Riverside students entertain Kiwanians (Video included)
6/14/2014 12:11:18 PM
By Bill Tipple
A local school group entertained the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club Thursday afternoon at Café 212.
The Riverside Dulcimer Club performed under the direction of Leanna George.
The dulcimer is a traditional wood folk instrument. They were first made in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Mrs. George, who's a member of the Mad River Dulcimers, introduced the dulcimer to the Riverside 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students 15 months ago. The students learned how to play on replicas of the instrument made out of cardboard. The group learned to play traditional folk songs by a tab/number system instead of traditional musical notes.
The dulcimer classes are a free after school program at Riverside. Mrs. George thanked the sponsors who have made this possible - Mary Rutan Hospital and PNC Bank.
Watch Thursday's performance.
This was the group's first summer performance. They also perform at the Farmers' Market and various community events.
Next week's scheduled speaker is Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District Superintendent Kris Myers. He will discuss the city's newest park, the Myeerah Nature Preserve.