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  • 07/01/2015 11:50 AM | Deleted user

    Dear SAW Members ... How can I get the word out for the next SAW Serves event on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Embry Rucker Community Center in Reston, VA.

     The details are as follows.

     From Howard Goldberg:

    Hello SAW members! SAW Serves is a charitable and noble vision within the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) community and organization.


    The goal of SAW Serves is to feed, entertain and encourage people in homeless communities. After Ricardo White’s dedicated and “second to none” volunteer work and after his untimely passing on December 25, 2014. I am honored to continue this as a SAW member.


    The next SAW Serves event is Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Embry Rucker Community Center located at 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190. Embry Rucker Community Center is homeless shelter that fills a need within the Reston community and has allowed SAW Serves to be a part of the “giving and sharing experience”.


    We are in need of volunteers for the following event:



    Embry Rucker Community Center - 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190



    Saturday, July 18, 2015



    The shelter has a large kitchen with a cafeteria-style layout. There is a large warmer to keep food that was prepared beforehand hot before dinner starts. There is a large freezer, large sinks, and a cafeteria-style serving area and eating area. The “clients” range from families who live at the shelter to single men and women of all ages who arrive only for a meal. The shelter estimates there will be about 100 hungry souls to feed.


    There is a cozy performing space in front of the cafeteria eating area for performers.


    I will NEED a PA system.


    Event Details:

    2:30 PM: SAW Serves volunteers will start arriving with food and help set up in the kitchen. There is an onsite nutritionist who orchestrates and oversees the setup, menu, serving the clients, and clean up. There is room for 6 people to help at same time in the kitchen. Alternates are welcome to give others a break. Also, volunteers can attend to the needs of the clients in the dining area by pouring drinks and sharing conversations and time.


    4:30 PM: Serving the dinner starts. The clients will form a single line, get plates, napkins, dining utensils, and then proceed in front of the cafeteria-style serving area (similar to a small school lunch serving setup). SAW volunteers will serve dinner to the clients. There is a seating area for the walk-ins and a separate seating area for families.


    6:30 PM: Dinner clean-up begins. Volunteers will collect and hand-wash all dinnerware, mop floors, wash off tables and put everything away in the proper place.


    6:30 PM: Entertainment from volunteers begins. Hopefully we can have the PA ready to go at 6:30 PM by starting the PA setup around 6:00 PM. Volunteer performers are needed.


    8:30 PM: FINAL clean-up and walk through to make sure we leave Embry Ricker Community Center the same as it was when we arrived.


    Menu – Prepared and/or Donated By SAW volunteers:


    Main Course:

    4 Spaghetti and meat sauce trays. The tin tray size should be (Info coming soon)

    1 Spaghetti and marina sauce tray (for vegetarians). The tin tray size should be (Info coming soon)


    Mixed Vegetables:

    Enough to feed 100 people



    Enough to feed 60 people



    Enough to feed 100 people



    • Milk is a MUST. There are children and Virginia nutrition regulations require milk (regular milk and 1% milk). Single serve milk cartons are best.

    • Fruit punch and/or other flavored punch drinks.

    • Soda was specifically requested by Susan Alger, lead coordinator at the shelter. Cans or 2 liters are okay. We will need ice or be able to keep the cans cold.


    If 2 liters sodas or 2 liter fruit punch drinks are provided, we can either have pre-poured cups ready to serve when the clients pick up their dinner or we can pour the beverages at the dinner tables.



    Another special request form the shelter is ice cream with chocolate and caramel syrup AND JIMMIES!

    Cookies, Muffins, Cakes, etc. (the shelter has some sweets but donations are welcome)


    NOTE: Please keep in mind that ALL foods should be soft as there are clients that may not have the best capacity for chewing.


    Address any questions to: Howard Goldberg at 1959hjg@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.




    Howard Goldberg




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  • 05/21/2015 12:25 PM | Laura Baron

    I am very excited to share a wonderful evening of music with Shirleta Settles on June 12 at The Carroll Cafe. The show begins at 7:30 and tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. The Cafe is recommending reservations.

    I hope to see you there!


