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.
With much aloha for all,
Nancy Eaton (Nina Coquina)