Regional Events

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Join us! To find an event in your area, click on your region or on the map to the right.

For more information, or to receive notices of upcoming events, contact your local CMN coordinator.

Canada

 

If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact Jane Arsham at office@cmnonline.org

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Region is very excited to have hosted the CMN 2018 International Conference Oct 12-14, 2018 and we're looking forward to connecting with you again soon.  If you are interested in hosting a song swap or get together, contact the Great Lakes regional coordinator, Lisa Heintz

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-Atlantic

Event:
"HERE COMES SUMMER!”
Song Swap & Kids Concert

Date:
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Schedule:
10:30 am to 12:30 pm - Song Swap: Informal, kid-friendly opportunity to share a song and hear & learn new songs!
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm - Clubhouse Lunch (main clubhouse): Time to eat, drink and network! Bring some cash for lunch, or give Jim a CD of your music and he’ll subsidize your meal. Seriously - he made the same generous offer last year!
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Kids Concert: Perform a solo song or team up with another performer. Please give us a heads up if you'd like to perform!

Location:
Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

You’re invited to join us for this fun networking and performance event on Saturday, June 22nd. Thanks primarily to the efforts of CMNer Jim Thorne, we will once again be be holding our annual “Here Comes Summer!” Song Swap and Kids Concert at the Army Navy County Club in Arlington, VA. Come for the whole event or just part of the day!

The event takes place in the lower level of the Fitness Center, the brick building adjacent to the swimming pools, across the parking lot from the main clubhouse building. We’ll be in the “Rainbow City” and Sports Camp rooms. Make sure to go *Arlington* NOT the facility in Fairfax, VA (sometimes preferred by GPS).

RSVP or Questions: Please contact CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator, Marsha Goodman-Wood, at 202-246-6688 or goodman.wood@gmail.com.

If you would like more information about this event venue, feel free to contact Jim Thorne at 202-431-5296 or james.thorne7@verizon.net.

We’re thrilled to be doing another event in the DC area and I’m also hopeful that several Philly area folks will decide to make the trek. Please consider car pooling and/or venturing down the day before to stay overnight with friends in the area.

Here’s a flyer you can download (click & save) to print or share electronically:

David C. Perry
CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator
610-457-1239
DCPerry@aol.com
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BENEFIT CONCERT AND SONG SWAP

Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 6:30pm
The Undercroft - Grace Episcopal Church
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Free Parking!

6:30 to 7:30pm - Mister G Concert
7:45 to 9:00pm - A Traditional CMN Song Swap

Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning children’s artist MISTER G will perform a family concert in Silver Spring on July 11, 2019.  Ben Gundersheimer (MISTER G) is a Boston-based artist, author, activist, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he tours internationally, playing everywhere from Lollapalooza and Lincoln Center to climate change rallies on Capitol Hill. His spirited bilingual performances aim to help children see each other across borders and foster cross-cultural connections.

The performance will take place at 6:30pm on July 11, 2019, at The Undercroft, Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The concert will benefit refugee children in Uganda through the registered charity I Can South Sudan, and is sponsored by the Children's Music Network (CMN).

All proceeds from the concert will support the unaccompanied child refugees at Camp Bidibidi, the second largest refugee camp in the world. There, Executive Director and CMN member, Stephen Wandu Bimo, works to engage the children in social and musical activities that foster healing and peacemaking. By bringing together children from different tribes for music and art activities, Stephen is creating relationships that will help bring peace to the next generations.

The event will conclude with a CMN Song Swap at 7:45pm — an open mic reflective of a community supporting the benefits of music for children worldwide. The song swap will feature both rising stars (including children), and some familiar faces of the DC-area children’s music scene. CMN and MISTER G are happy to provide families a chance to experience the joy of music, global awareness, and giving through this fun event.

Purchase tickets online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-concert-with-latin-grammy-winner-mister-g-tickets-61753190455

Make a tax-deductible donation to I Can South Sudan or to CMN and designate in the “other” field where you want your donation to go: https://childrensmusic.org/donate 

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Alphabet Rockers, Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd, led workshops focused on identifying and interrupting patterns of bias for CMNer's in Boston , Participants thought about and shared the first time they noticed race. and how those early interactions impacted them, especially when they were negative ones. For a number of participants, memories started in first grade (age 6 or 7), and acknowledged that similarly, the children in most CMN audiences are absorbing racial bias and patterns in their forming memories. The question: How can we interrupt the patterns of bias in ourselves to be sure we aren't impressing micro aggression onto our audiences?

