Sounds of patriotic tunes from years past were heard from within the walls of the Portsmouth Welcome Center when members of the Big Scioty Dulcimers Club (yes, it really is “Scioty”!) shared their talents. When invited to perform at the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter’s (N.S.U.S.D. 1812, Ohio Society) July 22nd meeting, the multi-talented musicians delighted all in attendance with their quaint, haunting music played on mountain dulcimers, banjammers (a dulcimer that sounds like a banjo) recorders, a Native American flute, harmonicas and a merimbula. A guitar player has also been known to join them. The Club members, Faye Herrnstein, Robyn Preston, Sonde Sondergelt, Alicia Sondergelt, Dan Haney, Gary Sager (Club Director) and Gail Taylor, are only about half of the full Big Scioty Dulcimers Club membership, but the small group made a magnificently stirring sound. You know, the kind of music that makes your toes tap, your pulse throb and you want to sing?
According to a Big Scioty Dulcimer Club member, Robyn Preston (also
an SVV Chapter member), the Club began in June 2008 when Gary and Toni Sager, owners of the Prussia Valley Dulcimer Shop in Waverly, Ohio, invited a number of interested dulcimer players to form a group and gather to play old time tunes. The Club has grown from about 5, or 6, players in the past nine years to about twelve. Preston said that the members “meet at the Grace United Methodist church on High Street in Waverly on the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.” “We invite any and all who are interested to join us.” The Big Scioty Dulcimers Club may be reached on Facebook; the Prussia Valley Dulcimers also has a website and a Facebook page.
For information about membership in the U.S. Daughters of 1812, Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or SVV, P.O. Box22, Lucasville, OH 45648 or on Facebook.