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NORTH CAROLINA!

Thanks to all. We had a great time!

OHIO - Advance Registration is Available!

Save $50 off the regular on-site full harp registration when you send yours in, postmarked by May 1, 2014. Also, in addition to your $50 savings you will receive a $25 Vendor Hall Gift Certificate by sending in you full harp registration postmarked by April 15, 2014!!

Grand Prize Lewis Creek HG Harp to be given away along lots of other great prizes so do miss out!!!

 

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4/12/14

More Vendors for Ohio...

We are pleased to welcome Vanderbilt Music/Lyra - International Music and Harp Couture to the Ohio Harp Gathering for 2014! This will be Vanderbilt Music's first year and Harp Couture's second year at The Harp Gathering. Make sure to visit both of these fine vendors as they will have lots of great stuff on hand that you will certainly want to take home : )

It's almost time for more Harp Gathering fun in 2014!!!

As always, We look forward to seeing You at The Harp Gathering!

 

4/7/14

Thanks North Carolina...

A BIG Thanks to everyone in North Carolina that helped make Harp Gathering NC lots of fun. Great workshops, awesome concerts, fantastic vendors, and good food and camaraderie along with an absolutely electric atmosphere. All in all...Priceless!

Now we're gearing up to have another great time at The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio at the beautiful Sauder Village, Heritage Inn.

As always, We look forward to seeing You at The Harp Gathering!

 

3/18/14

More Harp, Hunt & Gather(ing) prizes for North Carolina and Ohio...

Prize Pack given away at The Harp Gathering provided by Thormahlen Harps Just a quick note to let all of you Harp Gatherlings know that the Harp Hunt & Gather(ing) prizes just keep on rollin' in!!!

Our latest addition is being provided by our good friends Dave and Sharon Thormahlen from Thormahlen Harps. This prize pack includes:

- Korg Tuner and Mic Clip
- Moon Over the Mountain Songbook/Accompanying CD
- Live From the Harp Shop CD

This prize pack is being offered at both The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina and in Archbold, Ohio!!!

Stay tuned as there's more to come...

As always, We look forward to seeing You at The Harp Gathering!

 

3/17/14

Ohio - Advanced Registration Available and Daily Registration form now posted...

Come Have Fun at The Harp Gathering, Archbold, Ohio OK Harp Gatherlings coming to Ohio,

Now is the time to get your Advanced Registrations sent in as you can save $50 off the On-Site full harp registration if postmarked by May 1, 2014. But that's not all, if you send in you full harp registration postmarked by April 15, 2014 not only will you save $50 off the On-Site Registration, but you will also receive a $25 Vendor Hall Gift Certificate. What a great way to start out the beginning of Spring at one of the most exciting harp festivals around!

Don't miss out on...

- World Class Harp Instructors and Performers
- Amazing Workshops for all interests
- Breathtaking Concert Performances
- First-class Vendor Hall
- Superb Meals (Included in registration!)
- Nightly Reception after Friday & Saturday Concerts
- Grand Prize Harp Giveaway (Seven Years in a row!!!)
- Harp Ensemble Experience
- Everything Under One Roof

Don't forget to make you reservations at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn! For Room Reservations call (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Be sure to use the Booking ID # 4202 to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

Oh, and look at all of these other great prizes to be given away too...

- Stoney End - Mountain Dulcimer
- Folkcraft - Music Box
- Therapy Harp Training Program - iPod Nano
- Virginia Harp Center - Mighty Bright 6 LED clip on music stand light
- Heartland Harps - Pamela Bruner Instructional Books/DVDs and CDs
- Harps International - Zoomy Chrome Adjustable Harp Stool
- Celestial CD and 12 Solo Arrangements - Provided by Chiera Music.
- Packet of Newest Solo Arrangements by Frank Voltz - Provided by Chiera Music.
- Packet of Sheet Music by Denise Grupp-Verbon - Provided by The Harp Gathering.
- Set of Harp Mouse Children's Books - Provided by Diane Dunn.
- Dusty Duo-Tune (tuning key/tuner combo) - Provided by Dusty Strings.
- $50 Gift Certificate to apply to one of the following: MHTP 2014 Conference, Enrichment Day, Program Application Provided by Music for Healing and Transition Program.

What other festival gives away this many prizes???

On another note...

We have posted a Daily Registration Form on the registration page of the Harp Gathering website for all of you Harp Gatherlings that can't make to the whole Ohio Festival but would like to join us for a day of fun! You can also get individual workshop and concert tickets with this same form!

As always, We look forward to seeing You at The Harp Gathering!

 

3/14/14

More Prizes added to The Harp Hunt & Gather(ing) for both Ohio and North Carolina...

A quick note to tell all of you Harp Gatherlings to swing on by The Prize Drawing pages for both Ohio and North Carolina as more goodies have been posted. There are going to be some very lucky Harp Registrants at both Harp Gatherings in 2014!!

There is still time to sign up for either (or both) festivals and get your chance to win some great gifts! Click on Ohio or North Carolina to see what you could win.

Looking forward to seeing You at The Harp Gathering!

 

3/13/14

SAVE $100 - Only 3 Days Left to get the Early Bird Special for Ohio...