Through song, movement and discussion, Tommy and Kaitlin helped us more fully understand the impact of our word choices regarding gender, and how those impact kids, For example, instead of using "guys" or "boys and girls" or "he" we can use "friends" or "everybody" to keep genders inclusive and ambiguous, rather than assigning gender. More questions:  Can we reflect on our word choices and make changes to be more inclusive? How can we prepare ourselves to react constructively when a child comments on skin color or gender and put forth positive messages?

And there were more questions asked and many more yet to be asked.    Thanks to Marsha Goodman-Wood  for bringing the Alphabet Rockers to the Mid-Atlantic.

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The 2nd Annual CMN “Sing a Rainbow” Workshop, Song Swap & Concert

On Saturday, March 9 2019, we returned to the Free Library of Springfield Township (in Wyndmoor, PA) for another day of socializing and singing. Like last year, this event was a resounding success on every level.

Things got started with wonderful workshop, "The Three Magical C’s: Connection, Caring & Consistency", presented by Tammy Keorkunian, Founder/Director of Children's Music Express (www.childrensmusicexpress.com). Through discussion and fun practices, we gained new perspectives and tools to enliven our teaching/performing experiences, grow our classes/audiences and have more of an impact on our children’s lives.

After an hour of lunch and socializing, we got to share our music in an informal song swap. It was a great chance to play (and play along on) some of our favorite original songs and cover tunes – beautifully demonstrating how we CMNers are often each other’s best resource.

Then we set up and performed our public concert for an enthusiastic, appreciative intergenerational audience. This year's lineup was Allison DeSalvo Adams, Dave Fry, Andrea Green, Tammy Keorkunian, Annie Lynn, Richard McLaughlin, Michelle Miller, Peter Moses, David C. Perry and Steve Pullara.

Thanks to everyone involved for helping to make this one of my new favorite annual traditions!

STAY TUNE FOR DETAILS ABOUT OUR NEXT GREAT EVENT   "Here Comes Summer!" event at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. That date is Sat. June 22, 2019, likely the same hours as last year, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator

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And meanwhile last summer.....

CMN Pool Party, Song Swap & Potluck 2018

On August 26, 2018 before summer slipped away, The Children's Music Network held a Mid-Atlantic regional event as an opportunity for musicians and their families to gather for a hearty last hurrah at fhe lovely home of Janet Schreiner (leader of The Cat's Pajamas) in Wynnewood, PA, just northwest of Philadelphia. We swam, socialized, swapped songs and shared a meal in an informal atmosphere of merry-making and mutual support.

The day featured some fabulously fun musical jams, with the variety of voices and instruments delightfully combining to create concoctions greater than the sum of their parts. The relaxing poolside vibe was a refreshing change from our most recent CMN events (in March and June) which included public concert performances.

Huge heartfelt thanks to Janet and her hubby Mark for once again hosting us at what has become one of our all-time favorite venues for CMN events.

For more pictures, check out this Facebook Photo Album:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10212577191720746&type=1&l=a6016dc36b

David C. Perry
Co-Coordinator, CMN Mid-Atlantic Region





And a report from our June 'HERE COMES SUMMER" Event held June 23
 

On Saturday, June 23rd, CMN members from various corners of The Children's Music Network Mid-Atlantic region descended on the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA, for a “Here Comes Summer!” Song Swap & Kids Concert. This was our first DC-area gathering in a while, and folks in the southern extremities of our region appreciated having a get-together that was more geographically desirable than recent Pennsylvania and New Jersey events. CMNer Jim Thorne, a longtime Club member, deserves a boatload of thanks for his tireless efforts in arranging for us to use this fabulous venue. Heartfelt thanks, also, to Marsha Goodman-Wood, for being the main organizer and point person for her first Mid-Altantic event in her new role as Co-Coordinator. 
We all gathered at 10:30 am in the Sports Camp Room of the ANCC Fitness Center for a wonderful informal Song Swap, which was a great opportunity to learn new songs, old songs, and share some of our favorite songs. We covered a wide array of topics, including a healthy helping of outer space themes, plus environmental issues and attitudes of gratitude. One of the highlights was a fabulous library song that had been written the day before (!) by “Mr. Don” Bridges, who was attending his first ever CMN event. 
At 12:30 pm, we trekked over to the magnificent main clubhouse for delicious outdoor patio lunch, where we got to eat, drink and network. Generous Jim even subsidized the meal of any musician who gave him a CD of their music. It was during this time that we sorted out the performance slots for the afternoon concert. 
At 2:00 pm, it was showtime! We set up in the bright and beautiful “Rainbow City” room and launched into our Kids Concert, when we took pleasure in pooling our talents to entertain a lively audience of club children and their parents. It was a real blast singing harmonies and playing along with each other on guitar, mandolin, conga, maracas and harmonica. What a wonderful "harmonic convergence”!
When things finally wrapped at 3:30, Sheila Chandler, the ANCC Junior Activities Manager, told us how thrilled she was at how much everyone enjoyed our show – and said she’d love to have us back again next year!
I can't think of now better way to welcome summer. All-in-all, a wonderful win-win-win situation. 
David
Co-Coordinator, CMN Mid-Atlantic Region
 
