Author: Zuniga, Henry

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Sometimes, life can be cruel. As I prepare to post this, many of my best friends and acquaintances are having their morning coffee, rubbing sore fingers, and planning what to do first. Some are nursing hangovers, most are trying to overcome late nights of sublime music and camaraderie. If you haven’t figured it out, and, if you are reading this, you are likely sitting at home and not at “Bluegrassin’ in the Foothills.” We can’t be there. We could have but we had to choose between being there or staying home and doing a very special gig. The gig is a banquet for KFCF, our local NPR affiliate, and will allow us an opportunity to perform for some very influential people. It was not an easy decision to make!

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has had to make the same decision this weekend. Many of our friends are members of bluegrass or other bands and have gigs that will keep them away from Plymouth and the smiling faces of the wonderful hosts, Larry and Sondra Baker. I sure hope that our friends are taking lots of pictures. We will have to attend vicariously through those images. I’m sure that there will be lots of “Kodak” moments, especially when you consider the amazing lineup of musicians, the great weather and the ‘joie de vivre’ that Plymouth and the Bakers seem to bring out of everyone there.

So, what can you do, considering that you’re at home, wishing that you could be there?

Well, I for one will take solace in the gig at hand and by trying to learn a couple of new songs for the upcoming Hobbs Grove Bluegrass festival and the fall campout. These two events will signal the official end to our California bluegrass season. It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the month of September. Make sure that you attend at least one of these fun events. You can look up the information about both by going to the CBA website. There are links to each. Also on the horizon is the ever popular IBMA in Nashville, Tennessee. Words can not describe it and every diehard bluegrass lover should make the trip at least once.

For those who are wanting to attend the Hobbs Grove festival but are on the fence, there is incentive to go there and be a volunteer. By volunteering, you can save on admission. Full admission can be had by working three four-hour shifts. A daily ticket can be had by working four to five hours on any single day. The contact person for volunteering is Ann Munson. You can send her your information at No experience is needed and you might find you have some hidden talents. Please help by becoming part of our team.

Lastly, I have to put in a word about our upcoming BOD elections. Although there are no new candidates, it is still very important that we get as many members to vote as is possible. This can be done online, by mail-in ballot, or by attending the fall camp out in Colusa. This camp out might be the best one ever! None other than the legendary James King will be there to perform at a free concert on Friday night. Joining him as part of his new line up will be Ron Spears. Ron is well known and an outstanding addition to the band. In addition, Chef Mike will be offering his special spaghetti dinner (KOB fundraiser) which will also include a performance by some of our CBA’s up and coming talent.

Also on tap is the much anticipated instrument raffle. The raffle offers some of the best odds possible and the funds are used to help offset our presence at IBMA. If you haven’t gotten your tickets, be sure to do it quickly. You could be our next lucky winner. Hope to see everyone at Hobbs Grove in six days.

Posted:  9/19/2009

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