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.

Uke Orig 3            Uke original

 “THE ORIGINAL KONTNER UKULELE”

George Washington’s Tub Awaits!

THE COUNTDOWN FOR STACY IS ON!

Monday, February 18th, (Presidents Day) Stacy will enter the Berkeley Springs State Park downtown and take a dip in George Washington’s outdoor bath tub! Stacy vowed to take the plunge, if 1500 dollars could be raised in one day, to benefit the youth programs of The BlackCat Music Cooperative.

Giving Tuesday on November 27th, turned out to be a memorable day for BCMC and for Stacy. Don’t miss Stacy, in his swim trunks, taking a “donation dip” at 3:30 on Monday the 18th! A special thanks to everyone for their generous donations and continued support.

Your Time To Shine!

Morgan County Has Talent is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at 7 pm and we need performers! If you sing, dance, are in a band, play an instrument, juggle, do magic tricks or just something you think is an award winning talent, we want to hear from you.

Submit your video between NOW and February 28th by going to the Morgan County Has Talent Facebook page.  Practice, practice, practice. All ages and acts will be considered. Morgan County Has Talent will be held at the Berkeley Springs High School Auditorium.

Morgan County Has Talent is a co-sponsored event to benefit The Morgan County Partnership and The BlackCat Music Cooperative. Check this website and the BCMC Facebook page for updates!

 

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

BSHS Guitar Circle

The Berkeley Springs High School Guitar Circle under the direction of Steve Grigsby meets every Monday after school at BlackCat Music Shop. The club also meets two times a month during sixth period at the school. The Guitar Circle is open to established student players and students wanting to learn how to play.

Steve shares his wealth of knowledge with the group and lets the guitarists choose songs to learn and share. BlackCat Music Cooperative is continuing to install new programs for our youth with generous support from the community, fundraisers, and provided grants.