A few kids from the audience pose with CMN performers (left to right) Richard McLaughlinDavid C. PerryMarsha Goodman-WoodValerie Leonhart Smalkin (with Silly Goose), Margot BevingtonJim Thorne and Don Bridges.
 
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PAST EVENTS

 

CMN “Sing a Rainbow” Workshop, Song Swap & Kids Concert

On March 17, 2018, we enjoyed a full day of musical fun at the newly opened Free Library of Springfield Township in Wyndmoor, just outside of Philadelphia. Calling this event "Sing a Rainbow" was a nod to St. Paddy’s Day, diversity, and Philly children's TV legend, Captain Noah.

CMN member Peter Moses, of The Mindful Experience LLC, kicked things off with an inspiring workshop presentation entitled "The Magic of Mindfulness in Education: Supporting the benefits of present moment awareness for our kids and ourselves." Peter passed along some easy-to-learn, mindful practices and games and answered questions regarding mindfulness in education, in the workplace and in family life.

After an hour of lunch and networking, we shared our music with each other in an informal Song Swap that included a wonderfully wide selection of material that all managed to inspire, comfort or delight us in the midst of these trying times.

Following another brief interlude, we pooled our talents to stage a Kids Concert that was open to the general public. The performers were Dave Fry, Richard McLaughlin, Michelle Miller, Jean Milman, Peter Moses, David C. Perry, Steve Pullara, Janet Schreiner, Rodney Whittenberg, and Arlyn Wolters. Unable to attend, due to illness in their families, were Andrea Green and Tammy Keorkunian (of Children's Music Express).

The library was thrilled with the tremendous audience turnout, which appeared to be the best ever for a CMN Mid-Atlantic public concert. Truly, a good time was had by all!





You can see a Facebook Photo Album of the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10212015508439015.1073741865.1112634477&type=1&l=64afb59a96

Contact:
CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator
 

Marsha Goodman-Wood
CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator
202-246-6688

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CMN Jersey Jam: Song Swap & Community Concert

On August 5, 2017, members from the Mid-Atlantic and New York Metro regions of The Children's Music Networkgathered for an afternoon of music making at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen, New Jersey. We socialized and swapped songs in an informal Song Circle from 2:00 to 3:30 pm and then opened the doors to the public at 4:00 pm for a Community Concert. It was a great chance to play and sing with each other, while giving the locals a taste of CMN's musical magic.  

Our point person for this wonderful event was CMNer Danny Adlerman, who hosts a monthly Open Mic at this cozy historic venue. Attendees included Yosi Levin  David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans with their sons Ari and JasonRichard McLaughlinBarbara Christensen GirtLisa NovemskyIrene Dunsavage and yours truly, David C. Perry, CMN Mid-Atlantic Region Co-Cordinator.  
 

You can see a Facebook Photo Album of the event here:
 

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CMN Tribute Luncheon for Cathy & Marcy

On April 9, 2017The Children's Music Network (CMN) Mid-Atlantic Region held a Tribute Luncheon at El Golfo Restaurant in Silver Spring, MD, honoring the musical duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. In a warm, informal setting, these children’s and family music trailblazers generously shared stories and advice gleaned from their 25 years of live performances and 20 award winning recordings. We were all thrilled to have an opportunity to personally express our admiration and gratitude for all they’ve done. It was, of course, also wonderful to hear them sing for us ("It’s Better When We Sing It Together”) and a pleasure to sing to them. 

