Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

'Promoting fellowship and friendship among all musicians of the Wabash Valley'

2017 Hall of Fame News & Notes

November 6, 2017

Be sure to mark your calendars!  The 2018 Induction Ceremony will be held on March 11, 2018, at the Zorah Shrine at 420 North 7th Street in Terre Haute, IN.

As always, there will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes, drawings and a silent auction.  As we have done for the past few ceremonies, we will collect canned goods for donation to local food pantries.  Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until at least 6:00 p.m.

Tickets remain at $12 per person, which includes your meal.  Tickets are not yet available. Watch for an announcement on this site and on our Facebook page when they become available.

A note to our members:  Your Hall of Fame goes far beyond just handing out certificates once a year.  We strive to make a difference in the Wabash Valley.  We promote live music.  We assist the musical efforts of organizations in our community, such as the Boys and Girls Club, local schools, and community bands and orchestras.   We provide assistance to organizations who serve the disadvantaged in our area.  We need our members to support us so that we can carry out this mssion.  This is YOUR Hall of Fame.  Along with the honor of being inducted comes a responsibility to support the organization you joined.  Please attend and participate in our functions.  Help us meet our goals.

A note to our candidates: If you are really interested in becoming a member of the Hall, there's no better way to promote yourself than to attend our events and show the Hall the person behind the questionnaire.   When the Hall has a chance to get to know you and hear you demonstrate your skills, it makes the election process go much smoother.

September 18, 2017

The tenth annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is history!  It was another great event that included perfect weather, good food and beverages, and lots of good music.

We send out a big thank-you to our opening act, the Coon Hollar Kids, who put on a terrific show! The Hall of Fame also wants to thank all of the musicians who donated their time, talent and equipment, the Car and Motorcycle Show entrants who shared their vehicles with the audience, the wives of Board members who worked hard to help us host this event, and all others who contributed to our efforts.

Most of all, we want to thank all of you who attended, especially those who brought canned goods to donate to local food banks.  This year, our donation was to the Catholic Charities food bank.  We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your support.

We send out a special thanks to our sponsors:

    Blackburn Collision
    Dever Distributing
    Gerry's Italian Restaurant
    Popeye's Chicken
    St. Mary's Supper Club
    Sam's Steakhouse
    The New Goshen Pub
    The Shrine Director's Staff
    The Tee Pee Tavern

Check out the Photo Galleries for pictures of the picnic and car show.

September 5, 2017

The tenth annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 on Shrine Hill, located just off North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, IN.  Click here to see a map.  The music will start at noon and run until about 6 p.m.  As always, admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Make plans to join us for a great afternoon of family fun and music.

Don't let bad weather keep you away!  The Shrine has nice inside facilities, so in case of inclement weather, we will move indoors.

We will host the Frank Crawford Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show again this year.

Bring your canned goods:  We always collect canned goods to be donated to the local area food banks.  Make a donation and receive a small gift as our thanks.  This is a good way for all of us, musicians or not, to help the less fortunate in our community. 

Attention musicians!  We need bands and individual musicians to perform.  This is a great opportunity to come out, showcase your talent, and support a worthy cause.

A note to our candidates: Please take advantage of our events to show the Hall the person behind the questionnaire.  Come out to the picnic and participate in the jam session.  When the Hall has a chance to get to know you and hear you demonstrate your skills, it makes the election process go much smoother.

For more information, call John Beeson at the Music Shoppe at 812-232-4095 or Rick Waggoner at 812-243-4144.

June 6, 2017

The Hall of Fame will hold another Musical Petting Zoo at the Terre Haute Children's Museum on July 1, from 1 p.m until 3 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for children to try out a wide variety of musical instruments, and perhaps be encouraged to pursue playing music, either as a career or as a hobby.  Do you have young children or grandchildren? Don't miss this opportunity to give them a hands-on experience they won't soon forget!

March 16, 2017

The 2017 Induction Ceremony is over!  This year was one of the best parties we've had!  The Zorah Shrine is a great location, we had a new menu featuring a salad bar, and we had a great new opening act.  If you missed this one, you missed a great party!

