Simple Gifts








Two woman, lots of instruments, with the sound of the world in their hearts.


2021 Faculty

Van Wagner


Henry Koretzky


Brett Ridgeway


Russ Rentler



Gene & Gayla Mills

Fiddling Thomsons

Jay Best

Larry Mutti

Holly Foy

Cathy Petrissans

Laura Alexander

Paul Fagley

Bob Nicholson


Beginner's Sampler


NEW THIS YEAR--An Opportunity for Beginners

Here is a unique opportunity for beginners to try a variety of instruments, perhaps brush off old, dormant musical skills, and get a feel for the Folk Gathering. These workshops are designed for people with little or no musical background. It'll be an incredible day of being gently introduced to some of the easiest folk instruments available. Instruments will be provided, and classes will be hands-on learning. You'll also get to meet and hear from a Pennsylvania Heritage Musician, attend a professional concert, and try contradancing!


One Day Only--Saturday, September 11, 2021*


9:00 to 10:00 a.m.    Try a Ukulele

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.      Try a Mountain Dulcimer


Lunch on your own OR advance purchase


1:15 to 2:15 p.m.        Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Jim Knepp


2:30 to 3:30 p.m.     Rhythm for Beginners

3:45 to 4:45 p.m.     Try an Autoharp


Supper on your own OR advance purchase


7:00 pm                    Simple Gifts & Van Wagner Concert



Special Price for One Day Beginner's Sampler


Only $35

Includes these 4 workshops and the concert

No substitutions of workshops



Lunch & Dinner purchases available with advance purchase

The menu can be viewed here.


As an alternative, there is a small store with a limited deli menu several miles from the park.


If you pack your own meals, please join us in the food tent. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow participants.


We are asking all participants to be vaccinated  & masked.


* Schedule subject to change


2021 Beginner's Sampler Registration


Separate registration for each person please!

Two ways to register:

1. Print out attached pdf file and mail to: Huntingdon County Arts Council, PO Box 216, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

2. Or pay by credit card below.













Beginner's Sampler Options

Contact us: (814) 643-6220 • info@folkgathering.com