PIerce County

WOTFA District 8

A classic meeting point for Old Time Music lovers!

WELCOME

Welcome to District 8. We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday 2:00 PM at the Mid County Community Center, 10205-44th Ave E., Tacoma. 

Doors open at 2:00 for a short business meeting at 2:30, and after that there is an open circle jam.  Finger foods are welcome.  And remember that Old Time Music isn’t just for fiddles.  All acoustic instruments that play the old time music are welcome.

It’s easy to find!  From 104th Street E, pass the school on the right, and turn right onto 44th Ave E. which runs along a fence.  The community center is in the back. 

Please join us!

No meetings May through August.

Hey! Don’t forget to renew your WOTFA membership in October!
Reason’s to join WOTFA:

  • Discover many resources
  • Find out what’s happening state wide
  • Meet other musicians
  • Help support the various activities, camps, lessons, contests
  • Support this genre of American music
  • Price is reasonable too
  • You don’t need to be a musician to support this art form

DISTRICT 8 EVENTS

Dec
16
Sun
2018
2:00 pm District 8 Christmas Party @ MCCC
District 8 Christmas Party @ MCCC
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instead of meeting we will eat.  Bring friends, pop luck, and there will be pizza.  Also there will definitely by jamming.
Dec
20
Thu
2018
10:00 am MCCC @ Mid County Community Center
MCCC @ Mid County Community Center
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am
This play out occurs on the 3rd Thursday at 10AM.  Contact is Barbara Peterson Sep  Good Intentions             Oct  Prairie Rainbow Nov  Brookdale Band             Dec  Regency[...]
Dec
25
Tue
2018
10:00 am Brookdale Senior Living @ Brookdale Allenmore Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living @ Brookdale Allenmore Senior Living
Dec 25 @ 10:00 am
This play out occurs on the 4th Thursday  at 10:00.  Contact/organizer is Ron Duncan. There are two facilities:  Assisted Living on the left and Independent Living on the right.
Jan
1
Tue
2019
10:30 am Heartwood Care Ctr @ Heartwood Extended Health Care
Heartwood Care Ctr @ Heartwood Extended Health Care
Jan 1 @ 10:30 am
This play out occurs every 1st Tuesday.  Contact/organizer is Dale Olsen.
Jan
7
Mon
2019
6:45 pm Regency Rehab Ctr @ Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Prestige Care
Regency Rehab Ctr @ Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Prestige Care
Jan 7 @ 6:45 pm
This play out occurs on the 4th Monday  at 6:45PM.  Contact/organizer is Denise Jennings.
Jan
8
Tue
2019
10:00 am Alaska Gardens Rehab. Center @ Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center
Alaska Gardens Rehab. Center @ Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am
This play out occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  The contact/organizer is Karilee Witting.
1:30 pm Franke Toby Jones @ Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Community
Franke Toby Jones @ Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Community
Jan 8 @ 1:30 pm
This play out  occurs on the 2nd Thursday in the following months: Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec.  Contact/organizer is Ron Duncan.
Jan
17
Thu
2019
10:00 am MCCC @ Mid County Community Center
MCCC @ Mid County Community Center
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am
This play out occurs on the 3rd Thursday at 10AM.  Contact is Barbara Peterson Sep  Good Intentions             Oct  Prairie Rainbow Nov  Brookdale Band             Dec  Regency[...]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Feb
14
Thu
2019
7:00 pm Oly Old Time Music Festival @ Olympia Old Time Music Festival
Oly Old Time Music Festival @ Olympia Old Time Music Festival
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 17 @ 7:15 pm
2018 will mark their 11th annual festival.  There are workshops, jams, performances and dances.  WOTFA has been a sponsor of this event for several years.  Check their very nice web site for tickets and schedules.
Feb
21
Thu
2019
9:30 am Wintergrass Music Festival @ Hyatt Regency Hotel
Wintergrass Music Festival @ Hyatt Regency Hotel
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm
Registration opens at 8:30am on Thursday for Youth education program and Intensive students ONLY. All others may start checking in after 10am.
May
2
Thu
2019
6:00 pm Weiser Bluegrass Music Camp (for... @ Slocum Hall
Weiser Bluegrass Music Camp (for... @ Slocum Hall
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – May 5 @ 1:00 pm
Weiser Bluegrass Music Camp (for guitar, fiddle and mandolin) @ Slocum Hall | Weiser | Idaho | United States
Intensive 4-day Bluegrass Camp in an intimate setting at the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival site in Weiser, Idaho with instruction, jams, concerts, and more. In 2019 instructors will be internationally known Nashville-based[...]
May
24
Fri
2019
11:00 am North West Folklife Festival @ Northwest Folklife Festival
North West Folklife Festival @ Northwest Folklife Festival
May 24 @ 11:00 am – May 27 @ 10:00 pm
2019 will be the 48th annual event.
Jun
30
Sun
2019
12:00 pm Festival of American Fiddle Tunes @ Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes @ Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 6 @ 12:00 pm
Jun 30-6       Festival of American Fiddle Tunes is in Port Townsend. Registration begins November 6 on-line.  This is a large event.  Check their web site.

DANCE BAND

We have played at the NW Folklife Festival, Wilkeson Days, the Ballard Norwegian Independance Day Parade, as well as the local square dances.  Again, this is open to all acoustic stringed instruments.  Contact: Karen Herzog  253-590-9046

There are several ongoing contra dances throughout Puget Sound.  Contra dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples.  The dance is led by a caller who teaches the steps in the dance before the music starts.  Early evening dances are usually the easier forms.  Check out these locations.

BEGINNER'S JAM

Has it been too long since you played your violin?  Never jamed before?  Not sure if you’re ready?  Need a coach, some lessons?  Come and play with us in a “slow jam” tailored to help you rekindle your skills in a fun way.  Still not sure? 
Contact: Barbara 253-926-8457

For the Younger Musicians

We’ve started a junior jam/band. Please join us!
1st and 3rd Mondays 6-7:30PM at the MCCC above.
Play music with your pals, meet some new people.
Contact Barbara 253-926-8457

OLD TIMEY MUSIC

Basically, it is North American folk music (excluding Native American) dating from the colonial period through the 1800s and even to the early 1900s, prior to the wide spread availability of radio music.  In most communities, folks played their own music with input from their British, Scottish, Irish, European, African heritage.  Music was played on acoustic stringed instruments (mostly fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass) for dances, clogging, singing, and evening get-togethers after a hard day’s work.  Various styles are now associated with rural areas such as Appalachia, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Missouri, Texas, and Tennessee to name just a few, and “old timey” music may often be referred to as “mountain music.” Pioneers brought this music to the northwest as they migrated via the Oregon Trail.  Our musicians do play other genres of music too.  If it’s fun, we’ll play it!

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