Grand Canyon Theater
Everglades Recreation Center

The Villages, Fl.


On 1/18, a UPC member notified Dennis that they had tested positive for COVID recently. This member participated in the 1/11 Performance at Coconut Cove,the 1/12 Performance at A Banyan and at the 1/13 UPC Session at the Everglades R.C. by singing at a single selected mic. Apparently the member displayed symptoms after the session on 1/13.

On 1/20 Another UPC member advised us that they had tested positive for COvid after displaying minor symptoms. this member participated in the 1/11 performance and the 1/13 UPC session by singing at a mic. 

Two UPC members, aware of the above, have tested NEGATIVE.

Please evaluate your own exposure risks and take appropriate actions. 

Bill Pope UPDATE
We have been in contact with Bill's wife, Barb Pope, who has given us permission to share this information about our Bill. 
Bill is currently in the Leesburg Hospital ICU due to COVID related pneumonia. He is responding to treatment and eating. 
Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you all for your weekly attendance, support and your great talents and energy........You have been a beacon of hope and joy to the Villages Ukulele Community........Keep Strumming!!

Weekly Session Schedule

12:30 PM- Set Up, Classes, Loaner Uke Tuners, Sound System
12:45 PM- First Step and Next Step Classes
1:45 PM- Doors open, song sign ups
2:00 PM- Open Sing (1 Hour)

January Session Schedule
Grand Canyon Theater, Classes/Open Sing - Thurs., 1/27

January Performances
Wed, 1/26, 7:15 PM at the Coconut Cove R.C. for the Kia Soul Club (Arr: 6:45 PM)

Up Dated Items in this edition the Newsletter:

Review of 1/20 Session
Preview of 1/27 Session
UPC Member Credits
UPC Performance Schedule

Village Ukulele Clubs

Many of the Ukulele Friendly Clubs are opening. Please check with the Recreation News for further information.

  • Peace, Love & Ukulele Club1st, 2nd& 3rdMonday @ 10:30 Am @ Laurel Manor R. C. .
  • Strumming Ukulelians1st, 2nd& 4thMonday @ 1:30 PM @ Laurel Manor R. C.
  • Folk SingingMonday @ 7:00 PM @ Lake Miona R.C.
  • UKULELE PLAYERS CLUB –Thurs. @ 12:50  in the Grand Canyon Theater, at the Everglades R. C.
  • “Strum for Fun Club”,  Thurs. @ 4:00 PM at the Sterling Heights R.C.
  • “Hummers and Strummers”- Tues., @ 10:00 Am in the Cape Hatteras Room at the Bridgeport R.C---
    “Banjolele Strings Club.@ 12:00 Noon at the O’Dell R.C
  • Villages Ukulele Club @ 4:00 PM at Chula Vista R.C.


Thursday, 1/20 Session in Review

Both First Step and Next Step Classes were well attended.
Thank You Claire, Darry, Ray and Carol.

Emcee - Marc - Thank you.....Great job 
Dennis announced sign ups for the 1/26 performances.
Jean and John were on bass
Linda handled the projector.
Debbie was back and did a great job on the Sound Board.

We reviewed the UPC COVID Alert and brought the members up to date on the reported exposures.

We also announced that our emcee Bill was currently in the Leesburg Hospital and we were awaiting further information.Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayer

Dennis announced signups for the 1/26 Performance at Coconut Cove.

Our singers did their usual great job in performing songs from our UPC Play List.
11 Singers....including some first timers....

Ken has Ukulele Name tags available weekly. They are all works of art. Please sign up for yours at the table in the rear of the theater. $3.00 each.

If you get a chance, please thank our UPC Set Up Team, Jean, Dennis, Debbie, Ralph and Cody.

Weekly Session Schedule

12:30 PM- Set Up, Classes, Loaner Uke Tuners, Sound System
12:45 PM- First Step and Next Step Classes
1:45 PM- Doors open, song sign ups
2:00 PM- Open Sing (1 Hour)

A Special Thank You for Our Weekly UPC Supporters
Dennis our Maestro, sound engineer and Performance Group Leader;
Bill  - our Emcee;
Jean - our UPC Librarian, projectionist, attendance director and bassist;

Linda - our projectionist,
John - our lead bassist;
Debbie, Cody, Dennis and Jean our Set Up Team.

