sure to cruze on over and have a look!

That's it for now, but more to come soon.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

1/25/17

Roland CUBE Street Amplifier Prize Drawing Reminder...

Hello fellow Harp Gatherlings...

We want to put a shout out to you, to make sure to get your full harpist registration in the mail, postmarked by January 31, 2017, in order to be entered in the Roland CUBE Street Amplifier prize drawing, being held at this year's Harp Gathering (our 10th Anniversary, in case we haven't made that abundantly clear...HeeHee!).

An FYI...registrations are pouring in at a wonderful pace and the Heritage Inn is close to being full...which reminds me to also remind you to be sure to make your reservation at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn ASAP. For room reservations call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408 and let them know you're with the Harp Gathering - Booking ID# 6571. Please don't try to reserve online as you won't be able to get the special Harp Gathering room rates.

Ok, all for now and more to come really soon!!!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

1/23/17

2017 Vendors Posted, New Workshop Descriptions....

A quick note to let all of you Harp Gatherlings know that the 2017 Vendors are posted and Harper Tasche's workshop descriptions are available for your perusal!

We also want to give a shout out to Lynda Kuckenbrod from Therapy Harp Training Program (www.therapyharp.com) and Dave Woodworth from Heartland Harps (www.heartlandharps.com) for sponsoring our Friday and Saturday receptions...WooHoo and Many Thanks!!!!

More to come soon!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of The Harp Gathering!

 

1/6/17

Let's Have A Prize Drawing Because It's Incredibly Fun To Do -Woo Hoo!!!!!

Roland Prize drawing at the 10th anniversary of the Harp Gathering at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn, May 2017Here is a super cool offer...

The Harp Gathering will be giving away this most excellent Roland CUBE Street amp as special prize drawing to be held at the 10th Anniversary of The Harp Gathering in 2017.

All you have to do is get your full harpist registration sent to us, postmarked by January 31, 2017 to be entered. It's that easy! What could be better, $100 off the on-site registration and a chance to win a Roland CUBE Street (Denise loves hers!!!)!!!

Now, for the details...

The Ultimate Amp for Traveling Harpists

For harpists who are on the move, the Roland CUBE Street is the amp for you. Whether you’re running to a rehearsal, lesson, wedding, reception, or any gig which requires portability & versatility, the Roland CUBE Street is a battery/AC-powered gem that’s ready to travel fast. The CUBE Street sounds awesome and is capable of high-volume output thanks to dual digital power amps and a pair of high-performance speakers.

Features of the Roland CUBE Street Portable Amplifier:

  • Beautiful Black Cabinet
  • Compact, lightweight, and portable with a slanted cabinet design
  • 2 high-performance 6.5" neodymium speakers
  • Just 6 AA batteries provide up to 15 hours of use; AC adapter included
  • Harp/Guitar/instrument and mic/line inputs for simultaneous 2-channel use
  • 8 COSM amp models, effects, EQ, and built-in tuner

Well, that's it for now. More to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of The Harp Gathering!

 

12/31/16

WOW lots of new updates, Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!...

Ok...where to begin...?!?!

Well, for starters, we hope all of you Harp Gatherlings had wonderful holidays!

There are new "Tips of the Week" posted above so do have a gander. Also, we are starting to post Instructor workshop introduction videos, again, just above the blog postings. We will be posting new ones as we receive them from the instructors so be sure to check back every now and then!

Oh...Oh...we have a crap-load of workshop titles and descriptions posted on the Workshops page so be sure to check them out. There are a lot of great subjects to choose from and more to come as well...WooHoo!!!

We would like to welcome Carol Kappus to our instructor crew. Carol was kind enough to step in for Richard Ash and help out with a great workshop about learning Scottish tunes. Also, yours truly is dusting off a workshop on sound reinforcement for those of you who would like to know more about amplification techniques.

Next, we have posted a few more teachers to the Harp Teacher Finder page, so if you need to locate a teacher have a look there as we are always adding more.

We are working on our 2017 vendors and they will be posted very soon. Also, we are happy to announce that we are currently, well, beyond our registrations from this time last year, so be sure to get your registration sent in ASAP and don't miss out on being a part of our 10th anniversary celebration! You really do want to come because we are super cool people to hang out with!!!! : )

While I'm talking, don't forget to also make your reservations at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn as our block of rooms are filling up quick! For room reservations call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408 and let them know you're with the Harp Gathering - Booking ID# 6571. Please don't try to reserve online as you won't be able to get the special Harp Gathering room rates.

More to come soon...as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

12/13/16

Instructor Change...

Just an FYI to all of you Harp Gatherlings...

