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Dulcimers, Scheitholts and Mennonites 7:00 pm
Dulcimers, Scheitholts and Mennonites @ Maple Crest
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The mountain dulcimer is truly an American original, first made and played in the Appalachian region. But did you know there is a direct linkage of this instrument to the early German immigrants to Pennsylvania, including Mennonites? The dulcimer is actually a descendant of a German folk instrument called a scheitholt, a member of the zither family. Come and learn more about this little known connection. There will be slides of scheitholts made and owned by German Mennonites dating to the early 1800’s, as well as live music demonstrating several styles of dulcimer playing. Coffee and cookies will be provided.
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