Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 14, 2013

Enjoy the sounds of our heritage with the Dulcimores

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The Appalachian dulcimer first appeared in the early 19th century among Scotch-Irish immigrant communities in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It is thought that early settlers were unable to make the more complex violin in the early days due to lack of tools and time. Later it became a parlor instrument, as its soft sound and volume is best-suited to small rooms.

The Dulcimores Group has about ten folks in their band, which includes a banjo, harmonica, violin, and a bass tub along with five dulcimers players. The group played at the Pioneer Day festival and also plays at other events in the area. They will be playing starting at 9:45 a.m., so come enjoy the mountain music, bingo and lunch.

The 2013-2014 Winter Eight Ball Pool League will be starting this month at the Fair Park Senior Center. Rules established from BCA. The league is for men and women, for those who are committed to attending every week during the season. It is established by number of teams and will probably last until April or May 2014. Teams will be picked on the first day according to handicap, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 12:30 p.m. Dues are due at that time. If you cannot commit to every week, please sign up to be a sub. For more information, call Mike Livingston at 788-6483.

It is not too late to get in on the Ring & Sing group with Faye Brandon. They are getting their act ready for Christmas, so if you enjoy Christmas songs you should come and practice with them!

Tom Fincher and the Southern Pride Country Band will playing for your dancing enjoyment this Saturday night, for the Saturday Night Country Dances at the senior center. They always have a special guest every week. It is for all adults, 6-9 p.m. every Saturday night, $5 at the door.  

The Fair Park Senior Center is the place for seniors 55+ in Cumberland County to make friends while having fun. It is located at 1433 Livingston Road in Crossville, and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with some evening classes. Visit our website to learn more at or call 931-484-7416.