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Giving thanks….

As the holiday season approaches it’s appropriate that we take a minute or two to appreciate the many blessings we each receive. Whatever your spiritual beliefs there is no denying that in this country we are blessed in many ways. We are also challenged in many ways, but the opportunity is there to overcome challenges if we seek it out. For me personally the blessings include my family, my health, my friends and the chance to enjoy entertainment of all types without any authority telling me it’s not appropriate and punishing me in some way for the pleasure I receive.

One of the biggest blessings is the outpouring of talent in the bluegrass community in our great central valley of California. The bands that give so generously of their time for the Bluegrass in the Park concert series and bring so much enjoyment to so many people are one of the best blessings. The talented groups that play at fund raisers, hospitals, nursing homes, churches and other venues that are not well known, prove that their hearts are in the right place. The professional musicians that travel from distant locales to play in our Kings River Festival and in the park, with all their different styles, bring smiles to faces each and every year. This year was a perfect example of that fun. There is rumor that this was the last year that we’ll be blessed with the Groundspeed band playing at the festival, that’s a sad day for all of us, they’ve been there since the beginning and it won’t be the same without them. Hopefully, it only means they won’t be on stage but still picking and singing and sharing in the love in the camp area!

I hope everyone will take some time to reflect on their own individual blessings and count music among them. Bluegrass is unique in the way it speaks to the heart and reflects the musical history of our country, remembering where and when I first fell in love with bluegrass is impossible, it’s just always been there among my memories. May you all be blessed with “enough” this holiday season… and memories to cherish!
Shows you don’t want to miss!

Carissa Hall and Dave Reynolds from This ‘n’ That:
Friday, November 4th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market, Manchester Mall, 1901 E Shields at Blackstone, Fresno

Red Dog Ash:
Friday, November 4th at 7 p.m. at The Patio Café, 5138 N Palm Ave, Fresno at Fig Garden Village
Saturday, November 5th at 7:30 at the Barkin’ Dog Grill, 940 11th St, Modesto

Saturday, Nov 19 @ 6:30 in The Patio Café, 5138 N Palm Ave, Fresno at Fig Garden Village
Saturday, Dec 10 @ 6:30 in The Patio Café, 5138 N Palm Ave, Fresno at Fig Garden Village

April Verch:
November 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Univeralist Church of Fresno at 2672 E Alluvial Ave, Fresno The internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and stepdancer is from the Ottowa Valley. It's music is a foot-stomping, open-minded fusion of Irish, Scottish, French, German, and Polish influences, sprinkled with tangy spices of American country music.
Tickets: $20 for Fresno Folklore Society members and in advance and $25 on day of show, $15 for students.

Friday November 18th, 2011 from 8 to 10 pm at the Yosemite Bug Mtn Resort, 6979 Hwy 140 in Midpines. The Yosemite Bug is a hostel for people traveling to the park from all over the world. It has a real international flavor. The food and cozy atmosphere are great. TIMBERLINE will provide great bluegrass music with fine picking and tight 3-part harmonies.

An every Wednesday event to enjoy:

Every Wednesday, in the patio of the Santa Fe Basque Restaurant, from 5:30-7:30 P.M., Kenny Hall hosts an Old Time jam that is free. Kenny is 86 years young and can still play the mandolin and fiddle in his unique style. He has been documented in a video, "I Hear What You See" and recorded many CDs. The Santa Fe Basque Restaurant is located at 3110 N Maroa at Shields, south of the Shell gas station.

Central Valley Jams…

The 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month in Clovis at the Clovis Senior Center, 850 Fourth St, Clovis from 7 to 10 p.m. For more info contact Kelly Broyles at 559-977-3598 or e-mail:

Old time and Celtic jam on the 1st Sunday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m... 1st hour is a slow jam and then it’s full speed. Located at the Madera Ranchos Pizza Factory, 37184 Avenue 12, Madera Ranchos. Contact Kelly O’Neill at 559-283-6093 or e-mail at

The 2nd and 4th Saturdays are acoustic jams at the Kingsburg Senior Center, 1450 Ellis St, Kingsburg from 5 to 9 p.m. Potluck, dancing and Music played is from older country to current country and gospel. All ages are encouraged to join in playing, singing and listening. For more info contact Bud Cartwright at 559-582-9155 or e-mail at

Every Saturday night—Regular jam at the Senior Citizen’s Village, 1917 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno. Old time fiddle jam and dance from 7 to 10 p.m, sponsored by the California Old Time Fiddlers District 2. For more info contact Lynda Emanuels at 559-924-1766 or e-mail at

Lemoore Acoustic jam is every Friday Evening at the Lemoore Senior Center, 789 18th St, Lemoore—next to the golf course. Jam is from 6 to 9 p.m. Some country, some gospel, some older and some newer music. Potluck too. A small donation at the door. Last Friday of the month is always gospel only. For more info contact Leon West at 559-734-7920.

Selma Jam - 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m., with snacks, drinks, dancing and line dancing at the Selma Sports “Plug-in” Jams, Selma Senior Center, 2301 Selma St, on the east side of the park, McCall runs along the west side of the city park. For more info contact Jim Winder at 559-287-5769 or e-mail at

Exeter Jam - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Exeter Senior Center (Old Carnegie Library) 309 South E Street, Exeter from 6 p.m. to around 9 p.m. This is a new jam with some hopes for long term, be sure to check them out. Contact Person is Sam Criswell at

First Sunday of each month. Rusty's Pizza, 5430 Olice Drive, Bakersfield (in the Vons center) 6:00 - 9:00. Come on down and bring a couple of songs. Contact Kelvin Gregory at or 392-7973 home or 428-7044 cell.

Every Saturday. Dagny’s Coffee Shop in Bakersfield. The jam will start at 2:00 p.m. and run to 5:00 or so. Come on down for some coffee, stir in some music, and you get a good time. For more info on the Saturday Jam contact Jeff Russinsky @ 364-1553 or 324-7504

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Queen Bean Coffee House, 1126 14th St, Modesto. Acoustic instruments only - the flavor of the music is Bluegrass, Gospel, Fiddle Tunes, Old-Time, and traditional country. If you want to sit in a armless chair, got to bring your own.

Jams from not too far away...

Paso Robles: every Wednesday, open jams mostly bluegrass, some folk – run from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Matt's Music, 617 12th St. For details call (805) 237-0054, or see website at

Arroyo Grande: 3rd Sunday evening jams, 5:30 -- 8:30 PM at SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Ave. (at Brisco). Note that pickers and singers of all levels are welcome, as are grinners! The last few months several folks have met at 4:30 PM for dinner across the street, at the Golden Moon Chinese Restaurant, 1165 E. Grand Ave. More info is available by contacting Roger at or (805) 365-7111.

Arroyo Grande: 4th Sunday evening jams, 5:30 -- 8:30 PM, also at SLO Down Pub. All bluegrass fans are welcome, pickers and grinners alike. Note that these jams are geared to beginners, and they play from a set list of songs.

Lompoc: 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening jams, 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at Southside Coffee Co., 105 So. "H" St. -- for more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Ventura: every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM. At Zoeys located at 451 E. Main St. in Ventura, California. For more info email Gene Rubin at

Posted By:  Candy

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