Fiddling around in New Holland

By on September 5, 2018

J-Tyme, a bluegrass group from Bowmansville is comprised of family members (left to right) David, Jayna, Joyce, Jerell, Jordan, and Jerlyn. (Photos by Art Petrosemolo)

The warm and muggy weather on Labor Day kept some of the crowd away from the 31st Fiddlers’ Picnic, the grand finale of the New Holland Summer Arts Association 2018 programs — but the 1,000-plus who braved the heat loved it.

Besides the nearly 70 groups that performed on the Community Park stage, dozens of pickers and players found shade under the trees or in the pavilions to play for themselves and an appreciative audience.

The event was the finale of the NHSAA’s 39th season, according to Sue Noll, the group’s secretary-treasurer and the 31st Fiddlers’ Picnic. Noll says groups come from towns surrounding New Holland as well as many eastern states, including New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

There were youngsters to old-timer musicians playing string instruments in groups from trios to a dozen musicians working together providing eclectic sounds from bluegrass music to gospel.

Noll says she expects the event will be held again on Labor Day in 2019.

Art Petrosemolo is a freelance feature writer and photographer who recently retired to this area from New Jersey. He welcomes reader feedback at artpetrosemolo@comcast.net.

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