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Release Date:        Prior to October 1, 2016
Event:                      22nd Annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers
Event Date:             Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9AM - 8PM
Features:                 Workshops/ Concerts/ Jams with Hammered & Fretted Dulcimers and other Folk Instruments
Focus Workshop:   Mountain Dulcimer-Sunday, 10/2/16, 10:00am-2:00pm, Private Home, Downey
Focus Workshop:   Hammered Dulcimer and Other Instruments, Sunday, 10/2/16, 10:00am-2:00pm, Private Home, Fullerton
Organization:           Southern California Dulcimer Heritage (SCDH) Non-Profit ID 33-0670996 
Location:                  Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (I-405, use Fairview exit)
Photos:                    By request, or may be gleaned from SCDH website
Information:             714-534-2855      or
Comp. Passes:      Members of the Press/ Radio admitted free of charge w/Press ID

Press Release / PSA
22nd  ANNUAL DULCIMER FESTIVAL IN COSTA MESA, CA              [Short version]

Enjoy folk music played on the ancient hammered dulcimer, the American fretted dulcimer and many other acoustic instruments! The Southern California Dulcimer Heritage will be hosting its 22nd annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers, Saturday, October 1, 2016, the second year at its new location: The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 2850 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, from 9 AM until 8 PM.  
An 11:30 AM concert is FREE and open to the public and will showcase regional dulcimer groups. The ticketed Evening Concert at 6 PM is also open to the public and will include the festival headliners.

Featured performers will be Cathy Barton, hammered dulcimer and other instruments with Dave Para, multi-instrumentalist, from Boonville, Missouri, and Robert Force, from Port Townsend, WA, fretted dulcimer. All performers are nationally known dulcimer players, and many excellent local players will also be teaching and jamming.

For those wanting to learn more, teaching workshops will go all day long, not only for dulcimers but also will include classes on guitar, ukulele, banjo, autoharp, drum circle, bowed psaltery, singing, and more. There will be food for purchase and music vendors. Musicians young and old will be around the grounds, playing and singing.

For tickets & more info: 
Call: (714) 534–2855

Press Release / PSA
22nd  ANNUAL DULCIMER FESTIVAL IN COSTA MESA, CA              [Longer version]

The Southern California Dulcimer Heritage group invites you to the 22nd annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers on Saturday, October 1, 2016. In addition to the workshops and concerts on Saturday, there will be two special 4-hour focus workshops the next day taught by two featured performers: Fretted dulcimer virtuoso Robert Force from Port Townsend, WA and hammered dulcimist/ multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Cathy Barton and Dave Para, equally talented multi-instrumentalist of Boonville, Missouri.  All three performers are also renown for their vocals and will be performing at the 6 pm Evening Concert with Admission Price. In addition, over a dozen excellent local players will also be teaching and performing, including mountain dulcimer legend Joellen Lapidus and Patti Amelotte, of So Cal hammered dulcimer acclaim.

The festival will be happening for the second year at a new, larger location: The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in beautiful suburban Costa Mesa, CA, freeway close with John Wayne Airport nearby.  There is a ‘festival hotel’ with a convenient location and lodging package at a reasonable rate for out of town visitors. Additional information is at  
As always, there will be a large variety of 'Other Workshops' - including autoharp, banjo, back-up guitar, ukulele, singing, drum circle, bowed psaltery, and hammered dulcimer and accordion Apps for iPhone and iPad. Some loaner instruments will be available for autoharp, ukulele and bowed psaltery. Workshops will be taught by various members of the folk music and dulcimer communities in Southern California. Four+ tracks of dulcimer workshops will be given by Cathy, Robert and seven other instructors.  You’ll find a full range of topics and hands-on classes in the 29 hours/ 7 tracks of workshops, plus a free Mid-day concert “SCDH Showcase – Celebrating Dulcimer Players & Groups” and free jamming throughout the day.  There will also be a workshop on How to Jam as well as a finale Community Jam. A souvenir ‘Coloring for All Ages’ activity will take place throughout the day.
The annual SCDH Dulcimer Festival is the only California dulcimer festival for both hammered and fretted dulcimers and the closest dulcimer festival for players in many nearly states. 

For tickets & more info: 
Call: (714) 534–2855