2022 Hammer Dulcimer Rendezvous, May 19-22 was a hoot!

We’re happy to announce that Karen Alley and Mark Alan Wade have, after a two year delay, agreed to be our “Import Instructors” for the ’22 ‘Vous.

The evolving schedule is available at this link.

Menu for the event, prepared by Chef Chris Botcheos, can be seen here!

It has been an interesting couple years, which included two cancelled May Rendezvous.  We were able to do a small Band Camp ‘Vous in August of 2021, which featured playing and dining outdoors.  We got to play music together, and we all survived!

The format for the ’22 ‘Vous will be smaller than usual, and we will have a vaccination requirement, and depending on how the situation with Covid progresses, will consider other protocols.  At this point, we’re asking folks to save a home “rapid” test so everyone can test themselves before heading out to the Rendezvous.

The Hammer Dulcimer Rendezvous is an annual festival for students and aficionados of the hammer dulcimer.

Check in on this page for general notices, or better yet, get on our email update list. Updates go out a few times a year, usually just before and after the ‘Vous, and then again when Registration begins in the fall and winter months.

To get on our email update list, please contact Mick Doherty.

The event features workshops for hammer dulcimer players at all skill levels from beginning to advanced, as well as instructor concerts, panel discussions, jam sessions, an open mic concert, a chance to buy recorded music, instructional books and musical items from our instructors’ tables of wares, and a raffle of items donated by participants.

Hull Park features dorm rooms (2 twin beds per room), several discreet sound spaces for workshops and jams, a professional kitchen (and staff!) as well as a newly constructed shower facility. On-site RV parking (no hook-ups), car camping and tent camping (lots of good lawns, and on a clear day, a view of Mount Hood), as well as nearby hotels are further lodging options for registrants.

Pete Ballerstedt is our noble founder, and maintainer of a Facebook page where you can see photos and hear some folks playing at previous Rendezvous.

Mick Doherty

On March 24, 2020, as something for folks to play around with while dealing with coronavirus isolation, Mick recorded a two handed version of Southwind.   You can find the video and the notation here.