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2014 News & Notes

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September 22, 2014

The 2014 Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is history!  And it was a great party!  Once again, we had perfect weather, a large audience and lots of musicians who shared their talents with the crowd.  We had over 50 entrants in the car show, and it was amazing to see all of the great cars.  The Shrine did a fantastic job with the food and beverages.  We we able to make canned goods donations to both the Light House Mission and St. Patrick's food kitchen.

The Hall of Fame wants to thank all of the musicians who donated their time, talent and equipment, the Car Show entrants who shared their classic 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. Also, we send out a special thanks to our sponsors.

Most of all, we want to thank all of you who attended.  Because of your generosity, the Hall of Fame will make significant donations to the Shrine Children's Hospital and to local food banks.  The help you have provided to these organizations will touch many lives.  We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your support.

We have added a Photo Gallery for pictures of the picnic and car show.  Be sure to check it out.  If you visited it during construction, you may have to click the Refresh button on your browser to see the finished version.
August 28, 2014

Just a reminder that the 2014 Picnic & Jam is just a few weeks off.  Mark your calendars for September 21 and come out for a great party!  See our May 12 entry below for more information.

Click here to see a flyer for the event.  Feel free to print and distribute copies.
July 12, 2014

We are sad to report the passing of former Hall Of Fame Board member, Tom Stiffey.  Tom served on the Board from 2006 to 2009, and after retiring from the Board he served on the Advisory Board.  Tom designed the original questionnaire forms, and was a major contributor to the writing of the original bylaws.

Tom played bass guitar for many local bands, including The Midwest Playboys, Catalinas, Country Nomads and Old Habits.

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Monday, July 14, at the Roselawn Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. and funeral services at 3:00 p.m.

The Hall of Fame sends its condolences to the family.
July 6, 2014

The Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame is sponsoring a Musical instrument Petting Zoo!  It will be held at the Terre Haute Children's Museum on Friday, August 1, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Bring your little ones (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) or the not-so-little ones, and help introduce them to the wonders of music.  Hope to see you there!
May 12, 2014

The seventh annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is coming in September!!  Once again, the Hall of Fame will be partnering with the Zorah Shine to benefit the Shrine Children's Hospital.  It will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 on Shrine Hill, located just off North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, IN.  Click here to see a map.  The Shrine has nice inside facilities, so in case of inclement weather, we will move indoors.  As always, admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.   

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

Bring your canned goods:  Once again, we are collecting canned goods to be donated to the local area food banks.  Donate some canned goods and receive a free HOF koozie as our thanks.  Last year, we donated 4 large boxes worth of canned goods.  We'd like to top that amount this year!

Keep an eye on this web page or our Facebook page for more details in the near future, and make plans to join us for a great afternoon of family fun and music.

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. 

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

March 10, 2014

The Board of Directors has elected two new members.  Please join us in welcoming Paul Scott and Mark Wright.  They both bring many talents and a vast knowledge of Wabash Valley musicians to the Board.  Congratulations, Paul and Mark!  We look forward to working with you.


February 12, 2014

A request to all of our inductees!  We know that you have had (and many are still having) a successful musical career, and are well-known in the community.  But what about the future?  As our generation is replaced by future generations, will your name become just a line on a plaque or a web site?

The Hall of Fame is proud of all of our members, and is interested in preserving their musical history for future generations, so we started a Musical History project.  The goal of this project is to gather a small amount of information about each inductee.  In particular, we are interested in the following:

     Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
     What influenced you to choose the instrument(s) that you play?
     Briefly describe your musical career - Band name and beginning/ending years in the band are sufficient
     Describe one or two special or memorable moments related to your musical career
     Describe your involvement with the Hall of Fame - Year inducted, any other involvement, such as service on the Board, etc.

We know that many of you have already completed a questionnaire, but it provides only a small part of the above information.  We developed a form specifically for this project, and would appreciate it if you would be willing to fill out the form and send it to us.  You can access the form by clicking here A few brave volunteers submitted their musical history so that you can have examples to viewGo to the About Us page, then the Hall of Fame Inductees page and click the links at the bottom of the page.  As with the questionnaire, you can either print the form and mail it to us, or download the form, fill it out on your computer, and email it to us.  If you would rather record your musical history in an email or on a blank piece of paper, please feel free to do so.  If you would like, send a couple of photos to be included on your biography page.  Don't worry about whether your document meets all of the rules of grammar and spelling.  Just give us the raw information and we will make sure that it is presentable before it is posted.

If you are not an inductee, but can provide the necessary information about an inductee, we invite you to submit a form on their behalf, especially for inductees who may now be in the Band of Angels.  If you submit a form for someone in the Band of Angels, please include the date they passed away.  If you have a copy of their obituary that you could share with us, we would appreciate it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

February 11, 2014

The 2014 Induction Ceremony is history!  Given the amount of snow and record-setting low temperatures, we had concerns about attendance, but the people of the Wabash Valley showed that those concerns were unfounded.  Attendance was everything we could have hoped for, as was the rest of the event.  Our opening act was a group of young men called The Lemon Brothers, and they were amazing!  Immediately following the ceremony, the inductees took the stage and put on a superb show.  Dozens of people went home with raffle and silent auction items.

Once again, we collected a lot of canned goods that were sent to local charities.  We also donated leftover food.

Be sure to check out the photos from the induction ceremony in the Photo Galleries section, as well as new pictures in the Local Bands and Local Musicians galleries.

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

Our Host:
     Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972
Our Sponsors:
     Conservatory of Music
     Dever Distributing
     First Financial Bank
     Friday's Restaurant   
     Lamar Advertising
     Rick’s Smokehouse & Grill
     Sam's Steakhouse
     St. Mary's Supper Club
     Texas Roadhouse
     The Music Shoppe
     The New Goshen Pub
     Wagon Wheel
     West Terre Haute IGA

Our Volunteers:
     Hall of Fame Board of Directors
     Hall of Fame Historian/Photographer Deb Hadley, assisted by Liz Maze.
     Terry and Leann Wenzel
     Doc Long
     Party Marty
     David Beel
     The Bud Girl
     The Food Committee, headed by Kara Anderson and staffed by many wonderful volunteers

Our Opening Act:
     The Lemon Brothers

January 1, 2014

The 2014 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972, located just north of Wabash Avenue on 12th Street.  As always, there will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes, drawings and a silent auction.  Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until at least 6:00 p.m. 
Tickets are $10 per person, which includes your meal.  They can be purchased from Hall of Fame Board members or at The Music Shoppe, Rick Waggoner's State Farm Insurance, The Conservatory of Music, or the V.F.W.  If you are unable to locate tickets, call or email us for assistance.  Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early.  Don't miss out on one of the best parties of the year!!

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. 

The Hall gives more than $1,000 back to the community each year in the form of donations.  We also put a considerable amount of money back into the local economy with the events that we hold.  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.  The Hall is committed to giving back to the Wabash Valley, and we need your help to do this.  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.

We hope to see you at the 2014 Induction Ceremony.

Here is the Induction Class of 2014:

Matthew Balensuela
David Leo Beel
Brian Blakemore
Ralph “Roland” Boyd
Ersel “Buz” Burgess
Allen Gilbert
Archie Krout
Steve Michael
Dave Myers
Charles “Rik” Padgett
Steve Ridge
Henry Lee Summer
Michael Trench
George Vrzina
Mark Wright

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