by Ramona LaBarre
Thanks to our good friends at ArtsQuest, each year Godfrey Daniels has a large presence at Musikfest – Liederplatz, behind the Sun Inn in downtown Bethlehem. We affectionately refer to it as Godfrey Daniels Day, and several of our Board members and some volunteers staff a booth and help to sell Martin Guitar raffle tickets and t-shirts. Some of them Emcee, perform, and promote Godfrey’s goodwill throughout the day. It is a big day of sharing music and community for countless Godfrey Daniels supporting members, audience members and friends old and new.
For about 20 years, Godfrey’s has drawn the winner of the annual Martin Guitar raffle at Liederplatz each year, just before it’s time to find the best viewing spot for the annual festival closing fireworks display. This year’s winners are: 1st prize 000-15M StreetMaster Guitar, Suzanne Boundy; 2nd prize Backpacker Guitar, Margaret Franklin; and 3rd prize Ukelele, Elia Schoomer. Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to all who supported Godfrey Daniels by purchasing raffle tickets!
Our programming goal is to give some broader visibility to upcoming artists at Godfrey’s, while mixing in some fantastic local artists along with our Godfrey Daniels favorites. Over 10 years ago, (the late great) Mike Space developed our Best of Open Mike hour, also included as part of the programming. Each July, three artists are selected from our Open Mike community, for their opportunity to perform on a coveted Musikfest stage.
This event falls right in the middle of our summer hiatus, and it is always a fabulous reunion, especially when the sun shines and the rain stays away, as it did for all us last week. We appreciate each and every one of you who came by to say “Hello”, and it gives us great joy to share our anticipation of what’s on the schedule for the coming months, when we launch our new season on September 7, 2018.
September is an extraordinarily busy month, with back-to-school and back-to-routine trying to claim all of our energy and attention. Please remember that it is also Back to Godfrey’s for the new season, as well, and take some time to check out what we have coming up just for you. Besides all the great music, there are some major surprises in store for you when you come thru the door at 7 E. Fourth Street.
See you on the SouthSide!