Keenan WineryJust a reminder: We will be meeting at the home of Marion and Terry Sigel in Napa for this month’s Flea Fest on Sunday, May 31, at 6 pm.  Because we’re gathering at a private home, you’ll need to RSVP with me to get directions.  We’ve got a fabulous raffle prize this month:  two tickets to the annual Open House on Saturday, June 20 at Robert Keenan Winery, four miles up from St. Helena on Spring Mountain Road.  This is one of those not-to-be-missed parties of the summer, with tons of great food (including fresh oysters from Tomales Bay), wine, and live music. A very, very fun time. And remember, all proceeds from the raffle go to the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival.
Back to the Flea Fest:  As June approaches and I start looking forward to my family’s annual stay at Grandma’s house on the shores of Kailua Bay on O’ahu, I’m definitely thinking about my favorite songs about Hawai’i from the “Flea Jumper’s Songbook”: Blue Hawai’i (in G),  Hale’iwa,  Hale Halewai,  Hanalei Moon( in F),  Haole Hula,  The Hasegawa General Store,  Hawaiian Lullaby,  Henehene Kou Aka, Honolulu City Lights,  Honolulu I’m Coming Back Again,  Moloka’i Slide,  My Little Grass Shack,  Singing  Bamboo,  Song of Old Hawai’i, That’s the Hawaiian in Me, and Waikiki.
And we’ll add some new songs (please print out from our Song Files and bring them with you): Aloha ‘Oe, Hanalei Moon & Beautiful Kauai (medly), I Want to Learn to Speak Hawaiian, Ka Beauty ‘O Napili, and White Sandy Beach.  Please feel free to suggest or bring in some of your favorites, as well.  And don’t forget pupus.
We Have a Winner!
Sirmon (sm)Congratulations to Paul Sirmon from Southlake, Texas for entering the winning design in the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival logo contest. And thank you to Louis Wu of Ohana Ukuleles for his very generous donation of the first prize: a lovely SK-300 all-koa wood soprano ‘ukulele.  Be sure to visit the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival website and check out some of the other entries.  You’ll see why it was such a tough decision.
Speaking of the festival, sponsors are lining up, but there’s always room for more.  My greatest need right now is for individuals or organizations that would like to sponsor a workshop or performance of James Hill, Ralph Shaw, or Victoria Vox at a local school, nursing home,  Boys and Girls Club, etc.  James would just knock the socks off the middle- to high school-age crowd while Ralph would have a wonderful appeal to the younger or much, much, older set.  (Ralph really woke up the veterans at the Vetaran’s Home last year. We’d love to be able to do a repeat performance perhaps with Victoria……. ) We can supply the ‘ukuleles if needed for workshops. Let me know if you can help or know of someone or organization who might want to support this cause.  And if there’s a particular ‘ukulele star you’d like to see and could possibly sponsor at the festival, please let me know…….
The Tahoe Area Ukefest is also shaping up very nicely. Organizer Doug Reynolds has added Dominator and “Cool Hand Uke” to his lineup, which already includes Brittni Paiva and Victoria Vox.  You can sign up for private lessons, workshops, and the concert. It’s slated for Friday June 26 through Sunday, June 28 in Minden, Nevada on the east side of the Sierras…what a great way to celebrate summer. We’ll be in Hawai’i then, but if I was on this side of the Pacific, that’s where I’d be. Perhaps some of you could carpool?  ROAD TRIP!
Stand By Me
Remember that wonderful world-wide enemble playing  “Stand By Me?”  Well, thanks to Karen Wagner from Petalukes we can now join them.  Lyrics and chords, courtesy of Karen, have now been posted to our Song Files. Thank-you, Karen.
OK. So you play the ‘ukulele.  No need to apologise anymore:
And, in closing, the late, great Bruddah Iz and “White Sandy Beach.”  (Be sure to read the lovely story about the starfish under “more info”.)  Hope to see you Sunday.