Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival Begins Thursday


Known affectionately as “Old Pal,” the Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival offers old-timey music at its best. The festival includes a weekend full of live music, with the guest of honor being the dulcimer.  The event runs from Thursday through Saturday, April 2, as part of the 78th Dogwood Trail Celebration.

Participants go to the Museum for East Texas Culture for the musical event. The museum was built in 1916 and was previously named John H. Reagan High School.  Set at the highest point in Reagan Park, the old, multi-story school building serves as the home for historical treasures of Palestine and Anderson County.

This festival carries a laid back attitude, but in keeping with its name the music is based on the fiddle tunes that come from the Appalachian Mountains. Crowds who attend will see and hear many excellent musicians in live performances or attend some of the workshops and jam sessions.

“The Dulcimer Festival offers jam sessions and workshops for artists and musicians from across the country to develop their skills,” said Mary Raum, tourism marketing manager for the City of Palestine.

This festival attracts not just musicians, but anyone who loves music. Concerts occur Friday and Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy the other programming. Workshops and jam sessions begin each morning at 9 a.m. and will take place throughout the day. 

Concert headliners include Mark Cruz, a champion in finger-style guitar; Sue Carpenter, champion finger-picking mountain dulcimer diva; Betty Scott, a champion autoharp sweetheart; The Dove Brothers; and The Sawmill Vagrants.

Building on the success of the event each year, the Old Pal Dulcimer Festival brings culture and love for music and community to Palestine  

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