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Ukulele Players Club Newsletter

Next UPC Session on Thursday, 10/26
Grand Canyon Theater
Everglades R.C.
The Villages, Fl.

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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)

OCTOBER 2023 Schedule 
Grand Canyon Theater, Classes/Open Sing - Thurs.,  10/5, 10/19 and 10/26 (HALLOWEEN REVUE - see details in the NEWSLETTER section.)
Rocky Mountain/Acadia Art Rooms – Thurs., 10/12

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

UPC News

10/19 Session Review

  • In the Grand Canyon Theater
  • System Set Up with Dennis, Debbie,Maurice, and Ray. 
  • Breakdown with Debbie, Ray and Dennis
  • Debbie at EMCEE.....Great job......Cody is up next week.
  • Dennis at Maestro
  • New system donated by Don...Thank You Don....
  • Next week "Baritone" Class with Cody Replaces "Next Step"
  • Debbie back on the Sound Board ..great job with the new system.
  • 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
  • Thank You: Debbie-sound system,  Linda/Ray-projector, John - bass,  Maestro Dennis Emcee Debbie and all our great singers for making the open sing session a great success.


  • Next week's session will be in the Grand Canyon Theater. 
  • Cody will be Emcee next week.
  • Class change effective 10/26 - Next Step will take a four week hiatus and Cody will be presenting his four week Barritone Class in the theater.
  • By popular demand .... we will be hosting a "HALLOWEEN REVUE" during the 10/26 "Open Sing" session.Singers are invited to dress in costume appropriate for the theme of the song(s) they select from the UPC Song Book. You may elect to perform as a threesome/foursome, but will try to leave mics open for club singers. All club attendees are invited to come in costume. A word of caution....Cody is scheduled to be the Emcee on the 26th......be afraid...be very afraid......yikes. 
  • Carol, JB, Robin and Tim will be presenting thde Enrichment Academy's "Ukulele in the Villages: Next Step" course starting on Wednesday, 12/13. You can sign up at any regional rec center or on line, or see Tim.
  • Support other ukulele friendly clubs......Villages Ukulele Club, Mike Ryan's Banjolele Strings and Hummers and Strummers are all in session.  Be there.
  • Darry has two written UPC Song Books available.....we have sold 17 so far this Fall.
  • Debbie will be staring in the KC Production of the Musical "Grump Old Men" on October 25th, 26th and 27th at the Savannah RC Theater. Tickets are $37 per and available at the Villages Box Office.
  • Roxy will be performing with the Village Voices Chorus in their production of "I Hear America Singing" at the Northlake Presbyterian Church on October 17th at 6 PM. Tickets available on line at VillageVoicesChorus@gmail.com. 

Performance Group Schedule

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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

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,  at Bradenton RC for the Benvenuto American Heritage Club

Thurs., 5/11, at Laurel Manor RC for the Belveder Social Club

Fri., 6/2,  at the Colony RC for the Brooklyn Club 

Thurs., 6/8,  Pensacola Neighborhood Party (Opeation  Shoebox) at 3805 Pensecola Place 

Sat., 6/10, at the Lake Miona RC for the Jersey Club

Mon., 8/28, 3 PM at the Watercrest Residence Assisted Living 466. (Small Group)

Mon., 9/25 at 7:30 PM in the LaHacienda RC for the Raymavia Social Club.

Fri., 9/29 at 3:45 PM in the Savannah RC for the Villages Music Lover's Showcase


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.


Performances of other music 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 Loopers.
Fri., 6/9 at Churchill RC for the Moravian Mixer
Tues., 5/62 at Watercrest Assisted Living.
Sun., 9/24 at Laurel Manor RC  foe OSU Club
Thurs., 9/28 at the Music Lover's Showcase/Savannah RC

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.
Wed., 6/21 at the Canal Street RC for Single Ladies Social Club.
Mon., 8/28 at LahAcienda RC.
Thurs., 9/7 at the Eisenhower RC.
Thurs., 9/28 at the Music Lover's Showcase/Savannah RC

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



Here is the info on the event
The British Invasion Band
Brits ’n US club at Truman Center
October 22, 2023 6-9pm
$15 non members/$10 members

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 Final
Mon., 9/11 Debby asand the NationalAnthem at the 9/11 Ceremony at Veteran's Park.

UPC Small Performance Group Performances at Residence Facilities:

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

Watercrest Assisted Living, Rt 466, The Villages

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.