Dulcimore therapy

(Morning Journal/Tom Giambroni)

Earl Whitehill of Hookstown, Pa., takes a break from playing his dulimore on the front porch of the trading post in the pioneer village at Beaver Creek State Park. Whitehill and his wife, Alice, who also plays the dulcimore, were there on Saturday for a Village Comes Alive event hosted by Friends of Beaver Creek State Park. The Whitehills have been playing the traditional Appalachian string instrument for more than 30 years, which is how they met. This was Earl’s first performance since spending two weeks in the hospital. “Getting out and playing for people is the best medicine,” Alice said. Earl agreed. “Anyone can come by and see me trying to figure out a couple more hot licks on this. That’s what makes life worth waking up for,” he said.