Hi there netters,
Rich Taylor here, host of the "APPLAUSE" Show and President of
THN...The Harmony Network. You are receiving this as a member of a
discussion group that loves barbershop and acappella music. Many of you know me
from the International Barbershop Harmony Webcast where I have been "begging"
for money for the last 5 years to insure that those broadcasts continue.
People all over the world have contributed to that cause and the webcasts appear
to be headed for bigger and better things. I am personally thankful for
all who have partivcipated in that funding effort.
For the last 15 years, my good friend Bruce Checca, has been
the driving force behind the Bolton Landing Barbershop Festival, the annual
Labor Day event held in the beautiful upstate village of Bolton Landing,
NY. More than 30,000 people have enjoyed performances by world class
barbershop quartets, choruses and acappella groups from around the world.
Each year, up to 10 champion groups appear, and this year, the 2004
International Quartet Champs, GOTCHA, will be performing.
Since the events of 9/11, the attendance at the 2002 and 2003
festival has been significantly lower than expected and, for the first time
since it's inception, the Festival sustained losses in those two years. At
the present time, the Festival is in a deficit situation, creating the inability
to pay the "up front" costs of airline tickets and deposits for this years
I am forwarding a copy of a note Bruce sent to many of those
who have attended the festival in the past 15 years. He needs our help NOW
in order for the 2004 Festival to take place. Please read his
note...understand the emotion from which it comes, and if you can help, please
let him know now. The decision has to be made this week.
Thank you for all each of you offers to the world of acappella
music. Without you, the genre may have died many years ago. I
appreciate each one of you.