Mumford, N.Y. - Music at its most traditional will envelope Genesee Country Village & Museum on Aug. 16-17, as the museum hosts its Old-Time Fiddlers' Fair, the largest showcase of traditional music in Western New York.
Musicians, ranging from the polished professional to the fledging beginner will fill a variety of venues with fiddlers and dulcimers.
Four official stages offer performances from individuals and groups, including one of the museum's historic 19th-century churches with its wonderful natural acoustics. The popular jamming tent is hosted by the Fiddlers of the Genesee.
A series of free musicians' workshops will be available each day.
Featured performers include Fox Den, Mitzie Collins and the Striking Strings, Emma & Carl Eddy, Phil Banaszak with City Fiddle, the Fiddlers of the Genesee, the Rochester Irish Musicians' Association & more
All performers receive free admission to the event.
Running at the same time in the historic village, the museum's new Fiber Festival will feature many of the various fiber arts that played a huge role in daily life of the 19th century. The day features demonstrations of rope-making, straw plaiting, basketry, wool carding and spinning, linen processing and spinning, embroidery, natural dyeing, corn husk hetcheling (for mattress stuffing), fancy hair work, lace-making and many other crafts that made a sometimes-hard life better.
Admission to the Fiddlers' Fair includes the Fiber Festival.
Fiddlers' Fair is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.
General admission is $17.50 adult; $11.50 youths 4-16; $14.50 seniors 62+ and students with ID; free to children three and under.
For further information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822.
GCVM is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its John L. Wehle Gallery and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May -Oct., and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo.
Photo: Fiddler Phil Banaszak