NEWS and TIDBITS for OCTOBER 2002

 

The Central New York Bluegrass Association is proud to kick off the 2002-2003 season with their first bi-monthly Jamboree on Sunday, October 27, 2002 from 2-6pm at the Baptist Church - Cornerstone Coffeehouse - on Liberty Street, Weedsport, NY (from the thruway - Exit 40 South on Rt 34 -- two blocks past the traffic light in the center of town, turn left and it will be at the end of the street on your left. Also, from Rt. 31, turn left on 34 south in Weedsport - left on Liberty Street). Donation $5 and children 16 and under free with an adult. Refreshments available. Handicap accessible ñsmoke free. Entertaining will be:

THE LOST BOYS

One of Central New York's foremost groups will perform for the CNYBA for the first time in over five years. Well known for their original compositions and traditional bluegrass offerings, this group includes:

John Cadley on guitar, lead vocal and harmony; Paul Wakker on bass, lead and harmony vocals; Mark Alnatt providing the punch on banjo and harmony vocals and Henry Jankiewicz completing the group with fiddle.

Their CD release of original material, "Middle of Nowhere" was given a Highlight review by Bluegrass unlimited in 2001. Don't miss the opportunity to hear a really great group performing our favorite music.

Bring your instruments - rooms to jam - "Pick-up" groups may play between sets. For information, contact: Jacqui McCarthy at 315-689-3545 or jacqui@dreamscape.com

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PARTY TIME!

Again this year, for our Christmas Party, we have been offered a fabulous buffet at the beautiful Orchard Vali Golf Club, 4693 Route 20, LaFayette, NY (one mile west of the Apple Festival Grounds) on December 8, 2002 from 3 - 7PM. The buffet will include peel and eat shrimp, fruit salad, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, potatoes, vegetable du jour, seafood newburg, roast beef, turkey, chicken tortellini, baked ziti, dessert bar, coffee, tea and juice. All this for $16.00 per person - $6.50 for children 5 -11 and under 5, free. Mark your calendar for another great Christmas Party! Entertainment and reservation slip will be in Novemberís newsletter.

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In September, a congratulations was extended to Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese for being asked to return to Rosine, KY and participate in the 1st Annual Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass celebration, on Bill Monroeís homestead. Their experience there will be remembered forever..... They met and spoke with many people, such as Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, Curly Seckler, Uncle Dave Dougherty, Mike Seeger and Russell Wilson, and more. During the final Friday night set, Campbell Mercer brought Joe and Sherri on stage and introduced them to the audience, informing them about their song "The Old Man Has Gone" and the circumstances of how Joe and Sherri were there. Their next thrill was to have The Cumberland Highlanders (consisting of 4 former Bluegrass Boys - Jimmy Campbell, Tater Tate, Wayne Lewis and Butch Robbins - along with Campbell Mercer, Jack Kincaid and Roy Lee Centers, Jr. - back them up. While they played, they could look through the trees and see the lighted home of Bill Monroe's childhood (what a feeling!). As they were leaving the stage, Campbell Mercer called to them and asked them if they would return the following night and sing their song again. While backstage, a newspaper reporter (and Historian for the Homestead) did an interview about them and their song. Their Saturday night set was wonderful because the band was more familiar with the song. As they were leaving, Campbell stated that they were great songwriters and that Sherri was a great tenor singer. Congratulations to both of you.

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WELCOME:

Harriet Frigan - Central Square, NY

Gary Evans - Skaneateles, NY

Christopher J Houle - Clinton, NY

The Central New York Bluegrass Assoc., Inc. is happy to have you as a member.

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I was very sad to be informed that "Bonz's Bluegrass" on WSCP will no longer be sending us our favorite music. I hope you all listened to him on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 -11am for his last broadcast as he said it was going to be "real good".

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

OCTOBER 11, 12 & 13: Apple festival

NOVEMBER 24: Jam Session at Masonic Lodge, Cato -- 2:00pm, $2 donation--Refreshments will be available.

DECEMBER 8: Christmas Party at Orchard Vali Golf Club

FEBRUARY 23: Bi-Monthly Jamboree--Orchard Vali Golf Club

JULY 31 - AUGUST 1, 2, & 3, 2003: 5th Annual CNTBA Apple Valley Bluegrass Festival

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Jacqueline (Jacqui) McCarthy has a new CD out, called Courting and Trees. There are 15 beautiful songs on this CD which radiates all the artists' aptitudes. For information please contact: Jacqui McCarthy, 1017 Gorham Road, Elbridge, NY 13060 or 315-689-3545 or jacqui@dreamscape.com.

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YES! We will be holding our 5th Annual Apple Valley Bluegrass Festival the first weekend in August 2003. The exact dates are yet to be decided (not as stated in our September newsletter), at our Nov. 4 festival meeting at the American Legion in Marcellus at 7:00pm. Please come and offer some input or else tell an officer or board member your thoughts and they will be discussed.

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For all of our bluegrass lovers who have computers----here are some very interesting sites to check on:

http://www.mandolincafe.com/monroe/intex.html - Bill Monroe fans

http://www.bluegrasslyrics.com - Bluegrass lyrics

http://www.northernbluegrass.com

http://www.bluegrasscountry.org/

http://www.acousticguitar.com

http://www.oldsongs.org/

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Many thanks to Jack Burns who returned his winnings from the 50/50 drawn at the September meeting.

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There will be a festival 2003 meeting at the American Legion in Marcellus at 7:00PM on November 4, 2002. There are many new ideas to share -- come and offer your input. Remember, this is YOUR festival!

