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February 16, 2012


Meeting Notes

More than 50 people celebrated the club’s ninth birthday February 12 by playing and listening to music, and by dancing, singing, and eating cake decorated with hearts and musical notes. Karen Malan-Uribe and Mara Cherkasky, two of the club’s three founders (Anne Johnson is the third), blew out the candles, and the group sang “Happy birthday to US.” We also sang for Valentine Zadnik, whose parents named him for the saint’s day on which he was born.

It’s amazing to think that next year is our 10th anniversary. Let’s start thinking about a good way to mark it.

The meeting also featured Joan Grauman’s flea market, mainly dollar-each sheet music and accordion figurines, which raised $224 for the American Accordionist’s Association Youth Jazz Program. Everyone seems to enjoy the sale, so Joan will continue to set it up in the coming months and invites others to donate accordion- or other music-related items for the sale. Please note that ALL proceeds go to the Youth Jazz Program.


Next Month

The March 18 meeting will be a concert featuring guest artist Bonnie Birch, coming to us all the way from that other Washington, on the West Coast. Bonnie played and competed as a child, and even performed at Carnegie Hall at age 19, but then set aside her instrument for 30 years. Now she performs solo at restaurants, parties, weddings, and retirement homes, as well as in a dance band focusing on ballroom music, and in a Bavarian band with a tuba player. Bonnie is also a regular at the French American Chamber Bastille Day event and the popular Festa Italiana, in which she accompanies three opera singers on stage. In addition, she is the president of the Northwest Accordion Society and chief architect of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. We look forward to meeting her and hearing her play.

Bonnie Birch in Concert
Sunday, March 18, 1:30 pm – PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME!!
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road
Falls Church, Virginia



Guitarist Needed for Ensemble

Lee Paulson’s group, the Ash Grove Players, is looking for a new guitarist. Anyone interested should show up at one of the jams held the first Friday and third Wednesday of the month, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm, at 1909 North Ohio Street in Falls Church, Virginia, near the East Falls Church Metro Station. The jams are independent of the group, although all the members of the group come from the jams. For more information call jam host Lilli Vincenz at 703-532-2731 or email her at FiddlerLilli@zzapp.org. For a map to the jam location, please email the webmaster.


ISO Musicians for February 26 Brunch at Fort Myer Officers’ Club

Our friends at Paul’s List, an over-50 singles group, is looking for musicians to play at a Sunday, February 26, brunch starting at noon at Fort Myer Officers’ Club. They aren’t paying, but this would be a good opportunity to practice playing in front of a crowd.

Please contact Seena King, 301-530-4884, or Mary Elkind, mmelkind@aol.com.

Fort Myer Officers’ Club is at 214 Jackson, in Arlington, with free parking adjacent to and across from the club. A photo ID is required at the Wright Gate, at the end of N. Meade Street and Marshall Drive, adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial, and at the Hatfield Gate, Washington Blvd.


Merv Conn Way

United Therapeutics, an organization located in Silver Spring, is planning to convert an existing walking path near Merv Conn’s house to an official “Merv Conn Way.” When construction is completed – probably in late April/early May, depending on Montgomery County approvals, permits, bonds, etc. -- they will hold a big launch party featuring a 21-accordion salute and a screening of Jeff Krulik’s film, The Legend of Merv Conn.

As you may recall, the February 2007 premiere of The Legend of Merv Conn also featured a 21-accordion salute (with many more than 21 accordions!). That event was hugely fun, so please think about participating in this one, too. Details will follow as they become available.


For Sale

Titano Stroller Converter Free-Bass Accordion - Price reduced to $1,700
Tube Chamber - Hand-finished reeds - Three treble reeds, two bass reeds -Dry tuned - 23 lbs.
Purchased new in 2001 by Joe Blumka from Ernest Deffner, Inc., New York; Karen Malan-Uribe bought it from Joe in 2003.
Includes case, back straps, new bass strap and three free-bass accordion books.
Contact mexico1968@verizon.net


Upcoming Events

Nancy Leonard at Reston Italian Festival

Nancy will be performing with two other musicians
Tuesday, February 21, 6-9 pm
Il Fornaio
11990 Market Street, Suite 106
Reston, Virginia 20190

Rodger French Trio

Saturday, February 25, 7:30-9:30 pm
St. Elmo's Coffee Pub
2300 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia

Accordionist Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 8:30 pm (7:30 dance instruction)
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia
Tickets: $15