An Early Banjo Gathering
June 26-28, 2020
Renfrew Museum and Park
1010 E. Main Street
Waynesboro, PA 17268
$100 per person / $80 for Renfrew Members
Limit 40 participants.
AVAILABILITY: 31 seats remaining
No charge for accompanying non-participating family members, partners and guests when registered with a paid participant. Optional $10 meal tickets available in advance.
Grab Your Banjo, The Gathering is Back!
After a five-year hiatus, the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering is back and it’s moving to Renfrew! Formerly hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine at Antietam National Historic Battlefield’s Pry Barn, this premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th-century banjo music and culture is relocating to Renfrew Museum and Park, a beautiful 107-acre Pennsylvania German farmstead nestled along the east branch of Antietam Creek in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. As the new host site, Renfrew is pleased to offer participants use of the Fahnestock Barn and its scenic grounds as an inspirational backdrop for participants to learn and share together.
An Early Banjo Gathering is an annual conference which raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular culture and underscores music’s importance in the lives of nineteenth century Americans. The event is a unique forum for both experts and novices to meet and share knowledge, playing technique, and research. Each year brings together dozens of researchers, collectors, musicians, and instrument builders from across the nation to participate in workshops, jam sessions, and scholarly lectures. Programming is conducted in and around an 1810s threshing barn, lending an appropriate setting and atmosphere that is both scholarly and casual.
Scheduled activities will feature diverse program sessions each day. Presenters will talk or demonstrate on a wide range of subjects, including instrument construction, playing techniques, music, history, and other topics closely associated with the early American banjo. The conference’s schedule allows ample time for “jam sessions” and mentoring with some of the nation’s most experienced players. As a way to share our love for banjo music with the world, a free public concert will be held on Saturday evening at 5:00pm on the lawn located behind the Royer House at the front of the property (rain location is Fahnestock Barn). Registered An Early Banjo Gathering participants are invited to perform alongside their peers, but participation is optional.
What to Expect This Year
Registration for An Early Banjo Gathering includes the following:
Extensive use of the Fahnestock Barn and historic farmstead from 10:00am on Friday, June 26, 2020 through 1:00pm on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Our upper barn is opened to the public just a handful of times a year!
Invitation to camp overnight on the historic Fahnestock Farm property for up to three (3) nights. Hotel accommodations are available in nearby Waynesboro or Chambersburg, PA. (See “Participant Information” below.)
Complimentary tours of the 1812 Royer House and historic front farmstead on Thursday, June 25, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2020 anytime between the hours of 1:00-4:00pm. Tours are available to registrants as well as their accompanying non-participating family members and guests.
Several engaging presentations by peers and experts in early banjo music and culture. Presenters will talk or demonstrate on a wide range of subjects, which may include instrument construction, playing techniques, music, history, and other topics closely associated with the early American banjo.
Four (4) meals: Lunch on Friday, June 26; Continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, June 27; Continental breakfast on Sunday, June 28. Optional meal tickets are available to accompanying non-particpating family members and guests at $10.00 each (see “Meal Planning” below).
Multiple chances for “jam sessions”, mentoring, and building friendships with fellow musicians and banjo enthusiasts throughout Renfrew’s beautiful grounds
Opportunity to perform for Renfrew’s guests in a free public concert at 5:00pm on Saturday, June 27, 2020
A whole lot of fun!