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This will be our 14TH such gathering honoring the legacy of "the biggest selling & most popular band in the history of recorded music!"
The (12) hour event (9 AM- 9PM) features all-day music, special guests, memorabilia & sale tables, a silent auction & a dinner buffet!
For the past several years, THE WILSON & BOGLE FAMILIES, longtime business manager FIONA TAYLOR & BOB SHADE of Hallmark Guitars have graced us with their presence. This year THE VENTURES themselves hope to tie in a fest appearance with several lined-up gigs nearby!
Co-founder DON WILSON sadly passed away in January of last year & we honored his own legacy last year at the fest with a 'Don Wilson Remembered' theme. In previous years- we did the same for legendary guitarists' Nokie Edwards & Gerry McGee. Don's son TIM will be onboard this year as a co-cordinator of the event & together we've chosen the theme:
THE VENTURES FOREVER!
In the months ahead- Tim will be reaching out to those musicians who were an 'integral' part of The Ventures legacy over the years: JOHN DURRILL, JOE BARILE, GEORGE BABBITT, HARVEY WICKLAND & DEKE DICKERSON to name a few with invites to what we hope turns into 'our gandest fest ever!'
Its early yet in regards to setting an 'exact' cover charge for the fest this year! We'll be in the process of gauging interest over the next few months but be advised that we're usually in the $70-$80 range for the day which includes breakfast, lunch & dinner!
Every year- for those unable to attend- we offer post fest pkgs, that can include the 'commemorative T-shirt & program &/or DVD SETS capturing all the festivities. Items are priced separately & $$$ totals count toward expenses! We encourage support in some form if you opt out of attending!
Our ID CARD for this year is attached (front & back). Contact info is included to clarify info within or to inquire about any of the fest goodies
available as a 'form of support!'
Our (13th) such gathering of 'stalwart' Ventures fans The World Over will be held SATURDAY OCTOBER 8TH from 9 AM-9 PM.
BALLROOM AT THE PHOENIX 1661 Mill Road, Upper Chichester, Pa.
Cover charge for the day's activities is $75 & includes breakfest, lunch & dinner, all day music, memorabilia & sale item tables & a silent auction!
The theme for this year's event is: TOGETHER IN HEAVEN as we pay tribute to co-founder rhythm guitarist DON WILSON! On hand as special guests will be members of The Wilson & Bogle Families, Ventures business manager Fiona Taylor & Bob Shade of Hallmark Guitars. There's also a good chance a couple current Ventures band members join in the festivities!
For those comin' from afar- hotel accomodations have been set up at the BRADYWINE PLAZA HOTEL in Claymont, Delaware!
If you're unable to attend- please consider 'support' in some form whether purchasing a 'comemorative' T-shirt, program &/or post DVD SET. More details & questions answered by direct e-mail: TABALT11@YAHOO.COM!
I like to say this often- "It only takes attending (1) Ventures fan fest to get hooked for many more!"
Our event this years marks THE VENTURES 60TH ANNIVERSARY, though our regular jammers plan to get a DICK DALE TRIBUTE into the mix.
The cover charge for the (12) hour gathering remains at $60 & includes breakfast, lunch & dinner. Memorabilia tables will be set up & merchandise available for sale. Lastly, there's a chance you'll be able to rub elbows with one or more band members!
Contact Tom Baltaeff at: email@example.com or by phone- (610) 789-4894
Optional at additional expense is a Friday evening meet & greet dinner buffet, along with a post fest send-off breakfast Sunday morning.
Motel accommodation info provided upon request!