We are in the process of creating the 2017 Induction photo gallary.  Be sure to check back regularly to see what we post.

The Hall of Fame gratefully acknowledges everyone who helped to make this event possible:

Our Host:
   
Terre Haute Zorah Shrine

Our Sponsors:
    Archies Sports Bar
    Azzip Pizza
    Cheddar's Restaurant
    Crossroads Cafe
    Dave and Lisa's New Goshen Pub
    Dever Distributing
    Gerries Italian Restaurant
    Java Haute
    Lamar Advertising
    Longhorn Steakhouse
    New Day Cafe
    Rick's Smokehouse
    Rob Mann and The Tee Pee Tavern
    Sams Steakhouse
    St. Marys Supper Club
    Stable Studios
    Texas Roadhouse
    The Music Shoppe
    West Terre Haute IGA

Our Volunteers:
    Hall of Fame Board of Directors
    Hall of Fame Historian/Photographer Deb Hadley
    Doc Long
    Party Marty
    David Beel
    Curt Hall
    The Food Committee, headed by Kara Anderson and staffed by Cassie Cox, Liz
    Graham, Carole Hayes, Rita Velez, Colleen Spice, Claudia Lane and Gloria Mitchell

Our Opening Act:
    The Coon Holler Kids

March 8, 2017

The web site has undergone some changes.  We eliminated the Band Registry and Community Events pages from the site due to a lack of use.  We then moved the Community Involvement page to the About Us section and removed the Community section.

Since the fee for our web site is related to its size, eliminating unused features helps us to control our cost.  It also makes it easier to maintain the site.

January 31, 2017

Announcing the Induction Class of 2017:

Paul Bays Kevin Beel J. R. Combs
John R. DiCenso George Charles Egy Ed Ice, Jr.
William "Willie" Kassis Leo E. Maesch Doug Mason
Steve McCullough Mary Lou Morris Toby Myers
Jim Payne Susan Pell George Phelps
Gary Ready John Spicknall Brian Wendholdt

The 2017 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, at the Zorah Shrine at 420 North 7th street in Terre Haute, IN.  This will be our second year at the Shrine, and it has proven to be a great location.  Our audience is not crowded together like they were at our former location, the acoustics of the room are better, there is a nice stage for the bands, and there is also a nice dance floor.  Also, we have more access to the kitchen facilities and are working on new menu items.  If you didn't make it last year, be sure to attend this year and see the difference a new location can make!

As always, there will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes, drawings and a silent auction.  As we have done for the past few ceremonies, we will collect canned goods for donation to local food pantries.  Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until at least 6:00 p.m.

Tickets remain at $12 per person, which includes your meal.  Tickets are now available, and can be purchased from Hall of Fame Board members or at the Music Shoppe or Rick Waggoner's State Farm Insurance.  If you are unable to locate tickets, call or email us for assistance.  While a limited number of tickets are available at the door, we encourage you to buy your tickets early to make sure you get one.  This party will be one you don't want to miss!

A note to our members:  The Hall of Fame has grown from a small group that gathered once a year at BJ's Lounge to an organization that not only recognizes the accomplishments of musicians in the Wabash Valley, but strives to make a difference in our community.  As a part of this, we promote live music and provide assistance to organizations who serve the disadvantaged in our area.  However, we could do so much more with your support.

This is YOUR Hall of Fame, you are a member.  Along with the honor of being inducted comes a responsibility to support the organization you joined.  Please attend and participate in our functions.  Not only does this help to make our events a success, but your purchase of raffle tickets, silent auction items and memorabilia helps to fund our charitable goals.  Please support your Hall of Fame!

A note to those who are looking to be inducted in the future:  Please take advantage of our events to show the Hall the person behind the questionnaire. Attend the Induction Ceremonies. Participate in the jam session at the picnics.  When the Hall has a chance to get to know you and hear you demonstrate your skills, it makes the election process go much smoother.

We hope to see you at the 2017 Induction Ceremony.

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