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MEDINA STONE FARM: Bed and breakfast and Parlor Theater. 255 W Gravel Road, Rt 63, Medina, NY 14103. Information: 585-798-9238: fax: 585-798-1907: email: info@medinastonefarm.com. Seasonal events -- weekend getaway pkg.

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LUCKY'S LITTLE THRIFT AND GIFT: Rt 48, Minetto, NY (right next door to Rogers Meat Market). Old and new merchandise as well as antiques. Owned by Joy Crouch and Cheryl Pritchard, in memory of their Mother Lucinda "Lucky" Jodway. Stop in and browse and say "Hi" and join us in a few songs.

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Bill Light sends his heartfelt thanks for the many expressions of sympathy he received from his friends, and especially his dear CNYBA friends, in the loss of his dear Mother. All this brought much comfort to him and his family at this time of trouble.

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Many, many thanks to Vernon and Olive Loucks for their generous endowment of $1000 to CNYBA.

Your physical as well as monetary donations to our organization are deeply appreciated. Your "bluegrass family" appreciates you very much.

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Again this year we thank Carol Grant for her $300 donation toward the hiring of Low Profile Band from Virginia. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

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Our constitution is in need of being amended and we need a small committee to do this. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please let Bob Hayden know and arrangements will be made soon after for a place for the meeting. Bob would also like a volunteer to type up the new constitution being that the old one is quite faded. Thank you.

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Who would like to be a musician coordinator to handle the requests we receive from various organizations for someone to play at their doings? Please let Bob know. Thank you.

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Our website www.cnyba.com is full of interesting news and is most enjoyable. Don't forget to check on it often!

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Ramblin' with Helen By Helen Weldon

I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather, and pray it holds right through the Apple Festival weekend. Of course my mother-in-law always said "Indian Summer" hadn't come until all her gardening was done, and I can assure you some years in her thoughts it never came. Anyway, each day enjoyed is one that can't ever be taken away from you.

It was wonderful seeing Olive Loucks at our September meeting and a sincere THANKS to both Vernon and Olive for the donation of $1,000 to our association.

Also a big THANK YOU to Gen. and Mrs. Bob Purple and the Edward Cranston Family for their "extra" donation included with their renewals; and to each of you who included a SASE to return your dues card in. With the raise in postage it is a big help, and might be one of the deciding factors in the up-coming discussion on the possibility of having to raise our yearly dues - something I'd hate to see have to happen.

Harold Ferguson sent a note with his renewal saying he is gaining slowly and hopes to be strong enough to make the Christmas party. I think a "Thinking of You" card or note to: PO Box 51, Alton, NY 14413 might brighten his days.

I received an email from Bill Knowlton regarding the passing of Carol Rumph on August 31st. I'm sure many of you know her - a longtime member and hard worker of the Adirondack Bluegrass League. Her funeral was Sept. 2nd at the Densmore's funeral Home in Cornith, and donations may be sent to the ABL or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her daughter Carol Wright and husband live in Hawaii.

When Perry Cleaveland renewed he included a note regarding the passing of his aunt and his mother's sister, Adell Ormsby. Many of us remember Archie Ormsby, Adell's late husband who passed away in 1991. I sent a sympathy card to Maxine and had a message from her verifying that indeed Archie was the one who had taped every Bluegrass Ramble Radio Show and went with our dear departed Dave to many, many bluegrass festivals and events. As Maxine said, she will miss her sister who now lives in southern Indiana. Please send a card or note to Maxine at: 214 E Oakley Drive, Syracuse, NY 13205.

How many of you saw the big write-up and picture of former member of CNYBA and late Lyndon Leeís band, Bob Piekiel in the 9/15 issue of the Post Standard? Bob has switched from a banjo buff to an astronomy buff, and conducts programs at various times at Baltimore Woods in Marcellus, sharing views from his prized 22 inch telescope. The next program is October 11th, if you want to go and enjoy "Barefoot Bob's" party with the stars.

Expressions of sympathy were sent to Peg and Jerry Miller on the passing of Peg's father, Howard Lawrence on 9/14/02. They stopped for breakfast in Cato on the 8th and were expecting the news anytime. Her mother passed away earlier this year and it made it hard as their home was in Hendersonville, NY. There will be a Memorial Service for both on Sat., October 12, 11AM at the Eastwood Baptist Church with burial to follow in the Pulaski cemetery. Please take a moment to send a card to them at 6290 Pottery Road, Warners, NY 13164. You both are in our thoughts and prayers.

Many thanks to "Soc" Nellis for his kind words regarding my being presented the Irene Thurston Award. You are much too kind! He also told me about his wife Jan having a complete knee replacement on July 15th and is slowly making progress through lots of therapy. This curtailed his bluegrass for the summer, but there will be others. On a much happier note, "Soc" celebrated his 80th birthday on Sept 12th and one of his most prized gifts was a beautiful bound copy of his World War 11 Memoirs (the ones that none of you apparently wanted to read), all typed on computer from his niece in Florida. Having read the rough copy, I can truly understand how much this gift must mean to him; and as he said will always treasure it so much. He also included a book of 20 stamps as his way of helping our cause. Thanks so much "Soc". You are a true bluegrass fan to us all. A belated "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and may you enjoy many more. I ! sent a "thinking of you" card to Jan and a birthday card to "Soc" from the association.

Please keep news items coming my way (to ensure a Rambliní' each month) ... and until next time, do you know: What is the only food that doesnít spoil? (Answer next month!)

Helen

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Please mark your calendars for July 31, August 1 & 2, 2003 for our 5th Apple Valley Bluegrass Festival ---more to follow.


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