I'm proud to pass on this announcement from my Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association...
This Spring we are embarking on our very first outreach to senior
citizens. It is totally in keeping with our mission to spread the
Bluegrass Gospel! Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, NY, offers a very
popular educational experience for retired citizens. So much in demand,
in fact, that there is currently a five year waiting list. The HVBA
suggested to them that they offer a six week course in bluegrass music.
We don't really have a title for it, but I liked the suggestion of
"Bluegrass for Bluehairs." Looks as if we probably will go with "The
Evolution of Bluegrass Music." Don't know for certain just yet.
We begin with a registration of 61 people. It might have been higher,
but we put a cap of 50 on the class. Marist College decided to give more
people the opportunity to take the course. It will be held every
Wednesday at 2:45-4pm beginning April 4. Our plan is to allot the first
30 minutes to a panel presentation beginning with the roots of the music
and to use the remaining 45 minutes to spotlight one of the instruments
each week with a live performance and two backup musicians. We have
chosen a 13 year old guitar prodigy to demonstrate the guitar and a
Vassar College fiddle player (she is amazing) for our first session. Our
last class will pull all of the individual musicians together for a
class on harmony and a full-blown bluegrass concert!!
Stand by for more info! :-)