SGstamp Fall Newsletter 2017 - News of the Family...

Any of you with news of interest to the Gathering community should send a copy to the Gathering office, and we’d be happy to publish it here... Some of you may know that Trad. Song Week Coordinator Julee Weems is battling Lyme disease. When word got around about it last summer the Trad. Song attendees raised $6000 to help with her treatment... In June, when long-time staffer Laura Risk completed her PhD at McGill University, she also received the Governor General’s Gold Medal “conferred upon the most outstanding McGill graduate receiving a Doctoral degree in 2016-2017 in any discipline.” Congrats!!... Old-time fiddler and Gathering staffer Rafe Stefanini has become paralyzed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Visit Caring Bridge to find out how you can help... Banjo builder Bob Thornburg generously donated one of his gourd banjos for our Youth Scholarship fund. It was raffled off and raised $774. The winner was none other than staff instructor Jere Canote who had always wanted a gourd banjo... Congrats to Contemporary Folk Week staffer Jim Lauderdale who was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on October 19... This summer, we welcomed 20 scholars sponsored by our own Youth Scholarship Fund and 11 others sponsored by a number of other organizations including the Charlotte Folk Society, the Measley Brothers, Austin Friends of Traditional Music, Blue Ridge Irish Music Society, The Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society, Tosco Music Parties, Dream Guitars, The Shepard Posse, the Fitzgerald Scholarship Fund, proceeds from the Banjo Gathering CD, (produced by one of our instructors), Green Grass Cloggers and ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning. This year’s scholars were: Norma Jean Haynes (Traditional Song); Alex Davis, Debbie Bonkowski, Olivia Prevost, Kieran Flanagan, (Celtic); Chad Ritchie, Tim Auld, Ruth Shumway, Rebecca Myers-Pool, Jake Meserve Blount, Clara Garcia-Lehmann, Kathleen Burnett, Anneli Burnett, Sophie Moeckel, (Old-Time); Jackson Fickert-Rowland, Rachel Bettendorf, (Guitar); Ellie Morgan, Emily Cope, Sophie Rubenson, Emily Lord (Contemporary Folk); Luisa Bryson, Julia Bokulich, Kai Bokulich, Beth Davis, Kendal Ward, Sam Stage, Megan Gordon, (Fiddle); Maxwell Allard, Otto Allard, Trajan Wellington, Isaiah Gordon (Mando & Banjo). Key deposit donations to our Youth Scholarship fund this year totaled $10,516. Our profound thanks to all of you who gave financially to help cultivate a love for traditional music and dance in the next generation... Teachers please note that the Swannanoa Gathering offers teacher renewal certification hours for any of our weeks. Contact your local school board for prior approval... Don’t forget to support your local Public Radio and Television stations. Where would we hear our music without them? For other folk news, don’t forget the online resources AcousticGuitarForum.com, MandolinCafe.com, BanjoHangout.com, Mandozine.com and magazines Sing Out!, The Old-Time Herald, Acoustic Guitar, Dulcimer Players News, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Fiddler.