Local 1000 February 2017 Newsletter
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This is our regular monthly email newsletter that goes out to everyone in the first week of each month. It includes reminders, member news and important announcements from the Executive Board and the office.
News from the Executive Board
Local 1000 at Folk Alliance International
Join Local 1000 at this year’s Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City on February 15-19, 2017.
We will continue our tradition of hosting the evening Showcase Free Zone where all are invited to share a song in the circle. Come by and say hi! We will host each night of the conference with Wednesday night being at 10:30 p.m. Thursday night our hosts will be John McCutcheon and Greg Greenway. Friday will be Aaron Fowler and Joe Jencks. Saturday will be hosted by Tret Fure and Jeremy Kittel.
Each session has a theme so check the schedule when you get there for specific theme and time for each circle. We will be in room 639 again this year, so come by and say hi and check out our booth in the convention hall, number 608.
We will also have a raffle drawing for a Deering Vega Ling Neck Banjo signed by both Pete and Peggy Seeger. More information is below.
We will have a membership meeting at Folk Alliance on Wednesday February 15th at 4:00-6:00 p.m. All Local 1000 members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Pizza will be available for all who RSVP to Aaron Fowler by Tuesday February 13th at 6:00 p.m. He can be reached at 316.207.4715 or email your pizza request to email@example.com
Local 1000 Raffle: Deering Vega Long Neck Banjo signed by Pete and Peggy Seeger
Don’t forget to buy your ticket for the Local 1000 Banjo signed by Pete and Peggy Seeger! Tickets are $50 each, and we will only be selling 230 tickets (in celebration of 23 years of Local 1000.)
At this time, we have only sold about 100 tickets, so your chances of winning are quite good!
This raffle is open to the public, and there is a limit of 10 tickets per person. The winner will be drawn in February 2017 at the Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check to the Local 1000 office or in-person through a Local 1000 representative at Folk Alliance.
Remembering Pete Seeger Concert and Banjo Raffle Drawing at FAI
The “4th Annual REMEMBERING PETE SEEGER CONCERT @ FAI” will take place on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm in Pershing South at the Weston Crowne Plaza in Kansas City as part of the 2nd Annual Kansas City Folk Festival. The 45-minute concert will feature “Spook Handy the KC Sunshiners.” The band consists of Local 1000 members Spook Handy, Freebo and David Amram. Additional Local 1000 members will be invited to sing harmonies.
Spook Handy is a nationally touring folk musician from New Jersey and a member of Local 1000. He had the honor of performing alongside Pete Seeger dozens of times in the last ten years of Pete’s life. In that time, Spook learned a lot of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Now, Spook is helping keep alive Pete’s tradition through his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour and his new CD “Pete Woody & Me, Volume I – Keep the Flame Alive.” The CD features guest artists and Local 1000 members Folksinger Austin Nash, David Amram, Freebo, Brother Sun (Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor), Tret Fure, Eve Goldberg, Charlie Pilzer, Ken Whitely, Kate MacLeod, C,. Daniel Boling, Scott Berwick, Deb Cowan and Laura Dungan.
The Deering Vega Long Neck Banjo Raffle winner will be determined and announced immediately at the conclusion of the concert!
Cyber Union Hall Gatherings
Join us for our next Cyber Union Hall meeting on February 21, 2017, 9:00 p.m. Eastern 8:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, 6:00 p.m. Pacific.
If you have not been on one of our Cyber Union calls it is simple. Just follow the link below, download the plug-in at Zoom (1 minute download) and you are in! If you have questions please feel free to call Aaron Fowler, 316-207-4715.
Topic: Local 1000 February 2017 Cyber Union Hall
Time: Feb. 21, 2017 8:00 PM (GMT-6:00) Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 242 279 409
Other International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=G3A6I3V82YFv4GdbpPrmy0GM_QvcVUy3
Emergency Relief Fund
Please consider helping your brothers and sisters who may need assistance in the near future by making a small contribution to the ERF when you renew your membership or go to www.Local1000.org and make your donation. $5 or $10 dollars will go a long way if enough members make donations.
P2 Situation Updates
US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has increased the fees for all O and P visa petitions to US $460.
The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is now advising Canadian members applying for P2 visas to get their application in at least 120 days before the first engagement.
There have been changes to the P2 forms posted on the CFM website. If you are applying, please make sure you download the latest application, which can be found here:
We are happy to share that Local 1000 member Hali Hammer has recently launched a new website, The Progressive Majority Creative Network.
The purpose of this site is to provide a place where activist musicians, performance artists, comedians and those from any other genre can have a page to promote their political material. More information is available at https://progressivemajoritycreativenetwork.wordpress.com
Save The Dates!
Folk Alliance 2017: February 15-19, 2017, Kansas City, MO
Local 1000 Membership Meeting: February 15, 2017, Kansas City, MO
Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in February and you don’t see it listed below, or if the date is incorrect, please send an email to our Birthday Bunny, Deborah Van Kleef with your birthdate, current phone number and email address.
02/01 Rani Arbo
02/01 Joe Jencks
02/02 Jakob Stern
02/03 Cathy Miller
02/04 Edith Wallace
02/06 Steve Eulberg
02/06 Faith Nolan
02/09 Pete Kennedy
02/10 Jennifer Evans
02/11 Ben Deschamps
02/12 Chris Coole
02/12 Michael Miles
02/13 Stephen Suffet
02/15 Carolann Solebello
02/15 Baldemar Velasquez
02/15 Cris Williamson
02/16 Catherine Wilson
02/17 David Borough
02/17 Adrian Gross
02/18 Sonia Rutstein
02/19 Brad Hart
02/19 Carl Jennings
02/19 Paul Taylor
02/21 Greg Artzner
02/22 SJ Tucker
02/23 John Fohl
02/23 Arthur McGregor
02/24 Dave Soroka
02/25 Marcy Marxer
02/25 Jennifer Heitler-Klevans
02/27 Wyatt Easterling
02/28 Ysaye Barnwell
02/28 Mark Westberg
02/28 Paul Ford
02/29 Francis McKenty
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