She said the instrument was popular in the 1700s but has started making a comeback because of festivals such as the Vandalia Gathering.
Sitting on the dulcimer was a credit card cut into a triangle, which she used to tune the instrument as the group prepared to play another song.
Darryl and Ellen Vance of Charleston were sitting on the grass within listening reach of the Celtic music. Darryl said he and his wife attend the festival for everything it offers -- the music, dancing, crafts.
Ellen said she likes to come to the Vandalia Gathering for "the chance to see people doing things they don't do anymore."
They'd just finished eating corn on the cob from a Knights of Columbus booth, and Darryl said that was the extent of their participation in the event.
"We eat the food," he said.
Sunday's schedule for the Vandalia Gathering is packed from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with concerts, dancing performances and contests. Highlights include:
Reach Alison Matas at alison.ma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.