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Other things we do at Meadowood...


Meadowood's proprietors believe that when people MAKE music they grow in special and important ways.  

With music, children do better in school, adults make new friendships more easily and elders remain more mentally active. For these reasons, Meadowood does more than sell and service instruments and give lessons.  

Meadowood creates opportunities for people to play music with and for each other.

COVID-19 temporarily interrupted many things. Please contact us at 610-916-1285 to verify our current status.

One of the first summer open mics in the back yard at Meadowood
Open Mics

Meadowood has hosted open since 1998, at first in the Kutztown Park Bandshell, then on the back porch of Meadowood's original location (233 West Main Street, Kutztown). In 2005, when the store moved to Blandon, the open mic moved there. In 2018, Meadowood joined with Clay on Main to host year-long, indoor open mics at 313 Main Street, Oley: 1st Monday each month, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.


Robin Bullock has graced Meadowood sponsored concert stages several times

Partnering with other local businesses, music non-profits, dinner theatres, restaurants and social clubs, Meadowood helps to make live music available and accessible by bringing artists including celtic string wizard Robin Bullock, hammered dulcimer great Ken Kolodner, singer-songwriter Dean Smith and others to the area. 


Craig Thatcher, Rich Starkey and Mark Cosgrove have all been featured at Meadowood's Martin guitar clinics

Through two types of clinics at the store and at other local businesses' facilities, Meadowood gives musicians opportunities to learn from master players (technical clinics) and to see and play instruments that are not usually in stock (product clinics).


Bob Entler, East Side Dave Kline, Larry Swanson and Jay Lehrbach jamming at Meadowood

Meadowood hosts a Bluegrass jam with fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM. We hope to resurrect a "Classical string jam" which COVID interrupted on the 2nd Thursday of the month (violin, viola, cello, and bass) .


This way to the Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival

Music festivals abound in the area surrounding Meadowood Music. Meadowood promotes those events to the public and, whenever possible, actively supports and sponsors festivals.  Three festivals that Meadowood sponsors include the Early Bird Fiddle Festival at the Berks Heritage Center, the Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival at Maiers' Grove and the Berks Fiddle Festival at Bear Creek (formerly the Lyons Fiddle Fest).


Friends and family support students in music recital

Many students look forward to a recital as an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments.  Meadowood's teachers organize occasional recitals for their students, providing a facility, emcee services and accompaniment.  Meadowood's teachers also view the open mics (see above) as a recital opportunity for students and often come to play with students in the open mics.


People frequently ask us for referrals to musicians who can perform at weddings, parties, corporate events. Meadowood is fortunate to be in the midst of a community of very talented local musicians. We cannot possibly create links to every musician, ensemble and band, we do have links to those with which we have the most contact.


Berks County Art by Joan Shaver at valleydeutschfolkart
Connections to Local Musicians
Mike and Paula perform together - sometimes as a duo, sometimes with friends
Mike & Paula Perform

Mike and Paula founded Meadowood Music with the belief that sharing music makes life better, that virtuoso performance is breathtaking, but does not replace music that people make together or live music that people share in intimate settings. Mike and Paula perform acoustic music, singing and playing guitar mandolin, fiddle, bass and banjo pretty much anything that strikes their fancy.


Roger hosted Meadowood's inaugural evening for Furch guitars
Special Events

Meadowood hosts open house events for familiar well-known product lines and to introduce new product lines. At these special promotional events, people get a chance to try things out and share them with other enthusiasts. Often the manufacturers have clinicians at the events. Almost always, the events include refreshments. Each event is a "petting zoo" for instruments & accessories.



Articles that Meadowood wrote or was mentioned in
Articles about & by Meadowood 

We have the privilage of working with a lot of wonderful people to do a lot of really rewarding stuff.  Sometimes a newspaper, web site, blog or magazine publishes an article about something in which we are involved.  We present a few here.



Selection and care tips for stringed instruments
Selection & Care Tips for Stringed Instruments

Carefully kept, your instrument can be an heirloom that lasts for generations.  Simple steps will help keep your instrument in prime playing condition for you and those who come after you.  



Save with special discounts and coupons
Special Discount Offers & Coupons

We sometimes post special discount offers and coupons here on our site.  Visit often to save $$$



Past issues of Meadowood News - since March 2016
March 2016 - Now
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