HISTORY of BUG
As of our first jam/meeting in January 2019, BUG is ELEVEN!! That's more than a decade of ukulele fun, so far.....
In late 2007 Jack Lawson and Earl Mullins met through a bulletin board about Hawaiian music (www.taropatch.net). Since there was no active ukulele group in Boise at that time, they decided to fill the void and start one. The first BUG meeting was held on the first Wednesday of January 2008. Jack has since retired and moved away from the area, but BUG carries on.
Meetings were first held in the conference room of Jack's office but we quickly outgrew the seating capacity (10) there. We next tried a couple of different local pizza parlors, which seemed like a good idea. It mostly worked and it was nice having access to pizza and beverages, but there were many times when we were crowded out by things like large pizza parties and sports banquets. Finally we approached the Meadow Lake Village senior living center and in January 2010 we began meeting in a craft room on the assisted living (south) side of the complex. Before long, attendance outgrew that room too and we were graciously offered the use of auditorium space in the Main Lodge where we meet now. Starting in 2015 we began meeting in the upstairs chapel, which is acoustically nicer for our purposes than the main auditorium, and in early 2016 began splitting our jams between the Elkhorn Assisted Living module (second Mondays) and the chapel (fourth Mondays)
Here’s to more years of ukulele fun and success!
This sign was made by Steve Lyles's friend Brian Phillips, who visited us last summer. It sits proudly on my desk in the office.
Apologies to Brian for not posting this photo sooner.
Our motto: Four strings, four fingers -- NO PROBLEM!