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.  No meetings May-Aug.

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. Don’t forget that Old Time Music isn’t just for fiddles.  All acoustic instruments that play 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.  See the map below.

Please join us!

And hey!  Don’t forget to renew your WOTFA membership in October!

Reasons to join WOTFA:

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

DISTRICT 8 EVENTS

Feb
4
Mon
2019
6:45 pm Regency @ Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Prestige Care
Regency @ Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Prestige Care
Feb 4 @ 6:45 pm
This play out occurs on the 4th Monday  at 6:45PM.  Contact/organizer is Denise Jennings.
Feb
5
Tue
2019
10:30 am Heartwood @ Heartwood Extended Health Care
Heartwood @ Heartwood Extended Health Care
Feb 5 @ 10:30 am
This play out occurs every 1st Tuesday.  Contact/organizer is Dale Olsen.
Feb
12
Tue
2019
10:00 am Alaska Gardens @ Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center
Alaska Gardens @ Alaska Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am
This play out occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  The contact/organizer is Karilee Witting.
Feb
21
Thu
2019
10:00 am Brookdale Allenmore @ Brookdale Allenmore Senior Living
Brookdale Allenmore @ Brookdale Allenmore Senior Living
Feb 21 @ 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.
10:00 am MCCC @ Mid County Community Center Tacoma
MCCC @ Mid County Community Center Tacoma
Feb 21 @ 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 Band Jan Good Intentions Feb The Townsends Mar The Andersons Apr [...]
Mar
4
Mon
2019
6:45 pm Regency @ Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Prestige Care
Regency @ Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Prestige Care
Mar 4 @ 6:45 pm
This play out occurs on the 4th Monday  at 6:45PM.  Contact/organizer is Denise Jennings.
Mar
5
Tue
2019
10:30 am Heartwood @ Heartwood Extended Health Care
Heartwood @ Heartwood Extended Health Care
Mar 5 @ 10:30 am
This play out occurs every 1st Tuesday.  Contact/organizer is Dale Olsen.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Jan
26
Sat
2019
all-day Beginning Ukulele Workshop @ Beginning Uke Workshop, Adna Grange
Beginning Ukulele Workshop @ Beginning Uke Workshop, Adna Grange
Jan 26 all-day
WOTFA District 9 (Lewis & Thurston Counties) will be having a free beginning Ukulele workshop on Saturday, January 26th from 10am-11am at the Adna Grange. We will be covering Ukulele basics like how to hold,[...]
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
all-day Weiser Bluegrass Music Camp @ Slocum Hall
Weiser Bluegrass Music Camp @ Slocum Hall
May 2 – May 5 all-day
Weiser Bluegrass Music Camp @ Slocum Hall | Weiser | Idaho | United States
(for guitar, fiddle and mandolin) 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[...]
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
17
Mon
2019
all-day National Old Time Fiddler’s Cont... @ Weiser High School
National Old Time Fiddler’s Cont... @ Weiser High School
Jun 17 – Jun 22 all-day
National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest and Festival @ Weiser High School | Weiser | Idaho | United States
The National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest is an old-time music competition, festival, and musical gathering in the western United States, held annually during the third full week in June in Weiser, Idaho, about fifty miles (80[...]
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.
Jul
15
Mon
2019
all-day WOTFA Workshop/Fiddle Camp @ Moses Lake Christian Acadamy
WOTFA Workshop/Fiddle Camp @ Moses Lake Christian Acadamy
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day
WOTFA Workshop/Fiddle Camp @ Moses Lake Christian Acadamy |  |  |
WOTFA sponsors a week long workshop in Eastern Washington each year for members of WOTFA. When is the Fiddle Camp? July 15-19, 2019 How much is tuition? $75 for youth / $175 for adults (Half[...]

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.  For more information, click on the links below.

Local Contra Dances

BEGINNER'S JAM

Has it been too long since you played your violin?  Never jammed 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

WHERE ARE WE?

OLD TIMEY MUSIC - WHAT IS IT?

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!

Music of the Old Time Fiddlers of District 8

                                    Featuring Musicians from District 8  1992
                                                                  Andy Anderson
                                                                  Marilyn Becker
                                                                  Zella Chase
                                                                  Harbetta Chihuly
                                                                  Frank Christoph
                                                                  Shelly Frankel
                                                                  Carrol Gaskins
                                                                  Marilyn Scott
                                                                  Tom Stone
                                                                   Lynn Wehmeyer

Old-Time Music stems from the American colonial period through the early 1900s.  From Scotland, Ireland, Europe, and Africa came dances such as reels, squares, waltzes, clogs, hornpipes and jigs, plus folk songs, aires, and ballads.  These traditional North American tunes are alive today in festivals, workshops, community organizations, shows, private homes, and through various recording efforts, including the Library of Congress, to preserve this history.

This publication is one example of ordinary people gathering to enjoy playing old-time music together.  Cassette tapes were produced by Terry Shaw in 1992, and re-engineered for CD in 2011.

This publication is intended for practice purposes only, and it is hoped that future musicians will appreciate this effort to share some of our past.

                           If you believe copyright laws have been violated,
                           please contact Noel Thomas at Noelula@aol.com

Annual Fiddle and Variety Show

DATE:  TBA            DISTRICT 8 PRESENTS
TIME:  2PM
PLACE:  White River High School Theater
ADDRESS:  26928 120th St E
                          Buckley 98321
DIRECTIONS:   Take Highway 410 toward the City of Buckley. At the stoplight at Mundy Loss Road, turn right. Continue down Mundy Loss Road until you reach 120th Street; turn right on 120th Street and continue until you enter the White River High School parking lot.

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