Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering
The Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering brings together autoharp enthusiasts from around the world for five days of workshops, concerts and 'round the clock music-making. Now in it's twenty-fifth year, the Gathering features concerts and workshops from some of the folk world's best musicians -- and they come because no matter what else they're famous for, they also just happen to play the autoharp!
Bryan Bowers • Ron Wall • Drew Smith
There will again be Pre-Gathering Classes starting on the 23rd. This year's instructors will be John Hollandsworth (Beginners), Mike Fenton (intermediate), and Bryan Bowers (any level but beginners).
We're expecting another great Gathering. If you've never been to Mountain Laurel and are wondering what types of things go on there, I have posted a recap of the 2014 Gathering as a Thank You for a Great Gathering message and you can take a look at that here if you're inclined to do so ...
We now have our own YouTube channel, as well as our own Facebook and Google+ pages. Our intent is to use these channels of communication to both educate and to entertain our many fans, if I may be so bold as to call you that. For starters, we have uploaded two videos to our YouTube channel taken from our 2-disc 20th Anniversary DVD release. We intend to serially publish all the chapters from that DVD set on YouTube. The first video introduces our plan for the overall project and the second video covers the Dulci-harp years (1986-1990) which has recently been a hot topic of discussion on the Cyberplucker forum. Our intention is to release a new video or two each week leading up to the Gathering in June ... we will sprinkle in some previously unreleased video footage of significant historical interest in addition to the videos keyed to the chapters on the original DVD release. The videos will be cross-posted to Facebook and Google+ so you can choose when and where you want to watch them. So take note of these links: YouTube, Facebook and Google+.
Read More on the Spring Update page ...
Registration for the 2015 Gathering is now open! You can register on-line (which we hope you do!) or download the complete registration packet and register by mail. Visit our registration page for all the important details and to complete your registration.
The 2014 MLAG Autoharp and Dulcimer Cruise from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale was a resounding success. Nearly 50 cruisers enjoyed sunny days, calm seas, and some great food as we made stops in Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar, Ponta Delgada, and Horta (those last two are in the Azores for those of you who might be wondering). There are tons of photos already available for anyone to enjoy. You can get to the photos by clicking on the photos signpost and then navigating to the bottom of the page where all the past cruise photos are listed or you can simply click here.
The 25th Anniversary T-Shirt is going to be special. Ivan Stiles has done another remarkable job and this is something you're going to want to have whether you can attend the Gathering or not. T-Shirts can be ordered when you register or by ordering from our Order Stuff page.
The MLAG 25th Anniverary Autoharp Contest will also be very special for any number of reasons. We're hopeful that some of our past champions will compete to make the event even more memorable. The contest entry fee (normally $10) is being waived in honor of our anniversary!
AHOF Raffle Quilt: In honor of the 25th Anniversary Gathering, Carlene Hack, Juli Bachman and Ann Hart are planning do make two quilts: one similar in size to their previous quilts which will include the contest winners’ signatures, and another bed-sized quilt which will have all of the current living Autoharp Hall of Fame members signatures and the names of the posthumous recipients as well. In order to raise at least the fair value of the quilt (which is expected to be about $700), we will obtain a state “Games of Chance” license. The drawing will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Raffle details will come later but we want everybody to be aware that the opportunity to own one or both of these beautiful and historic quilts is coming! We’ll be posting progress pictures (the picture shown is the AHOF quilt as of this week — it's 100"x96" and I had to piece together a couple of pictures to get a rough overall image - the lines aren't really crooked!) to whet your interest and, beginning on May 30th, you may purchase tickets on-line.
The Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Consider making a tax-deductible donation. Please contact us for details or, to donate on-line via PayPal, click on the donate button below.
If you have comments or questions, you can direct them to our registrar.