Jamming at the Mukwonago Library
Free acoustic events draw musicians and spectators
They come from all over the area, with varying levels of musical skill, armed with instrument cases, spilling into the community room at the Mukwonago Community Library. The one thing they have in common is a passion for music. When the first notes spring forth, toes tap, heads nod and smiles spread across faces throughout the room as the group of folk musicians warm up a cold, wet December night, taking turns stepping to the microphone for "their moment in the sunshine."
When Elmer Sparks and his bluegrass friends needed a new place to play and practice their acoustic bluegrass this spring, folk and "mountain music," Sparks turned to Nick Weber, director of the Mukwonago Community Library, with a proposal: hosting a bluegrass jam at the new library. Neither knew how well it would go, but they gave it a try. Concerns about the sessions being too loud for the rest of the library or acoustics not working in the room soon melted away as the crowd grew with each session.
"It really has become probably our most popular thing," Weber said.
Weber supplied coffee and tea, and audience members began bringing in baked goods to share. People attending the sessions started throwing money into a tip jar; so far $500 has been donated to the library. For the holiday jam session Dec. 18, Sparks went around to local businesses and solicited donations to offer as door prizes.
"There is a joy that comes from people who enjoy their music," Sparks said. "The jam circle is not unlike friends sitting around in their living room. … This is the kind of community that draws you in and encourages you to soar. What a joy! All right here in Mukwonago at our library."
Top stories from the Lake Country area. Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
Do you have news or a nonprofit event that you would like to share with the community? Whether it's a community organization, a business, a local school, or a notable neighbor, we'd love to hear about it.
- Stone Bank July 4th Parade and Festival
- Maple Avenue students lead effort to help Oklahoma schools hit by tornadoes
- Templeton band to perform spring concert
- LinkedIn Instructor Offers Free Class May 29 at Brookfield Public Library
- Westcott chosen as high school associate principal
- Victoria Vox Ukulele Concert & Workshop
- Dac Talks
- Childrens Summer Art Camps & Workshops
Lake Country residents share their views on news, happenings and current events.
LivingLakeCountry.com features more than a dozen community bloggers - a group of volunteer conversation leaders who are up on the latest topics and never short on an opinion. Just a few are pictured here. Check out the rest and see what they have to say!
View All Blogs
Do you want to become a Community Blogger? LivingLakeCountry.com welcomes your thoughts and opinions. Contact us for more information:
I want to blog