  • 05/20/2015 9:31 AM | Deleted user

    Hi all ... I have music coming out of my ears! Seriously, I have more music (mostly guitar arrangements) that I can keep up with. Currently, I have about a dozen tunes that are in various stages of progress. I'd love to collaborate with a lyricist/musician/arranger. If you are interested, contact me by email and I'll send you some snippets of what I'm working on.  Thanks, Bill 

  • 05/09/2015 8:00 PM | Deleted user
    I am hosting an acoustic guitar workshop and house concert a week from this Saturday on May 9th. 

    Jeffrey Pepper Rogers is the instructor and performer.  He is the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, was the 2008 winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and he has done a couple of instructional DVDs for Homespun tapes on Acoustic Arrangements for classic Dead Songs.

    The workshop is  from 2- 3:30 in the day, the topic is Grateful Dead for Acoustic Guitar and the cost is $25. (all proceeds to the artist)

    Jeffrey will be joined by Wendy Ramsay for a House concert at 8pm., suggested donation of 10-15 dollars for the artists. If you come to the workshop you are more than welcome to hang out and jam until the concert. We will be providing complimentary food and refreshments throughout the day.

    We live in Rockville, off Norbeck near the Manor Country Club.

    Please feel free to invite others.

    Thanks, let me know if you can make it, i will give you the address, or if you have any questions,
    Jeff Herbert

  • 04/08/2015 7:00 PM | Craig Cummings

    Join SAW members and performing songwriters Tony Denikos, Craig Cummings, and Domenic Cicala for an evening of songs and stories, Wednesday April 8th, 7-9 pm at the Music Cafe in Damascus, MD. As Domenic so eloquently states, "...we'll be sharing some stories, singing some songs and if all goes well selling some s*** too:-) this is gonna be one cool show! Discover the myths, magic and mayhem behind the songs!!!!" So, come join us.  It'll be fun. 

  • 03/02/2015 10:06 AM | Domenic Cicala

    This Saturday March 7 Jon Langford w/ Jean Cook will be performing at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. Special guest Mary Battiata will open the show. Jon will do a workshop at 3pm

    tickets and info 301.258.6394

  • 02/14/2015 6:15 PM | Laura Baron

    Hi SAW members. I can't believe this. I am nominated for five Wammies this year!  I am grateful for this. Some of you know that Marco Delmar produced my "Heart of the Great Unknown" album. So I was in good hands!

    Songwriter of the Year: Laura Baron​
    Contemporary Folk Vocalist: Laura Baron
    Contemporary Folk Album: Heart Of The Great Unknown
    Album of the year: Heart Of The Great Unknown
    Song of the Year!: A Little Note

    Appreciate your vote. Lots of wonderful SAW members on the ballot. Please vote by 3/20 http://www.wamadc.com/wama/wammies/wambal29.html

  • 02/13/2015 5:10 AM | Anonymous

    Seeking drummer, bass player, guitarist for new band. If you think 1978 was the best year in music (Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The Clash) but also have a soft spot for James Taylor, contact me to play/write new songs. No smokers. Rehearsal space in McLean. sternbergmichael@yahoo.com

  • 02/06/2015 7:45 PM | Laura Baron

    I am thrilled to report I am a finalist in the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award Event on March 6th. 8pm. There will be a $10K prize announced that evening! The show is at Bethesda Jazz and Blues. I know a couple of the other writers: Owen Danoff and Ellen Cherry. Please follow link for details on the songwriters and how to get tickets. Only $10. http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/bernard-ebb-songwriting-awards

    I would love to see my SAW friends. I would truly appreciate seeing you there. You guys have always been my home base! 

    PS not sure how to make a live link. Please cut and paste (thanks!)

  • 01/31/2015 5:44 PM | Deleted user

    Saturday Feb 7th from noon to 5 pm the James Renwick Alliance presents The Craft of Music: Stringed instruments from Bach to Bluegrass. A distinguished group of renowned instrument makers, collectors and players come together to explore the art of making beautiful instruments and music. The program includes exhibits and demonstrations, a panel discussion and performances.

    The event is being held at the Katzen Arts center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC; free parking is provided.

    Details and tickets can be found at jra.org. Select the JRA member price when buying tickets; the member discount has been extended to the public.

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