Just a reminder to all of you Harp Gatherlings that plan to attend the Ohio Gathering, the Early Bird Deadline is getting close! Be sure to get your harp registration in the mail. post marked by March 15, 2014 and receive $100 of the regular on-site registration fee. Also, don't forget to make your room reservations at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn by calling (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Be sure to use the Booking ID # 4202 to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

We are giving lot's of great prizes away:

- Grand Prize - HG 30 string Folk Harp
- Stoney End - Mountain Dulcimer
- Folkcraft - Music Box
- Therapy Harp Training Program - iPod Nano
- Virginia Harp Center - Mighty Bright 6 LED clip on music stand light
- Heartland Harps - Pamela Bruner Instructional Books/DVDs and CDs

- and just added... Harps International - Zoomy Chrome Adjustable Harp Stool

Zoomy Chrome Adjustable Harp Stool being Given Away by Harps International

- and more to be added soon!


We are pleased to announce that Harps International will be joining us for the 2014 Harp Gathering in Ohio. Be sure to stop by and say hi to Peter Reis and all the gang and check out all the cool stuff they'll have on hand!

As always, We look forward to seeing You at The Harp Gathering!

 

3/4/14

A Quote from Kim Robertson...

" I'm starting to think . . . . I'd be better off being a student than an instructor. You have so many awesome perks & prizes!! " Thanks for the nice compliment, Kim!

Kim Robertson Performing at The Harp GatheringAll of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. love working really hard to bring all of you Harp Gatherlings and future Harp Gatherlings the best, fun-filled, value-packed harp festival ever! Just take a look...

- World Class Harp Instructors and Performers
- Amazing Workshops for all interests
- Breathtaking Concert Performances
- First-class Vendor Hall
- Superb Meals (Included in registration!)
- Nightly Reception after Friday & Saturday Concerts
- Grand Prize Harp Giveaway
- Harp Ensemble Experience
- Everything Under One Roof

 

Don't miss another year, be sure to register for The Harp Gathering and come have fun with us : )

As always, We look forward to seeing You at The Harp Gathering!

 

3/3/14

The 2014 Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina is Just Around the Corner...

We are looking forward to seeing all of you fine folks and new Harp Gatherlings in just a few weeks. It's gonna be a great time! There will be lots of informative workshops, fantastic concert performances, a first-class vendor hall and close friendships being made, so don't miss out. If you haven't registered yet, there is still time! On-site registration will be available while space is available, so come join us for one of the best harp festivals, jam packed with tons of value and lots of great prizes!!!

Don't Forget...
Legends of the Celtic Harp will be prforming!

 

 

You can still get Harp Gathering room rates as long as rooms are available at the Village Inn, Event Center! For room Reservations call (800) 554-6416 or (336) 766-9121. Be sure to let the Inn know you're with The Harp Gathering to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

And, as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

2/23/14

Vendor Advertising in The Harp Gathering Souvenir Program and Sponsorship Opportunities...

Greetings to all of you vendors who may be unable to attend the 2014 Harp Gathering in North Carolina and Ohio. Just to let you know, there are still opportunities for you to have a presence at one of the fastest growing harp festivals around!

Option 1: Advertise in one or both of our Harp Gathering Souvenir Programs in either Clemmons, North Carolina or Archbold, Ohio. It is a very low cost and effective way for you to keep your name in front of our growing registration. The programs contain information about event scheduling, workshops, concerts, and instructor & performer bios, all in a beautifully designed full color booklet! These are passed out to each and every registrant, companion, performer and vendor of The Harp Gathering. You have you choice in either program of a Full Page Color Ad for just $85, a Half Page Color Ad for just $55, or a Quarter Page Color Ad for just $40. Other advertising opportunities are listed on our downloadable PDF order forms for both North Carolina and Ohio festivals! You need to act quickly if you would like to advertise in the North Carolina Program as the ad deadline is March 1, 2014. The deadline for the Ohio Program is March 31, 2014.

Option 2: Become a Sponsor of The Harp Gathering! Sponsorship opportunities are available at the Harp Gathering in both North Carolina and Ohio. Sponsor a Concert for just $250, Evening Reception for just $175, or the Souvenir Program for just $500 and you will receive a Full Page Color Ad in either or both Festival Programs (Souvenir Program Sponsors get Full Color Outside Back Cover!), acknowledgement and a Link back to your website from the Harp Gathering Website, and acknowledgement at the Evening Concerts.

These are some very cost effective ways to join us and take part in an annual event that continues to grow each year!

For more information about becoming a Vendor or Sponsor at The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina and Archbold, Ohio, or to advertise in the Souvenir Program contact Kim Adamson for details.

And, as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

2/20/14

New Vendor for Ohio...Hotel Rooms set to be released by The Villge Inn Event Center in North Carolina...

A couple of items to report from Harp Gathering H.Q....

First, we are pleased to announce that MHTP will be vending at The Harp Gathering in Ohio (WooHoo!!!). Also, Lynda, from Therapy Harp Training Program has changed her Harp, Hunt, & Gather(ing) prize to A Green 16GB iPod Nano and deluxe accessory kit. Wow, what a great prize for some lucky Harp Gatheriling!!!

