The Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends

Here it is March again and that means it’s time for our annual Spring Fling dinner dance. The meal will be catered by Lombardi Catering of Petaluma and we will be serving Italian style roasted chicken along with their excellent Caesar salad and penne pasta. Once again also to accompany the meal will will have great red wines from Marcucci Winery courtesy of Cheri and Phil Marcucci. White wine will also be available.

Dance music will be provided by the Steve Balich Band following dinner and there will be a no host bar and music provided before dinner as well.

Please note that time is quickly running out to make your reservation for this event. Please do so at once before it is too late! We must give a count to the caterer in advance of the event as I am sure you realize, so don’t be left out. Our dinner dances are the best entertainment, dining, and dancing value available today.

Speaking of great values, we had a great turnout for our last meeting Gumbo feed and I would like to thank all of our wonderful (and usual) volunteers for making this event such a success.

Another year has brought us to the annual elections also. Once again the officers and board members of the Accordion Club of the Redwoods invites you to throw your hat in the ring if you would like to become one of the planners and doers in our club. Please contact one of us if you would like to run. If you don’t want to jump right into it, become a volunteer, attend a board meeting, give us your ideas, donate your time, donate your services, help a member who no longer cares to drive at night by driving them to a meeting. In short, do something.

We have even stopped serving food at most meetings because after doing it for years and years Jan could no longer do it. For months I asked for volunteers to take her place. Instead, the club voted to discontinue serving food rather than come up with even one person to take on this task. Now we are hearing complaints because we are no longer serving food.

That small group of people which actually keeps the club running and financially sound is treated to comments that it is a closed group. If it truly is a closed group it is because no one is willing to come in and join the group not because it seeks to keep people out. That’s the end of my rant. I thank all of those who have worked so hard to make this club successful.

Hope to see everyone at the Spring Fling this year. Please attend and support the club by bringing a guest.

Tony Mustaro

Accordion Club of the Redwoods

A few of the Gumbo Crowd

February Gumbo Feed

Entertainment, March 2014


Diane Toso and Jerry Connell

Diane and Jerry are beginners but played like pros! Their playlist was “Under Paris Skies” and “ Chiquitin de Bachen”. Keep up the good work guys!


Guy Richards

What can you say about this guy Guy that has not been said before? Nada! His play list was “Santa Lucia”, “old Man River”, “Never on a Sunday”, “The God Father”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, and many more, I lost track!


Lou Di Magio

Long time no see Lou! Great to have you back! Lou’s play list was “Teran Tella”, “ Tico Tico”, “Bese May Mucho”, “Dirty Fingers (Kitten in the Tree)”, “Medley of Musicals”, “What is this Thing Called Love?”, and ‘Lover”.


Joe Domitrowich

What a class act. Here is his play list as supplied by Joe. I could not keep up. “Jambalaya (in honor of Kris’ excellent gumbo…what a treat!)”, ”Schoen Rosmarin (classical composition by Fritz Kreisler – part of my Café Vienna ensemble (violin and accordion) repertoire)”, “Peanuts Polka”, “Moliendo Café (Cuban Salsa selection)”, “Ave Maria”, “Around the World Waltz Medley”, also from my Café Vienna repertoire. Consists of Tulips from Amsterdam/Wonderful Copenhagen/Wunderbar(Cole Porter)/Around the World (from the movie, Around the World in 80 Days). I Saw Her Standing There – in honor of the 50 year anniversary of the debut of The Beatles, “Just Another Polka (1950s hit parade polka)”, “Oye Como Va (Santana)”, “In the Mood – full arrangement”, “Train Ride” (Medley of train tunes from my CD Something for Everyone).


News, March 2014

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Harry Thomsen

Harry passed away on Saturday February 8th 2014. He was a gentle man and a gentleman. He was a good friend to all and there when needed. I am sure he will be holding a table for us up there to join him in dancing. Up there is where all dancers go, right?

About out Spring Fling, March 22nd, PLEASE get your reservations in NOW. Our reservations are very low, hardly worth having a Spring Fling, in my opinion. Tell you friends and fellow members about this as the printed newsletter does not come until next week or so. Also, page 6 is your renewal form, use it!

Coming Events
Our very own Spring Fling on March 22nd.  NO MEETING ON MARCH 22nd

About the Gumbo Feed
None of this could have happened without the herculean efforts of Kris, Tony(no pics), Jan, Jane, Pete, Annette, John and others. Kris actually took a half day off from work on Monday for us. Kris and Tony started prepping for 5 hours on Sunday, then cooked from 2 PM till 7 PM on Monday. I did not get nearly enough pictures of the crew. Please take a few moments at the Spring Fling to thank them for their efforts!