November 2014 Bluegrass In The Mohawk Valley Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Associations Newsletter Greetings All, We had a great turnout for the Oct jam. Thank you all for entertaining the audience. Breakfast and lunch went well and we all had a good time. By now those of you with enough interest know that Octobers election was an effort in futility. We had one nomination for 5 year directorship (Dick Satterly) and our secretary (Pat Barden) has agreed to another term. Both were nominated, seconded and elected. The other positions (Pres, Vice-Pres and Treasurer) had no nominations. The hall was strangely silent and no names were forthcoming. It was decided by popular vote to postpone the election until The Nov 15th meeting. A nominating committee was chosen and agreed to find candidates for the positions and present them at that time. Committee consists of Dick Satterly, Pat Barden and Joe Mossbackfan. If anyone is interested these are the folks to contact. At the November meeting "Election to be held at 10:30 AM with regular meeting immediately following." Til next time, Keep the grass blue! Bill MESSAGE FROM NOMINATING COMMITTEE Clique. A noun, pronounced "click." According to my dictionary, a small, exclusive, somewhat select, sometimes snobbish, group or circle of people, who share a common interest or background In our case, our interest in Bluegrass and Old Time music. We have been accused of being a "click", although that may not always be a bad thing. Are we snobs? I can only speak for myself, but I think not. Are we exclusive? Maybe to some people's opinions we are, but in general, again, I think not. Are we select? I am going to stick my neck out a little bit and say," We are selected, and elected, by the General Membership of MVBGA." As most of you already know, I have been President of MVBGA in the past. In 2012 I stepped aside to let someone else take the reins. On October 18th of this year I was elected to a 5-year term as a Director of MVBGA. I am back to work with the team. I am not running away, or accusing anyone else of running away. I still have a genuine, sincere interest in helping MVBGA continue to be the fun organization that is, was, and will continue to be. The directing of MVBGA is not always fun, as we are finding out, but, as in all of our lives, sometimes we have to take the bitter with the sweet. MVBGA will survive this "bump in the road." Do not believe that MVBGA is falling apart and will disband. I believe there are some dedicated, concerned people out there who will step forward and help out MVBGA in our time of need. We need nominees for President, Vice-President and Treasurer. To quote Nominating Committee memberJoe Mossbackfan, "We need some new", (or old,) "blood." To paraphrase a song: "We'll Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends" Come join the "click" And the fun. :) Dick Satterly, Director, and Nominating Committee Member, MVBGA Page 1 Bluegrass Jam’s On the 2nd Thursday night of each month at the “Forestport Presbyterian Church Hall” Woodhull Rd. Forestport. 5:30-6:30 soup & sandwich with a free will offering, Jams are from 6:30-9:30 PM. Every Second Saturday 10 AM till 3 PM CNYBA Jam September to May (in December Christmas party same day in Marcellus) Lamson Road Community Church 2259 Lamson Road Phoenix, NY 13135 (315) 695-4751 Combination Board/Membership meeting 1 pm The Second Friday of every month Gospel Jam in Bernard’s Bay as been canceled. Every Sunday - 1 PM 3142 Pompey Center Rd, Manlius, NY Come to Kellish Hill Farm starting at 1:00 pm for Country, Gospel, Bluegrass music. Bring an instrument or just come to listen. We have a pot luck dinner with everyone bringing a dish to pass. We are located at 3192 Pompey Center Rd, Manlius New York, just 1/2 mile north of Route 20. For information, call Kathy Kellish at 315-682-1578. Check out our website: http://KellishHillFarm.com MVBGA regular meetings and Jam Sessions are on the third Saturday of each month beginning in September and continued to the Third Saturday of May and are held at the Stittville Fire Department, (9069 Main St. Stittville, NY). Jam session starts at 8 am and runs to 3 pm. All are welcomed, listeners as