Ipod Nano being given away at The Harp Gathering by Therapy Harp.

Second, our block of rooms that we have reserved, are set to be released be The Village Inn Event Center in North Carolina, this Wednsday, February 26, 2014. Now, that doesn't mean that you won't necessarily be able to get a room or get The Harp Gathering room rate. All that means is those rooms will be offered to the general public as well, and it will be first come, first serve!

That's all for now. Stay tuned as there is always more to come.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

2/15/14

We're Getting Close to Harp Gathering, North Carolina - Can Ya Feel it...WooHoo!!!

THe Harp Gathering, in Clemmons, North Carolina!Well, the first Harp Gathering for 2014 and the inauguration of the Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina is about to commence. All of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. have been working like crazy to ensure that you are going to have the best, fun-filled time possible. Let me just recap what you are in for in beautiful Clemmons, North Carolina:

1. World Class Harp Instructors and Harp Performers
2. Amazing Workshops for all interests
3. Breathtaking Concert Performances
4. First-class Vendor Hall - Shop for Harps, Music & Accessories
5. Superb Meals Included (see registration form for details)
6. Nightly Reception after Friday & Saturday Concerts
7. Harp Ensemble Experience
8. Everything Under One Roof and on the Ground Floor
9. CEUs from the MHTP program
And the list can go on and on...

Oh, don't forget about the Grand Prize Harp Giveaway! Not only will we be giving away one harp this year but we will be giving away two harps in addition to a lot of other great prizes! (Full harp registrations required)

And, in a special, separate giveaway, we will be offering a Sony 8GB MP3 Player...Wow!!! (Full harp registration, postmarked by February 28, 2014 required)

Really, what could be better?

Maybe, knowing that Legends of The Celtic Harp with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter will be performing at the Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina or that Home-Town boy, Frank Voltz will not only be performing but also giving a bunch of great workshops!

But don't you worry! There is still time to get registered, so don't delay. We would love to have you come join us for the Harp Gathering and see what everyone is talking about. It's a great time and certainly a great value.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

2/10/14

In Honor of Valentines Day - A Special Offer...

Ok, here's the deal...

We at Harp Gathering H.Q. thought it would be fun to offer a couple of really awesome items as a give-away in a special prize drawing at each 2014 Harp Gathering. We came across some super-cool electronics that are the latest and greatest technology! All you have to do is follow the instructions posted below for the Harp Gathering location you will be attending. NOTE: these drawings are separate from the Harp, Hunt, & Gather(ing) and are limited to the Harp Gathering location where they are being offered.

For North Carolina Harp Gatherlings:

Send in your paid 2014 full harp registration, postmarked by February 28, 2014 and you will be entered into a "Special Prize Drawing" that is completely separate from the regular Harp, Hunt, & Gather(ing) prize drawing. You will be eligible to win a Sony 8GB Walkman MP3 Player! Check out the details:

Sony MP3 Play being given away at The Harp Gathering, Clemmons, North Carolina.

 

For Ohio Harp Gatherlings:

Send in your paid 2014 full harp registration, postmarked by February 28, 2014 and you will be entered into a "Special Prize Drawing" that is completely separate from the regular Harp, Hunt, & Gather(ing) prize drawing. You will be eligible to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - 7.0" Tablet! Check out the details:

Samsung Galaxy being given away at The Harp Gathering, Archbold, Ohio.

Be sure to keep checking back and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

2/8/14

Lots of Harp Hunt & Gather(ing) prizes posted for North Carolina and Ohio...Ohio Schedule now posted!!!

Well, lots of great stuff going on at Harp Gathering H.Q.

First, we have several prizes posted on the Harp Hunt & Gather(ing) prize pages for both North Carolina and Ohio.

Mountain Dulcimers being given away at The Harp Gathering in both North Carolina and Ohio.


Note worthy, is that the fine folks at Stoney End are providing an absolutely gorgeous mountain dulcimer package full of great extras for both The Harp Gathering in North Carolina and Ohio!

 

 

Hand Crafted wooden Music Box being given away at The Harp Gathering in both North Carolina and Ohio.

Next, Folkcraft Instruments is providing a hand crafted wooden music box at both The Harp Gathering in North Carolina and Ohio!

 

Other wonderful prizes include:

A Gift Basket Filled with Goodies - Provided by Therapy Harp Training Program (for Ohio).

A Mighty Brite Duet Music Stand Light - Provided by Virginia Harp Center (for both North Carolin and Ohio).

A Pamela Bruner: Level 1 & 2 Books: Learn to Play the Harp Beautifully with DVDs - Provided by Heartland Harps (for both North Carolina and Ohio).

A Set of 3 Pamela Bruner CDs - Provided by Heartland Harps (for both North Carolina and Ohio).

Lots of great prizes to be given away so be sure to get you full harp registrations sent in and join the fun and a chance to win some really terrific prizes!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Now, for you Ohio Harp Gatherlings, the Ohio Schedule is posted and ready for your perusal. Be sure to check it out so you can start planning your weekend filled with lots of fun, learning, and camaraderie (WooHoo!!!).

