Port Dover Christmas Parade 2015

Congratulations to all the community volunteers, who contributed to the success of the Port Dover Santa Clause Parade. Dover Uke Heads were fortunate to win “Best Non-Commercial Float” Thanks to Lisa and Gerrie our decorating committee directors, Ron for making up the music sheets, Ian for the chairs, Mike our driver, Ken Young for donating his truck, float and 1900 cutter sleigh, Lydia for the hot coffee, and all the members for all the Christmas decorations and your work decorating and most of all, your presence. Below are a few photos of the day.





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A Big Thanks To Cat Porritt

Cat Porritt and Cheryl Hansford have started a new ukulele group in Tillsonburg. http://catporritt.com/tag/tillsonburg-ukulele-group/   A big thanks to Cat for all the work she did for Dover Uke Heads. Congratulations, from D.U.H. on your new group. We are sure it will be successful. In the future it would be great to get both groups together for an evening of song. Thanks again for all you and Cheryl have contributed to D.U.H.

Cat developed and administered this web site. She has been very helpful in transferring it over to me. Thanks, Peter Shebib

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Summer Potlucks

Barb, Audrey and Charlie at Evelyn's Backyard

Barb, Audrey and Charlie at Evelyn’s Backyard

Dover Uke Heads took a summer break after playing our last commitment on July 14th: the gazebo gets hot in the heat wave of July and the Port Dover Summer Fest gets underway in early August. We are looking forward to re-convening in mid-September at the Grace UC on Chapman St.

Thanks to a few of our members, we were invited to some backyard potlucks and playing in the cool shade of back yards. It was so nice to enjoy the summer, nice gardens, cools breezes, good company and playing our ukes.

Our first summer potluck and play was held at the home of Evelyn Sackrider and included a home tour and cranberry punch with gingerale. Everyone cooked fabulous foods and tastey appetizers and we had a great visit in the shade on her back patio.

Our second outing was to play our ukes on the back deck at Gerrie Randall’s place in Port Dover. Everything was fine until those first few drops of rain were felt….and we relocated a few feet into the sunroom. We played mostly from Jim Beloff’s the Daily Ukulele.

Lastly, Rick and Teresa Eller hosted a backyard BBQ at their home on Highway 3 south of Simcoe. We enjoyed visiting with Rick, Teresa, Mandy and Ian, Lynn, Lydia, Evelyn, grandparents, kids, grandkids, two friendly dogs in a huge shady back yard.

Big thanks to everyone who offered to hold the summer get-togethers. I look forward to enjoying more next year, but for now I will just say, “see you in September.”

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Summer Luau’s, Had Us A Blast!

11705511_10152837641261890_6980187373649058199_oWe had two concerts booked for Hawaiian Luau’s in July, a 2 hour performance down in Turkey Point and a one-hour concert in Tillsonburg. Both were very enjoyable to play and our group also enjoys getting dressed up in Hawaiian garb.

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On July 4th we did a two-hour Hawaiian Luau performance to a packed audience at the Sandbar on the Beach in Turkey Point. As soon as we started our set a few more patrons hurried in to sit at the bar. We handed out plastic fruit shakers and threw as many leis on them as we could. A number of our members had worked for weeks ahead of time to perfect some solo’s. Daniel Pearson and Ron Abbey each performed a third of the song Hootchy Kootchy Henry with Jenny Gedye, Evelyn sang the Hawaiian Wedding Song with Ben’s accompaniment, and Cat did Lovely Hula Hands, a tune she heard for the first time while on her trip to Hawaii this winter. The solo act that stole the show was Let’s All Go To Hawaii by our leader Peter on uke and accompanied by Bill on his custom bull-horn – very well done! And we all practiced for weeks and weeks to get our songs just right as well as sprinkling a few new ones into our set list. Towards the end of our time there we were treated to a rousing rendition of contemporary song Riptide performed by one of our youngest members, Ben (grandson of Barb Stewardson). We really had a great time and enjoyed playing there, and we hope the owners will have us back again.

