Stacy Featured in Statewide Newsletter!

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AmeriCorps VISTA Stacy Drake Takes the Plunge in Berkley Springs!

The love of helping others can make volunteers do some pretty crazy things! Recently Stacy Drake, a West Virginia’s Promise AmeriCorps VISTA, went above and beyond to raise money for his VISTA site, BlackCat Music Cooperativein Berkeley Springs. The program offers free music classes to area youth.

Stacy promised to take a dip in George Washington’s bathtub at Berkeley Springs State Park on Giving Tuesday, if BlackCat could raise $1,500 in 12 hours on social media.

The money was raised and Stacy took the plunge on George Washington’s birthday. As he entered the cool water, Stacy said he was happy to follow through because it was all for the kids!

VISTA MarchStacy Vista with kids

Holiday Sing A Long, Special Evening in Hancock!

The Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra and The Young Yukes presented a wonderful holiday program on Friday, December 21st at the Hancock Performing Arts Center. The festive mood filled the room, as audience members gladly sang along to many of their favorites and even added a few dance moves here and there.

This is the second concert The Young Yukes have performed with The Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra, since the after school group was formed in September.

The Young Yukes and Uke winner, Dr. Dan Murphy, with Mike of Tri State Ukeclectic Orchestra


The growing popularity of the ukulele is being felt worldwide, with sales that have tripled in the past few years and the number of players growing at an astounding rate! Why not! It’s easy and fun to play and small enough to take anywhere!

The BCMC Wednesday After School Uke Club continues to grow and is learning new songs weekly! As you can see, Ukes are now coming in all shapes, styles and sizes. This program provides students with a chance to learn and build self confidence.

Youth Uke Club Underway!

Under the direction of Mike Kligerman, the Youth Uke  Club  met and played for the first time on Wednesday, September 5th at 5:00 pm. This energetic team of youngsters will be meeting after school each Wednesday at 5:00 pm at BlackCat Music Shop. It was so much fun, that even some of the parents picked up a uke and played along! Mike just makes it that darn easy to learn.

Black Cat Music Cooperative


Empowering Youth Through Music!