Be sure to check back really, really, really, soon as we are working on a special Valentines Day surprize (HeeHee...)

And , as always, we look forward to seeing you at Ther Harp Gathering!

 

2/3/14

More Ohio Workshops Posted...

Just a quick note to let all of you Ohio Harp Gatherlings know that Maeve Gilchrist's and Denise Grupp-Verbon's Ohio Workshops are now posted and ready for your perusal. So cruise on by the Ohio Workshops Page and have a look at some really tasty subjects (Yummy!!!).

 

2/1/14

Single Day Registration Rates...

Soooo...

It has come to our attention that there is a demand for a "Single Day" registration option and that they be made available for those Harp Gatherlings able to attend some of the festival but not all. Well, it's no secret that we try to encourage "Full Festival" registrations as that is where the most bang for your buck is! However, all of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. certainly don't want to ignore those Harp Gatherlings who are uable to attend the whole festival but can make it for some of the fun!!! To that end, the Harp Gatherlings have spoken, and we at Harp Gathering H.Q. have heard you!

We have posted an additional registration PDF form on the Harp Gathering registration page that makes available "Single Day" pricing. Currently, it is available for the North Carolina, Harp Gathering and will be coming soon for the Ohio, Harp Gathering. If you sign up before February 28, 2014 for the North Carolina Harp Gathering, you can deduct 10% of the total you are registering for under the "Single Day" registration only. Other restrictions do apply and are listed on the "Single Day" registration form itself.

"A La Carte" pricing for single workshops, vendor hall passes and concert tickets will be available on-site only.

We believe this addition will help to allow all Harp Gatherlings far and wide to have a great time at our Soiree : )

Be sure to keep checking in as we are continually updating and, as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

1/31/14

Lots of Great Things Happening...

Ok, where to start...

Well, North Carolina Harp Gatherlings can take advantage of the Advanced Harp Registration and save $50 of the Regular On-Site Harp Registration! All Advanced Registrations must be received by March 15, 2014. But wait... as a Special Bonus for North Carolina Advanced Harp Registrants, if you send your Advanced Harp Registration, postmarked by Febuary 28, 2014, you will receive a $25 Vendor Hall Gift Certificate! That's right you will have $25 to spend in the Vendor Hall right out of the gate, courtesy of the Harp Gathering, so don't delay!

For all of you Ohio Harp Gatherlings, you still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Special and save $100 of the Regular On-Site Harp Registration. The postmark deadline is March 15, 2014.

Also, don't forget to make your room reservations at the respective Inn!

For Ohio:
Contact the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn for Room Reservations at (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Be sure to use the Booking ID # 4202 to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

For North Carolina:
Contact the Village Inn, Event Center for Room Reservations at (800) 554-6416 or (336) 766-9121. Be sure to let the Inn know you're with The Harp Gathering to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

 

Ok, next...

Richard Ash from Folkcraft Instrument teaching dulcimer and ukulele at The Harp Gathering.Richard Ash, from Folkcraft Instruments, is teaching workshops at the North Carolina and Ohio Harp Gatherings. In North Carolina, Richard will be teaching his world famous dulcimer class and in Ohio he will be teaching, for the first time, a ukulele class. Now these classes are open to all harp registrants and registered companions and they provide a great opportunity to try a new instrument! Richard will have some loaner instruments that he will be happy to provide, if you need one. Be sure to make your class reservation by sending an e-mail to: info@harpgathering.com. Let us know if you need to borrow an instrument or if you have one of your own.

 

Keep checking back, as there's always more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

1/23/14

Really Cool Stuff for Ohio...

All of us here at Harp Gathering H.Q. are pleased to announce that Great Lakes Reflections Photography will be available for photo sessions. Pat Eisenberger, a professional photographer and long time Harp Gatherling will be on hand to bring your portraits to life. Pat has a keen eye and exceptional taste making her photographs a cut above the rest. The Harp Gathering uses Pat to photograph all of our concerts and she gets stunning results! Pat offers a full line of products and is offering a special "Harp Gathering Package" that will be available in Ohio only (WooHoo!!!). Be sure to visit Pat and set up your appointment for some breathtaking photos that will capture you at your best!

Great Lakes Photography at The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio!

Portraits by - Great Lakes Reflections, LLC

Have your portrait taken with your harp at The Harp Gathering by photographer (and harpist) Pat Eisenberger. Pat's "Old World Style" portraits suit the harp beautifully, and her "Black & White Spotlight" portraits are perfect for promotional materials. There's even a "Renaissance Faire" style portrait for the romantic in you! You'll see why a portrait by Great Lakes Reflections is so much more than just a photograph.

Session Fee = $20 (Payable at time of session.)

Prints (Each print comes with a low resolution image for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, etc. NOT suitable for print.)

  • 1-5×7 print = $10
  • 1-8×10 print = $30
  • 1-11×14 print = $50
  • 1-11×14 canvas gallery wrap = $220
  • 1-16×20 print = $70
  • 1-16×20 canvas gallery wrap = $300

For Sharing

  • 24-die cut wallets = $20

Special - The Harp Gathering Package

$100 ( $30 savings!)
(One photo image or mix & match
your 3 favorite photos)

  • 2-8X10 prints
  • 1-11X14 prints
  • 24-die cut wallets (one image for all 24 wallets)
Great Lakes Photography providing photographic services at The Harp Gathering, Archbold, Ohio!

