. . . Just a lot of good music and fun, in honor of St. Paddy!
The tributes to Ireland and its favorite saint started right away. Sue Hirigoyen and Vito Riggio teamed up on a couple of Irish favorites, playing their Petosa accordions. Fittingly enough, Sue’s accordion even sports green bellows.
The Nicolini boys didn’t dissapoint, as they were attired in Irish-inspired garb, which included light-up bow ties! Younger brother Paul was sidelined with a banged-up finger, but that didn’t stop him from chipping in with vocals.
We also heard from first-time performers VJ Vogelzang, who did a nice job playing “Moon River” and “My Blue Heaven,” and Al Giuntoli, who played – very capably – “It Had to Be You” and “Wild Irish Rose,” finishing with “That’s Amore.”
Several regulars – too many to list here – also performed. We heard some old standards, Irish numbers, of course, a few German songs, a Russian piece, some Italian tunes, etc. All well done, and a pleasure to listen to. Vocalists “Sketty” Franceschetti, Paul Nicolini and Vito Riggio also added to the evening’s entertainment.
Be sure to attend our April meeting!
Small crowd got its money’s worth!
There weren’t many of us, but we had a very enjoyable evening anyway. The February crowd was quite a bit smaller than usual, perhaps due to the meeting night falling on Ash Wednesday.
Those who didn’t show missed some good performances. (Heck, we always have good performances!) Cindy Johnston, accompanied as usual by Robert Lee, started the evening’s entertainment with a few songs appropriate for Valentine’s Day.
Next up were Sue Hirigoyen and Vito Riggio playing some Italian tunes on their Petosa accordions.
Several other “regular” performers, including the trio of Margret Rose, Horst Boehm and Ingrid Seibold, filled out the night’s entertainment.
The evening’s final performance, by a group of four accordionists – Gene Bartolomei, Ed Sciarini, Bob Foppiano and Jan Maas, with vocal help from Vito Riggio – included a happy 91st birthday salute to Manuel Valverde.
If you missed the show, don’t make the same mistake in March. In fact, bring a friend.
Please note this date change for the July meeting: It will be held on July 17th (instead of the 10th).
14th Anniversary meeting lots of fun!
It’s hard to believe we have been meeting monthly for 14 years! It seems only a short time ago that some two dozen of us kicked off what would become the Good Time Accordion Club in the tiny social hall of the Escalon Methodist Church on a January evening in 1999. Since that time, we have outgrown two meeting places and have come to expect more than one hundred to attend each meeting.
We have seen the renovation of our current home, and endured a temporary stay at the high school performing arts building. And in that time, anyone who has taken the stage now and again has become a better accordionist.
We also have tried to bring in outside talent for your listening pleasure. We’ve had some great musicians, and all, without exception, have told us that our club is the best by far, due to the attentiveness and courtesy of our audience. We’re proud of that reputation, and have our performers and listeners to thank. We also believe that we have as good an assortment of musicians as can be found in any club.
Thank you all for being part of the GTAC. Here’s to many more years!
It’s that time of year again. Time to pay your annual dues.
Current dues are $20 per household, per year, payable each Jan. 1.
Your club continues to function and is maintained by dues-paying members, admittance to meetings and donations. Your dues help cover the expenses of of such things as the monthly newsletter, hall rental, refreshment supplies and insurance. We could not operate without this support and appreciate your understanding.
You may pay dues to treasurer Gayle Certini at the February meeting, or mail a check to: GTAC, 2609 Manhasset Circle, Modesto, CA 95355.
We mourn the January loss of two of our longtime members, Esther Cadlolo and Larry Cadruvi.
Esther, 83, of Escalon, passed away Jan. 5.
Esther and Ted were GTAC members from the very beginning. They both loved accordion music and rarely missed a meeting. They sometimes could be coaxed on stage to play their spoons, accompanying several of our performers.
Larry passed away Jan. 15 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House. A Modesto resident, he was 78.
Larry and Earlene were faithful attendees from the club’s early days. They could be counted on to take their turn serving refreshments, and Larry always cheerfully helped set up the room before meetings, and clean up after.
To the families and friends of these departed members, we offer our deepest sympathy.
Songs of the Season Prevail
Our December meeting was full of holiday cheer and good fun, with plenty of joyful Christmas music, great refreshments, and a gift giveaway.
The first performers, pictured above, kicked off the festivities with songs ranging from Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman to Silent Night.
Our German group, who gave us some traditional European Christmas tunes, also was in the holiday spirit.
Margret Rose, Horst Boehm and Ingrid Seibold
And of course, the evening wouldn’t have been complete without Jana Mass’ rendition of I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.
GTAC president Jana Maas with giveaway goodies
Gene Bartolomei and Vito Riggio
Betty and Bob Abernathy
Gayle and John Certini
Longtime members Leo Tastsides of Vallejo and Celestina Morino of Ripon passed away recently.
To their families and friends, we offer our sincere condolences.
The annual club picnic is set for Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Community Center park adjacent to our meeting place. Music will start at 10 a.m. with lunch served around noon by Blodgett Catering.
Meals must be reserved and paid in advance at $12 per member, $15 per guest and $5 each for kids 12 and under.
Popular San Francisco Entertainer sure to please GTAC Crowd!
Ron Borelli, one of The City’s best musicians, has heard so many good things about the Good Time Accordion Club that he wanted to come play for us.
Ron has played for hundreds of special occasions and and for many Bay Area celebrities. He has appeared with the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony. He also has appeared at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
If you’ve been to the Cotati Accordion Festival, you’ve seen him perform with Dick Contino.
Come enjoy Ron’s performance, and plan to take his music home on CDs, which he will have for sale.
If you have ever received a card from the Good Time Accordion Club, it almost certainly was sent by Paula Re.
After more than 13 years as the club’s official spreader of good cheer, Paula has reluctantly decided to step down. Nives Guthrie has graciously agreed to take on the responsibility of sending cards to those in need of cheering up. If you know someone who could use a kind note, you may call Nives at (209) 544-8655 or e-mail her at nives@jps. net
Paula and husband Larry Re are charter members of the GTAC. In addition to Paula’s service as sunshine chair, the couple always has supported our club. They donated the American flag displayed at every meeting, and Larry has appeared many times on stage.
Nives also is a longtime club member as well as an accomplished accordionist.
Reedless Electronic Accordion a BIG hit!
Richard Noel of Bakersfield nearly sold out his inventory of CDs at the March meeting. Using his reedless Roland FR-7x, he played something for everyone, opening the program with a request, “San Antonio Rose.”
From there, he demonstrated the versatility of his instrument, playing a wide variety of songs. From “Phantom of the Opera” and an Irish jig to a medley of songs from “Sound of Music” and a few patriotic tunes, the range of sounds from the Roland was astounding.
Richard said “I thoroughly enjoyed playing for your club – what an amazingly receptive group.”
The evening continued with the dressed-for-the-occasion Nicolini brothers honoring St. Patrick with a couple of Irish tunes.Ingrid Seibold played her diatonic button box, and then joined first- timers Margaret Rose and Horst Boehm, playing a few German tunes.
More musical fun is in store April 11. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.
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