Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

News & Notes Archive for 2020

October 5, 2020

The Board is pleased to announce another addition to its ranks.  Kevin Beel has volunteered to serve, and we are grateful for his help.  Be sure to congratulate him when you see him.

Also, the Board has started preparing for the Induction Class of 2021.  We are planning to hold the event in March, as normal, but we do this with the understanding that we may be forced to change this date if conditions with the COVID-19 pandemic force us to do so.  We will post more information on this site when it becomes available.  Musicians, now is the time to submit your questionnaire if you have not already done so!

September 29, 2020

Ron Shepard will be hosting a Celebration of Life event to honor Hall of Fame member Finny Filchak, who passed away last Saturday, and asked the Hall of Fame to spread the word and invite musicians who would be interested in participating in a jam session.

The event will be held on Ron's property at 1776 E County Road 775 S, Hillsdale, Indiana (just north of Clinton), on Sunday, October 11, starting time is at 11 a.m. and will run as long as there are musicians and guests.  He has an event center on his property that includes a stage and sound system.  Bands that would like to perform are welcome, as are individual musicians who want to team up and perform with other musicians attending the event.

The Celebration of Life is open to all who wish to attend.  Ron will be providing ham and beans, and guests are asked to bring a side dish or a dessert.  Bring your own drinks and chairs.

September 14, 2020

We are pleased to introduce two new members of our Board of Directors.  Doc Long and Jim Rasley joined the Board at our September meeting.  We appreciate their willingness to serve and know that they will make many valuable contributions.  Be sure to congratulate them when you see them.

August 24, 2020

We are sorry to announce the resignations of Jim Cheek from our Board of Directors.   Jim joined the Board in March, 2009.  His 11 years of service are greatly appreciated.  We will miss him and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

August 5, 2020

We are sorry to announce the resignations of Tracy Richardson and Larry Velez from our Board of Directors.  Tracy joined the Board in November, 2016, and Larry joined in February, 2010. Both have made solid contributions to the Board, but their work schedules have made it impossible for them to continue.  We are grateful to both of them for their service to the Hall, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

July 6, 2020

We are sorry to announce the resignation of Jesse Richey from our Board of Directors.  Jesse joined the Board in Auguest, 2012, and made many solid contributions to the Hall during his 12 years with us.  We would like to thank Jesse for his faithful service, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

We are also sorry to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Picnic & Jam.  Given the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 virus, it's nearly impossible to plan an event.  We're also concerned about the health of our musicians, guests and car show participants.  We will restart the picnic in 2021.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

June 3, 2020

The Hall of Fame web site has been fixed and updated.  Major updates include an updated Community Involvement page, and improved photo galleries.  Where possible, we enlarged the photos on the site to improve your viewing experience.  Unfortunately, some of the older photos became too blurred when enlarged, so we had to leave them as-is.  There are also a number of minor updates and corrections.

Additionally, We were able to add photo gallery pages for the 2019 Picnic & Jam and the 2020 Induction Ceremony. Be sure to check them out!

May 1, 2020

The Hall of Fame and the web master extend their apologies to those who use this web site.  We encountered some serious problems with the site, partly (if not entirely) due to an update that our web host made, entirely unknown to us.  While the web site still worked, we had difficulties making updates to the site.  It took a while to figure out the problem, but we have done so and have come up with a solution.

We are in the process of making necessary fixes, and we are also updating pages where needed.  It will take a while to review every part of the web site, but we will get it done as soon as possible.  We will also add a photo gallery from the 2019 Picnic and the 2020 Induction.

Check back regularly to see the progress we have made.  Thanks for your patience.

March 10, 20120

We are sorry to announce the resignation of Randy Winkler from our Board of Directors.  Randy joined the Board in October, 2008, and served as a Vice-Chair for four years.  We would like to thank Randy for his many contributions to the Hall, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

March 9, 2020

The 2020 Induction Ceremony is history!  As with every ceremony, this one was very special.  We had good food, a great audience, and music that was some of the best in the Wabash Valley.  If you missed it, you missed a great party, so be sure to attend next year!  Where can you go for $15, get fed, socialize with your friends and listen to the best musicians in the Valley? Only here!

The Hall of Fame gratefully acknowledges everyone who helped to make this event possible: Our host, the Zorah Shrine, our sponsors, our opening act, Tyler Trueblood, and our many volunteers.  Our sponsors were very generous to us.  We appreciate every one of them and encourage you to partronize their stores.

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