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.
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.
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 (3)See all
- Make Some Uke Noise at Colonial Oaks ParkColonial Oaks Park, Sarasota, FL
There are some changes this month, so read the description carefully.
Due to covid the following restrictions apply:
Only 30 people will be allowed to attend and it's on a first come first serve basis. Anyone who applies after the 30th person is added will be placed on a wait list and won't be able to attend unless one of the 30 drops out. Covid rates are on the decrease so I've increased the number who can attend. Please don't bring plus ones and it's limited to players not an audience.
Everyone must be fully vaccinated, including boosters, to attend this event. Some of our members are immune compromised or live with someone who is, so we need to look out for our fellow strummers. This is the best way I know.
If you sign up, then decide you can't attend, please change your RSVP to not going. Only people who have signed up in advance will be allowed to attend. If you show up and aren't on the attendance list, you'll have to leave.
Each year Sarasota County hosts a Breakfast With Santa event and they have a donation barrel in Rm. A. You can bring a toy if you'd like to make a donation.
We'll take a 15-minute break at 3 pm to socialize, use the bathroom, stretch your legs, etc. You're welcome to bring a snack to share with others.
BRING: your own ukulele, music stand, tuner, Daily Ukulele songbooks-yellow and blue, snack to share, your beverage, etc.
The song list will be emailed to everyone a week before the event.
- Monday Morning Strum at Nokomis BeachNeeds location
Sand Fleas Set List December 4 Nokomis Beach
Hi, everyone! See you on Monday Morning at Nokomis Beach, 10:00-11:30 for a "recovering from the cold snap" strum! Bring your chair, your instrument, both the blue and yellow Beloff Daily Ukulele books, your stand, and your copies (or download) of "All The Good People" and "Ticket To Ride."
See you there!
All The Good People (download or print from the “Files” tab on the Sand Fleas Facebook page)
42 Blue Bayou
69 Could I Have This Dance
96 Don’t Think Twice
101 Down On The Corner (Bring a kazoo!)
123 Freight Train
148 Hey Look Me Over
158 I Love How You Love Me
192 It Had To Be You
206 La Vie En Rose
257 Morning Has Broken
413 Your Song
Ticket To Ride (download or print from the “Files” tab on the Sand Fleas Facebook page)
19 All My Lovin’
26 Around The World
35 Bill Bailey (Bring a kazoo!)
60 Daydream (write chords in over the 3rd verse)
66 Don’t Be Cruel
69 Dream a Little Dream
97 Feelin’ Groovy (Change all Bm7 chords to E7)
108 Hey Good Lookin’
130 I Saw Her Standing There
220 Strangers in the Night
264 When The Red Red Robin
306 Let It Snow
259 We’ll Meet Again
- Suncoast Sandfleas Open MicWest Blalock Park, Venice, FL
The open mic is open to Suncoast Sandfleas Ukulele Club members who'd like to perform. Check the email that was sent out requesting performers.
If you want to perform, you must sign up in advance. No walk ons please.
If you're not a performer, but would like to listen to an afternoon of a diverse group of ukulele performers, then please join us at The Gazebo at West Blalock Park on the Isle of Venice
Anyone is welcome to enjoy the performance, so invite your friends.