Notes on the May 11 Meeting
What a successful Spring Concert we had May 11! WMAS members played an
incredible variety of music, covering all ends of the globe and all styles
of music. Truly we are an international group! I was amazed at the quality
of playing, and pleased to see, several times, people dancing in the back
of the room, including the gentlemen who were taping the program. It was
a fun time for all ages and music for everyone to enjoy.
I also want to thank Dale Wise for conducting as we played together as
a whole group.
I want to offer a heartfelt apology to Clay Bobrowski. He played at the
end of the program and, due my poor instructions, his song was difficult
to hear. I was a little nervous about the whole group playing with me,
and I encouraged people to get their accordions ready too early. I ask
for his forgiveness and have asked him to play for us again at the next
meeting. We look forward to that performance.
Anne Johnson of the WMAS special events committee would like to plan a
picnic for the whole group, probably for Saturday or Sunday, June 26 or
27, in a public park with a shelter in case of rain. Or -- does anyone
want to volunteer their backyard?
You may recall that Ron Charvet, at the concert, played the beautiful
"Concierto de Arajuez" by ear. Well, Ron is interested in getting
together with others to play Latin music. Just imagine that piece done
with some electronic/regular harmony!
Please contact Ronald Charvet at (703) 273-9356 or email@example.com.
If you can't find a place large enough to meet, you can check the libraries,
where people can sign up to use rooms on a month-to-month basis. The phone
number for the George Mason Library is (703) 256-3800; the Web address
I want to thank everyone who joined me at the Fort Myer Officers' Club
birthday a few Saturdays ago. It was a great party. Also, Paul Aebersold
had a wonderful turnout at his "Mayday" houseboat party. The
food was delicious, and it was fantastic to sit on the deck in the drizzle
and sing along to Dale's and Peter's accordions. Photos will be posted
soon on this site.
ACCORDION REPAIR WORKSHOP
It seems that Dale Wise's June 12-13 repair workshop is full. But he is
encouraging people to put their name on a waiting list so they'll be first
in line for the next workshop he schedules. Contact Dale at (703) 507-9182
We have a new executive committee member: Jim Vandelly will be doing
some PR for us. We look forward to seeing his articles in papers and on
We are going to return to using a food sign-up sheet, and I will provide
coffee. If anyone would like to bring snacks for June, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 671-5395.
Thank you to Lola Charvet for the
wonderful cake and for helping in the kitchen at the May 11 meeting.
Thanks again, everyone, for a great Spring Concert, and welcome to the
members! Don't forget to bring your accordions to the June 8 meeting (7:30
pm at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church) to play with small groups
Rubin's program, The World of Jewish music, and Clay's performance.
See you in June!