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December 17, 2010


Message from the Executive Committee

Our annual Holiday Concert took place last Sunday, December 12, at 4 pm, and was followed as usual by a giant potluck feast. With all the good music and good food, people stayed and stayed. Still, the emails flew later that evening. Here are some exerpts:

From Peter:

WOW! It just keeps on getting better. I want to thank you all for your continued work for our great club. We had wonderful performers, a great emcee, spirited dinner music, a wonderful picture board [put together by Tom Leonard], and more words of support and encouragement than I have heard in a long time. It was especially nice to see Dale Wise, who has agreed to be honored at our March meeting on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Everyone did a great job with the food, and the kitchen crew was positively awesome. Everything was seamless. The orchestra and Potomac Ensemble did well, and Joan's last-minute coaching was exactly what was needed. The concert lasted almost two hours, and hardly anyone got up before it was over (no doubt for fear that they would miss something wonderful!). I am proud of you all, and you can all be proud of the role you played. Thanks again.

From Mara:

We outdid ourselves again! The room was full of amazing talent, and both the orchestra and the ensemble sounded great. Plus the dinner was delicious.

From Joan:

We have had wonderful support through the years and this has helped to make our events so successful. Ron Paulson’s adorable wooden creations looked great on our tables. Thanks for the beautiful centerpieces, Lee and Ron! Juliette collected money at the door and then worked in the kitchen. Eugene and Ronnie once again spent most of the concert in the kitchen as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

From Lee:

They did a monumental job in the kitchen, and with a smile too!

From JoAnn:

I was amazed by the efforts of our "volunteers." It would have been a disastrous mess without them. Such wonderful organization. I took notes!


January Meeting - IMPORTANT

At the January 9 meeting, we will be holding the annual election for WMAS officers. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else as a candidate for president, vice president, or secretary-treasurer, please contact Mara as soon as possible.

However, the current officers are willing to continue in their present roles, so, barring any other nominations, the slate will be as follows:

President - Peter DiGiovanni

Vice President - Joan Grauman

Secretary-Treasurer - Mara Cherkasky

Nominations will also be accepted at the January meeting prior to the election.

If you cannot attend the January meeting and would like to vote (members only), please send an email.

Following the election, Dick Dangel and Peter DiGiovanni will present a workshop on working with lead sheets, developing chords, bass runs, and making your playing sound more interesting. Bring your accordions and your questions – this is a hands-on workshop. There will be time afterwards for playing and jamming.


November Meeting

Mara was out of town for the November meeting and was not able to send out an update, so here is a brief summary from Joan:

It has become a tradition at the November WMAS meeting for Jim Vandelly, one of our favorite musicians, to play a short concert, and to follow the concert with a Holiday Orchestra rehearsal, led by Joan Grauman. As always, Jim delighted everyone with his beautiful arrangements of mostly Russian and Ukrainian folk tunes on both Russian bayan and piano accordion. The well-attended orchestra rehearsal was also a success as everyone was prepared and sounded great!


Looking Ahead

Val-taro Night at Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna, Va.

Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 6 – 9 pm, promises to be an evening to remember. WMAS is planning something different: a special dinner/dance party at the Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Avenue W., Vienna Va., 22180. And there could be no more perfect entertainment than Dominic Karcic and Ray Oreggia, who will be performing their uniquely wonderful Val-taro Musette style music for our listening and dancing pleasure. The event will feature a sumptuous dinner buffet, so come hungry! Tickets will be sold in advance, and will be in the $30-35 range per person plus cash bar. WMAS members and guests will have first priority, as seating is limited. Final details (menu, pricing) and tickets will be available at the January meeting. But you can reserve your space now by e-mailing Peter DiGiovanni at peter@musicisforever.com.


Potomac Ensemble to Perform April 2 in Honor of Mary Tokarski

Mary Tokarski will be the honoree at the 2011 edition of the American Accordion Musicological Association Festival, scheduled for April 1-3 in Whippany, NJ. The Potomac Ensemble is (collectively) excited to be among the performers invited to play for Mary – and all her fans -- at the Saturday night, April 2, testimonial dinner. Bruce Gassman will warm up for the Ensemble (just joking), and Lenny Feldmann will emcee.

Get this on your calendar now. The festival will also feature workshops, competitions, and lots more music.



Sergio Fresco at Cantina Mamma Lucia

Sergio, a WMAS member, will perform at Cantina Mamma Lucia on Saturday, December 18, from 6 to 9pm. The restaurant is very close to Arundel Mills Mall near BWI (1350 Dorsey Rd. (Rt.176), Hanover, MD 21076. He will be there again on January 22.


From Mike Surratt

Only about 10 days until the New Year’s Eve party! I only have 19 tickets left -- so, if you plan on attending - contact me asap - I have to give The Knights of Columbus a head count a week before!

Here is the official webpage http://www.mikesurratt.com/NYEDANCE.htm
and if you need any more info,
email mikesurrattmusic@gmail.com

Also, come and see the Continentals (www.polkasarecool.com) at Blob’s Park (www.blobspark.net) the day after Christmas starting at 4pm.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mike Surratt