The Central Ohio Music Festival has an area just for children, where they can strum instruments. Performers also lead children in songs and reciting tall tales.
Musicians from Ohio and Michigan will gather May 4-6 at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park to celebrate the 16th annual Central Ohio Folk Festival.
The event started as a dulcimer festival and gradually evolved into a folk music festival, said organizer Sharon Mittenbergs. The event annually attracts 300 to 500 visitors, depending on the weather. This years sponsors are the Columbus Folk Music Society, WCBE and Franklin County Metro Parks.
The weekend starts on Friday with a meet-and-greet at Cedar Ridge Lodge from 6 to 10 p.m. The evening will include a buffet and potluck supper, followed at 8 p.m. by the Worst Song in the World Contest and jam sessions.
From 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, spotlight concerts and workshops are planned. Soloists, duos and groups will perform work songs, slave songs, Celtic tunes, love songs, sea shanties, lullabies and English ballads. Among the featured instruments will be guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer and harp.
“All of the music has been passed down from generation to generation, Mittenbergs said.
Ten concerts and 30 workshops are scheduled. Admission to the Saturday evening concert, featuring Ukelele Cowboy Society and Mean Mary from 7 to 9 p.m., is $15. All other concerts are free. Fees for the workshops are $5 each or $35 for all of them.
A new addition this year is a bagpipe workshop and a harp program. A harpist from Westerville is bringing 10 of her students to put on a concert followed by a harp workshop.
“The workshops are the primary event, teaching and giving more experience and knowledge, said Mittenbergs husband, Art, who co-organizes the event.We will have music going the whole time.
Also planned is a special childrens area in which instructors and performers will lead children through songs and tell tall tales.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is located at 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway. For more information about the festival, go to www.cfms-inc.org.