Retreat 2023

Gathering at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on the banks of the beautiful Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida for our annual Dulcimer Retreat since 2002

We’re back!!!

UPDATE April 19, 2023 – Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center has received notice of funding for the 2023 retreat, set for November 10-11. So we’re moving forward!!! We have saved our set up from 2022 (cancelled by Hurricane Nicole) and will offer the same instructors for 2023 🙂

The instructors for the 2023 Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat! Retreat Director Bing Futch, Jessica Comeau, and Laurie Alsobrook will lead workshops for the mountain dulcimer while Tina Bergmann and Sally will anchor the hammered dulcimer workshops.

Join us on the Suwannee River!

Retreat Registration available in September

Pre-register, or just simply register when you arrive!

2022 Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat

SFDR ’22/T.S.NICOLE UPDATE 11.09.22, 11:45am – The Director of Florida Division of Recreation and Parks has closed ALL state parks in Florida. Sadly, this results in the cancellation of the Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat. The leadership at the park will be contacting all preregistered participants shortly.

Bing Futch Takes the Helm for 2022

Bing follows a line of very talented directors of the retreat. While director of the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Jon Kay, a Folklorist and gifted dulcimer player, founded the retreat around 2000, and started the tradition of bringing in nationally recognized artists. After Jon moved to a new post, David Beede took the helm, offering with his unique wit and musicianship to the position.

The festival has enjoyed both mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer instruction, and in early years, autoharp instruction. Over the years, SFDR has been host to fine instructors, including Jon Kay, David Beede, as well as Bing Futch, Dan Landrum, Aaron O’Rourke, Guy and Sharrie George, Brian Bowers, Neal Hellman, Anne Lough, Susan Boyer-Haley, Jody Marshall, Lorinda Jones, Jessica Commeau, Butch Ross, Karen Alley, Stephen Humphries, Carol Crocker, Karen Ally, Marsha Harris, Gary Sager, Laurie Alsobrook, Gailanne Amundsen, Sally Anderson, Maddie MacNeill…and the list continues!

SFDR continued online in 2020 and 2021 as “Dulcimers Do Digital,” drawing instructors from across the country and participants from as far as Australia, Northern Ireland and Belgium, with David Beede and Laurie Alsobrook as co-directors.

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