Harvest Moon Festival 2018
Infirmary Mound Park
4309 Lancaster Road
Granville, OH 43023
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
Heidi Stone, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are we and why did you come to the event?
This is a Harvest Festival. It is to get everyone out in the fall weather to enjoy all this great stuff. Our family is doing the Village Taco Truck; so, that is what brought us to the festival. There is lots of fun stuff for kids.
Is the Village Taco Truck free?
Enjoy the day, it is beautiful.
Tell me about the instrument you are playing.
This is the most ancient folk instrument that we know of. It arose in what we used to be called Persia (the Iran and Iraq area). It is called a Santur in India, yamgqin in China and dulcimer in America. It is the precursor of the piano and the harpsichord. Someone said the dulcimer is a piano on standard transmission. You don’t have the keys. You are hitting directly on the piano wires with the hammers. If you look in a piano, you will see the hammers that are attached.
I listened to them perform an American Folk Waltz. Jenny claimed that the dulcimer sounds a lot like the piano. However, I didn’t hear that. I think my grandfather would have really enjoyed this! The dulcimer and the acoustic guitar brought back memories of my grandfather playing his guitar, yodeling, and occasionally playing his harmonica. Ok, I know the time periods and the choice of music had different sounds and chord progressions (country versus folk).
In Asia, the dulcimer is considered an orchestral instrument. People who are very prim and proper, and well educated, and classically trained, play it. In America, it is more of a folk instrument. We are sort of the rag, tag, bumbling players. It came over in 1763 on one of the boats with the colonists. It would be the way that ladies would show they were cultured in the parlor. When the railroads and the roads came around, the piano replaced it. Then, the dulcimer went under the bed or up in the barn. It was called a Lumber Jack piano for a while, because you would see them on the canal boats. At that time, it wasn’t considered appropriate for a church service. The Sears catalog had these until 1910. In 1910 they had one in stock for a year and couldn’t sell it, so they took it out of the catalog. People started building them themselves. We had salespeople in Ohio who would go around and sell these. They weren’t available from about about 1910 to 1970. They came back out with the New Folk Revival. Then they took the lead melody role. Before they used to be the background “ummmph chuck aaahhh ummmmph chuck aaaahhh.”
This is also a dulcimer. It is like two people having the same last name as Smith; but, not related. Dulcimer in Latin means sweet sound or sweet voice. This is much more ancient. It comes from Persia. This is truly the American folk instrument. It came over in the hands of the Germans. The Germans had a rectangular instrument with a similar string arrangement called the scheitholt. This was built by people who lived in the mountains with whatever material they had. This is also called the mountain or Appalachian dulcimer. It has more of a twangy type of sound.
Why this festival? What did you just do?
A friend who works at the Licking County parks department told me what was going on. I am a fan of parks and recreation. I just watched the episode on the Harvest Festival. I thought I would get out and enjoy it. There is a lot going on: there is pumpkin painting, and kids can interact with tractors. I just shot a bow and arrow for the first time since high school. I got in the red part; so, I think that is pretty good. They have a carriage ride going around. It’s a nice chance to get outside.
Free opportunities like this are a rare find and fun to do.
I didn’t realize that this festival was over at 4:00pm. The hours were noon to 4:00pm. (I didn’t arrive until about 3:15 pm). MapQuest said it would take 22 minutes from my house. That was a LONG 22 minutes. I felt like I was on 70 forever, and the exit street forever. It took longer for me to get there than I anticipated; but, it was a straight shot. People were friendly. There was a lot to do. I tried to see as much as I could in the short amount of time that I was there. It was neat to hear the history of the piano and dulcimer. I enjoyed hearing the dulcimers played. The sound reminded me of the harpsichord sound on the keyboard. It’s probably because piano is my second favorite instrument (to the Hammond B-3 organ). This was the highlight of the festival for me. The children seemed to really enjoy petting the animals and jumping in the bounce houses.
This festival has a relational vibe. It is very kid and family friendly.
I just happened to wear my hiking boots because they matched the sweat shirt that I wore. I would suggest that you wear boots or hiking boots because the parking and the festival is on grass. If it rains, there might be a little mud involved.