What we're about

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

Founded in 2009 by Nancy Eaton (aka Nina Coquina) as a spin-off of the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society, with later help from Susan Rife and Michael Lehner, we are a group of ukulele enthusiasts on the Suncoast of Florida who enjoy getting together to share ideas and information, play music with others, and occasionally hold events, including workshops and concerts.

This Meetup site is the repository of our entire membership, and our main means of communicating with our members. We also have a Facebook Page.

Anyone of any ukulele playing ability or interest is welcome to join our club. Most of the club meetups and events are in Sarasota County, however people outside our county are welcome to join.

MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

1. All members are encouraged to organize get-togethers! Don't wait! If you don't see an event happening soon enough for your liking and want to play with others, organize a get-together of your own! It's fun! We have all kinds of great places to meet and play music in our beautiful area. Feel free to organize and advertise any kind of get-together at any location you'd like. You are free to set the parameters of the get together: For examples: beginner strum-along, intermediate round-robin, play from specific songbooks, play by ear, play by musical genre (for instance Beatles, or Tin Pan Alley, or 1990s songs), instrument show and tell or swap meet, educational exhibit...use your imagination and

2 While we do hold some meetups that are educational and helpful to beginners, please do not expect free lessons. We strongly believe in supporting our local instructors first, along with any guest workshops they might host. We also can recommend some online resources for self-study or for long distance learning.

3. We see this as a true club, which means we encourage active vs. passive participation. Any help you can give regarding volunteering to organize meetups or events or to help others with their meetups or events is MUCH APPRECIATED.

VENDORS AND SPONSORS

We love vendors, sponsors, and professional performers to be part of our club. Any events held at vendor or instructor locations are considered separate from club functions, and each vendor or instructor may have their own requirements for members vs. non-members to attend, and their own fees for attending that are not part of the club kitty. This will be the decision of the vendor or instructor, so please ask for clarification.

ADVERTISING

All workshop and concert listings need to include the following: Date, time, address, cost for members, photo of artist if possible, link to an example of the artist's performance on YouTube or elsewhere, if RSVP is required, contact information, ticket information.

Thanks and we look forward to singin' n strummin' with you!

The Suncoast Sand Fleas

Upcoming events (5+)

Sing 'n' Strum Along at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet

STRUM 'n' SING ALONG - each month at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet. Everyone's welcome, all levels of players, beginners to professional, & friends to listen & groove! Come strum, sing, toe tap, percuss, or simply relax & enjoy the music & merriment of some nice folks. SOCIAL - A brief schmooze with refreshments on the premises during a break might happen, but not always... But every time for sure, several folks go out for food & drink in the 'hood afterwards. You're invited to all of it. COST - We appreciate each person dropping a few bucks in the 'Tip Bucket' to help keep the lights on at The Ukulele Place. Thank you! :) NOTE: The Suncoast Sand Fleas is a ukulele Meetup group that organizes & enjoys many other uke-related activities in the area as well. And we have a presence on 2 websites: Meetup & Facebook. Here's the dif: ** Visit or join the Sand Fleas on Meetup for all upcoming event announcements, from uke-related strum-alongs, to classes, to concerts. ** Visit or join the Sand Fleas on Facebook for sharing & viewing fun posts (& some events, too, but those sometimes get lost in all the other posts).

Strum Along on Nokomis Beach (at Pavilion, end of Albee Rd. over bridge) 10:30

Join with other ukulele players at Nokomis Beach under the pavilion every Monday morning from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm for a fun and friendly ukulele strum along. We welcome all skill levels and players of other instruments as well. We recommend that you bring a chair, music stand, the Daily Ukulele-yellow and blue books. If you have other songs you want to play, please bring copies to share. If you need assistance to get to pavilion from your car, please ask for assistance...we will be happy to help you.

New! Open Mic-a-lele at The Ukulele Place!

The Rhythm Inlet

$3.00

We're excited to announce our latest monthly event, Open Mics at The Ukulele Place. We call it an Open Mic-a-lele! Since we added Open Mics to our monthly Sing 'n' Strum Alongs last year, they've become so popular that it was time to give them their own evening. All instrumentation welcome. (Well, almost, sorry trap-set drummers, no room!) The only requirement is that at least one ukulele needs to be included in the act! We have a P.A. with effects, condenser & dynamic mics, stands & cables, music stands, & chairs. Refreshments will be offered outside. You're invited to present your latest creation, whether a work-in-progress, or finished piece, so come on out & play. Or play the equally important role of audience! Welcome all listeners & toe-tappers. There will be a brief orientation to the place & equipment at the beginning, & a roundtable discussion about performing at the end, for any & all interested. Call Jeff at[masked] in advance for best results, especially if there's more than one person in your act. Contributions for the overhead are expected from everyone, how 'bout 3 bucks... Check out & share the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/359597011486225/?active_tab=about

Strum Along on Nokomis Beach (at Pavilion, end of Albee Rd. over bridge) 10:30

Join with other ukulele players at Nokomis Beach under the pavilion every Monday morning from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm for a fun and friendly ukulele strum along. We welcome all skill levels and players of other instruments as well. We recommend that you bring a chair, music stand, the Daily Ukulele-yellow and blue books. If you have other songs you want to play, please bring copies to share. If you need assistance to get to pavilion from your car, please ask for assistance...we will be happy to help you.

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