SGstamp Fall Newsletter 2016 - 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... In the fall we learned that a long-time Guitar Week attendee Bill Kaman’s family foundation, the Kaman Foundation, awarded the college $150,000 to begin renovations to Kittredge Theater. We’re thrilled and look forward to sharing these improvements (including new seating, carpet, acoustical treatments and audience lighting) with you next summer... Last December, Master Music Maker Seamus Connolly retired from his position as Sullivan Family Artist-in-Residence at Boston College. We wish him the best... Congratulations to Master Music Maker Margaret Bennett, who has received a Professorship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland... Congratulations also to Sheila Kay Adams for her receipt of the NC Heritage Award... Congratulations to Master Music Maker Fiona Ritchie for her induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame...This summer, we welcomed 20 scholars sponsored by our own Youth Scholarship Fund and 17 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, the Warren Wilson College Trustees, Acoustic Corner, Green Grass Cloggers and ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning. This year’s scholars were: Chloe Lang, Jesse Rhew (Traditional Song); Olivia Bradley, Madeline Ling, Ginger-Gabrielle South, Aaron Rinaca, Sophie Condron (Celtic); Selu Adams, Nicole Carpenter, Kai Grosklos, Justin Hipps, Heidi Oploh, Rose Griffith, Mira Coquina Dickey, Britt Irick, Sarah Lemonds, Savannah Paige Murray, David Shumway, Philip Weisenhorn (Old-Time); Eliot Smith, Aron Stornaiuolo, Jackson Grimm, Olivia Martin, Laura Rabell, Emma James (Contemporary Folk/ Guitar); Nick Tutwiler, Bailee Brandon, Dasha Gilmore, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Courtney Harris (Fiddle); Etowah Adams, Landon Dillingham, Luke Morris, Mary Trammell, Giri Peters, Uma Peters and Liam Purcell (Mando & Banjo). Key deposit donations to our Youth Scholarship fund this year totaled $11,254. 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.