President's Corner

January 2019

December marked another successful holiday potluck with an abundance of great food, fun door prizes, and wonderful music played by awesome musicians. An impromptu auction offered beautiful pine centerpieces, handcrafted by member Barb Pesavento, for a donation to SCVFA. Volunteers made it all happen. Thank you to all who contributed their time and talents.

At a Toys for Tots Holiday Party at Harry’s Hofbrau, sponsored by South Bay Scottish Society (SBSS), SCVFA members provided live music. Performances are how SCVFA generate necessary funding for the organization and follows its mission to share our music. For this good cause and in the spirit of the holidays, the performance was our “gift” to SBSS. I joined Anita Baldwin, Dave Thomas, Tony Becker, Jessica Ollmann, Bill O’Haren,     and Weiwei Chen to share our traditional music as well as holiday music. Many thanks to all of you.

SCVFA teamed with Tony Becker of the, The South Bay Scottish Society and St Andrew’s Society of San Francisco to co-sponsor WinterDance Celtic Christmas Celebration at the Hoover Historic Theatre. The music, singing and dancing were excellent… a perfect way to welcome the holidays. Local business, co-sponsors, and members made donations of items or services which were raffled to raise funds for the California Fire victims. A special thanks for the handcrafted pine centerpiece and wreath goes to Barb Pesavento.


Everybody please give a warm welcome to our 3 new members, Andy & Barbara Cameron and Peter Abbey. I hope to see you regularly at SCVFA. You have come to the right place to make connections and continue your musical journey. Welcome back to David & Monika Cartwright and Rudy Posch. It’s good to have with us. There are often many new faces at SCVFA. I alway try to greet each of you personally, but don’t always succeed. Come say hello when you see me at our monthly jam. I’m usually wearing a hat with feathers.

“Afters” is the time to put down your instruments and get to know one another. Join us immediately following the January jam at “The Pasta Market” for good conversation and good food. 579 Coleman Ave, San Jose.

Volunteers are what keeps SCVFA going and it’s fun! This is a great way to connect with more musicians and support our organization.
It takes a village… Let’s all do our part.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a Happy and healthy new year to all,
– Susan

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