A young Birdie on Bass (Red above on guitar)
|Birdie Smith Passes
From Herb Washburn:
As many of you know, Birdie Smith passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014.
Birdie and Red Smith were an active part of the bluegrass scene in Florida for many years and Birdie continued to sing and play after Red's passing a few years ago. Red and Birdie played at our association shows as well as many other venues in Florida.
Birdie was a great performer in her own right and she and Red were a great team. Birdie was an advocate of he correct way to play traditional bluegrass and always brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the group. She will definitely be missed by the bluegrass players in this area as well as her friends across the country.
There will be a Celebration Of Life service for Birdie Smith at the Placida Road Church of God, 5225 Placida Rd., Englewood FL. on March 22, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm. Birdie's friends will be invited to share their memories and thoughts about her. Also, musicians who would like to join in a musical tribute to Birdie will be invited to do so. Birdie Smith was a Bluegrass player, singer and advocate all of her life. What better way to honor her than playing some of the music she loved so well? Contributions to the American Cancer Society is preferred by her family in lieu of flowers.
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SWFBA Hosts Monthly Bluegrass Shows in Port Charlotte, Florida!
Our next show is March 22, 2014 with: Lemon Bay Bluegrass, The Maple Street Quartet, JR and The Bridge
We will have our Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association shows during the 2013/2014 winter season at the Charlotte County Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte. There is seating for 500 and lots of free parking
SWFBA Monthly Shows will be generally be held on the third Saturday of each month from 1-4:30PM. See the schedule below for any exceptions to that rule. All event are open to the public. We currently do not plan to continue through the summer months.
Please refer to our Admission/Membership below.
SWFBA Show Schedule (2014): Mar 22, Apr 12
The Cultural Center Stage
Admission and Membership: The admission price for non-members is $10.00 each. New memberships are available at an annual price of $15.00 each member. Each member of the family will be required to get a separate membership and will receive a membership card. The new cards will be a different color than the family membership cards used in the past. After joining, the next time the member attends a show they will be charge $5.00 each for admission to the show for the remainder of the year. Children of members under 18 year old will be admitted free with a parent.
We will continue to honor the existing annual memberships at the new location until they expire. Anyone who has an annual membership has had their membership ending date extended to give the family members free admission to 12 of our shows. Members should present their cards at the admission table so that the expiration dates can be adjusted. A list of current members will also be available at the admissions table for members who don't have their card.
Tickets for our shows can also be purchased at the theater ticket office located at the entrance to the theater.
Directions: The show is held in the Charlotte County Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte, Florida
From I-75 - Take exit 170 South on Kings Hwy for 2.3 mi., Turn right on Midway Blvd for 2.6 mi., Turn left onto Aaron St. (5 blocks past Harbor blvd.) Continue on Aaron Street for 8 blocks to the Cultural Center on your left. (Just past Stillwater St.)
From Hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail) - Turn East on Midway Blvd and travel for 1.2 mi., Turn right on Aaron Street, Continue on Aaron Street for 8 blocks to the Cultural Center on your left. (Just past Stillwater St.) Looking at the Cultural Center from Aaron Street, the theater is located on the left (North) end of the building. Please see the map below.
Parking: Parking is available in a paved, lined, parking lot all around the building.
Pets: Pets are not allowed in the performance area. Service animals only.
Food & Drinks: The Cultural Center Cafeteria is easily accessible to theater patrons. They serve excellent breakfast and lunch items starting at 6:00 am closing at 2:00 pm on Saturday. There will also be a full bar available at the theater providing mixed drinks and sodas.
Slow Jam: There will be a Slo-Jam at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. There is a gazebo inside the courtyard beside the theater entrance that can be used for the Slo-Jam.
Strings & Caps - We will no longer stock instrument strings and caps for sale at our events.
SWFBA CD - We will still sell the CDs at the admissions table during the show. These CDs feature some of the great performances from our past shows and are available for a $10 donation to the SWFBA.
Thanks to Everyone who contributes and supports SWFBA! read more...