Old Time Music, Workshops, and Regional Craft Demonstration
Sunday June 18 - Nordic Folk Arts
Music, Heritage, and Crafts of Finnish, Swedish, and Danish Culture
The Old Time Fiddlers Gathering
This annual event celebrates music that has accompanied the social gatherings in the barns, parlors and dance halls of upstate New York for generations. Fiddling traditions here can be traced back to many distinct musical styles from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia, and French Canada. Even today fiddlers pass on their songs, styles, and techniques, mingling new traditions with old. TheOld Time Fiddlers Gathering has brought together performers and players in the Watkins Glen area since 1989 and continues to be a regional event for the enjoyment and exchange of Old Time music.
and Folk Arts Festival
The Southern Finger Lakes are rich in the history and traditions of various cultural groups who have made their homes here. The Old Time Fiddlers Gathering and Folk Arts Festival is the largest annual event of the Folk Arts Program of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, showcasing the traditional music and arts of the region. During the 2016 and 2017 festival years, we are showcasing Nordic music and culture. Returning for Nordic Folk Arts Day on Sunday June 18 is Toivo, seen here at the 2016 Old Time Fiddlers Gathering and Folk Arts Festival.