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With a Special Performance by The Limber Jack

Photo Feature by Hoag Levins

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HADDONFIELD, N.J. (Dec. 15, 2002) -- A tradition within an annual holiday tradition, the Sugar Sand Ramblers once again were the featured group of the Indian King Tavern Museum's 8th annual "Music of Christmas" festival yesterday. The Medford group specialises in music as it was played in the Colonial era. Hear a short sample of their performance. The Ramblers consist of fiddler Joseph Dennison, dulcimer player Carol Ann Sweet, mandolinist Alan Chambers, guitarist Milton Kennedy and base fiddler, Jim Sweet.

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A special guest at this year's event was the "limber jack" (above, left), an 18th-century musical instrument that clacked out rhythmn with its feet as it visually entertained as a dancing doll. Listen to Carol Ann Sweet explain the limber jack.. Then hear the limber jack perform as a percussion instrument in the song, "Up Jumped the Devil." Above, right, is Jim Sweet on bass fiddle.

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Meanwhile, in the candlelit front dining room of the tavern museum, Bridget Highet strummed out haunting carols on an Irish harp while, in another of the three dining rooms, the Tapestry Dulcimer Troupe also performed. Christmas decorations in the 252-year-old tavern were sparse this year, with the most colorful one hung on the front door -- a gift from the Waynesboro, Pa., Historical Society.

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