February 2019

Hello SMTMD membership

Well, we are already into February and have put the nastier part of winter behind us….I hope. Lots of you have renewed your membership for 2019, but there are still a few who have not taken advantage of reduced admission prices by renewing. The volunteers working the door at the next event will be happy to help you with forms waiting for you…or click on the Membership link in this newsletter, and download a membership form.

We unfortunately had to cancel the January contra dance for winter weather, but we are just a few days off from our February 9th dance with Greg Frock calling to the tunes of the usual suspects of the Southern Maryland Open Band. We hear rumors that there will be some new faces at the dance, thanks to the intrepid recruiting efforts of some new board members. Come on out, bring some friends, and welcome some new folks into our community!

There is good news and sad news to report on January’s open mic. First the good news: It was a smashing success, with plenty of talented performers, and a larger than average crowd.

Sadly though, after many years of dedicated service as the organizer, MC, sound man and generally moving force behind the open mic, John Garner, has decided to hang up his mic. Though we are sorry to see you go, John, we wish you well, and sincerely thank you for the super job you have done for the past 10 plus years.


On Saturday, February 23rd SMTMD will have The Blue Rhythm Boys DuoTom Mitchell and Jim Stephanson who will regale us with their very lively repertoire of swing, blues, gypsy jazz, and more. Info is on the website. Click on the concert link. This will be a great show that you won’t want to miss!

The following concert will be April 26th, with Aaron Jonah Lewis, (https://aaronjonahlewis.com) and will include a fiddle workshop if enough people sign up ahead of time. This is a great opportunity to learn technique from an extremely talented multi instrumentalist. Aaron is fluent in many styles, but the primary focus of his music is old time, Appalachian, and Bluegrass. To sign up for a workshop, contact me at: msmithz@md.metrocast.net

The next open Mic date is March 22nd, 7:30 – 10:00PM. Those who wish to sign up to perform at open mic can contact me at: msmithz@md.metrocast.net

Thanks to all Volunteers who helped at the recent open mic, most especially those who helped with hospitality.  If you wish to help with hospitality at the next event, please contact a board member or just bring a snack to share.

Until next month,