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Dulcimer Festival changing venues

Named for Gebhard Woods, event will be in Goold Park in 2014

The 2014 Dulcimer Festival will have a new location, Goold Park.

The Morris City Council on Monday approved the new location unanimously for the June 6 to 8 festival.

“They still wanted to be in Morris and felt lower Goold Park filled their need,” Mayor Richard Kopczick said to the council.

The 2013 Gebhard Woods Dulcimer & Traditional Music Festival had to be canceled because of flood damage at the state park, where it has been traditionally staged.

The April 18 flood caused a lot of damage at Gebhard Woods.

The office building, the I&M Canal, the park’s ponds and the landscaping were damaged because of the flooding and debris left behind from receding water.

In the meantime, a playground has been added to the state park, which would move the festival to the east lot of Gebhard Woods, which is still covered in sand from the flood.

It is unclear if that will be cleaned up before the festival’s June dates, Kopczick said.

“We felt that since we had to cancel this past year due to being flooded out, we felt we could not present another year with that same possible outcome,” Neal Peck, festival board president, said.

Peck said the board never thought of leaving Morris for the event.

“Gebhard Woods really is a beautiful site and we felt Goold Park likewise is as beautiful, just in a different kind of way,” he said.

The board has not decided if or what it will change the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer & Traditional Music Festival name to, but will include the location somehow.

The festival board plans to request the use Morris Community High School’s parking lot across from Goold Park to accommodate all the visitors.

“We are excited to have the festival again next year,” Peck said. “Plans are in progress right now and we are looking forward to it.”

The 2012 festival had almost 1,000 attendees.

The Dulcimer Festival celebrates music from all stringed wooden instruments, but is named after the dulcimer.

There are two types of dulcimers.

One is the mountain dulcimer, which is a hand-held stringed wooden instrument that is plucked to produce the notes.

The other is the hammered dulcimer, which usually is larger and trapezoid-shaped and rests on legs on the ground while the musician plays it by striking the strings with little mallets.

For information on the Gebard Woods Dulcimer Festival, visit

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