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Making Tuneful Noise in Quiet Valley

Emmaus-based banjo picker Mark Bolton and dulcimer player Norm Williams, along with other area musicians, brought traditional and old-time music to the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg recently.

The living history site hosted this free event as part of the Lehigh Valley Passport to History Month. Posted throughout the park, acoustic troubadours provided historical soundtracks to visitors as they learned about the homestead’s past.

Toward the end of the day, the talented individual players gathered together for a jam session. Several of them get together to share tunes at monthly jam sessions held at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley Old Time Jammers gatherings at Upper Milford Mennonite Church in Zionsville.

Participating historic and cultural sites in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding counties opened their doors to the public with free tours, activities and programs for visitors of all ages this summer.

PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIER Local folk musicians bring their fiddles, banjos, Appalachian dulcimers and a hammer dulcimer for a jam session at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. Pictured are, left to right: Mary Kae Coy, of Boyertown, Dave Reber, of Allentown, Jim Heck, of Easton, Jonah Talbott, of Hamilton Township, Norm Williams and Mark Bolton, of Emmaus and Kim Jennings, of Bangor.
Emmaus resident Mark Bolton picks out an old- time tune on his fretless gourd banjo among the barns and outbuildings at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm recently.