Forty-seven students in the Sperreng Fiddlers group, which includes Sperreng and Truman middle school students, and Lindbergh High School fiddler alums, traveled with their families to Northern Indiana Sept. 24-25 to participate in the 44th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. The ‘Feast’ is an 18th Century reenactment that typically draws more than 25,000 people daily.
Even with the threat of rain, these young musicians from St. Louis kept their fiddle tunes upbeat along the banks of the Wabash River. For two days in a row, their rendition of “Amazing Grace” stopped the rain and brought out the sun. The students and their families explored the nearly 200 vendors spread over the 30 acres of the Fort Ouiatenon grounds, where they learned a little about the history of the land and its residents. The group also played for residents at a nearby senior center – an annual tradition.
Upcoming colonial fiddler performances by the Sperreng Fiddlers will be at 12 p.m. Dec. 5, at the Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis, and at 1 p.m. May 20 in Frontier Park in Old St. Charles for the annual Lewis and Clark Heritage Days.
In addition, a small group of Advanced Fiddlers from 2010-11 performed at the Ulysses S. Grant Historic site on Saturday, Sept. 17 for the unveiling ceremony of two Civil War era cannons. The cannons may be viewed by the public at the Ulysses S Grant Historic site located off of Gravois, across from Grant’s Farm.