Community invited to enjoy love of fiddling

January 24, 2012

From left, Tami Curtis, and Ken and Martha Neville from the Rovin’ Fiddlers play at the Railroad Depot in June 2009. Contributed

Fiddle music is filling the air in Issaquah and beyond. Two locally based bands aim to bring joy to the public through fiddle music.

Rovin’ Fiddlers was formed in the summer of 2008 and consists of six to eight regular members, ages ranging from 40s to 60s. Besides performing at senior centers, retirement homes and the farmers market in Issaquah, they also rove around the greater Seattle area.

“Our group was originally called the Firehouse Fiddlers … but we changed it because we move around the local area to perform,” said Ken Neville, the group’s coordinator, who has lived in Issaquah since 1972.

Other regular band members include Ken’s wife, Martha, Tami Curtis and David Edfeldt, all of Issaquah.

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To market, to market

April 6, 2010

Issaquah Farmers Market returns for 20th season

A cornucopia of produce, flowers and arts and crafts will return when the Issaquah Farmers Market opens for a 20th season April 10.

The market will welcome visitors at Pickering Barn for a 12th year. The opening day will feature the usual reunions between longtime vendors and customers, as well as entertainment.

Mayor Ava Frisinger will greet customers and vendors at the market in a 10 a.m. speech. Firehouse Fiddlers, a group based in the Issaquah Highlands, will perform from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The local market predates other Eastside farmers markets by several years. Dorothy Knitter and John Whitaker opened the market two decades ago at Gibson Hall. Organizers set up the earliest markets at a handful of sites in downtown Issaquah.

The market relocated throughout downtown in the early years, and settled at Pickering Barn a dozen years ago. The city upgraded the frontier-era barn after the market settled there.

But this year, the market will reopen without a familiar face. Market Manager Dave Sao departed last year when, as a cost-cutting measure, the city offered severance packages to longtime employees. Read more