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4 The GlenvDle Democrat/Pathfinder June 10, 1976 Gilmer residents onod   | FESTIVAL QUILTS-The art of quilting has always been a part of Appalachian heritage. Ladies from the Gilmer County Senior Citizen's quilting committee will sell five quilts in the Senior Citizen's center during the West Virginia State Folk Festival. June 17-20. Mrs. Vera Davis [left foreground], Mrs. Lucille Reese [right foreground] and Mrs. Wanna Lowther [background] are shown putting a quilt in the quilting frame. Proceeds from the sale of the quilts will 8o to the senior citizen's group. P "I don't know how all these people find out about the festival, but we got a :lot of inquiries this year," says Kathy. i"We try to avoid out-of-state publicity ibecause we're just getting too large. "Two years ago 'Better Homes and Gardens' mentioned us, but they :!gave the wrong date. The arts and icrafts magazine 'Sunshine' has mentioned us and one year we even got in 'Playboy's cohimn on things to do during the summer. "I've been trying to stress to icraftsmen that the festival is primarily a music festival. Those crafts we do ring in have to be heritage crafts. We lso like to bring in people who will demonstrate." State Festival Inc. charges a 15 per cent commission on all crafts sales in order to help defray costs of the festival and to help support The Country Store. Kathy holds out little hope for ever expanding the number of craftsmen simply because of the unavailability of space. "I guess the only alternative is to move the crafts out of town, but the recreation center is usually booked. I really don't know what we'll do in years to come." she adds. Dulcimer Darlings Jim Meads is one of those local residents who participate in the West Virginia State Folk Festival "just for fun." In years past, Jim made dulcimers and sold them in craft shops, craft fairs and private shows throughout the state. But he says it started to become a business for h instead of a part-time'hobby. "I probably sold over 300 dulcimers in the past three or four years. I was really turning them out and it got to be kind of a hassle. I like to go down to the basement and sand them a while, take my time and give them some care. Like a lot of arts and crafts today, it just got too commercial," he adds. This statement belies his fondness for the West Virginia State Folk Festival. "That lack of commercialism is what's neat about the folk festival," he says, "A lot of people just participate for the fun of it. It's a spontaneous thing. I usually wandor around playing on the street or in front o7 The Country Store." One of Jim's more'" unique constructions is the courting dulcimer. It's a dulcimer with two opposite-fac- ing keyboards. He created his own pattern for the first courting / rE DULCIMER DUO-.Jim Meads and his wife Judy are pictured above strumming a unique courting dulcimer, made from Meads' original pattern. It is one of over 300 dulcimers he has built. Meads will be playing his dulcimer in front of The Country Store and about town during the West Virgina State Folk Festival, June 17-20. The Meads', daughters Sarah [left] and Rachel look on. he made. His wife Judy joins him in playing this instrument. "In the early days, a boy would bring this dulcimer to his girl's house and they would sit out on the porch 'and play. As long as the chaperone ,could hear the strumming he knew everything was all right," he says. Jim sells his three-siringed dulcimers for $80 and his four-stringed dulcimers for $85. Although you may be able to talk him into making one for you, he'll probably try to convince you to do it yourself. ": "The nice thing about dulcimers is )that they're easily'made and you dn't Ine: , , have to have a lot of musical talent to enjoy them. I think people would enjoy them more if they made them themselves rather than purchasing one," he adds. Copies of each week's Glenville Democrat are available at Community Super Market, Sum- mers Pharmacy, The Grill, Conrad's Motel, GSC Bookstore, Pioneer Grocery, Superette, Go-Mart Food Store, The Towne Bookstore, and Giimer Graphics, Youth00 sell cPORT at Fes00 The will be the 1976 Folk assist the tion Staff i "Bicentennial The proceeds: be used to program in The was participants sup[ participants necessary produce art then sold other outlets The a booth at Festival produced available to addition, merchandise Walnut Arts and Cra fl this program 1 its producerS." will have a Friday, June ! on sale at also be sold invited to Breakfast and ity," In Senior refreshmentS Festival. The' inghouse is referral through 18. that any given that through 18, only to application. age, job days and equipment guardian and age the Clear youth em effort to availability. JIM CARR AND THE RHYTHM MASTERS FROM CRAIGSVILLE SATURDAY NIGHT 7 P.M. 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