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On July 14th we car-pooled and trekked out to Hickory Hills in Tillsonburg. We all wore our yellow Duh shirts. Which was funny because we found out that the audience was celebrating a Luau night there, and they were expecting us to be decked out in Hawaiian garb, too. But, we are all so prepared that we luckily all had our Hawaiian set lists with us, and proceeded to put on our Luau performance. Afterwards they treated us to some great snacks and refreshing punch, coffee and tea. A very fun night, and we hope that the folks at Hickory Hills enjoyed the show and will have us come back again sometime.

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Mandy led some Irish tunes at the potluck Luau in Fisher's Glen

Mandy led some Irish tunes at the potluck Luau in Fisher’s Glen

This was originally posted on our Facebook Group page, DUH~Dover Uke Heads by Peter Shebib.

Wonderful Time at Fishers Glenn summer opening with D.U.H. ukes Luau. Audrey, Evelyn and Rick opened with an old time favorites set list, of which everyone said they really enjoyed. That was followed by eating a smorgasbord of foods fit for a king. That’s what’s good about potlucks, especially summer ones.

From there we played a number of tunes from our Hawaiian set list, followed by a duo from Rick and Audrey. Then we started playing impromptu tunes from various sheets we brought along. The audience liked it so much they joined in, especially our Irish Set list, led by Mandy. Mandy and Ian did a lovely rendition of “You Belong to Me” followed by a tune by myself and Bill, called” Let’s all go to Hawaii” which to my surprise was happily appreciated, followed by “Wagon Wheel” led by Rick, supported by everyone.

All the folks from Fisher’s Glenn and guests were decked out with their Lei’s, even the dog, Sunshine.

It’s so nice to play to such a jovial audience. We played in all for three hours until we ran out of tunes. Mandy you have to bring more sheets the next time. A big thanks to Betty and Mike Henderson for hosting a lovely get together I’m sure we will be back next year. Here are a number of pictures and videos, thanks to Betty.

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Playing an Outside Concert at Dover Cliffs

Getting lined up for the show Residents under the shad Gord

Roll…. out…. those…… Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!!!

Mandy, Ev and Pearsons Bill, Lydia A Great Turn out

What a great time we had over at our home town’s retirement home, Dover Cliffs on St. George Street in Port Dover last Tuesday night! This is just one of the many nursing and retirement homes that we make the rounds of.

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Travis Picking

Lately our Fearless Leader has been giving us video tutorials on this method of uke playing, and there are a few websites with downloads for this information that I am making available here.

For ease of gaining the information, those interested can follow the links from here.

Here is the website for Ukulele Mike Lynch, that Peter sent out to us in the first place:


Travis Picking

Below are the follow-up video tutorials for Travis Picking by Mike Lynch, that go with the image above.

Travis Picking video tutorial #2:

Travis Picking video tutorial #3:

“Combination” Travis Picks, a little more advanced:

A picking pattern pdf doc online from the Marlow Group, here: Picking Patterns

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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11 a.m. Demonstration

11 a.m. Demonstration

On Saturday March 28th Dover Uke Heads had their first experience as a participant in an all-day festival or fair. The Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Fair was an all-day event which was FREE to the public.

Participating organizations, business and hobby/recreational groups manned tables covered with their equipment, information pamphlets, books, samples, flyers, banners, posters, callenders, stickers, fridge magnets and promotional gizmos from bells to whistles. :-)

Our table had music books, ukuleles, small yellow flyers, Cat’s scrap book, a binder of DUH’s own Song Book, a few of our shirts for sale, and a clip-board for collecting new names and emails for interested parties. We started our set-up at 8:38 and were already noodling and playing songs by 9:30. Thank goodness the Llama Bean Café was there to provide java!

I have to hand it to our members, like Bill, who showed people who took flyers how easy it could be to learn to lay ukulele with us, by showing them chord boxes and music sheets, and talking about our location and times of play. Peter actually was interviewed by a woman with a television camera but I didn’t catch the station, sorry! And everyone else really did a great job of promoting our group’s virtues and how music can help you in your life. You don’t have to be an athlete or a musician to learn how to play the ukulele, you just need to be willing to learn!

