Please remember to attend our 3RD ANNUAL CNYBA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, August 2-5, 2001 at the LaFayette NY Apple festival Grounds. We plan on having a great time with lots of bluegrass music, an Open "Mic", A Square Dance put on by the CNY Fiddlers and also a Youth Talent Contest. Let's all meet there and have a super time! See Festivals and Youth Talent application.
"The Silver Anniversary Bluegrass Sampler" is coming! That's right; it's off to Oasis Duplication in Flint Hill, VA and will be here in time for our Festival. There's not enough ways to say thanks to all the
contributing musicians, the CNYBA officers and membership, LaMay Design, Mountain Music, and Bill Knowlton for producing a professional CD like this in record time.
For the whole Stump Hollow gang: "Have a safe, memorable Bluegrass summer. See you in LaFayette." Stump
Congratulations to Bruce Cutler of WLNL-AM 1000 Horseheads--Sundays 2-3PM and WZZZ-AM, 1300
Fulton, 8:00am Sundays for being nominated for the third year to the Gospel Country Music Guild, Memphis, TN with winners to be announced in October 2001. Bruce, we hope you win this year as
you did last year! Good luck from CNYBA.
Ricky Scaggs will be performing on the main stage Harborfest in Oswego on Friday, July 27 at 8:30pm. Thanks to Karl Paisley for the information.
Welcome to new members: LOST TIME band, in the name of Perry Cleaveland, Rochester, and
Charles L. Prosser, Taberg.
Thank you to John VanDusen, festival chairman and all the festival committee members who have been working for many, many months on making arrangements for our festival.
RAMBLIN' WITH HELEN--by Helen Weldon
Well folks, once again the best laid plans of "mice and men" go astray, and mine for attending our picnic sure did. I just couldn't turn down the chance to "roast" my dear friend Sally on her 60th birthday that Sunday; and believe me it was a good one! She only has one 60th and we will have many more picnics, I am sure. Anyways, I hear it was very nice with lots of food, peiple and good music, and that's what counts.
Since my last "visit" I received an email regarding the passing of Donna Walter's mother whom had been suffering from cancer for a long time. A card and note was sent and on June 28th, I received a very nice email message from Donna thanking me for the card and that they plan to see us all at the festival.
I also saw in the paper where Bob Simmons Dad, who was 92 years young, passed away on 6/11/01.
During one of the many phone visits that I enjoy so much with Mary Carr, she said it was announced at a festival that they were at that Smokey Greene's nephew, Chad Goodnow had passed away. Many will remember him playing with Smokey at his festivals.
I was so sorry to hear that Joy Crouch wasn't able to attend the Norwich Festival with Ray. She "picked up" some sort of infection which caused a high fever and she spent a few days in the hospital. I've talked to her, and she assured me she is doing fine, but if her temp starts to go up again, she will "move a bit faster" -- please do Joy, as you are special to all of us.
Thru the amazing invention of e-mail, I learned that Duke Dubbler, the great-grandson of Uncle Dave Macon had been diagnosed with cancer of the tongue. Since Dick and I had the pleasure of entertaining his mother and father in our home several years ago, I have kept in contact with her each year, so wrote to her regarding Duke. She wrote about his chemo and radiation treatments which are to end July 6th, and they are all praying he will be able to make an appearance at the Uncle Dave Macon Days which starts July 13th. She expressed the thought that it is kinda ironic that Uncle Dave died of throat cancer and at the age of 81 and Duke is 47. Uncle Dave drank and smoked and Duke does neither. It goes to show no one is exempt from that dreadful disease. Please keep the Dubbler families in your prayers.
I'm writing the "Ramblin" a little earlier than necessary but want to be sure and get it to Thayle so she can do "her thing" to it and get our July/August newsletter ready prior to her upcoming Dr's. appointment. Since our last issue, her mother has spent time in the hospital but is now back home with Thayle. While her Mom was in the hospital, Thayle's "ticker" decided to "act-up", and she too spent a few days in the hospital. She's back home waiting on "pins and needles" to see what her doctor has planned for her when she goes to see him early in July. Now Thayle, do you suppose becoming a year older had anything to do with it?? Seriously, please keep them both in your thoughts and prayers.
I talked with Betty Hall and the therapy for her hip replacement is coming along fine, but other health problems are keeping her confined. George is very busy, as many others, working on the plans for the benefit on Sat., July 7th for their granddaughter Amy, who is scheduled for a kidney transplant soon. The matched donor is her twin sister's husband. If you couldn't attend the benefit, but would like to donate to this worthy cause, a fund has been set up, and any donations can be sent to: Amy VanHorn fund, % Community Bank, Cato, NY, 13033. Many from our association have volunteered their services and the officers authorized some items to be donated for the use as door or raffle prizes.
I was very sorry to hear via Marion LaMont to Thayle that Dale and Margurite Troup's daughter passed away this past week, after a long illness. The Troups attend our Jamborees and the Friday night Jam sessions at Marcellus. Expressions of sympathy were sent and I know cards would be appreciated --5024 City View Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215-9632. Folks, you are in our thoughts and prayers and may knowing this help ease your sorrow. Thank you Nancy for your very prompt up-date on our website for this benefit.
I hope all of you have sent your advanced order to: Carl Stump, PO Box 14, Hinckley, NY 13325 for your 25 Bluegrass Years "Collector CD". The cost is $12, payable when they are available, which will be at our festival. I am sure this is one CD we will play over and over. Order yours now -- even call Carl at 315-896-3980 and give it to him.
Earlier in the "Ramblin" I told you our Secretary was sitting on "pins and needles" awaiting her doctor's visit for some answers on her "ticker" not behaving. Well, she went on July 2nd and as per usual more tests and more waiting...She will have a stress test on July 13th, and on July 18th she will be fitted with a "harness" monitor to wear for two days, and then perhaps some answers and/or decisions will be made. In the meantime she was told to resume her normal activities. Thayle, we all pray everything will turn our OK; and as you told me - you are still planning on being at the festival, and we all hope you will be too. Take care -- we care.
Well folks, this is my last visit until the end of August, so I'm wishing each of you a wonderful, healthy, fun-filled summer, and one which includes attending our 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival on August 2-5. If the good Lord is willing and the creek doesn't rise, I will see you there.
Until next time, remember -- people are in such a hurry to get to the "good life" that they oftenrush right past it.