well as players that want to jam. No experience necessary, we welcome any one from beginners to professionals. Need help with your instrument come and ask questions, there is always someone willing to help. The MVBGA Meeting starts at 11 am all are welcomed to attend. The Stittville Fire Department starts breakfast at 8 am with lunch starting at 11am. Keep Bluegrass Music Pure “Play Acoustic” Welcome New Member Richard Deneve - Pennellville, NY Joe Towsley Hand Crafted Custom Guitars Repairs (All Makes and Models) If it has strings we’ll build it or fix it! Includes: Fretwork Neck resets Body repairs Tuner replacements and upgrades Bridge and nut replacements Complete setups of any stringed instrument (To your specifications) Every Friday - 7PM American Legion Ralph Share Post 297, 13 E Main Street, Marcellus, New York 13108 Everyone is welcome at the longest running jam in Central New York!! Info: Jack Burns, 315-673-1844 or Sam and Marion 315-673-2329 $2 charge per person: under 16 free Most Saturday Nights at the Parish NY Fire Department Round and Square Dance and Jamfest - 6 to 10 pm Presented by "Members of a Country Club" Suggested donation $5 per couple; $3 single; musicians free Bring snacks or non-alcoholic beverages to share if you like (coffee, tea and bottled water provided) Get on their email list to get monthly details. [email protected] We also do custom inlay. 9389 St Rt 26 Lee Center, NY 13363 315-334-9788 E Mail – [email protected] Joseph Towsley Luthier Page 2 Mandolin, Guitar, Bass Lessons At your pace! • Beginners • Advanced Beginners • Inter mediate Contact Information Bill Fahy [email protected] (315) 336-3390 • Bluegrass, Old Time, Fol k st yles • Rhythm Playing and vocal accompanying • Lead and Improvisation • Fiddle Tunes LESSONS HELD IN MY HOME Bill Fahy has over 20 years of playing and performing on mandolin, guitar and Bass AT A RATE OF $25 PER HOUR. “I’ll work with you to design a program that will accomplish your goals, and we’ll work at a pace and level that is comfortable, but will lead to improved playing” Thank you for your support of the MVBGA. OFFICERS President Bill Woeltje (315) 271-4567 5474 Taberg Lee Center Road, Lee Center, NY 13363 [email protected] Vice President William E. Smith (315)-865-4520 7374 Davis Rd. Rome, NY13440 [email protected] Secretary Pat Barden (315) 826-3126 226 Christmas Rd, Ohio, NY 13324 [email protected] Treasurer Tim Wolff (315) 245-0153 10295 Howard Ave, Camden, NY 13316 [email protected] Directors Term Expires Joann Satterly (315) 942- 2854 10/2014 [email protected] Brian McFadden (315) 826-3126 10/2015 [email protected] Norman Fey (315) 942-4763 10/2016 [email protected] George Harrington (607) 282-4203 10/2017 [email protected] Mark Williams (315) 576-1974 10/2018 [email protected] Dick Satterly Membership Chairman. Please check the date on your Membership Card for the Expiration Date, and renew. You’re MEMBERSHIP and SUPPORT of MVBGA is Appreciated. Also if you receive your newsletter by Snail Mail Please check the date next to your mailing address for your membership to the MVBGA, which should be highlighted if renewal is due. Send all new memberships, renewals & questions to: Dick Satterly (315) 942 2854 215 Schuyler St., Boonville, N.Y. 13309 [email protected] Please make out your check out to Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Assoc. To help with postage costs, please include a Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope so your Membership Card can be mailed to you. Picky people prefer Bluegrass A NOTE FROM THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR If there is anything that you would like to have inserted in the newsletter please submit it at least one week before the first of each month for consideration. Electronic format is appreciated. Please also be aware due to space limits the size of the newsletter is a factor when publishing. Every effort will be done to place your FULL article in the requested month, however, some articles may need to be placed in the following months’ newsletter. Email [email protected] Fax 315-865-4520 Phone 315-865-4520 Or mail to: William E. Smith 7374 Davis Rd. 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