READY TO JAM — Musicians jamming at an earlier Old Tyme Fiddlers' Association event (Photo submitted)

Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association hosts Season Kickoff Party May 27

Published May 24, 2018 at 4:00pm

VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA — Good food, entertainment, and celebration will mark this year’s “Season Kickoff Party” as the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association’s celebrates the grand opening of its new “Fiddler’s Kitchen from 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 27.

Scheduled are a dish-to-pass luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Kitchen Ribbon Cutting at 2 p.m. and a fiddle jam from 1-5 p.m., all at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road.

Several years ago, the fiddlers’ association decided to build a new kitchen after realizing their food vendor’s 34-year-old camper/food truck was nearing the end of its useful life. After a lengthy campaign to secure funds and volunteers, a free-standing kitchen was built and equipped. Thanks to those efforts, concert-goers can continue to enjoy the fresh cooked meals and desserts they have come to expect without leaving the premises and missing part of the show.

The free concert is funded in part by the state Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature. All facilities are handicapped accessible and the pavilion is enclosed in bad weather. Folding chairs are provided, but many prefer to bring their favorite chairs. 

On Sunday, June 3, the young members of Fiddlin’ Future, NYSOTFA’s youth chapter, will play from 2-5 p.m. The full season’s schedule is as follows:

2018 Concert Series

Free Sunday concerts from 2-5 p.m. at the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and Museum. For a map visit www.nysotfa.com or leave a message at 315-599-7009. 

Sunday, May 27: Alice Clemens Season Kickoff Party and Kitchen Ribbon Cutting

June 3: Fiddlin’ Future Youth Chapter of NYSOTFA

June 10: Steve Jacobi, Equinunk, Pa.

June 17: Trillium Fiddlers, Watertown

June 24: Oswego Valley Fiddlers Association – Oswego area

July 1: Jeff Wisor, Painted Post

July 8: Black River Valley Fiddlers Association of the Watertown area

July 15: Kathy Sommer, Redwood

July 22: Pat Kane, Waverly

July 27-29: 46th annual Fiddler’s Picnic Festival featuring Don Perkins, of Chazy and George Wilson, of Wynantskill.

Aug. 5: Tim Ball, Newfield, NY

Aug. 12: Lydia Houser, Camden (Kids’ Kamp weekend)

Aug. 19: No concert – Visit the Fiddlers’ Fair, Genesee Country Village, Mumford

Aug. 26: Central Chapter of the NYSOTFA

Sept 2: Jackie Hobbs, Lorraine

Sept 9: Fiddlin’s Fun Chapter of the NYSOTFA, Southern Tier

Sept 16: Phil Banaszak, Buffalo

Sept. 23: Henry Jankiewicz, Syracuse

Sept 30: Season’s Finale – “Roger Thesier House Party” (Dish-to-pass lunch, open mike performances and jamming)