Fiddlers! 18 hits the stage in Roxbury on Oct. 9

Roxbury — Fiddlers! is the oldest celebration dedicated to the fiddling traditions of the Catskill Mountains and North America and Fiddlers!18 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 from noon until 7:30 p.m. at The Roxbury Arts Center’s Hilt Kelly Hall.

The Fiddlers! festival, an annual fall event in Roxbury since Hilt Kelly Hall was dedicated in 1994, celebrates the artistry of musicians whose playing styles originate from family heritage and community tradition. Hilt Kelly taught nearly every Catskill fiddler and had broad influence in the fiddle styles that eventually evolved in the Catskills.

Fiddling has existed in Canada, as it has in the United States, since the time of the earliest European settlements in the New World. New York fiddling doesn’t have a style you can label like Cajun, Cape Breton or Klezmer, but the style is very much associated with square dancing and square dance calling. Fiddlers! 18 pays homage to its New York heritage with a square dance called by Hilt Kelly from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. preceded by a short square dance lesson beginning at noon.

The dance is followed by a concert featuring Hilt Kelly and the SideKicks, The Tremperskill Boys, George Wilson with Selma Kaplan and  Lissa Scheckenburger with Bethany Waickman.
Fiddlers!18 wraps up the day with an All-Star Jam session from 5:30-7 p.m. open to all, so if you play an instrument, bring it along. There will be great food and drink available from noon until 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7.50 for children under 12 and free for all firemen. Just show your credentials at the door for free admission, food and drink, all day long. The Roxbury Arts Group would like to thank our local firemen in this small way for giving, and doing, so much for our flood ravaged communities in the wake of Hurricanes Irene and Lee.