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WMAS NEWS UPDATE
WMAS did not meet in August, but well make up for it next month when we celebrate Oktoberfest on September 19. Please sign up to play a polka or waltz for dancing (that is, something with a steady beat), and please remember we have a 5-minute limit. If youd like, prepare a second selection; you may have a chance to play again after everyone has had a turn.
Besides the music and dance shoes, please bring Oktoberfest-style refreshments and/or root beer or nonalcoholic beer to share. (Unfortunately alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the church, so well have to pretend.)
Also -- please spread the word about the Oktoberfest. Invite your family and friends, especially the ones who like to dance!
One last thing: we are looking for people to help clean up after the meeting. Please sign up. The church lets us use the space rent-free (we give them only the money collected in the jar on the refreshment table, plus half the income from concerts, which is not very much). It is therefore important that we leave the hall and kitchen perfectly clean when we go home. We are grateful to JoAnn and John Pankow for having taken on kitchen duty, but we cant leave it all up to them. They could really use some help so theyre not stuck in the church long after everyone else has gone home. Thanks!
Mary Tokarski at Wolf Trap
Mary Tokarski will be playing in the pit orchestra at Wolf Traps Filene Center on Friday night, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept 11. More information is at http://www.wolftrap.org/Home/Find_Performances_and_Events/Performance/10Filene/0910show10.aspx. If any of you can attend this, Mary would be thrilled to see some familiar, smiling faces looking down in the pit!
AAA Fundraiser at the Magnanini Farm Winery in Wallkill, New York
This years Valtaro Celebration takes place on Saturday, September
11, noon-5 pm, at the gorgeous Magnanini Farm Winery in Wallkill, NY.
The event will feature some fabulous accordionists, including Eddie Monteiro,
Mario Tacca, Frank Toscano, Bruce Gassman, and Ray Oreggia and
a wine-tasting reception and full-course Italian dinner. Tickets are $65.
This event is a fundraiser for the American Accordionists' Association.
A flyer with full details can be found at
Bruce Gassman CD
Bruce Gassman, who played us an unforgettable concert last spring (and taught us to play Midnight Hour), has put out a great new CD: Classic Rock Accordion 2 Bruce, vol. 1. Order your copy at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.accordion2bruce.com.
Mike Surratt at Blobs Park
Mike Surratt and the Continentals will be playing Blobs Park on Sunday afternoon, October 24. Maybe we should get a group together and drive out to Blobs for some great music and dancing. See www.blobspark.net. More on Mikes other dates at www.polkasarecool.com.