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Strings, Inc., Violin Instrument Interaction

 All day, market area
 
FFF 2019 Strings Inc. photo low res CROPPEDKids will be introduced to the regional music education group Strings, an organization dedicated to professional personalized violin instruction. Children also will have the opportunity to hold and handle musical instruments.
 
Strings, Inc., the only organized string music education program in the region, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing professional personalized violin instruction for students. Although located primarily in the Jasper-Ferdinand area, during its history Strings, Inc., has served students from Dubois, Spencer, Orange, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin and Crawford counties. The organization was formed in part because local school districts in these counties do not offer formal orchestral, stringed instrument instruction in their schools. Using the Suzuki method of instruction, the program helps children learn how to read notes. The philosophy, recognized and used worldwide as a great tool for the training of the arts, is designed to develop concentration, awareness, and attention in student’s growing appreciation for the art of music. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/Strings-Inc-503194133092974/ and https://stringsinc.wordpress.com/

Mainland Ukes

by Mike Hater
 
All day, market area
 

FFF 2019 Mainland Ukes Barn CROPPEDMainland Ukes is a homegrown family business based in Brown County, Indiana, dedicated to providing quality performance ukuleles at a great price. "Our small company started because we love the ukulele," states owner Mike Hater. "We always enjoy meeting others who feel the same way." Mainland Ukes proudly supports several schools and regional clubs, encouraging folks to enrich their lives with music. The business also hosts the Brown County Ukulele Festival, the Ukulele World Congress, and are involved with several ukulele and musical events in the Midwest and beyond. "If you are looking for a new hobby, something to keep you away from the television, something that is a little bit of a challenge and a whole lot of fun, ukulele might be for you." Enjoying a resurgence in popularity across the Midwest, the happy little instrument is bringing the joy of music to many people's lives. Schools and libraries are looking to the ukulele as a way to introduce people to the world of music.

The Juggling Dragon Workshop

by Chet Pope
 
All ages
2:30 - 3:30 pm
lawn behind right field fence
 
FFF 2019 Juggler Chet Pope CROPPEDHave you ever thought it would be fun to know how to juggle? Here's your chance. Anyone who would like to learn to juggle or get help with a new pattern is welcome. If you want to get help with progressing to clubs and passing clubs, that could be offered as well. Participants will go over the basics on how to get started with a cascade and few other patterns with balls or clubs. There will be balls for up to 20 people to use during the workshop.
 
Chet learned how to juggle just over a year ago. "It has totally changed my life," he says. "It has helped me to be mindful in the things that I do, and no matter how many times that I fail at something, I can always pick myself up, or the ball, and try again. So, come and join me for some fun and learn how to juggle!"

Mainland Ukes

by Mike Hater
 
All day, market area
 

FFF 2019 Mainland Ukes Barn CROPPEDMainland Ukes is a homegrown family business based in Brown County, Indiana, dedicated to providing quality performance ukuleles at a great price. "Our small company started because we love the ukulele," states owner Mike Hater. "We always enjoy meeting others who feel the same way." Mainland Ukes proudly supports several schools and regional clubs, encouraging folks to enrich their lives with music. The business also hosts the Brown County Ukulele Festival, the Ukulele World Congress, and are involved with several ukulele and musical events in the Midwest and beyond. "If you are looking for a new hobby, something to keep you away from the television, something that is a little bit of a challenge and a whole lot of fun, ukulele might be for you." Enjoying a resurgence in popularity across the Midwest, the happy little instrument is bringing the joy of music to many people's lives. Schools and libraries are looking to the ukulele as a way to introduce people to the world of music.

“Why Didn’t I Play the Ukulele before Now?”

Starter Course for All Ages
by Thom Pallozola
 
1:00 - 1:30 pm Eastern
Upper shelter house  

FFF 2019 Ukelele WorkshopIn this 30 minute starter course on the ukulele, learn some basic chords, and strums, for people to get a feel for playing the ukulele. "We’ll use them on a song we’ll learn," states Thom. Thom started his musical endeavor in 1962 when he was forced to take guitar lessons by his parents. "I enjoyed playing the guitar, but not the practice," he says. "I picked up an old banjo ukulele we had around the house and started fiddling with it in 1964. My first time on stage was in 1965 in front of 1,500 people at a guitar recital. I was part of a 15 person guitar orchestra. I played as the musician for my class while in elementary school. I picked up the electric guitar in 1966 and started playing in rock and roll bands and surfer bands. I’ve never stopped playing since 1962. In 1993, I picked up the ukulele again. I’d spent much time in the hospital with my son and found it to be easier to have than a guitar. In 2006, I got my first custom-made ukulele and played it out in public, surprising many people with the versatility of the instrument. As I like to tell the audience, 'I play a little guitar!'."

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