Friday, August 14, 2015
Our first gig of this season was a little different from our usual programs for senior adults. We were invited to play at the Back To School Beach Bash Luau at the Greenville Library (Augusta Rd.) Our space was limited, so the first 10 of our band members to volunteer came to play as families came in and out of the library.
A few tiny children showed up with ukuleles in hand, just to be part of the "Hawaiian" fun. A small girl did her own version of the hula as we played.
But the most impressive was the mother who stayed to talk a few minutes after we finished our set. She had brought her children from a neighboring town because she had read that we would be playing. Yes, they came just to see us! Her young son is interested in ukuleles and she wanted him to see real ones being played.
Maybe in a few years, the library can call him to come play for them!
Aloha'Oe, Liliʻuokalani, 1878
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
But the following conversation posted on our Facebook page was the best. This young woman said it better than we could have ourselves—"Community amongst yourselves with a sense of mission."
Brooklynn I used your group as an example of a ministry for senior adults in my (seminary) Spiritually Across the Lifespan class :) My professor and classmates thought you all were fantastic! Thanks for sharing your videos.
The Yesterukes Thank you! We have always thought that those in the band probably benefit more than those we play for. And audiences love to hear us. So, it's a double blessing.
Brooklynn That's exactly what we so enjoyed! Community amongst yourselves with a sense of mission. We are exploring how important that is. Blessings!!
Thank you, Brooklyn, for totally "getting it."
Getting Some Fun Out Of Life, Bille Holliday, 1937
Friday, April 3, 2015
We were so welcomed by Woodruff First Baptist Church.
Then we were treated to lunch prepared by some of
the very best southern cooks.
We enjoyed the fellowship with the Golden Age group.
And then it was time for us to make them feel good, feel young.
Our music seemed to hit the spot with the enthusiastic listeners.
We loved seeing the smiling faces and toes a-tappin'
and folks singing right along with us.
It was one of those days when it all worked just right.
The Way You Make Me Feel, Michael Jackson, 1987
Friday, February 13, 2015
They continued to come into the fellowship hall at
First United Methodist Church, Easley until the room was full.
The Yesterukes were more than ready to play again.
This was our first gig of the year.
A winter break is nice (and much needed)
but it was nice to make music again.
The tables were beautiful decorated with a Valentine theme.
The food was delicious—hot soup on a cold winter day.
The fellowship was the best.
Yes, we are definitely hooked on this venture—
the instrument, the music, the friendships.
Hooked On A Feeling, B.J. Thoman, 1968
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
We enjoyed hosting the world famous Jim D'Ville
for his "Play Ukulele By Ear" workshop.
It was good to have many other ukulele players join us for this.
Our first holiday program was at the
SC Presbyterian Community in Clinton.
They were such a great audience,
singing along on all the songs.
We enjoyed another terrific covered dish dinner
right before we played for the senior adults at
Washington Baptist Church in Greer.
And our final program for 2014
was for a huge audience
when we played for families of
the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints .
We are taking a break for several weeks to enjoy
the holidays and spend time with our families.
Merry Christmas from the Yesterukes!
And we wish all of you a Happy New Year.
See you back here in 2015.
Christmas Dreaming, Frank Sinatra, 1947
Monday, October 20, 2014
We've played at Edwards Road Baptist Church before several times. The audience gets bigger each time we go. When the evening was over, so many came up to tell us the program was "wonderful!" We love to hear that. Others said "excellent" and "exciting." And the last gentleman told me that our music brought back so many memories. Our songs were ones that they all knew. That's what we want to hear. When we can see nearly everyone singing along, we know we've done our job.
They Say It's Wonderful, Frank Sinatra, 1946