 

Jo Lynn Messer, Sunday Devotions, at the Harp Gathering, Archbold, Ohio.

Sunday Devotions

Also, for those who would enjoy a light Spiritual experience. Be sure to join Jo Lynn Messer from 8:00 to 8:30 am for Sunday Morning Devotions, an opportunity to relax, reflect, and rejoice in fellowship and faith. Non-denominational, and all are welcome!

 

 


Be sure to keep checking back as there's always more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

1/21/14

More Ohio Workshops Posted...

We are pleased to announce that Aryeh Frankfurter's and Lisa Lynne's workshop descriptions are now posted for the Ohio Harp Gathering. Be sure to peruse them at your convenience as there are some very tasty subjects (WooHoo!).

Stay tuned as there is plenty more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

1/20/14

Harp, Hunt, & Gather(ing) Prizes are Rollin' In for North Carolina...

The Timothy Lily 20 string folk harp being given away at The Harp Gathering, Clemmons, North Carolina.The Harp Gathering is pleased to announce that not only will we be giving away one harp at The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina but we will be giving away two harps!!!

That's right...

Timothy Harper from Timothy Harps has graciously donated this beautiful harp that some lucky Harp Gatherling will be taking home in March 2014. Now, there is still time to get registered for what is certain to be a really exciting harp festival so don't delay! The Early bird registration for North Carolina is still available until January 27, 2014; so why not sign up right away and not only get $100 of the regular on-site harp registration, but also get a chance to win one of two gorgeous harps at the only harp festival to give a harp for 7 years straight!!!

Read on about The Lily:

The Lily 20 string traveling harp is designed to be an ideal traveling companion when you take to the skies. Unlike most traveling harps, the Lily is actually small enough to be brought onboard most airlines as carry on baggage and stored in an overhead bin, and at only 3 lbs, you'll carry it without noticing the weight.

The Lily is crafted in solid cherry with a birch laminate soundboard and a slightly curved back which makes it exceptionally comfortable to hold and play. Its range runs from middle C to A, and string tension is even and higher than one normally finds in small harps, to ensure that your transition back and forth to your full sized harp will be smooth and easy. The Lily's clear and surprisingly powerful voice will delight you. From airplane to office, hammock to armchair, this is truly a harp that can accompany you everywhere!

Keep checking back as things are cookin' and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

1/15/14

More Vendors will be at The Harp Gathering...

The Harp Gathering is pleased to announce that Virginia Harp Center will be attending both, the Harp Gathering in North Carolina and the Harp Gathering in Ohio. The Virginia Harp Center takes great pride in offering personal assistance to all of their customers and will have a great selection of music, accessories, and harps to satisfy all of your harping needs!

Next, Heartland Harps will be on hand for both Harp Gatherings and has been in attendance at the Harp Gathering since it's inception. Dave is always working on new and innovative products and has now specialized in the making of his carbon fiber harp line!

Also, Stoney End Harps will be joining us for both the North Carolin and Ohio Harp Gatherings! Stoney End is a family-owned and operated designer, maker, and seller of traditional folk lever harps. Their mission is to share the joy of music-making by building quality, affordable folk instruments which make harp ownership possible and will last for years to come.

Finally, we are pleased to make known that Folkcraft Instruments will also be joining the Harp Gathering not only in Ohio but will also travel to the North Carolina Harp Gathering in 2014. Richard Ash has graciously agreed to teach a dulcimer class in North Carolina and a ukulele class in Ohio; so if you are looking for some variety and would like to try your hand at a new instrument Richard's classes will be just the thing for you!

Keep checking back as things are really heating up and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

1/13/14

The Harp Gathering Website Navigation Upgrade...

Ok, so I've been thinking that it may not be as apparent, to some, how the Harp Gathering website's navigation menu works!?! To that end, I have made some changes so that the delineation between pages devoted to the Harp Gathering in North Carolina and the Harp Gathering in Ohio are more clear. I have put them in a drop down menu toward the top of each page and they are separated by topic (i.e. workshops, vendors, concerts, etc...). The drop down menu will give you the choice of picking a topic for the North Carolina Harp Gathering or a topic for the Ohio Harp Gathering. All common pages still have a single link to that page which, likely, contains information relevant to both harp festivals. I hope you find it easier to get around on the Harp Gathering website and if you have any questions feel free to give us a shout : )

NOTE: Do be sure to refresh your browser so you are not seeing a combination of the old website and the new website!

Oh, and on another note, North Carolina Harp Gatherlings, new and old, don't forget to mail in your harp registrations before January 27, 2014 and save $100 off the regular on-site harp registration. Consider it part of your New Year's Resolution to Inspire your mind, Challenge your skill, and Renew your spirit, all at The Harp Gathering!!!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering!

 

1/11/14

In the Spotlight - Lewis Creek Harps & Instruments...

Lewiscreek Harps & Instruments at The Harp Gathering , North Carolina and OhioThe Harp Gathering is proud to highlight one of our biggest sponsors...