And all our members for a great hour of sitting, strumming and smiling  and social distancing making us all feel a little safer. 

Thank you all for volunteering and making a big difference in the happy hour we all spend together..

UPC Performance Group Schedule:

Any UPC member who wishes to participate in the UPC Performance Group please sign up with Dennis. It is not necessary to sing at mics, we need strummers and chorus members

Wed., 1/26/22, 7:15 PM, at Coconut Cove R.C,, Kia Soul Club (Arr. 6:50 PM)
Thurs., 2/3/22, 6:30 PM at Coconut Cover R.C. for the Olanta Loop Group (Arr: 6:10 PM)
Fri., 2/18/22, 6:00 PM, at Saddlebrook R.C. for the Villa Berea Society (Arr: 5:30 PM-Set up @ 4:30 PM)
Wed., 3/23, 2:00 PM at the Your Life Memory Care on Powell Rd., Wildwood (Arr: 1:45 PM) Club (8-10 Players/Singers)
Tues., 3/15, 7 PM, at Hibiscus R.C. for the Dakota Club (Arr: 6:40 PM)
Tues., 5/17/22, 6:45 PM at Bacall R.C. for Key Largo Club (Arr: 6:25 PM)

The success of our UPC sessions is directly attributed to the many talented singers who perform weekly so our members can Sit, Smile, Sing and Strum to the joyous sounds of their marvelous music. Please thank them when you have the chance, they do a great job......


UPC Songbooks are available for purchase at Club Meetings while supplies last.  $10.00.  See Jean.

UPC Songbooks are available in DropBox.  No charge.  Send an email request to: info@ukuleleplayersclub.com

UPC Songbook will soon be available as a PDF file.


Don't forget your Ukulele Club Name Tags.

Meeting Etiquette

  • Your cooperation during the seating process.
  • Sharing your time at the  Mics.
  • REFRAINING FROM ALL UKULELE ACTIVITY (including tuning) in the Everglades Recreation Center LOBBY and surrounding rooms
  • Lost Items: All found items will be turned in at the front desk at the Everglades Recreation Center. We will not drag the items around looking for the owners.

Please let us know if you participated in a recent performance....so we can put you in our “CREDITS” Section.pringdale West Club

  • Wed., 1/12/22, 3:00 PM, UPC Performance Group members performed for the residents at the Banyan Residence Assisted Living Resort in Oxford. 
  • Tues., 1/11/22, 6:30 PM, UPC Performance Group members performed at the Coconut Cove R.C. for the Kaylee Villas Club.
    • Many positive, enthusiastic, rave reviews. Well Done.
  • On 12/26 The UPC the Performance Group performed for residents at the Your Memory Care Facility in Wildwood. Great Performance.
  • On 12/16 UPC members Roxy and Sarah performed with famous Villages Voices Chorus at the New Covenant United Methodist Church.
  • On 12/15 The UPC Performance Group performed at the Chatham R.C. for the BYTE Neighborhood Association.
  • On 12/14 The UPC Performance Group performed at the Bradenton R.C. for the Neighborhood Association. (See Eugene's Video in the Performance Group Section.)
  • 12/7 UPC Member Debbie performed The National Anthem for the  Villages December 7th Commemorative Ceremony at theVillages Veterans Park.
  • On 12/7 The UPC Performance Group performed for the Wings of Gold Club  at the Big Cyprus R.C.
  • On 12/7 UPC Members performed with Sparkeys Strummers for the Springdale West Club at the Mulberry R.C.

  • Mark, John, Sue and Wayne solo with Sparkey’s Strummers during their weekly practice sessions at the Savannah Recreation Center every Thursday at 9 AM.
    Mark, also known as “MrBluSkies,” is available for appearances at private parties and other entertainment venues. Contact him or go to his website at www.mrbluskies.com.
    • If you are participating in a performance event open to the public and would like to use this NEWSLETTER to promote it, please give Tim ALL the information (a leaflet, handout, etc) so we can get ALL the info in the appropriate NEWSLETTER.