Uke Heads are going to be busy a couple of times a month in the next 4 months. We have committed to five public appearances between now and end of August, as well as our Summer Luau in June. The set list of songs we are playing are listed on this website here Song List.
The following events list is as complete as possible at this time. More details to be added as we get them, so check back now and again to stay updated.
Townsend Community Church, Friday May 18th, 7 to 7:45 pm
We are the monthly entertainment booking for the church’s senior group, “Seasoned Souls.” Arrive 6:30 for set-up at the only church in the town of Townsend. Bring your music stand, set list of music, your uke, a kazoo or harmonica (or both), your good mood and let’s wear our yellow shirts!
Relay for Life, Friday June 1st, Holy Trinity Catholic School, 6 pm
We have been asked to help out this charitable event by playing from 6 pm to 7. The song list has just been published: click here. Remember to bring bottled water in case it’s hot, and if you check the weather beforehand we might need light jackets and hats, because Susan tells us that we are going to be playing on an outdoor stage. We should try to group together in two’s and three’s to share some music stands, and some of us should stand if possible, bring camp chairs for those who need to sit. If you have a Hawaiian shirt the plan is to wear a shirt like that over our yellow DUH shirts. For those who don’t have one, I hope to have an order in by the end of June.
Summer Luau, 8 Foad Rd Port Ryerse, Saturday June 16th (June 17th rain date)
Arrival 3 PM. Potluck and music
Stew and Val Smith offered to host our Summer Luau at their place in Port Ryerse, about 6 pm. Once again, George Rout has been booked to play some songs for us on his Hawaiian guitar. Back in the day, George had taken lessons under Peter’s father back in Halifax; to learn more about George Rout click here. The theme is Hawaiian music so come prepared to share something with the group, as well as Peter and Cat will have some entertaining Hawaiian songs lined up for the group to play together. Like last year, this will also be potluck, so we might have to co-ordinate on the main dishes, salads and deserts, bringing your own refreshments, of course! Don’t forget to bring camp chairs, music stands, music, and….your uke!
Port Ryerse Fish Fry, Saturday July 7th, 5 til 7 pm
This is a fundraising event for the Port Ryerse Church Bell Tower. We have been booked for an encore appearance, LOL! Peter thinks maybe we will work on a more complimentary seating plan before we get there, which means he wants to make a plan for performing our songs before-hand, drawing on what we would improve from last year’s experience. Bring the usual equipment, as listed above, but we thought wearing some Hawaiian shirts or other casual dress to fit in with the idea of the Fish Fry would be appropriate. Let’s have some fun with this!
Butterfly and Dragonfly Festival, Backus Heritage Conservation Area, Sunday July 8th, 11 am to 12:30 pm
This is the 3rd annual event. Families attend from all over the county, and many venues are available from face painting to crafts. Click here to read more about it. The co-ordinator, Deb Solymar, has asked us to play our own choice of songs in “the pavillion” from 11 am to 11:45, at which time she will announce the formation of the children’s butterfly parade. She would like us to play some children’s songs that they can march to, and Peter immediately thought of Skinnamarink. This is a great opportunity for community involvement for our group! We’ll have to bring our own chairs with music stands, and the rest of our equipment.
The Lion On the Lake, Powell Park, Port Dover, Saturday August 11th
Harbour Museum curator Ian Bell has invited us to participate in the musical presentation of his production this summer. The outdoor theatre will commemorate the August 5th, 1812 visit to Port Dover by General Brock during the War of 1812. There will be a workshop at the Harbour Museum in Port Dover on Sunday, June 10th at 1:30 where we can rehearse music with the rest of the cast, and get more information and a schedule for the production. The time of the play on August 11th is yet to be announced.
Summer Concert Series, Waterford Old Town Hall, Thursday August 16th, 8 pm slot!
This wonderful outdoor Summer Concert Series showcases some of the county’s finest musicians. New member Mike Hogg co-ordinates this weekly event and even builds the stage! It takes place on the front lawn so we need to bring our own camp chairs as the night’s performances start at 7 pm, and we are on for the last half hour. If anyone feels inclined to check it out beforehand, the concert series takes place on Thursday nights starting June 28th. (FYI, the event organizers are very likely to “pass the hat” in order to keep the lights on at the Hall.)
Once the hot weather comes we move outside to the gazebo in Powell Park. This is almost directly across the street from the Lighthouse Theatre. We meet out there on the same night and time, unless it is raining, lightning, hailing or otherwise storming…..!