Members and guests came together on June 14th, 2018 to join in celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the South Shore Bluegrass Music Association.
Memories were shared at the “Double S Park” in New Canada by past and present members. Pictured above are front row: Councilor of District 5, Cathy Moore; MC-Reg Tanner; Jessie Slauenwhite who is an active Lifetime Member at 91; Mayor of the District of Lunenburg, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson; Don Getson, Ginny Ramey (cutting cake) and Ross Ramey original members in 1983 & Lifetime Members; Sandra Conway, current President and Edgar Russell, our newest “Lifetime Member”. Back row: Jonathan Crouse from Country 100.7 Radio.
On the road to our 35th Anniversary... 2018
The South Shore Bluegrass Association was formed in 1983 by a group of local musicians who wished to promote bluegrass and old-time music throughout the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. There were 86 members at that first meeting, which was held at Italy Cross Fire Hall on November 20th, 1983. In 1989, the club was incorporated under the Societies Act and the word “music” was added to make the name “South Shore Bluegrass Music Association, which had grown to over 100 members. Festivals were held on private properties throughout Nova Scotia where fans camped and listened to our member musicians and invited guests. Money was raised and set aside for the day it would be possible to have our own park. We hold “Open Jams” on Friday evenings during the summer and have great support from the public as well as our members. Once monthly we hold a Variety Show, where the talents of our guests and member groups offer a wonderful evening of great entertainment. During the year, we proudly support organizations such as I.W.K. Health Centre, the Salvation Army and the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore. The current membership of the South Shore Bluegrass Music Association stands at 250+ and takes pride in maintaining and building on the foresight and achievements of the members since 1983.
Written & submitted by Brenda Conrad, SSBMA Secretary
South Shore Bluegrass Music Association president Dianne Tipert was joined by the Municipality of Lunenburg's Mayor Don Downe to cut the cake celebrating the club's 30th anniversary.
On July 20, members and invited guests of the South Shore Bluegrass Music Association (SSBMA) gathered at the SSBMA Park in New Canada to celebrate 30 years of great music, great fellowship and great memories.
Morning, noon or night, music and laughter can be heard coming from all over the camping park or from around the fire pit. Many members also enjoy inside activities and fellowship.
Mayor Don Downe brought greetings from the municipality and spoke of his memories of the early days when the land lease was established.
A number of the original members were present for the celebration. Current members take pride in maintaining and building on what the founders began 30 years ago.
One of the members, Greg Nickerson, wrote a song for the occasion and delighted the audience as he performed it during the afternoon.
The purpose and objective of the club is to support and promote bluegrass, country and old-time country music. Once a month a variety show is held at the park at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings. These shows as well as the acoustic jams held every Friday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. are open to the public. The hall is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
Article Content Courtasy of South Shore Now