Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sep 30 - The Gathering - Day 5

Today was the last day of the first week of The Gathering and the day the drawing was held for a McSpadden dulcimer.  Enough money was collected from the raffles held all week long to pay off the expenses and donate some money to three local charities.  Jack turned the drum and Thomas Ahern drew the winning tickets.  That's Mary in the background and her numbers were drawn three times this week.  Wilma, who had arrived only that day, won two prizes.  Thomas Ahern performed a mini-concert just before the drawing.  He uses unusual tunings on his dulcimers and plays Beatles music!  Very cool!  He said he ordinarily only plays for the possum that lives beneath his trailer and it was a treat to play at The Gathering.

Frances Mack - the lucky winner!
After the raffle everyone but the instructors left and we sat and talked about what worked and what didn't work during the week and we shared comments we heard from the students.  Except for the annoying gnats, the week was wildly successful, and there were very few negative comments.
Meeting over.  Pizza time!  We take a break for the weekend and start again on Monday. 

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