Songmakers Stage at Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest

May 20, Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stop by the  Songmakers Stage at Topanga and spend some time playing with your fellow Songmakers! 

Here is the stage leadership line up:

      9:00 Dana and friends
      10:00 Jim Friery and friends
      11:00 TBA
      12:00 Simon Lucas/Dana Charette
      1:00 HorsePlay (TJ & Steve + ?)
      2:00 Dean Donin
      3:00 Gary and Kathy Lynch
      4:00 Gemini (Bruce and Renata)

Additional information about the festival is available at  2018 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival

 

Kenney Grove Memorial Day Campout 2018

Hi all! As most of you are probably aware, Rona LeDoux, who has managed Kenney Grove Park camp ground for 37 years, will retire at the end of June, 2018. She transformed the park into the garden spot it is today while maintaining all the campsites and amenities we so enjoy.

As a token of our appreciation, Sally and Dana Charette will provide a guest book you are encouraged to sign at the Memorial Day camp out. If you would like to donate a cash contribution to Rona’s “retirement fund,” Sally will collect funds in advance and we will present them to Rona on Memorial Day Weekend. Rona will be relocating from the park, so like a lot of us, she’s downsizing!

Lynn Furnis has written a song for Rona called Rona’s Paradise.  It will be sung at the Memorial Day Campout.  The chords and lyrics are available here: Rona’s Paradise – chords and lyrics Here is a recording of the song by Lynn and Bill Johnson:

Inevitably, Rona’s retirement will bring changes to the way the camp is run. Ventura County Parks is still in the process of re-mapping the campground. I am in touch with VCP regarding group reservations for future Songmakers camping weekends and will let you know how to make reservations as soon as I can.  If you’d like to pencil in dates, we are aiming for July 19-22, September 20-24 (Labor Day Weekend), and October 11-15, 2018. 

Camping at Kenney Grove has brought Songmakers together for nearly 20 years. It helped us form friendships from all reaches of Southern California, strengthening our club. We’ve learned about music and public performance through workshops and concerts held at KG. I hope you all will join me in honoring this long and rich tradition.

The Memorial Day Campout at Kenney Grove will be held May 24 – 28, 2018. Reservations must be received by Saturday, May 19, so mail them by Wed. May 16. You will receive confirmation by return email by Monday, May 21.
2018 Memorial Day Registration Form

The schedule is:

Thursday-Friday May 24-25- Informal jamming and evening campfire song circles

Saturday, May 26 – Informal jamming throughout the day

10 a.m. – Songwriting Workshop with Don Truby
11:30 a.m. – Performance Workshop with John McFadgen
1:30 p.m. – Ice Cream Social & Concert Sign-Ups – bring a bowl and spoon
5:30 p.m. – Potluck – Bring a dish to share, a plate, flatware and napkin
7:00 p.m. – Evening concert
Post concert campfire song circle and informal jamming

Sunday, May 27
10-12 noon – Songs of Meaning & Band Scramble assignments
1 p.m.-4 p.m. – Ukulele Jam with Alan Ferentz – drop in and play!
4:00 p.m. – Meet with your Band Scramble group to create magic!
7:00 p.m. – Band Scramble performance followed by campfire song circle and informal jamming

Monday, May 28

12:00 Noon – Check out time

Sally Charette

2018 Round-up Review

New Venue
The location for Roundup on February 24th was held at Somis Community Church, a new location for us. The facilities were perfect with the sanctuary used for the concert, a green room, a kitchen/eating area and plenty of room for jamming.

Roundup Concert
The event started at 2:00 with an afternoon concert in the church’s sanctuary by the wonderful talent represented by the various song circles and hoots in Songmakers. The church even provided their own sound man leaving some of our key members free to enjoy the concert. Dana Charette did an awesome job of emceeing the concert with his impersonation of Groucho Marx.

The following are the members who performed for us at the concert:
Ken Krupnik, Sympatico Music (Bob Bueling & Pat Cronin), Eva Schwerb, Mission Oaks Song Circle, Dale Carter & Linda Moore, Rufus T. Firfly, Simon Lucas, Bryan Chow, Mike & Mary Zangerle, Doug Kerr & Linda Szitkar, Joe Conversino, Sam Gross, Bill Johnson, Jack Zigray, Agoura Hills Song Circle, Bell Arts Song Circle, Arnie Gordon, Steve Linsky, Lien Borg, Camarillo Song Circle, Jerome Rubin, Steve Berman & Sandy Lessner, Dave Gilman, East Valley Hoot, Thousand Oaks Hoot, Linnae Richards and Camarillo Hoot.

New Board Members
Voting for the new board members took place throughout the afternoon. The new board members who were voted in were Bill Johnson, Sam Gross and Linnea Richards.

Following the concert, our president Steve Berman awarded the following members for their behind the scene contributions to our club.
1. Don Truby – For many years of presenting the well-attended Songwriting Workshops at our musical camping weekends at Kenney Grove Park in Fillmore.
2. Mary Zangerle – or continuing service as a Board Member, Bard Chord Assistant Editor, and keeping us connected as our new innovative Webmistress
3. Janice Gelencser – For years of service to Songmakers as Music in the Mountains Committee Leader, hoot and musical campout leader, Concert Mistress of Ceremonies, Recording Secretary, Board Member and to the folk music community as the cofounder of the Gelencser House Concerts
4. Patty Quintana – For 13 more years (since her last certificate), as a Hoot Hostess, Board Member, Roundup Chairperson and the Musical Mistress of the Kitchen
5. Simon Lucas – For several decades as a Hoot Host and Leader, concert Master of Ceremonies, Board Member, Elections Chair, Music Campout Coordinator and our current Vice-President

Potluck
No one goes hungry at our Songmaker potlucks.

Jamming
Finally, it was time for jamming with two great song circles that took us all the way till about 10:00. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make this year’s Round-Up a big success.

What’s Next
Do you have any suggestions for next year? Do you want to be part of next year’s plans as part of the newly formed Roundup Committee? You can email at gelencser.andy @gmail.com.

Andy Gelencser

Round Up 2018

Well, gang, we’ve had to change the venue for RoundUp 2018. Congregational Church of the Chimes scheduled a fundraiser for Sat, Feb 24. Despite our long history renting from them, they offered us Sunday 2/25 instead, with no discount for breaking their verbal agreement for the 24th (and admitted there might be insufficient parking the 1st few hours).

Your board has voted instead to accept an alternative that allows us to keep RoundUp on our scheduled date. That generous offer came from Pastor Gary Jayne of the Somis Community Church at 3300 West St, Somis 93066. You can google the church name for pics and see their website http://www.somis.church/.

Pastor Gary and his lovely wife Cindy, who is a fine pianist, have been friends of Songmakers for years. They host the “Taco Tuesdays” Song Circle during the warm months in their facility. Except for being North of our geographic center, it seems ideal, with ample parking, a kitchen, large auditorium seating up to 200, a locked instrument room, and a green room with external entrance to the stage area.

Gary offered to rent for whatever we could afford. We voted to pay $450 for RoundUp 2018, $300 less than renting the Church of the Chimes, 40 miles South. I apologize to our Southern members for the extra 40 minute drive this year, and we will try to migrate South next year, if any of you can solicit offers from South LA County. The board is disappointed with the Church of the Chimes’ failure to honor their commitment to us.

Thanks everyone for all you bring to our club. Let’s have a fabulous RoundUp to start a wonderful year of music – Songmakers style! All Hoots and Song Circles are encouraged to perform a group song, and bring a picture-board of your members singing their hearts out! The best is yet to come!! For more info:  http://songmakers.org/roundup-2018

Sincerely,

Steve