Richard Ash from Folkcraft Instruments will not be able to join us in 2017 due to personal matters that can't be avoided. However, Richard has assured us that he will be back in 2018, so until then, we wish Richard the best and look forward to having him join us then.

Be on the lookout for a suitable replacement for Richard and we will have some super fun stuff coming up really soon!

That's it for now...as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

10/12/16

New Tips and The 2017 Registration Forms Are Now Posted!!!

A quick note to let all of you eager Harp Gatherlings know that the 2017 registration forms are now posted and ready for you to register for our 10th Anniversary Harp Gathering (sure to be an absolute blast...as always!!!).

Also, new Tips of the Week are posted and awaiting your perusal!

Don't forget to make your reservations at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn as our block of rooms are filling up quick! For room reservations call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408 and let them know you're with the Harp Gathering - Booking ID# 6571.

Finally, Denise's Thursday night workshop is entitled "Are You Listening?" Sounds like another great workshop along with the tradtional pizza party and harp circle...what a great way to kick off our 10th Anniversary so do be sure to come because we are always SUPER FUN - HeeHeeHee!!!!

That's it for now...as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

9/28/16

New Tips for all of you Harp Gatherlings!!!

OK, so there are 2 new "Tips of the Week," posted above, for all of you faithful Harp Gatherlings.

Also, we have been getting asked, a lot earlier then usual, about when the registration forms for the 10th Anniversary Harp Gathering, in 2017, are going to be available. The quick answer is...we are working on them now and they should be ready by sometime next week. In the meantime however... Do reserve your room at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn as soon as possible... I have been informed that rooms are booking fast (We almost booked every room at the Heritage Inn this past year - WooHoo!!!). For room reservations call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408 and let them know you're with the Harp Gathering - Booking ID# 6571. Room rates are economically priced: Standard $102.00 per night (plus tax) / Deluxe $124.00 (plus tax) and both are just beautiful, for any of you Harp Gatherlings that haven't attended before (and they're still as beautiful for all of you who have attended - HeeHee)! In addition to those gorgeous rooms, you can swim in the crystal clear indoor pool, hang out in the game room or take a stoll through the historic Sauder Village with reduced tickets specially priced for Harp Gathering registrants and their companions!

Well, that's about it for now and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

9/8/16

At last some New Tips and Even More New Teacher Listings!!!

Well, I do apologize for my tardiness in getting some new tips and tricks posted (I got in trouble from the bosses Denise and Kim...very Heavy Sigh and sad face!!!).

Also, check out or Harp Teacher Finder page as I've also posted a couple new listings and the Concerts page is updated with our performers and the night they will be performing...WooHoo!!!

That's all for now and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

8/13/16

More New Tips and Many More New Teacher Listings!!!

New "Tips of the Week" posted at the top of this page and many new harp teacher listings on our Harp Teacher Finder page.

Keep checking back lots because there is always more to come...WooHoo!!!

We look forward to seeing you at the 10th (yes, I did say 10th!!!) Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

8/7/16

New Tips and New Teacher Listings!!!

A quick note to let all of you Harp Gatherlings know that there are new "Tips of the Week" up and we have added some new harp teacher listings on our Harp Teacher Finder page.

Keep checking back as we will be adding more all the time!

We look forward to seeing you at the 10th Anniversary of the Harp Gathering!

 

7/9/16

Thanks For The Memories....Now on to Harp Gathering 2017!!!

On to making plans for the 10th anniversary Harp Gathering in 2017 but for now, here are some highlights of the 2016 Harp Gathering...enjoy!!!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!

 

6/30/16

Getting Started on Harp Gathering 2017, our 10th Anniversary - WooHoo!!!

So, we had an absolutely fantastic Harp Gathering this year (2016)! We got lots of great feedback from everyone and we are so pleased that all of you had such a wonderful time, it makes it worth the effort!!!

Everyone here at Harp Gathering H.Q. are back at it, hard at work, to plan for an extra special 10th Anniversary Harp Gathering in 2017. Can you believe it...and we are only 321 days away as of this writing!!!

The 2017 Harp Gathering performers are Richard Ash, Aislinn Gagliardi, Lynda Kuckenbrod, Kim Robertson, Cynthia Shelhart, Tapestry (Denise & Michael Grupp-Verbon, yours truly!), Harper Tasche, Sharon & Dave Thormahlen, and Mr. Frank Voltz. Be sure to check out the Instructor/Talent page for Bio information as all of these instructors and performers are all top shelf talent!!!

We will be doing lots of updating on the website so keep checking back often to stay informed about what we are up to.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!