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2015 News & Notes

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May 19, 2015

Our web site will be changing in June!  Web sites are written in a computer language called HTML.  Like everything else connected with computers, there are always new versions coming out and older versions becoming obsolete.  Unfortunately, the latest change affects our web site. 

We were notified a few days ago that our web site provider will be moving our web site to a new server on June 24, and that our web site may not work properly on the new server because our HTML code is too old.  With some outside assistance, we are building a new web site using the latest HTML code, and hope to have it ready by the time we are moved to the new server. 

With the time available to us, we did not concentrate on making an exact duplicate of this web site.  The main focus was on speed and compatibility with the new server.  While the general layout of new web site will be familiar, it will not look the same.  However, it should be fully functional.

It is possible that the web site may be unavailable for a day or so as we are moved to the new server and we install the new web site.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.  This change does not affect our Facebook page, so feel free to follow us on Facebook while we work on the web site.
April 23, 2015

The eighth 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.  It will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015 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.  Festivities will start at noon. 

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

The Coon Holler Kids will be opening the picnic.  If you missed them at the Induction Ceremony, be sure to see them at the picnic.  You will be amazed and entertained!

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.  This is a good way for all of us, musicians or not, to help the less fortunate in our community.  Please give generously!

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
April 23, 2015

The Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame is sponsoring another Musical instrument Petting Zoo!  It will be held at the Terre Haute Children's Museum on Saturday, May 30, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  The first one was such a success that they are giving us a larger room this time!  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!

February 9, 2015

The 2015 Induction Ceremony is history!  As always, it was a great party.  Our opening act was a group of children from Vermillion County called the Coon Holler Kids, and they put on a terrific show!  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
     Dean's Party Mania
     Dever Distributing
     First Financial Bank
     Lamar Advertising
     Rick's Smokehouse
     Tee Pee Tavern
     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
     Tommy Lee
     Susan Pell
     Sue Wright
     John Wright
     The Bud Girl
     The Food Committee, headed by Kara Anderson and staffed by many wonderful volunteers

Our Opening Act:
     The Coon Holler Kids

January 1, 2015

The 2015 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, 2015 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 $12 per person, which includes your meal.  This is a small increase from past years, but it is the first time we have raised ticket prices since the induction ceremonies were re-started in 2006.  This is our only fund-raising event for 2015, and given that the cost of food, advertising, tee shirts, etc., have risen every year, we finally reached a point where we were forced to raise ticket prices.

Tickets are now available, and 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 well over $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.

A note to our candidates:  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 2015 Induction Ceremony.

Here is the Induction Class of 2015:

Reva Dailey
Kevin Griffin
Naomi Hills
Mark Huff
Linda Jeffries
Bob Medworth
Luann Newburn
Tim Ridgway
Jim Southwood
Stacie Wagle
Anna White
Sara Wright

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