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Let's meet to play ukulele, sing, and have fun with holiday songs.

We meet every Thursday, unless it falls on a holiday or our hosting venue is having a special event. Our hosting venue is the Eastgate Cafe in the Oak Park Arts District, who generously provides their dining room to us without a fee.. We sing songs found in that week's song-packet. Food and beverages are available for purchase from our hosting venue.

The song-sheet packet for this meetup is 'Tis the Season... And Mark uploaded a song-sheet for Christmas Island. If you are a member, you can download the current song-sheet packet by bringing up the Song-sheet Packet for the Next Meetup page.  Click on the page name to go there now.

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  • Chris M.

    Thanks so much, Nancy for being our Free Range Photographer! Great photos!

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Steven

    Im Joe!!!

    7 · December 20, 2013

    • Laura M.

      thanks for the rubber chicken! :D

      December 21, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Playing uke and singing Christmas songs was the best! Put me right back into a fourth grade holiday pageant! Thanks for the fun!

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Donna U.

    Jingle bells, reindeer antlers, Flashing(lights), and great harmony. I don't think there is a better way to celebrate Christmas. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

    3 · December 20, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Thanks to everyone for making our Holiday Meetup so memorable! What a fun/crazy/inspiring bunch of folks! Terry is right - we sounded pretty amazing on many of the songs. Thanks to all who brought songs to share: Bryan's "Here We Come a Wassailing" parody was hilarious, the singing on Terry's "Go Tell it on the Mountain" was wonderful, Donna taught us "The Gloucestershire Wassail", Mark brought a nice arrangement of "Christmas Island", and Lisa listened to "Hardrock, Coco and Joe" a dozen times so that she could write it up for us Chicagoans who remember it from when we were kids! Steve took the part of Joe, the little elf with the very deep voice. Perfect! Brenda's parody "Jingle Bell Cluck" was awesome! Our new winter theme song? Happy Christmas, Solstice, Winter to all!

    3 · December 20, 2013

  • Alvin M.

    I came by the Eastgate Café after the meetup a little earlier than usual, and there were about 15 people still socializing and enjoying the afterglow of a very enjoyable evening.

    Thank you to all the participants; you're enthusiasm gives us organizers encouragement, your feedback helps us to find ways to improve future meetups, and by extending the courtesy of ordering something from our venue, you're helping us to keep our happy home.

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    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Evita W.

    It has been a long and tiresome week. Last night was filled with wonderful and uplifting music, grins from ear to ear, and lots of love and laughter. Exactly what I needed. I'm humbled to be a part of such a great group of people. Many thanks!

    4 · December 20, 2013

  • Evita W.

    Best night so far! Enjoyed myself immensely!

    December 20, 2013

  • Ed M.

    Had a wonderful evening with friends singing!

    3 · December 20, 2013

  • Terry F.

    Chris and I get to hear the group in a unique way, with everyone turned toward us. Last night the group sounded especially great. The vocals on some of those songs like Silver Bells were just fantastic. I really liked that so many people brought in songs. I can't believe I never heard Gloucestershire Wassail before. Love being among so many song collectors. Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!

    4 · December 20, 2013

  • Cheryl H.

    Free Range Ukulele Society are bunch of good eggs!!!

    6 · December 19, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Hey, strummers, what are your favorite Christmas or Holiday recordings?
    I have three favorites:
    1. On This Day Earth Shall Ring (by some Chicago folkies in the '80s)
    2. We Three Kings (The Roaches)
    3. Traditional Christmas Carols (Pete Seeger)

    December 13, 2013

    • Mike L.

      I like to listen to Brian Setzer's Christmas album. Christmas songs with a 50s rockabilly accent.

      1 · December 14, 2013

    • Laura M.

      I have a great "Big Band Christmas" CD. Fave song: "I've Got my Love to Keep Me Warm"!

      December 18, 2013

  • Laura M.

    After a couple of weeks of car trouble and other nonsense, I will be there tomorrow! Looking forward to it!

    December 18, 2013

  • Cheryl H.

    Mary's boy child/ Oh my Lord

    December 13, 2013

  • BJ A.

    Happy Holidays to one and all. Spousal Unit and I will be in Dallas TX for traditional family Christmas. Expect I will miss 12/27 too. Take lots of pix for me! See you in the new year, on Jan. 2!

    1 · December 13, 2013

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