Free dance lessons, concert June 26

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OSCEOLA — Here’s a chance to hone your dancing skills, as the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum launches its 2022 season.

On Sunday, June 26, the site at 1121 Comins Road will be open for free dance lessons from noon to 2 p.m. This event includes Vicki Wheeler teaching line dance. Ruth Florey plans to teach the Salty Dog Rag. There will be an opportunity to practice these dances, as well as to square dance, during the free concert by the Oswego Valley Chapter of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association from 2 to 5 p.m.

Oswego Valley Chapter members come from Cayuga, Oswego, Onondaga, Lewis, and Jefferson counties. They meet weekly to practice, enjoying the chance to play in person after the COVID mandated virtual rehearsals of recent years. They are a popular group, seeking audience participation while playing at festivals and fairs throughout the region.

The dance floor in the pavilion is available throughout the 2022 16-concert series. There is plenty of seating, and the buildings and grounds are handicap accessible. The brick patio — with its bricks honoring the organization’s heritage — includes picnic tables with umbrellas. There is a children’s play area next to the pavilion. In case of inclement weather, the pavilion can be enclosed. The pavilion may be rented by the public.

Free parking is available on the left side of the shared driveway. The facility is pet-free, smoke-free, and alcohol free. While there is no vendor for the Fiddlers’ Kitchen at this time, snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

The Hall of Fame and Museum will be open throughout the afternoon, as it is whenever the Old Tyme Fiddlers host events at the site. An appointment is needed at other times.

To request an appointment to tour the Hall of Fame, or to inquire about the opening for a Fiddlers Kitchen vendor, check the website at www.nysotfa.com.

The Sunday concert series is made possible by the NYS Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature.

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