Welcome to the

Ukulele Players Club Newsletter

Next UPC Session on Thursday, 6/1
Grand Canyon Theater
Everglades Recreation Center
The Villages, Fl.

NOTE: To download the free version of DropBox:    https://www.dropbox.com/basic

Usual 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)

JUNE 2023 Schedule
Grand Canyon Theater, Classes/Open Sing - Thurs., 6/1, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
Rocky Mountain/Acadia Art Rooms – Thurs., 6/8

2023 UPC Dark Days
Thursday, 11/23 Session (Thanksgiving)
Thursday 12/14 Sthursday 12/14 Session

UPC News

5/25 Session Review

  • In the Grand Canyon Theater
  • System Set Up with Dennis, Maurice, Debbie, Carol and Tim
  • Breakdown with Dennis, Debbie, Carol, Diane and Tim.
  • Bill at EMCEE.....
  • Chris working the Camp Villages Sign Up table in the Everglades Lobby.
  • First Step with Dennis and Carol.
  • "Next Step" with Tim started our six week cycle with a session on Strumming Basics. 
  • Cody's "Baritone Classes" will start another another cycle in June.
  • Ken has some fine custom made Ukulele Name tags...stop by and get yours.
  • UPC Song Books are for sale, from Darry and Ken, $15 or $20 with binder.
  • Thank You: Debbie-sound system, Linda-projector, John - bass, Maestro Dennis and all our singers for making the open sing session great.
  • We practiced some of our newer songs as we are looking for some new materials for our future performances.
  • Dennis we will be signing up players for performances in June:
    • Fri., 6/2, 6:45 PM at the Colony RC for the Brooklyn Club (Arr. 6:15 PM)
    • Thrus., 6/8, 6-8 PM at 3805 Pensacola Lane., (Private Party)(Arr. 5:40 PM
    • Sat., 6/10, 7 PM at Lake Miona RCfor the Jersey Social Club (Arr. 6:45 PM)
  • Tim noted the Villages Ukulele Club, at the Chula Vista RC, Tuesdays, 4-5:20 PM, is utilizing the UPC song book, projecting the materials, Dropbox and written materials. All invited.
  • Tim reminded all of plans for the 2023 Camp Villages Ukulele Classes.  Information below.

    UPC  at the 2023 Camp Villages Ukulele Classes.

    The UPC will again sponsor three two hour Ukulele Class sessions for the Villages Camp Villages program this summer. Programs will be held at the Lake Miona RC, 9:30-11:30 AM on the following Dates:
    Wednesday - 6/14
    Wednesday - 7/5
    Wednesday - 7/26
    The UPC continues in it's main mission of sharing the ukulele mystique by sponsoring the event. The UPC provides volunteers for the many different tasks necessary to make the Camp Villages Ukulele Ukulele Classes a special event in the lives of our fellow Villagers and their grand children.

    Volunteers must sign a Village Parks/recreation Dept. Volunteer Form to participate in this program. This form is available at our UPC sessions and must be returned to the UPC.

    Volunteer sign up lists for all three dates will be available at UPC Sessions with Chris. Please check the dates and sign for your desired position. We would like to keep as many volunteers for all three sessions if possible. up program.  

    Volunteers are needed to fill the following positions:
    Mentor (Child) - 20 per session
    Mentor (Grand Parent) - 6-7 per session
    Registration Desk - 5 per session
    Tuners - 5/6 per session
    Singers. - 4 per session


UPC Performance Group Schedule
Upcoming performances - Check your calendar and reserve the date.

Fri., 6/2, 6:45 PM at the Colony RC for the Brooklyn Club (Arr. 6:15 PM)

Sat., 6/10, 7 PM at Lake Miona RCfor the Jersey Social Club (Arr. 6:45 PM)

Tues., 12/12, 6:30 PM at Bradenton RC for the Bradenton Social Club (Arr. 6:15 PM)

We continue to book performances for the UPC Performance Group so please check the schedule below and mark your calendars. Your participation is needed and appreciated.

2023 UPC Performance Group  Shows In the Books

Thurs., 1/5, the UPC Performance Group at the Coconut Cove RC.

Wed., 1/25. the UPC Performance Group at theO'Dell RC.

Fri., 2/10,  the UPC Performance Group at the Music Lover's Showcase at the Savannah RC.

Thurs., 2/16, the UPC Performance Group at the Savannah RC.

Fri., 3/17, 6:30 PM st the Alamanda RC for the Michigan St. Alumni Club

Fri., 5/5 at the Lady Lake Senior Living Facility.

Tues., 5/9, 7:15 PM at Bradenton RC for the Benvenuto American Heritage Club

Thurs., 5/11, 6:30 PM at Laurel Manor RC for the Belveder Social Club (

2023 UPC Member Credits
Please let us know if you participated in a recent performance....so we can put you in our “CREDITS” Section.
The UPC is every proud of our members who participate in recognized performances with the UPC Performance Group or other Clubs.

Sparkeys Strummers
Tues, 1/3 at the Chatham RC
Mon., 1/16 at the Lake Mionas RC.
Thurs., 1/26 at the Oxford Church
Thurs., 2/9 at the Music Lovers Showcase a the Savannah RC
Tues., 2/21 at the Eisenhower RC..Mardi Gras Celebration
Sat., 3/4 at the Laurel Manor RC for the Splish Splash Club
Sun., 3/19 at the Eisenhower RC. For theAnnual Tea Party
Thurs., 3/23 at Mulberry RC for Hazelwood Street Club
Tues., 4/4 at Mulberry RC for Springdale Social Club
Tues.,4/25 at The Pokahumpka Starts Park, Korean War Veterans
Mon., 5/22 at Alamanda RC for Lakeside Looopers.

Silver Strummers
Tues., 1/31 at the O'Dell RC
Mon., 3/27 At United Baptist Church
Fri., 4/28 at the LaHacienda RC for the Villages Singles
Tues., 5/23 at O'Dell RC for the Daybreak Club.

Happy Together
Sun., 1/22, 2/26, 3/26 , 4/30, 5/21  at the Mystic Ice Cream Shop
Peace, Love and Ukulele
Fri., 2/10 at the Music Lovers Showcase at the Savannah RC.

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

UPC Individual MEMBER Performances for 2023

Thurs., 2/9 Cody performed at the Sunny Pint Micro Brewery in Wildwood.
Thurs., 2/9 Marc Performed as MrBlu Skies at the Music Lovers Showcase.
Thurs., Fri., and Sat.,3/2-3/4 Debbie performed in the Village Players performance of "Man of LaMancha" at the Savannah RC.
Tues., 3/14 Roxy performed with the Village Voices Chorus Concert 25th Anniversary Finale

UPC Small Performance Group Performances at Residence Facilities:

Banyan Residence Assisted Living Resort in Oxford.
1/2, 2/27, 3/28, 5/5

Support our Members

  • Mark, John, Sue, Kate, Robin 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.
  • Diane and Alma perform with the "Happy Together" group at the Mystic Ice Cream Store on 466A in Lady Lake.

Village Ukulele Clubs

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

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

A Special Thank You for Our Weekly UPC Supporters

Dennis our Maestro, sound engineer and Performance Group Leader;
Bill  - our Emcee;
Darry - our UPC Librarian,
Jean - projectionist, and bassist;
Linda - our projectionist,
John - bassist;
Ralph, Maurice, Debbie, Cody, Dennis and Ray 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 Songbooks are available for purchase at Club Meetings while supplies last.  $15.00 or $20.00 . with the binder. See Darry or Ken.

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.