The Lone Star State Dulcimer Society hosted the LSSDS Dulcimer Festival at Glen Rose Park in Glen Rose, Texas on Mother’s Day Weekend. The weekend included workshops for both mountain and hammer dulcimers, led by nationally known instructors, and was highlighted by the Texas State Dulcimer Championships.
Cassandra Damper from Houston, Texas won First Place in the Texas State Mountain Dulcimer Championship. Matthew Hathaway from Fort Worth, Texas won Second Place and Hope Arendse from Cleburne, Texas won Third Place.
The 6th Annual Robin Kessinger Festival June 3-4, 2016 partnered with Heritage Farms to produce the Way Back Weekend and Robin Kessinger Festival. The Festival hosted instructional workshops for flat pick guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and concerts the Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack, Robin Kessinger, Wayne Henderson, Robert Shafer, Dan Kessinger, Roger Rabalais, Jodi & Tim Harbink, Karl Hepler, Jesse Smith, Allen Shadd, and the 2014 West Virginia State Flat Pick Guitar Championship.
Thumb Picking workshops, a Traditional Thumb Picking Guitar Contest and the 2nd Annual Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship filled the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas with guitar players of all talent levels
May 12th through 14th, 2016.
The Ozark Folk Center hosted the 39th Annual Dulcimer Jamboree in Mountain View, Arkansas. The Dulcimer Jamboree provided workshops in both mountain and hammer dulcimers at all levels of playing skills. Evening concerts featured workshop instructors along with their regular cast of local and regional bands. The Saturday evening concert featured the contestants of the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship and the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship.