SINGBIG! 2019 CAST & INSTRUCTOR!

The cast of SingBig! 2019, under the direction of Joel Newman, delivered a rousing musical revue at the Ice House on Friday, July 26th. Check out some behind the scenes photos during the two week summer camp. Thank you to the Morgan Arts Council for the use of the Ice House performing stage and to the Boys and Girls Club of Morgan County for the wonderful lunches! Most of all, thank you parents and grandparents for a wonderful group of young people to participate in our program!!

Ukulele’s Historic Journey!

Our Music in Your Life series continues with an incredible story about a famous ukulele. Our sincere thanks to Helen Overly, for sharing this story from The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA.

The Konter Ukulele may be the most valuable ukulele in the world. It was owned by Richard Konter, “Ukulele Dick,” who joined Admiral Richard Byrd’s famed expedition to the North Pole in 1926. During the expedition, he obtained signatures at every opportunity, including those of all 45 crew members of the Admiral Byrd expedition and the Admiral himself. It’s the only artifact that traveled to the North Pole because it was smuggled under the seat of the airplane. The ukulele also made a trip to the White House and was signed by President Calvin Coolidge, along with the vice president, the secretary of state, the secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Amelia Earhart, Thomas Edison, Charles Lindbergh and many, many more. The soprano ukulele contains more than 155 signatures. The replica includes all signatures, which have been carefully laser-etched into the beautiful koa wood. The soprano ukulele also features vintage style violin peg tuners and a replica of the original interior label.

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 “THE ORIGINAL KONTNER UKULELE”