Author: Brandli, Darby

President’s Monthly Message

Happy 35th Anniversary Father’s Day Festival! I am writing this hours before we fire up the old bus and head to Grass Valley. You will read this after we have returned and are still washing red dirt out of our socks!

Spend some time looking at all the other music events you can attend this summer. The CBA has a Golden Old Time Campout you might want to try this month. This is a campout and not a festival so you and your friends can make your own entertainment. Last year’s “first annual” was a roaring success and Mark Hogan has been working on the second annual at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville all year. Our good friends from the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention bring all their friends and music is played day and night. The wine tasting in the Anderson Valley is a nice afternoon diversion as is a leisurely drive to the coast. This July weekend in Mendocino County is now on our annual calendar. All information is available in the Breakdown and on our website.

You can also consider running for the CBA Board (information on how to do this is included in the Breakdown). We are looking for a few good men and women to bring new ideas and new energy to our Association. We have lots of events already booked and lots of ideas for new activities that only require imagination and energy to pull off. If you don’t have the time to be a Board Member we absolutely welcome you to participate in any way you can. We are interested in sponsorships, grant writing, program development. Heck, we can find something for just about anyone to do. Want to count ballots at the campout? Want to lick some envelopes? Want to write an article for the Breakdown? Contact us and we will put you to work. We have dozens of volunteers helping at our Festivals and Music Camps and welcome you to volunteer your time during the year and not just during events. Have an idea? Let us know.

The most important thing you can do is to join the Association. Memberships are very important to us. We are a cheap thrill and we promise you will get your money’s worth simply by receiving our Bluegrass Breakdown. Sponsors and advertisers look at membership numbers as well as attendance numbers at events. Please either renew or join the California Bluegrass Association.
Posted:  7/10/2010

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