This special event was organized by Devin L. Walker (The Uncle Devin Show) with help from his CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator, David C. Perry (Mr. David C. Perry Creative Entertainment). Other attendees included: Margot Bevington(In and Out of the Clouds), Timothy A. Livengood (Storyteller & NASA Research Scientist), his wife Gwyn Fireman and their daughter RachelMichele Valeri & Ingrid Crepeau (Dinorock Productions), Marsha Goodman-WoodValerie Leonhart Smalkin (Silly Goose & Val), and Elnathan Starnes (Groovy Nate). 
Cathy and Marcy play dozens of instruments, from banjo to mandolin to rockin’ electric guitar, steel drum and ukulele. They have won 2 GRAMMY® Awards (and had 14 nominations), Parents’ Choice Awards, American Library Association Awards, National Association of Parenting Publications Awards, Early Childhood News Awards and Washington Area Music Association Awards, Find out more at www.CathyMarcy.com

Cathy and Marcy were very appreciative of this recognition and for all the work CMN is doing in the children’s music industry. So much so that they volunteered to host a Song Swap with CMN members and other children artists later this year, whereby each artist should write and perform one new song for the group for immediate feedback and critique. 
 
 
You can see a Facebook Photo Album of the event here:

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Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, the Children's Music Network Mid-Atlantic Region was proud to do our part for The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. We had an array performers literally lending our voices to the cause, singing about cooperation, unity and getting along.


Watch video highlights of this event here:
 
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Pool Party, Song Swap & Potluck

On Saturday, July 30th, 2016 CMN Mid-Atlantic members and their families gathered at the lovely home Janet Sclaroff in Cherry Hill, NJ, for a Pool Party / Song Swap / Potluck Dinner. The weather gods smiled upon us and provided plenty of time for swimming, splashing, diving and water frisbee before rain clouds moved in late afternoon.

Then it was time to eat, drink and and be merry, chowing down on scrumptious burgers and chicken plus an array of salads and other miscellaneous munchies. The day was rounded out with a song circle featuring a wide variety of wonderful songs, original and old favorites, from silly to sublime, that had everyone singing and playing along.

Special thanks to Janet for being the perennial hostess-with-the mostest – and a big wet hug to Marsha Goodman-Wood for journeying all the way from Washington, DC, with her hubby and three kids to be part of the fun.



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CMN "Here Comes Summer!" Kids Art & Music Festival (+ Pool Party)

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, a dozen or so members of The Children's Music Network Mid-Atlantic Region provided more than four hours of music for the “Here Comes Summer!” Kids Art & Music Festival at The Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ. In celebration of the first weekend of summer – and the museum’s 21st birthday – we performed two sets on an outdoor stage and then moved into their indoor theater for the final set of the day. The museum was thrilled to have us as part of the festivities and expressed their gratitude with a nice financial contribution to CMN.

Afterwards, joined by other CMNers who weren’t at the Festival, we gathered at the nearby home of Janet Sclaroff for a Pool Party / Potluck / Sing-Along. As you can imagine, a warm and wonderful time was had by all. What a glorious way to kick off the summer!


For additinal pictures check out Facebook album of Mid-AtlanticPool Party /Gathering at the home of Janet Sclaroff

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CMN "Spring Ahead" Song Swap & Potluck

On March 13th 2016 – the day our clocks sprang ahead an hour – The Children's Music Network held a Mid-Atlantic Regional gathering at the home of Janet "Cat's Pajamas" Schreiner in suburban Philadelphia. The afternoon Song Swap featured both traditional and original material, performed in a variety of styles, and spanning a broad range of topics, from silly to serious to sublime. It was followed by a yummy potluck dinner and then more songs, plus a lively exchange of ideas and helpful hints on navigating the current state of kids music.
 
You can watch a comprehensive video of the event at https://youtu.be/PWHlXc7IyrI. Using the Performers List in the YouTube description, you can click on the time marker to zoom to each artist’s appearance – but I bet you’ll enjoy watching whole thing. The lineup: David & Jenny Heitler-KlevansRichard McLaughlinSteve PullaraJanet SchreinerAllison DeSalvo, Carlie Crabtree, Stasia Rinaldi,  Devin WalkerWill AveryDave FryDavid C. PerryLinda Lara & Sharon Stacy.
 
Janet also hosted a CMN Pool Party event a couple of summers ago. These local get-ogethers are a cherished chance for kids music kindred spirits to network and be nurtured in a relaxed atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement. 



You can see a Facebook Photo Album of the event here:

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CMN Children's Concert for Peace

On April 11, 2015, an amazing array of performers from the Mid-Atlantic Region of The Children's Music Network joined forces at the Newtown Meeting House to perform a benefit concert for the Peace Center of Bucks County. Fantastic fun for a great cause!


Group singing closing song


Left: Pauline Houston McCall   Right: Dave Fry


Peter Moses

Click on this link to see more photos of the event, including all the performers and a bunch of adorable singing, dancing kids.

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Midwest

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Want to get together, sing, share, connect... let me know and we'll make it happen!

