Northeast Fiddlers return to Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The Northeast Fiddlers Association is planning a repeat of last year’s well attended “fiddle meet” with another gathering at the Moose Club in Bellows Falls Sunday, Oct. 22, beginning at noon.

The NEFA is inviting local fiddlers, musicians, and folks who enjoy listening, dancing and socializing to traditional fiddle music to join them for the event.

All fiddle meets begin with a jam that lasts for one hour. Fiddlers (or other instrumentalists) sign up, join the jamming session, get something to eat at the concession booth, or just socialize with old and new friends. At 1 p.m., the moderator starts calling fiddlers up to the stage He or she may play solo or invite as many people as wanted to join in on the stage. A piano and/or guitar player is available to back up folks who don’t already have a back-up person.

A highlight of NEFA meets is the number of people who come to just listen, dance and enjoy the music. The meets give people who might not play often with others, or in front of others, the chance to do that. They provide an opportunity to meet new fiddlers, hear different styles of playing, learn new tunes and enjoy a very sociable Sunday afternoon.

For more than 50 years, NEFA has held a meet open to the public on the first Sunday of every month in one of several northern Vermont towns. The idea of scheduling an occasional third or fourth Sunday meet in another part of the state is to increase awareness and possibly increase membership in the Northeast Fiddlers.

It is not necessary to be a member of NEFA to attend and participate in the meets, but modest yearly dues are much appreciated.

In addition to the fiddle meets, the annual dues give members a bimonthly newsletter and a free turkey dinner at the annual Christmas party, which is held at the Canadian Club in Barre. A member for at least 10 years becomes a Lifetime Member at 80 years old and no longer pays dues. Currently, more than 25 per cent of NEFA members are lifetime members.

Further information is available by calling NEFA member Jill Newton at 802-869-3515.

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