Master Luthier, Jeff Lewis, of Lewis Creek Harps & Instruments has been a huge supporter of The Harp Gathering from the beginning. Always attending the Harp Gathering and later becoming our regular Grand Prize donor for the Harp, Hunt, & Gather(ing) prize drawings at both The Harp Gathering in Ohio and now in North Carolina; Jeff has seen the great potential and pride that we take in our events and wanted to do his part to contribute to the harp community.

We too, have recoginized the quality and attention to detail that Jeff puts into every one of his harps. So much so, that we went to him to bring to life the HG line of harps that we had only on paper as preliminary drawings. Jeff took those drawings and built several prototypes that both Denise and I went over with a fine tooth comb. Each change that we asked for, Jeff figured out how to best approach, coming up with an exceptional harp that we are all very proud of! Such a warm, full bodied instrument should be experienced by all, so be sure to visit Lewis Creek Harp & Instruments' booth in both North Carolina and Ohio, say hello to Jeff and be absolutely sure to try his line of HG Harps. You won't be disappointed!!!

Oh, and don't forget, the Harp, Hunt, & Gather(ing) grand prizes for 2014 at The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina and at The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio will be beautiful HG-30 folk harps with C and F levers, proudly provided by Jeff Lewis, from Lewis Creek Harps and Instruments! So all of you harpers and harpists, be sure to get registered for what is sure to be another great couple of Harp Gatherings!!!

Be sure to keep checking back for all the latest Harp Gathering happenings and as always we look for to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

1/6/14

Thursday Special Workshop - "Finger Puzzles and Shapes for the Harp" by Denise Grupp-Verbon...

So just as a reminder to all of you Harp Gatherlings, Denise Grupp-Verbon will be presenting her "Finger Puzzles and Shapes for the Harp" workshop at the North Carolina Harp Gathering in 2014, which is just a mere 79 days away (WooHoo!!!). This workshop is wildly popular and is taken from her instructional book/DVD set of the same title. Beginner to advanced harpists will benefit from the study of these 72 finger puzzles and shapes (60 pages!), which will help to improve sight-reading skills, develop finger dexterity and make you a more confident player. All harpists who register for this workshop will receive a complimentary copy of Denise's book/DVD (a $29 value), will enjoy a pizza party and take part in a really super cool harp circle, all for only an extra $65! So don't miss out on this very special opportunity to come join us for an extra day of fun, learning, and comradery in beautiful Clemmons, North Carolina!

See What it's All About!!!
Finger Puzzles and Shapes for the Harp

 

 

Keep checking back often and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

1/5/14

Therapy Harp Training Program by Lynda Kuckenbrod vending at The Ohio Harp Gathering in 2014!!!

The Harp Gathering welcomes Lynda Kuckenbrod and her Therapy Harp Training Program to The Harp Gathering in Ohio, 2014. The Therapy Harp Training Program, LLC is a therapeutic music certification program for all musicians (not just harpists) with an added focus on the needs of the elderly and on the needs of those in hospice.

Check it out for yourself!
Therapy Harp Training Program by Lynda Kuckenbrod

 

 

Keep checking back as there's always more to come.

We look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

1/2/14

Lots of Harp Gathering Website Updates - WooHoo!!!

OK, where to start...

Well, How about North Carolina Updates First! The Concert Page, Schedule Page, and Denise Grupp-Verbon's workshop titles and descriptions are all posted and ready for your perusal (Yippy Skippy!!!!).

Next, a reminder that the early bird registration for North Carolina is still available until January 27, 2014. That means all of you Harp Gatherlings, far and wide, can register for The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina and save $100 off the On-Site registration, for what is sure to be one of the Best Harp Festivals on the east coast! Don't forget, in addition to World Class Instructors and Performers, Amazing Workshops for all Interests, Awesome Concerts, a First-class Vendor Hall, and everything under one roof and on one floor; you get all of your meals, a chance to win a Brand New 30-string HG Harp by Lewis Creek and more, all with your paid harp registration! A lot of value packed into one price (no 'nickel and dime-ing' here!). Visit The Harp Gathering Registration Page to get your registration form.

And for Ohio, we have updated the Concert Page and will have the schedule and rest of the workshop descriptions posted very soon! Now all of you Ohio Harp Gatherlings, don't forget that the early bird registration deadline for you is March 15, 2014 and you can save $100 off the On-Site registration, so don't wait too long to register. You too, will get all the same benefits of World Class Instructors and Performers, Amazing Workshops for all Interests, Awesome Concerts, a First-class Vendor Hall, and everything under one roof, along with all of your meals, a chance to win a Brand New 30-string HG Harp by Lewis Creek and more, all with your paid harp registration (and we won't 'nickel and dime' you either!). Visit The Harp Gathering Registration Page to get your registration form as well.

Oh, and do be sure to make your reservations at the respective Inn, to reserve your room for what is sure to be some fantastic Harp Gatherings in 2014!

