(August 27, 2021, Woodstock, NY) It is with great regret that we must cancel this year’s Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, October 22 – 24, 2021. We have tried to move ahead with planning for a greatly reduced gathering, but the continuing coronavirus pandemic situation in the United States makes it obvious that to try and hold the Luthiers Showcase in October would be ill-advised. The health and safety of all must be our primary concern, and we would be unable to offer the full experience and quality presentation that the community has come to expect from WILS.
With thanks for the understanding and cooperation of our venue the Bearsville Center, our Premier Sponsor Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and our supporting Sponsors the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans & Guitarmaker Magazine, Bourgeois Guitars, D’Addario & Co., Fishman, Inc., Guitar Player Magazine, Heritage Insurance, C. F. Martin & Co., Take A Stand, Inc., WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts, and Yamaha Guitar Group!
Special thanks and acknowledgement must go to our incredible Team WILS Production Partners: Sharon Klein, Music Coordinator; Lu Ann Bielawa, Events & Volunteers Coordinator; Mark Heller, Showcase Development & Social Media; Stuart Mono, Publisher and Database Manager.For further news, updates and announcements, please Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/WoodstockInvitational, and/or sign up for our Mailing List here: www.woodstockinvitational.com/contact.shtml
Luthier Eric Weigeshoff, Skytop Guitars, New Paltz, NY, www.skytopguitars.com has donated a very special, custom, handmade acoustic guitar for a charity raffle to benefit, primarily, Family of Woodstock, Inc. www.familyofwoodstockinc.org, with Planned Parenthood and the Ulster County (NY) SPCA as additional beneficiaries. Details to be announced.
Thanks to Larry Campbell, Tim Farrell, Sharon Klein, Kinloch Nelson, Happy Traum, and Yasmin Williams, who have generously recorded the following demonstration videos on the instrument.
The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an annual acoustic guitar festival for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting a gathering of the finest handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world!
Woodstock, NY is the internationally known art and music community with a deep pool of notable local talent. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, October is peak autumn foliage season in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.