Fiddle dee dee


Strings filled Hutch Court Sunday afternoon as fiddlers, guitarists, banjoists, and harmonica players jammed on folk tunes—"Rocky Top," "Louis Collins," and other standards—at the U of C Folklore Society's Fiddler's Picnic. Beginning at noon, the event featured students performing a traditional rapper dance, involving flexible swords, and old-time fiddlers performing. Listeners, meanwhile, laid blankets on the grass or sat at tables to chow down home-brought picnics, while the Folklore Society offered a catered spread. At 4:30 the group—grown cold on the sunny, 50-degree day—moved inside the Reynolds Club's Hallowed Grounds Coffee Shop to hear local bluegrass band Devil in a Woodpile cap off the harmonious affair.


Photo: One group plays near Mandel Hall while another jams in the center of Hutch Court.

May 22, 2006