One of our members had to wear more than one “hat” at the Fair, but only the one t-shirt. And of course, Rick may have become a little bit confused…. at the North Shore Erie Amateur Astronomers table…. or was that Pregnant or Breastfeeding….? Or playing ukulele for Dover Uke Heads’ table? LOL

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We also performed twice at the Wellness Fair’s demonstration area. We kicked off the fair at 11:00 a.m. and rang it out at 2:30 p.m. til 3:00. So a big thank you to our early morning crew and our afternoon rescuers! Evelyn, Sandy, Rick, Peter, Bill, Lydia, Lynn, Dick Pearson, Gerrie, Barb and Ben. I also want to thank Rick for making the registration forms possible for us to get by email, and Teresa for taking pictures of us during demonstration! Aloha!

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DUH & Our Community

 Shrove Tuesday 2 Shrove Tuesday 1

Dover Uke Heads started off performances in 2015 by playing for charity on February 17th.

The Grace United Church (our home base) asked us to play songs for an hour at their Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper as we did previously in 2013. Pat Tinney, the co-ordinator for that event, said they had even more patrons at the supper this year than last year. We had a great time playing our Regular Set List, and we want the church to know that we were glad to help out.

We also were asked to do the same thing for the church’s Irish Stew Supper which was held one month later on March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day. Our group looked at this as an opportunity to put together a great line-up of Irish Songs. Much thanks to Mandy for finding some great songs. Although we know it must’ve been nerve-wracking, we are all proud of her for leading not one but TWO events with Our Fearless Leader. She did a great job directing us and I am real proud of us as a group for following her. Our complete Irish Songs downloadable set list can be found here on our website under the Songs tab.

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Just a few days before we were set to play on St. Patrick’s Day, Peter had a call from a local gal named Carissa about playing in her family-owned restaurant and bar on the weekend. Luckily we were fully prepared with our Irish songs so Peter quickly emailed the group that this was a “go” for anyone who was available. We played for about one and a half hours or so, on Sunday March 15th at the Sandbar on the Beach down in Turkey Point. We wore green, drank some green beer and toasted to our “green roots” whether they were real or adopted.

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4th Annual Potluck Christmas Party

Group Playing

We were all very festive last Tuesday night, as we gathered for yet another of our Potluck Christmas parties. Since Peter and Dennis started the group meets in January of 2011 we have been fortunate enough to have a potluck Christmas party every year. Everyone seems to bring enough food to feed an army: chilli, casseroles, home-made baked bread, crescents with bacon!!, sweet potatoes, salads, veggies, and an equally big table full of just desserts, including another ukulele cake and a home-made minced meat pie by Peter. There were also ukulele cookies, which I think Lisa brought, and lots of goodies like squares, cupcakes, cookies, and a strawberry fruit pie. Many thanks are due to all the good cooks, and to Jenny, Bill, Ian, Rick, Daniel, Gerrie and others who helped Peter get tables and chairs down from the stage, and grouping the them. Much appreciation to those who showed up early to help with this as it is no easy chore (I’m sorry I haven’t everyone’s name in there).

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We generally play Christmas songs after the meal and players have the chance to perform songs solo or in pairs, etc. Every one had a fun night as we played some of our Christmas set list songs, and a few new ones that Peter brought for us, such as It’s a Marshmallow World. Lisa and daughter Maggie sang 3 songs for us from the Frozen movie sound track, and it was really cute and entertaining. Maggie was dressed up as Anna as seen in the movie while her little brother Atticus was dressed like the Olaf character. (As you may have noticed by now, we totally LOVE dressing up on theme song nights!)

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Also, Cat goes around giving every one who attended a numbered ticket for door prizes! (Cat’s favorite thing! LOL) For the past 3 years we have used the money awarded to us from the Port Dover Board of Trade for participating in the Port Dover Santa Claus Parade held in November. This year the door prizes were $10 gift certificates for businesses and eateries in Port Dover: The Erie Beach Hotel, Knechtel’s, The Norfolk Tavern, Len’s Mill Store, and one for $20 from Dover Paint and Paper. Peter’s helpers for drawing the tickets were grandkids Maggie and Atticus.

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That’s a wrap for us for ukulele nights at the church. We have one more performance night at the Norfolk General Nursing Home on December 11th. After that we will start up again on Tuesday, January 13th in the new year.

Aloha and mahalo!


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