Evart Fiddlers' Jamboree set for May 20

Submitted by the Original Michigan Fiddlers Association

EVART — Area residents are invited to bring their fiddles and other non-electric instruments to join in on the upcoming Evart Fiddlers' Jamboree.

The Original Michigan Fiddlers Association is hosting the jamboree from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the Evart VFW Post No. 7979, 4681 85th Ave.

Throughout the jamboree, fiddle players, backup musicians and guests play a variety of tunes aimed at keeping audience members' toes tapping or humming old favorites.

An open microphone will be available during the dinner hour, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Beginning at 5:30, old fashioned square dances, polkas, waltzes and perhaps a schottische (slow polka) will keep dancers’ feet moving.

Food and refreshments will be provided from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Donations are accepted at the door for a day of music.

The OMFA recently presented a Fiddlers’ Jamboree at Morley-Stanwood High School. Fiddlers around the area played in the afternoon hours for the entertainment of their audience. Sandy Jones, retired educator and OMFA treasurer, was the host for the Morley Fiddlers' Jamboree.

OMFA's goal is to keep the old tradition of fiddle music and dancing going into the future. OMFA is a nonprofit organization which operates exclusively on donations from members and visitors communities when musicians present jamborees. Jamborees take place throughout the state in April, May, September and October.

For more information, contact OMFA Secretary Edna Johnson at (231) 734-3251.