Folk Gathering set this weekend in Huntingdon

HUNTINGDON — Musicians from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York and beyond will gather at Greenwood Furnace State Park this weekend for a fun and friendly weekend of playing, learning and listening to a wide variety of folk music — three days of workshops, concerts, jams, dancing and friendship.

The Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering will be held Friday to Sunday at Greenwood Furnace State Park in Huntingdon County.

The park is an historic location with beautiful mountain views, many miles of hiking trails and a 6-acre lake for swimming and fishing.

This annual event is a learning event offering 47 workshops on topics such as West African Drumming, Harmony Singing, How to Jam, Arranging Traditional Tunes, Pennsylvania Tunes and Conquering Stage Fright.

Musicians of all instruments and levels are invited to learn in this friendly, intimate atmosphere. There are also options for singers, dancers, and non-musicians. Jam sessions will take place throughout the weekend.

For those who are new to music, there will be “try-a” workshops on ukulele, fiddle, banjo and bagpipes with teachers to get you started.

There will be a staff concert each evening, followed by staff-led jams, and a contradance with open band on Saturday night.

Each year the event honors a Pennsylvania Heritage Musician. This year’s awardee is Ed Hansen, a fiddler from northwest Pennsylvania, who will be recognized in a special Saturday afternoon program.

The evening concerts, Heritage Musician presentation, hymn sing and contradance are free and open to the public. All other workshops require registration and a fee.

The Folk Gathering is a joint project of the Huntingdon County Arts Council and the musical group Simple Gifts from the State College area.

For more information visit www.folkgathering

.com or call the arts council at 643-6220. Follow details on Facebook at