Adult Fiddle Camp Jam Session
May 15 to 18, 2019
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Fiddling is a lifelong pursuit, a hobby and for some a way of life. Come join in this great pastime!
The Adult Fiddle Camp runs from Wednesday, May 15 to Saturday, May 18. Fee for the adult camp is $280.
LOCATION: Bethel is small hamlet of 122 people (2010 U.S. Census) nestled in the rolling farm land in Shelby County, Northeast Missouri. It's an ideal location for studying the old tunes and immersing yourself in its history.
Where is Bethel Missouri
The town was founded as a utopian colony in 1844 by Dr Wilhelm Keil, a Prussian-born preacher. He and his followers, who were almost exclusively German immigrants to America, believed that the Christians should hold all property and means of production in common and they organized their Colony accordingly. No longer a religious organization, the Colony organization exists now to insure the preservation of the many historic buildings, of which Bethel is "chock-full". These historic structures from the 1800 along with the performance "barn" serve as the teaching spaces.
Wilhelm Keil
Wilhelm Keil - One severe old 19th Century dude,
but he doesn't come to camp anymore.
Adults are housed in the numerous B&B's about town and take meals there or in the Fest Hall, as available. Camping, both primitive and RV is available, too. There are motels, too, but require a little driving each day. Contact Wendy below for more info.

Sumptuous stick-to-your-ribs Midwestern farm fare is served in the Bethel German Colony Fest Hall restaurant or at Smokin' J's restaurant in downtown Bethel.
Angie Lennie from Iowa and a former Bethel camper she brings not only her talent, but a background of experience and tunes learned at former camps from some of the best Masters in the field. She's traveled the United States taking old time music to audiences of all ages at festivals, fairs, concerts, dances, schools, libraries, camps, radio and TV programs
Mickey Soltys has been playing and accompanying Missouri-style fiddle for over 30 years. He appears on a legendary recording of Missouri master Pete McMahan Ozark Mountain Waltz. In 2014 Mickey won the prestigious Illinois State Fiddle Championship at Effingham, IL. Mickey will be teaching in the Adult Camp.
Charlie Walden is a co-founder of Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers Association and a co-founder of the Bethel Youth Fiddle Camp. He has been playing for over 40 years and has performed in concert, dances and other venues on three continents!
REGISTRATION: Ok, enough about how cool the Bethel Fiddle Camp is...HOW DO YOU REGISTER???
Just click the links below to print out the forms and information you need and send to the address indicated.
Adult Camp Registration Form
Adult Camp Schedule
Adult Camp Jam Tune List
CONTACT: For more information contact

Wendy Brumbaugh (

Camp Director

Historic Bethel German Colony

127 North Main

Bethel, MO  63434


Mo Arts Council Logo This event is sponsored by the Historic Bethel German Colony, private donations and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
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