Attention dulcimer community friends: Please help me spread the word that Dulcimer Players News magazine has a new owner/editor. Angie and I are stepping down and have passed the keys to Ashley Ernst.
Ashley is a former journalist, editor, and middle school English teacher. She and her husband live on a farm in central Missouri, surrounded by pastures and woods, and bordered by Perche Creek. They raise beef cattle and keep a dairy cow, sheep, and chickens. Ashley plays hammered and mountain dulcimer with two groups: Show MeDulcimer Club in Fulton, Missouri, and CoMo Dulcimers in Columbia, Missouri. Like many of the dulcimer players she has met, she discovered the instruments later in life.
When Madeline MacNeil passed the reins to Angie and me 12 years ago, she took great care in assuring we were a good fit to carry on the tradition. We feel the same about Ashley. She's all about building community and reminds me why I love the people I've gotten to know in this role. Ashley's excited to get to know you all, too. We're working together to produce the holiday issue that will arrive in your homes in early November. After that, I'll be doing what Maddie did when she handed us the keys; playing more music and tackling a stack of music-related projects.
Angie and I have been working on finding a new editor for well over a year. I was hesitant during this time to push marketing campaigns for new subscribers. A magazine's new owner inherits the responsibility of fulfilling existing subscriptions, so it is better for the buyer if the numbers are down a bit. It's time to push them back up. Please join me in showing Ashley this community's love and support by renewing or starting a subscription right now. It's quick and easy at www.dpnews.com. Let's flood her with new subscribers and advertisers.
I'll be promoting DPN more visibly than ever, and I hope you will, too. The updated DPN contact information is below. Ashley might be outside milking a cow or helping birth a calf (I've witnessed a bit of this process myself), so leave her a message if she can't pick up, or drop her an email. Please share this message far and wide. ~ Dan Landrum
Dulcimer Players News
PO Box 94
Harrisburg, MO 65256