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The last of St. Paul’s 'Hooked on Music' concerts is set for Sunday, October 16th at 2:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Church. This group will be a little different than many traditional type ‘concerts’ for the group is Jammin’ in the Cabin Band from Pinecroft in Aylmer.

Most people in the area have eaten the wonderful meals at Pinecroft’s, the log cabin tea room, checked out the pottery studio and other little shops, and taken a strolled down by the pond.

This band has brought another dimension of the arts to Pinecroft, which has grown out of a love of music and life.

Jammin’ is a musical gathering of musicians who get together and just start to play. Usually there is no music or pre-planning, and while you are playing you may decide to take your instrument off on a delightful musical trip of its own, just inspired by the music surrounding you. Sometimes that little diversion will be difficult to hear and you know you right away, it would never work. Other times the greatest of miracles occurs and you know what you all managed to do during that song was pure gold. If you a really lucky you recorded the session so you can figure out what you did and play it again.

Jammin’ in the Cabin sessions grew slowly around the fire pit in the evenings, in the summer of 2008, and as the weather got cooler moved into a cabin on the property across from the pottery studio. This was one of the first cabins on the property, and the jam sessions have given new life to the cabin.

The next year they began to play on the edge of the pond facing a grassy clearing. The music crossed the pond and drifted through the trees to the tea room customers who would wander across the pond to enjoy the summer jams in the relaxed and peaceful setting.

Being in a jam session can be a lot of fun and it is always fun to experience one, because you never know where the music will lead you. They may start with bluegrass, folk or country, but that does not mean that is where the music is going to end up.

The band is well known and occasionally has had others drop in to jam with them like Valdy and Terry Sumsion.

Jammin’ at St. Paul’s on the 16th will be Clyde on bass, Peter on piano, Jason on guitar and Paul on guitar and vocals. The band will play a mix of country, bluegrass and folk.

Tickets at $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under may be purchased at the church office, or by contacting Dianne Parnell at 519-688-3280.

Important note: Due to an extensive flood last July from an intake water pipe in the newer part of the church, which caused far-reaching damage on two floors, you will find their main ramp entrance on Bidwell Street and the Fox Alley doors closed. You may enter through the Lower Fox Alley door or the Ridout St. Entrance (next to the stair-case).

Because of repair construction inside, limited use of the elevator may be arranged if needed to reach the concert venue. If you can do the stairs, please do and leave the limited access elevator for those who truly cannot do the stairs. Repairs were started in early September following insurance approval and the tender process, but while construction is going on the only available washroom is on the landing between floors and is not handicap accessible.

Proceeds raised from the Hooked on Music concert series will be used to make improvements to St. Paul's sound system and will not be diverted to cover repairs to the building. 

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