For Ohio:
Contact the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn for Room Reservations at (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Be sure to use the Booking ID # 4202 to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

For North Carolina:
Contact the Village Inn, Event Center for Room Reservations at (800) 554-6416 or (336) 766-9121. Be sure to let the Inn know you're with The Harp Gathering to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

Keep checking back as there's always more to come.

We look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

12/15/13

Santa Loves The Harp Gathering!!!

Santa at The Harp GatheringAll of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. are gearing up for the Holidays as all of you must be too!

Be sure to let Santa know that you would like a paid registration to go to The Harp Gathering in either Clemmons, North Carolina March 27/28-30, 2014 or Archbold, Ohio May 15/16-18, 2014. The Early Bird Special is still available for both festivals and that will save Santa $100 off the regular on-site registration! Oh, don't forget, if you sign up for either festival before January 1st, 2014, you will also receive a copy of TAPESTRY's new Holiday Sampler CD absolutely FREE : ) So, stroll on by the Harp Gathering registration page, download a form, and tell Santa to send it in soon!

North Carolina has all kinds of workshops on tons of different subjects like: Traditional Music, Songwriting and Arranging, Healing Harps, Rythmn Techniques, Harp Maintainance, Recording Techniques, Performance Techniques, and so much more. Be sure to have a look at the North Carolina workshop page!!!

Also, don't forget the LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP, with Patrick Ball making a very special guest appearance, along with Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter, will be performing at The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to see this spectacular performance!!!

Legends of the Celtic Harp performing at The Harp Gathering Village Inn Event Center, Clemmons, North Carolina

 

Check it out for yourself!
Legends of the Celtic Harp

 

And for all of you Ohio Harp Gatherlings, things couldn't be shaping up any better. Workshop descriptions are being submitted now and we're working hard to get those posted. Schedules are being ironed out and the stage is being set for another great year in 2014!!!

We have been getting a lot of great feedback about the new website, but if any of you have any questions or comments about the website please let us know!

Be sure to keep checking back as there's always more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

12/7/13

More Workshop Descriptions Posted for Ohio!

Just a quick update to let you know that Cynthia Shelhart's workshop descriptions are posted to the Ohio workshop page. Be sure to cruze by and have a look at some very tasty subjects : )

Stay tuned as there is always more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

12/7/13

A HUGE SHOUT OUT to all of the Folks at the ISFHC!!!

International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen logoSo, as a lot of you must have heard by now, we had the unfortunate mishap of having our recent ad in the Folk Harp Journal excluded, accidentally, from the Winter 2013 edition. Well, that's not such a great thing when you have an event that is of a time-sensitive nature!

All of the folks at the ISFHC recognized this immediately and went to work on The Harp Gathering's behalf to correct this ill-timed error.

First, several of the board members, including the ISFHC President, Dave Kolacny, First Vice President, Timothy Harper, FHJ Advertising Editor, Beth Stockdell, and FHJ Editor, Tammy Feil all made contact with us right away to make abundant appologies and to discuss ways to correct the boo-boo.

Next, they made sure to have a posting to several outlets to include, the ISFHC facebook page, Harplist, Virtual Harp Circle, and a special page posted directly on the ISFHC's website www.folkharpsociety.org/pages/harpgathering.html (check it out as it is really super cool!!!).

The list goes on, but suffice as to say, the ISFHC really came through for The Harp Gathering and we wanted to recognize their "Above and Beyond" effort to help us recover some of the marketing for our event, happening not once but twice in 2014. Yes, The Harp Gathering will have a festival not only in it's original location at the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn, in Archbold Ohio, but we will also be hosting a festival at The Village Inn Event Center, in Clemmons North Carolina, with hometown boy, Frank Voltz (WooHoooooo!!!). The Early Bird registration is still available for both festivals, and that will save you $100 off the regular on-site registration. Also, if you sign up for either festival before January 1st, 2014, you will receive a copy of TAPESTRY's new Holiday Sampler CD absolutely FREE : ) So, stroll on by the Harp Gathering registration page, download a form, and send it in soon!

So, again, thanks to all of The International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen board members and staff of The Folk Harp Journal for taking such good care of The Harp Gathering! Be sure to check the ISFHC's website as it is chuck full of great stuff!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Harp Gathering!

 

12/2/13

Extra Extra...Holiday Special...Take Advantage While It's Hot!!!

Tapestry Holiday Sampler at The Harp Gathering!Ok, so Denise and I decided to put together a Holiday Sampler CD of three Christmas tunes that we recorded. The songs we recorded are Greensleeves, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and The First Noel. The arrangements are really cool and makes a great addition to everyones holiday playlist (if I do say so myself - wink, wink)!

So here is the "Special" part...

From now until January 1st, 2014 all paid harpist registrations postmarked by January 1st, 2014 for either The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina or The Harp Gathering in Archbold, Ohio will receive a free copy of our Holiday Sampler (WooHoo!!!). Once we receive your paid registration, we will immidiately ship your copy of our new Holiday Sampler CD for your enjoyment this holiday season. It's our way of spreading good cheer to all as we really do appreciate all the support and enthusiasm that everyone has shown for our event!

Just as a reminder...

Do be sure to make your reservations at the respective Inn to reserve your room for what is sure to be a great couple of Harp Gatherings in 2014!

