St. John's Lutheran was a cool place Saturday night
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[July 25, 2011]
-- An ice cream social at St. John's Lutheran Church in
Hartsburg on Saturday night attracted over 50 people to an evening
of toe-tapping music and an old-fashioned good time. Music provided
by the Central Illinois Banjo Club included the "Tennessee Waltz,"
"Sweet Georgia Brown," "Four-Leaf Clover," the classic riverboat
tune "Robert E. Lee" and numerous other favorites in the hourlong
program. After the show, the audience gathered in the church
basement for ice cream, homemade cookies and leisurely conversation.
"Our first ice cream social was last year, as part of the church's
125th anniversary," said coordinator Sonja Tillman, "but it went
over pretty well, and we decided to do it again this year."
ladies baked cookies to go along with the ice cream, and the recent
weather pattern encouraged people to come in out of the heat to
enjoy the program.
The Central Illinois Banjo Club members hail from Hanna City,
Morton, Delavan, Bloomington, Peoria, Congerville and other area
communities. Despite the name, there are other instruments in the
band -- including but not limited to mandolin, clarinet, tuba,
keyboard, saxophone, guitar, bass and fiddle -- as well as banjos.
The group practices from 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth
Wednesday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 616 W.
David in Morton. Practices are open to the public. New members -- no
age restrictions -- are welcome to join the volunteer band. For
bookings and general information, contact Kathy at 309-265-2518. Go
to www.cilbanjo.org for
CDs of the Central Illinois Banjo Club's music may be purchased
for $10 at practice, performances or by calling the above number.
Proceeds from sales are used to distribute baritone ukuleles to
third- and fourth-grade students across central Illinois. Teachers
are given preliminary information and a handbook to accompany the
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Baritone ukuleles are bigger than average, but not as large as a
guitar, so they are more manageable for young students. Max Illman,
banjo player and one of the lead singers, explained the band's
intent is to encourage children to play music.
"If they have fun and learn the instrument, they may stick with
it, but they may move on to another instrument," Illman said.
"Learning to make music is always a good thing, and that's what we
want to see, is for them to learn to love it."
[By MARLA BLAIR]