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    DAILY GRIST… “Christmas time’s a-comin’; Snow flakes a-fallin’; My old heart’s a-callin’; For the folks at home; When Christmas time’s a-comin’.” – Bill Monroe

    Christmas Times A-Comin’

    Today’s column from Yvonne Tatar
    Monday, December 22, 2014


    Well, Christmas time is indeed a-comin’ … and I’m very fortunate to be part of a couple of worthy bluegrass endeavors that warm the heart with the true giving spirit.

    First of all, the San Diego Bluegrass Society tried a new kind of jam format last month. Because of how the calendar dates fall this year, our annual 4th Tuesday jam for December lands on December 23rd, so the board cancelled this get together knowing the turnout would be low with folks busy with holiday plans, etc. Since I do the planning for these jams, I suggested we move this year’s festivities up one month to November and we planned a big ol’ Christmas gathering titled Christmas Times A-Comin’. And for even more festiveness, SDBS also wrapped up this whole gathering as a toy drive for Toys 4 Tots where admission to the jam was the donation of one new unwrapped toy. For the evenings entertainment, we kept the open mic and featured band slots, but added a Christmas sing along. So, press releases were created and sent out via Facebook, emails and newsletters. And the excitement built like the proverbial snowball rolling down that holiday hill! Local members really helped spread the word.
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