Blog site of the

California State Old-Time Fiddlers' Association

District 5 (Orangevale / Sacramento)

This blog will be used to keep you abreast of activities of the CSOTFA District 5.

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The First D5 Zoom Jam was held on the normal 2nd Sunday of the Month Jam Date of January 10, 2021,

led be D5 Vice-President Eric Anderson.

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There were about 22 participants.   Eric would share the Chord charts and lead the group using a pre-recorded guitar accompaniment.   The individual participants would then follow the leader, but would be muted from the rest of the participants, but they could still be see and be seen by all.  There are technical restrictions that make a full multi-way real-time feed impossible.

D5 Zoom Jam Participants

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The jam session was followed with an open mic. Each participant was "given the mic" (session was un-muted) so all the other Zoom participants could hear and play along.

The plan is to continue holding Zoom jam's will COVID-19 restrictions prevent in person jam sessions.  All of the participants were pleased with this method.. and happy to see each other again.

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Hello to all members and supporters of District 5. We held our last Orangevale Grange jam on Sunday, March 8th. right on the verge of the covid-19 quarantine. The usual pancake breakfast before our meeting and jam was canceled. The coronavirus has interrupted and upset all of our lives, and our musical sessions have fallen prey to it. We are determined to survive as a viable organization, and

we appreciate your support, patience, and help during these uncertain times. Our goal is to get back on a regular schedule as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we have had several online Zoom meetings to plot out an interim course. We will keep you informed of important updates. We miss everyone and hope to see you soon...on the positive side for many of us, there is a lot to time to fiddle and practice whatever your instruments might be!

Sincerely, Jeff Gebhart.




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Memorial Article - Peggy Rheault (Click this link for the Memorial Article)


From Bob FItzGerald --

Regarding the death last November of Peggy Rheault, who was a member of District 5 and whom volunteered at the reception desk & snack bar at the District 5 monthly jams at the Grange. She also was a volunteer & supporter of what I always will refer to as “Preston’s Jam” at Lakewood Village. She even sang with us sometimes at that jam session. Because of all her involvement with those, I know she had a lot of CSOTFA friends that should know of her passing. Perhaps by reading the attached memorial article they’ll now also know a little about her background.

In addition to all that, for years Peggy provided transportation for Gary Goodenough to those jam sessions, and to my Country Club Aires (CCA) men’s chorus & band rehearsals & gigs every week.
Bob Fitzgerald, Retired CSOTFA#5 Master Of Ceremonies + Preston’s Jam Sound Man & Emcee

CCA Business Manager & Webmaster

Also Webmaster (where this article is also published on my alumni “Departed” page.)


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