A big drum circle under the blue skies and lush greenery of the Battelle Darby Metro Park will be just one of the highlights of the 17thth annual Central Ohio Folk Festival, May 3, 4, and 5.

The drum circle will be led by Michael Hough and David Tamulevich of the folk duo Mustard’s Retreat on Saturday May 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

We’ll be pounding on drums, sticks, tree stumps, and anything else that can to the steady mesmerizing beat. Young and old are invited to join in.

But there are many other FREE aspects of the festival: 
• a humongous pot-luck supper Friday night, followed by the “worst song in the world” contest. 
• hourly spotlight concerts Saturday and Sunday by soloists, duos, and groups, singing and playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, harp, and other instruments. You’ll hear a wide range of folk music – work songs, slave songs, Celtic tunes, love songs, sea shanties, 1960’s protest, old English ballads, lullabies, and more. 
• a special children’s area Saturday and Sunday with performers leading kids’ song and telling tall tales. Plus an “instrument petting zoo” to let children handle folk instruments. 
• informal spontaneous jamming by anyone with an instrument or voice

For die-hard folkies, dozens of hour-long workshops will also be held. The topics range from unusual guitar tunings, song-writing, and nursery rhymes on dulcimer to how to play the pennywhistle and how to yodel.

Registration for the workshops will cost $35, but registrants will receive a bonus --- free admission to a special Saturday night concert. It will feature Cathy Barton, Dave Para, and Ed Trickett – 3 multi-talented musicians who sing and play a wide variety of instruments.

For more info, search the web for “Central Ohio Folk Festival.” Or contact Art or Sharon Mittenbergs at rbaron49@aol.com.

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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