Carole

 
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Carole Stephens, Midwest Region Coordinator
 
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Looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 International Conference in Scottsdale, AZ , Sept 20-22, 2019

 

Check out some pix from recent fun times!!

Six People Singing Six People Singing SongSwap Social in Chicago turned into NINE people singing, networking, laughing and sharing!  Host Carole Stephens welcomed Nina Marder, Karen Banks-Lubicz, Alina Celeste, Kristen Lems, Jeanie B, Brigid Finucane, Sue Nierman and Susan Salidor for a productive afternoon.  Watch for an announcement about our upcoming Regional Gathering in August!

 

A great time was had at the Blue Isle Public Library with hosts Anna Stange and Candy Heitner-- Several scarf and color songs were shared.  A story from Abe Lincoln interpreter, Dave Becker.  Dave Orleans shared Stuart Stott's new midwinter song.  Brigid Finucane shared an interesting play party song (somewhat similar to London Bridge).  Anna Stange shared falling down and getting back up play party songs.  


Candy Heitner (left) and Debbie Parks.

Mountain

We are so excited to be hosting the 2019 International Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Sept 20-22, 2019!  Make your plans now to join us!!

If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact Jane Arsham at office@cmnonline.org or contact Katherine Dines, CMN Contact in Colorado.

 

 
New England


Alphabet Rockers, Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd, led workshops focused on identifying and interrupting patterns of bias for CMNer's in Boston , Participants thought about and shared the first time they noticed race. and how those early interactions impacted them, especially when they were negative ones. For a number of participants, memories started in first grade (age 6 or 7), and acknowledged that similarly, the children in most CMN audiences are absorbing racial bias and patterns in their forming memories. The question: How can we interrupt the patterns of bias in ourselves to be sure we aren't impressing micro aggression onto our audiences?

Through song, movement and discussion, Tommy and Kaitlin helped us more fully understand the impact of our word choices regarding gender, and how those impact kids, For example, instead of using "guys" or "boys and girls" or "he" we can use "friends" or "everybody" to keep genders inclusive and ambiguous, rather than assigning gender. More questions:  Can we reflect on our word choices and make changes to be more inclusive? How can we prepare ourselves to react constructively when a child comments on skin color or gender and put forth positive messages?

And there were more questions asked and many more yet to be asked.    Thanks to Liz Buchanan  for bringing the Alphabet Rockers to New England!

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Want more information about the NE Region or want to host a song swap, contact the New England Regional Coordinators, Liz Benjamin and Stacey Peasley


Pictures from past NE Gatherings


             



New York Metro

We celebrated Pete's 100th in style and look forward to connecting again soon.

If you want to offer a songwap or opportunity for NYM to get together, please contact one of our regional coordinators, Nancy Hershatter, J123Sing@aol.com. or Barbara Girt, bcgirt@mac.com

Northern California

                              The Northern California Regional Chapter of CMN hosted a wonderful

Liz Hannan and Kathleen Rushing are your No. Cal Coordinators for CMN!  If you would like to suggest an idea for a gathering, or volunteer your home or appropriate venue, we would love to hear from you.  In the past we have had song swaps, workshops, concerts, and always a potluck including lots of Kale dishes from Nancy Schneidinger.

Hope to hear from you soon,
Kathleen and Liz. 

Northern Califormian CMNers gather to sing and enjoy each other's company!

 

Pacific Northwest

If you are interested in hosting a songswap or get together please contact

Your Friendly Regional Co-Reps,

Greta Pedersen, greta@greta.net


Southeast

If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact:

Marci Bernstein
Asheville, NC

Judy Caplan Ginsburg
Alexandria, LA

Elise Witt
Pine Lake, GA

Southern California

The Southern California region had a fun, delicious, meaningful song swap/potluck April 27. Attendees were Dana Charnofski, Tracy Newman, Nathalia Palis-McGlaughlin, Kayte Deioma, Thiago Winterstein, Dave Kinnoin, and Mary Kincaid (Dave’s wife).  Karen Sima and Jacki Breger were sorely missed. We learned a lot about each other and are eager to meet again.

If you are interested in hosting a song swap or get together, please contact Dave Kinnoin

Southwest

The Southwest is so happy to be home for the 2019 CMN International Conference on Sept 20-23 in Scottsdale, AZ.  And in addition to the Conference, the co-chairs Alice Burba and Katherine Dines have arranged a day at the Musical Instrument Museum, (MIM) which houses the largest collection of musical instruments in this country.

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If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact:

Purly Gates
Driftwood, TX

Frank M. Hernandez
Tucson, AZ