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March 2020 Ukulele News

Howdy, Ukulelian! It's always fun to look forward to a Ukulele Shenanigan and we've got one coming up two days before St. Patrick's Day -- just in time to give the ol' heave-ho to cabin fever. Here's a listing of upcoming ukulele classes and performances: Saturday, February 22: Intro to Ukulele for Women: This workshop will outfit you with everything you need to start playing the ukulele. We'll learn how to hold it, tune it, make chords, strum, and play a song, all without falling out of your chair! So if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this along. The workshop is offered on the Huntington Open Women's Land (HOWL) in Huntington. As such, it is open only to those who identify as women. Thank you in advance for respecting this women-only space. REGISTRATION: Space and ukuleles are limited, so please pre-register by emailing me (ukuleleclare@gmail.com) by 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. This is a fundraiser for HOWL. Suggested donation: $10 per person; no one will be turned away due to lack (or abundance!) of funds. UKULELES: Ukuleles will be available for those who do not have one (no charge for use during the workshop). WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 22, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. WHERE: HOWL - please visit their website for directions - scroll down on this page to find them.  Sunday, March 15: The Big Ukulele Shenanigan!!! We'll spend a couple of strummalicious hours playing and singing and horsing around at the Double E Lounge and Sound Garden Restaurant in Essex Junction. Chords and lyrics will be projected up on the big screen. We'll be drawing tunes from the Shenanigan packet, as well as my wild collection of songs, including a generous pour of Irish tunes, which I'll post soon on the packets page if you want to get familiar with them before the Shenanigan. You don't have to play the uke, you can just come and sing and enjoy the fun and food and bevvies! Bring a tall, cool pint o'courage in with you from the bar. Grab a bite to eat before, during, or after. Also, there's a chance that Eva Sollberger will be coming to do a story on the event and the greater ukulele community, so let's show her how we welcome all ukulelians at all levels of play!  WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 4:30-6:30 (with a brief intermission to replenish your pint o'courage) WHERE: Double E Lounge & Sound Garden Restaurant, 21 Essex Way, Essex Jct., VT (next to the movie theater) WHAT ELSE: Tickets are $5 and you can get them here or at the door - seats are limited. Also, this event is for ukuleles only. All ages welcome. Upcoming ukulele classes: Ukulele Level 1: There are no more Level 1 classes until April.

Ukulele Level 2: You know these basic chords: Am, C, D, Em, F, G & G7 (these are taught in Level 1). You can keep a relatively steady strum. This course will help you develop a steadier and more interesting strum, tip-toe into a little fingerpicking, learn more chords, and embrace some cool techniques, all while enjoying lots of playing and singing laughter. This is not an appropriate course to take if you have never played the uke or don't have any experience with the chords listed above.

Thursdays, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Waterbury Parks & Rec (28 N. Main St. Waterbury, VT). Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26 (snow day: April 2). Registration: Waterbury Parks & Rec Dept.​

Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Colchester's Bayside Activity Center (36 Blakley Rd., Colchester, VT). Dates: March 10, 17, 24 & 31 (snow day April 7). Registration: Colchester Parks & Rec Dept.

Mondays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UVM campus, Burlington, VT). Dates: March 16, 23, 30 & April 6 (Snow day: April 6). Registration: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Tuesdays, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. CVU High School (369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg, VT) Dates: March 17, 24, 31 & April 7 (snow day: April 14) Registration: CVU Access Program

Fridays, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Milton Artists' Guild (199 Rt. 7 South, Milton, VT). Dates: March 20, 27, April 3 & 10 (snow day: March 17). Registration: Milton Artists Guild.


Aaaaaaaand, since you've read this far, here's a little something for ya. Woah. Just, woah. Want to see the ukulele in action? Here is a short stack of upcoming gigs:

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – It's Island Time at Highgate Library & Community Center! I'll be playing lots of tropical tunes for big and little people to sing and dance to. There's nothing like a tropical breeze to waft away winter -- at least for a moment or two! WHEN: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. WHERE: 17 Mill Hill Rd., Highgate Center, VT

Sunday, March 8 – Leadfoot Louise at Stone's Throw Pizza (Richmond), Lots of old favorites and some originals by Rebecca Padula, with "Fiddle" Dan Wyman and Ukulele Clare on ukes, dobro, vocals, harmonica and whatever else we can coax music out of. Drop in for a slice of heavenly pizza pie, a cold beverage, and some toe-tappin' tunes. WHEN: Brunchtime  (11-ish to 2-ish) WHERE: 39 Esplanade, Richmond, VT

Saturday, March 21 – Leadfoot Louise at the Double E Lounge and Sound Garden Restaurant - Lots of old favorites and some originals by Rebecca Padula, with "Fiddle" Dan Wyman and Ukulele Clare on ukes, dobro, vocals, harmonica and whatever else we can coax music out of. Great pub food, cold beverages, and a warm welcome. WHEN: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. WHERE: 21 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT (next to the movie theater)

Sunday, March 22 – Leadfoot Louise at Shelburne Sugarworks, where sap runs through a steaming contraption and comes out as maple syrup! If that's not miracle enough, Leadfoot Louise will help you shimmy out your sugar rush with some lively country, bluegrass, and blues tunes. Meanwhile, munch on some syrup-sweetened hot dogs, coffee, doughnuts, and ice cream! WHEN: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. WHERE: 746 Shelburne-Hinesburg Rd., Shelburne, VT

Sunday, March 29 – Leadfoot Louise serves as house band for Rik Palieri's Great Vermont Barn Dance, a fun variety show with music, dancing, storytelling, and ... well, you never know what's going to happen, but you can bet it'll be a hoot and a half. And it's free! WHEN: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. WHERE: Hinesburg Town Hall, 10632 Rt. 116, Hinesburg, VT​

Want a chance to jam with other musicians? Beginners and listeners are warmly welcomed at the monthly SongFarmer Jam. Gather with acoustic musicians of all levels and instruments, led by banjo troubadour, Rik Palieri. It's always great to get together and swap songs with folks from various traditions and levels of expertise. It's a warm, fun, welcoming musical experience. It's free!

WHEN: Thursday, March 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.WHERE: Carpenter-Carse Library, 69 Ballards Corner, Hinesburg, VTDon't forget to check out some of these local ukulele jams! It's a great, zero-pressure way to improve your playing and laugh and sing with some fabulous folks.

C'mon out and play! Cheers, Ukulele Clare

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