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January 2, 2013


If “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” rendered by a host of accordions aren’t the most heavenly expressions of Christmas joy, then it’s hard to say what is.

Our annual holiday concert, on December 16, was a resounding success, filled with music of the season (and some not). It was also a wonderful leadup to a sumptuous potluck feast and lots more music. At the end of the evening couples continued to dance as volunteers collapsed the tables and cleaned up the room.

Thank you, everyone who helped make the event a success, whether you performed, cooked, decorated, set up the room, cleaned up, or simply showed up and enjoyed the evening.

Christmas is called the season of miracles, but our group is something else! Special kudos to the kitchen crew and the room transformation team who morphed the room from concert mode to dining mode in just minutes, it seemed.

One WMAS friend has called our concert her favorite holiday event, and a newcomer expressed amazement at not knowing about us before. She called the event one of the season’s best-kept secrets.

Best wishes to you and your family on this eighth day of Christmas! And here’s hoping for a wonderful and musical New Year!


Note from Joan Grauman:

Thanks again for all of your support and enthusiasm that helped to make our Holiday Concert a huge success! AccordionUSA editor Rita Davidson came down from New Jersey for the event and she has, once again, done a fine job putting together December’s accordion news, including an article about our club, at http://www.accordionusa.com/#art1296http://www.accordionusa.com/#art1296. Rita’s son took the photo of us at the end of the concert with Rita’s phone.


Next Meetings

Jim Vandelly will lead a jam session at our next meeting, at 4 pm on Sunday, January 13. This will be a great way to ease into the New Year, so please put the date on your calendar, and don’t forget to bring your accordion. And snacks to share, please.

If you would like to sign up as the “greeter,” please let us know right away.

Please note that we are meeting on the SECOND Sunday in January, February, and March due to holidays and other scheduling issues.


Membership Renewal

If you intend to renew your membership for 2013 and have not yet done so, now is a great time. Individual memberships are still $20, and family memberships just $30. Your dues provide funds for guest artists to perform for us and educate us, as well as for refreshments for meetings, postage, office supplies, photocopying, decorations, etc. Please see Peter DiGiovanni during the next meeting to renew, or you can mail your dues to Mara Cherkasky at 603 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Your continued support of our great club is appreciated!!!


Jersey Shore Relief Fund

Bruce Gassman recently performed in a benefit concert for the Jersey Shore Relief Fund. If anyone wants to donate to this fund, here are some details:

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, set up by Gov. and Mrs. Christie. Tax EIN number: 36-4745729. This is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Contact Bruce Gassman at: accordion2bruce@gmail.com for a mailing address and more information.


Message from Jim Vandelly

Vladimir Titarenko asked me to say hello to all WMAS members who still remember him. He also told me how much he misses our accordion club.