Etc. - 11/20/09


Members of the Walla Walla Blues Society work hard to bring featured bands to this area, including several that played at the society's 15th anniversary party and corn roast.

More than 1,000 ears of corn were roasted and several hundred people came with friends and family, said "Tired Puppy" Patty Keyes, president.

According to the society's Blues News issue for October, Patty serves with fellow officers, Charles Stanger, vice president and Blues in the Schools coordinator; Lisa Rodighiero, treasurer; Edie Adkins, secretary; J.W. "Torch" Davis, Instruments for Kids coordinator; and Kevin "Bad Dog" Shenefield, editor.

Those who serve on the Board of Directors include "Melody" Mike Hammond, Torch, Glenn Silver, Miranda Luna, "Howlin" Irving Rosenberg, Jeff Reynolds and Mark Tromp Van Holst.

The Society's Instruments For Kids program aims to give every child in the area who desires to be involved in their school's band program the opportunity to do just that, regardless of their financial situation.

Members are constantly seeking donations of instruments for the program.

The newsletter notes that "If you have an old instrument or two sitting around in a closet or attic collecting dust, donate them and we will see that they make it into the hands of needy local kids.

"Help us help our kids stay off of the streets and give them something creative to do with their time instead."

Idle instruments may be donated to the Society's Instruments for Kids program by contacting Torch at or Patty at

Another WWBS feature is the Blues Therapy radio show with Armand and Biggdaddy, which can be heard from 7-9 p.m. Sundays on KWCW 90.5 FM or streamed from

For information about the Walla Walla Blues Society and membership, write to 610 S. Roosevelt St., Walla Walla; e-mail or online see

Perhaps they'll even put me back on the mailing list.


A record 57 boys, girls, women and men auditioned for Little Theatre of Walla Walla's current production, "The Miracle Worker," according to the November issue of LTWW's newsletter, the Informer.

Little Theatre is now in its 65th season. The play opened on Broadway on Oct. 19, 1959. Locally, Cassidy Meliah, 11, plays Helen; and Jessica Barkl plays Annie. U-B colleague Terry and wife Sherry McConn are sharing directing duties. The play continues tonight and Saturday, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 29.


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