An old African phrase goes something like,”It takes a village… “

Well, it took our HVBA village to make the Gibson Brothers concert such a huge success.  Aside from the fact that we had such excellent musicians with a large fan base, we had so many people who were working hard to make everything flow smoothly.

We all owe our thanks to Kate Mitchell, our Treasurer, for handling all of the money at the door and for writing all the checks; George Nasca for handling tickets and membership renewals and sign-ups (and minding the door during the concert); Peter Conklin for taking care of all of our printing needs and for selling the CDs (not not mention that he is always there to cheerfully help out whenever he is needed); Mike Foley for his outstanding job on publicity, Nancy Angell & Diane Schoonmaker for taking care of the refreshments with grace, Dave Angell & Dave Cobb for setting up tables and being there to do whatever needed doing; Mark Hudson for taking care of our tee shirt sales; Fred Robbins for his photography & enthusiasm; Zoe & Bella Brodsky, who were so cute that the audience couldn’t resist them when they sold the raffle tickets; Mike Rosenthal for arranging to get the CDs for the raffle; Jeff Anzevino for his excellent skills as an emcee and promoter of the HVBA; and to everyone who brought baked goods for the refreshment table.  Ed Schaffer wins the prize for bringing the most people to the concert and, of course, we thank him for his donation of the Michael Kelly mandolin!!!  Happy Birthday, Ed (again)!

Thanks go out to Too Blue – Betsy Rome, Michael Sassano, Joan Harrison and Jamie Doris, for starting the evening off with their wonderful sound of bluegrass.  Their presence on the stage brought great local talent to the audience.  It is an honor to have such talent in the Mid-Hudson Valley!!!

And….it took YOU, the audience to make the Gibson Brothers leave Poughkeepsie with a smile on their faces.  You were appreciative of their talent, enjoyed their humor and made them feel welcome.  Good job!!!


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