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Wyatt Fiddle Shop in Independence maintains a fiddle events calendar, with lots of information on upcoming contests:
For regular, recurring and ongoing events, click here.
A note on Native American Events: we post notices of pow-wows which are open to the general public. It’s a worthwhile experience. However, if you have never attended a powwow before, please click here.
Marceline: Friends of Carnegie Library Quilt and Fabric Arts Show, Walsworth Community Center. For more info call 660.376.3223 or visit www.marcelinelibrary.org
Newburg: Dave Para and Cathy Barton at the Lyric Live Theater, 117 s First. For more info call 573.308.0509 or visit www.lyriclivetheater.com
Ava: Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks, Chapel Grove, Highway 14, for more info call 417.496.2711
Bloomfield: Crowley’s Ridge Blackpowder Rendezvous, Across from the Stars and Stripes Museum. For more info call 573.300.9595 or 573.568.2168
Rolla: Ozark Festival of Quilts, Rolla Middle School. 111 Soest Rd. For more info call 573.578.5665
Gerald: Mid-MO Horse, Mule and Ox Farming and Historical Crafts Days. Follow signs north of Highways 50 and Y; for more info call 573.764.2629
Jamesport: Step Back in Time Quilt Show and Auction, 308 S Broadway. For more info call 402.610.7300
Sullivan: Alex Riffle and the Stiff Riffs Bluegrass workshop and concert at the Performing Arts Theater. For more info call 573.468.4372
Camdenton: Cabin Fever Quilt Show at the Christian Community Church, 1064 N Business Route 5. For more info call 573.345.0103
Florida: Salt River Quilt Show, Mark Twain Birthplace Historic Site. For more info call 573.294.6242
St. James: Old Iron Works Days at Meramec Spring Park. For more info, call 573.265.7124
Seligman: Fall Train Ride, Chamber of Commerce Building. For more info call 417.662.3612 or 1.800.687.8600
The Seligman, Mo. Chamber of Commerce will offer historical passenger train excursions into the wooded outback of Northwest Arkansas, zooming through tunnels and balancing across lofty trestles as it winds its way toward historic Van Buren. Seligman is the only Missouri town with access to the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad, which offers “a window seat to history” and the opportunity to travel in the style most Americans did in the 19th century.
“We usually do this twice a year, the spring or the fall,” said Cleta Stanley, secretary for the Seligman Chamber of Commerce.
Trains with about 230 seats leave Seligman during the third weekend of April and the second or third week of October. It’s a day trip, with the train reaching Van Buren at 11 a.m. for lunch and shopping, and departing back toward Missouri at 2 p.m. The train returns to Seligman at 6:30 p.m. Two free snacks — usually a beverage and cinnamon rolls or chips — are handed out during the train trip. Free pictures are also provided.
The train rides have been leaving Seligman, which is located in south Barry County, for many years. Departure takes place at the tracks near the city’s senior citizen center.
On Sunday afternoon, October 15, at 2 pm, there will be a Gallery Talk with live fiddle music to celebrate Howard Marshall's new book and CD, Fiddler’s Dream, published by the University of Missouri Press.
The location is the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri's Mizzou North Campus in Columbia (115 Business Loop 70W. The building is on the northwest corner of the intersection of N. Garth and Business Loop 70W, just off I-70). There is ample parking in front of the building.
Columbia-area musicians Dale Pauley, Bud Wyatt, Brad Roby, Russ Ravert, and Kathy Gordon will join Marshall in performing and discussing a selection of fiddle tunes representing some of the historical and cultural themes discussed in the book.
Thematically and chronologically, Fiddler's Dream picks up where Dr. Marshall's 2013 book, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, winds down, in the 1920s, and ends in the early 1960s. There are chapters on such topics as early radio shows and oprys, 1920s fiddlers contests, swing and jazz, Missouri fiddlers who emigrated to the West (taking Missouri fiddling with them), and early bluegrass music.
Among the featured fiddlers are Henry Taylor (Cairo), Lyman Enloe (Raytown), Claude Williams (Kansas City), Emmett Heath (Excelsior Springs), Zed Tennis (Springfield), Howe Teague (Salem), Cecil Goforth (St. James), Warren Helton (Vienna), Bobby Joe Caldwell (Columbia), Roger Williams (West Plains), Delbert Spray (Kahoka), Jim Orchard (Eminence), Orville Cassity (Dent County), Bill White (Independence), Lonnie Robertson (Springfield), Roy Wooliver (Reynolds County), Leroy Canaday (Moberly), Bert Lewis (Urbana), Seth Bradley (Ham’s Prairie), Don Russell (Winona), Ron Hughey (South Greenfield, to Fowler, California), Bob Fast (Kirksville, to Portland, Oregon), Ishmael (Red) Loveall (Bagnell, to San Francisco, California), Larry Ellis (Lee’s Summit), Dale Potter (Puxico), and pioneer bluegrass banjoist Lonnie Hoppers (Urbana).
The 450-page book includes numerous historic photographs, transcriptions of 24 fiddle tunes, and a compilation CD with 30 archival recordings of Missouri fiddlers past and present, beginning with selections from a 1939 radio show.
Stephanie Williams of the University of Missouri Press will have copies of the book available.
Cameron: The Blacksmith’s Knife, Missouri School of Blacksmithing. For more info call 816.575.2798
Marthasville: Deutsch Country Days: Living History Reenactment. 18055 St Highway O; for more info call 636.433.5669
Piedmont: Ozark Heritage Festival and Craft Show, Main Street. For more info call 573.223.4046
Linn Creek: Apple Butter Days Craft Festival, Camden County Museum. Highway 54 and V. For more info call 573.346.7191
Lebanon: Missouri State Festival of Square and Round Dance Clubs, Cowan Civic Center. For more info call 636.394.0998
Ironton: Arcadia Valley Fall Mountain Music Festival, Iron County Courthouse. For more info, call 314.517.4445
St. Clair: 2nd Annual Quilt Vendor Fair, Holy Trinity Auditorium. For more info call 314.607.5578
Clinton: Red Star Pow Wow, Benson Center. 1008 E Sedalia Avenue. Fo9r more info, call 816.331.2824
(if you have never attended a powwow before, please click here for some pointers)
Seymour: Apple Butter Day, Ozark Mennonite School For more info call 417.350.6276
St. Charles: Indian Artifact Show, Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center. For more info call 314.795.2664
Marble Hill: Mississippi Mound Building Indians. Bollinger County Museum of Natural History. For more info call 573.238.1174 or visit www.bcmnh.org
Kimberling City: German Dinner, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. For more info, call 417.739.1746
Fordland: Wild West Days, Fordland City Park. For more info, call 417.753.3070
Poplar Bluff: Missouri Star Quilters’ Quilt Show. 501 N Main St. For more info call 573.772.0922
(that's the Missouri Star block)
(that's the Missouri Star block)
Camdenton: Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarvers’ Show, Sale and Competition, Community Christian Church. 1064 N Business Route 5. For more info call 573.286.1049
Ste Genevieve: Rural Heritage Day in Historic Downtown. For more info call 573.883.7097
Cassville: Chili Cook off on the Courthouse Square. For more info call 417.847.2814 or visit www.cassville. Com
Sibley: Annual Fall Muster, Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. For more info call 816.229.8980 ext 106
Sikeston: "Bootheel Bounty"
This is the important one: the annual meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society. Send your proposals for papers, presentations and demonstrations, panels, readings or performances, remembrance sessions by September 20. http://missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu/