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September 30, 2013


Meeting Notes

WMAS got the Oktoberfest season off to a great start with our September 15 meeting. Lee and Ron Paulson arrived early to decorate the room, and we filled it with lots of music, lots of dancing, lots of food, and lots of Bavarian buttonboxes, dirndls, and lederhosen. We did not quite roll out the barrel, but we did indulge in some near-beer. Oh, well. In heaven there is no near-beer, right?

Among the highlights ….

Silvia Eberly served as greeter, putting everyone in the mood with her Austrian and Bavarian tunes. Silvia sings and yodels, strolling and accompanying herself on a four-row Austrian diatonic accordion called a “Steirische Harmonika.” What more could you ask!? Oh, yes, she occasionally takes her hands off the accordion to tap out rhythms on the wooden spoons.

Frank Vidergar, a newcomer, performed dance tunes on a three-row Slovenian diatonic button accordion. What a treat! We hope to see Frank back again.

Herb Fredrickson and his Bayrisch and Steirisch dance group demonstrated some classics and taught an easy and fun circle dance. It used to be that we couldn’t get people up and dancing, and that was a bit disconcerting for the musicians. But it’s not a problem any more; this year people danced to just about every song. The dance group folks played a big role in getting people onto the floor, and we did not even have to bring out the chicken dance!

The musical offerings of Paul Aebersold, Peter DeGiovanni, Robert Ford, Joan Grauman, Bob Juszczyk, and Joe Kulick all added to the day’s pleasures. Thanks also to Ken Kunec, who once again did the honors as master of ceremonies, and performed as well.

Following the main program and refreshment break, Joan conducted the WMAS Super Special Oktoberfest Orchestra through some of the seasonal sheet music she brought. Considering that everyone was sightreading and some of the music was not so easy, the orchestra sounded fabulous.

Ready for more Oktoberfesting? Please read on.


Invitation from Joyce Palmer for October 19

Please join your accordion friends for a potluck picnic lunch in my Capital Hill back yard on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Please bring a lawn chair and a dish to share. Also, please bring your accordion* and be a star on my little stage. It will be fun to hear the music in the outdoors. I want to hear “Beer Barrel” a million times.

FLASH!! Don’t forget to bring the Oktoberfest sheet music Joan distributed at the WMAS meeting!

Please let me know by e-mail (joyce.palmer1@verizon.net) that you will be attending and what you will bring, and I will send you my address and phone number.

Considerable interest from last year’s guests seems to say we are ready for a good time. A mayoral candidate has even expressed interest in attending our little gathering. Since this is a Saturday event, parking will not be such a problem.

I hope to see you on Saturday, October 19, at 1 pm. Hope the weather cooperates!

*Those who bring an accordion can store the cases and stuff in my basement apartment. The door will be open....watch your head....low entrance.


Next Month’s Meeting

Sunday, October 20, 4 pm: Guest Artist Joe Natoli in Concert. Joe was the first International Roland Champion as well as an AAA champion. $8 donation for nonmembers. Members free. Sign up to be the greeter! Also at the October meeting: Joan Grauman will distribute music for the Holiday Concert.

By the way, we still need a greeter for the meeting. Please respond to this email to sign up to play from 3:45 to 4:05 on Sunday, October 20.

As usual the meeting will take place at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, Virginia.