For Ohio:
Contact the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn for Room Reservations at (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Be sure to use the Booking ID # 4202 to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

For North Carolina:
Contact the Village Inn, Event Center for Room Reservations at (800) 554-6416 or (336) 766-9121. Be sure to let the Inn know you're with The Harp Gathering to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

 

Oh' on another note...

Timothy Harper's workshop descriptions for North Carolina are now posted and ready for your perusal so be sure to surf to the North Carolina workshop page and check'm out!

Stay tuned for more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering : )

 

11/24/13

More Workshops and Vendors posted for North Carolina!!!

We, at Harp Gathering H.Q. are pleased to announce that both Areyh Frankfurter's and Lisa Lynne's workshops for North Carolina are posted and ready for your perusal. There are some great topics being covered to include; Traditional and Nordic Music, Recording, Healing Harp, Promoting and Marketing your Music, Composing for Harp, etc... (Wow, great offerings and fresh perspectives all the way from the West Coast - WooHoo!!!).

Next, Thom Dutton with Capeside Music will be joining us as a vendor for The Harp Gathering in North Carolina in 2014. Thom Dutton received his Bachelor of Music degree in voice and piano from the Houghton School of Music in 1982. After singing a wedding with a harpist, he wanted to learn to play the harp, and upon discovering that his house was structurally unfit to hold his piano, he decided it was time. He began studying the harp at the Cape Cod Conservatory in 1987 and since that time has logged in over 1000 performances. Having been told that it would take 3-5 years before he would be ready to make public appearances, he made his debut playing Christmas carols for a local production of " Home for Christmas" after only 6 months. Since then he has made concert, coffee-house and festival appearances throughout New England and New York. For More about Thom, check out his website: www.capesidemusic.com

Finally, our registrations for both Harp Gatherings (Ohio and North Carolina) are going splendedly! Room is limited at each festival so do send your registation soon as space is filling up. Early bird rates are still available and will save you $100 off the regular On-site registration! Also, be sure to make your reservations at the respective Inn to reserve your room for what is sure to be a great couple of Harp Gatherings in 2014!

For Ohio:
Contact the Sauder Village, Heritage Inn for Room Reservations at (800) 590-9755 or (419) 445-6408. Be sure to use the Booking ID # 4202 to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

For North Carolina:
Contact the Village Inn, Event Center for Room Reservations at (800) 554-6416 or (336) 766-9121. Be sure to let the Inn know you're with The Harp Gathering to get The Harp Gathering Room Rates!

Stay tuned for more to come and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering : )

 

11/14/13

More Workshops Posted for North Carolina & Ohio!!!

Check out Frank Voltz's harp workshops for both North Carolina and Ohio Harp Gatherings. Also, in case you didn't see (as I was remiss in posting this on the blog page - Duhhh!!!) Kim Robertson's harp workshops for North Carolina are also posted!

On another note, Denise and I just got back from a visit to the Village Inn Event Center, the site for The Harp Gathering in North Carolina. We finalized all of the menus, took some final measurements, checked out some of the spaces, and spent some time with Clemmons hometown boy, Frank Voltz. The weather was just spectacular and Clemmons, North Carolina is absolutely gorgeous! We are really looking forward to March 2014 and the maiden voyage of The Harp Gathering in Clemmons, North Carolina!

Stay tuned for more and as always, we look forward to seeing you at The Harp Gathering : )

 

9/15/13

Welcome to the all new Harp Gathering Website. All of us at Harp Gathering H.Q. are so excited to be sharing this with all of you Harp Gatherlings! Our hope is that you all will enjoy the new format and look of the site. We have done our best and will continue to improve the site as we go. The new Harp Gathering website will give you information about both The Original Harp Gathering Folk Harp Festival held at The Sauder Village - Heritage Inn, Archbold, Ohio and our new Harp Gathering location being held at The Village Inn Event Center, Clemmons, North Carolina. Thanks for stopping by and make sure to stop back often!!!

Here are some excerpts of some past blog posts for the 2014 Harp Gathering, harp conventions:

Kim Robertson at The Harp Gathering, Village Inn Event Center, Clemmons, North CarolinaFirst, we are pleased to announce that Kim Robertson has joined the line-up for the 2014 Harp Gathering, in Clemmons, NC and we couldn't be more thrilled! Kim always gives great workshops, breathtaking concert performances, and her quick-witted humor makes her an absolute delight!!

Be sure to check out Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace together on their latest CD Q&A!Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace new CD Q&A


 

 

 

Next, as fate would have it, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter are going to be kicking of a southern tour of their show "Legends of the Celtic Harp" with none other then Story Telling Harp Superstar, Patrick Ball, right after Harp Gathering (South). Wellllll, Patrick has agreed to fly in a day early and perform "Legends of the Celtic Harp" with Lisa and Aryeh at Harp Gathering (South) in 2014!!! I'm telling you right now, if you haven't seen this show, now is the time, because it is simply a stellar experience...take it from me because I was blessed with the opportunity to see them before : )

Legends of the Celtic Harp performing at The Harp Gathering Village Inn Event Center, Clemmons, North Carolina

Check it out for yourself!
Legends of the Celtic Harp