Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association Preserving an American Tradition






Board of Directors
State Officers
President Bill Crabtree
Vice President WestLaura Farr
Vice President EastJim Harter
SecretaryKatie Gotshall
TreasurerLeigh Frazier
District Chairs
District Counties Chairman
2 Ferry,Lincoln,Pend O’Reille, Spokane & Stevens Kyle Peterson
3 Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties Gerry Gengler
4 Skagit, Whatcom, Island & San Juan Fred Robbins
5 Mason, Kitsap, Pacific & Grays Harbor Kay McCarthy
6 King Roy Calvert
8 Pierce Barbara Peterson
9 Thurston & Lewis Christie Easter
10 Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania & Wakiukum Kathryn Bode
11 Grant & Adams Charlie Root
12 Benton, Franklin & Walla Walla Joe Gunter
15 Jefferson & Clallam Scott Holman
16 Snohomish Noel Lareau
Committee Chairs
Membership Chair Noel Lareau
Newsletter Editor Bonni Wuennecke
Music Editor Kay Daling
Workshop Chair Corrine Agnew/Tyler Hagood
Copyright Chair Noel Lareau
Webmaster Bill Crabtree
  • The lovely article printed in last month’s newsletter in remembrance of Dave Perkins was written and submitted by Laura Farr. I apologize for not mentioning her and thanking her for sending that in. Bonni Wuennecke, Newsletter Editor
  • District elections this year have been put on hold until October 2021.
  • It’s almost time to renew your membership dues for 2021. Dues for 2021 will be accepted on October 1st, or after. Dues can be paid online at http://members.wotfa.or via Paypal, debit or credit card An application is on Page 12 for your convenience. PLEASE mail your check made out to WOTFA to the address on the membership application, NOT to the return address on the newsletter, as this slows things down.
From the Editor

The Evergreen Fiddler is going digital!

Starting January 1, 2021, we will be discontinuing the printed newsletter and sending it to your email instead.

This decision was not an easy one to make.  With declining membership, increasing costs and a growing cry from the membership, the Board has decided to move the newsletter to an all digital format.  There will be a transitional period between now and the end of the year.  You will continue to receive the newsletter in your mail, and you will also receive one in your email.

If you do not have access to email, or you don't do computers, and you need a paper copy mailed to you, please send a letter or email to:

Bonni Wuennecke

3024 W 7th Ave
KennewickWA 99336


Please take the time to check out the new format.  The new format promises to provide more content for what our members are requesting.  You will still have the Tune of the Month with additional features. The events for the month will be listed in each newsletter and you can browse the website for more content than we could ever put in the newsletter.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we go through this transition.


From the President
A lot has happened in the past year, and then again, things have been put on hold, cancelled or postponed.  This year has thrown a lot at us here in…
From the New Secretary
Welcome Katie Gotshall !! Greetings fellow musicians! Although you might know me as “that clarinet girl,” I thought you might like to know a little more about your new secretary.…
Missing Fiddle Camp T-Shirt campaign

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the "Missing Fiddle Camp 2020 T-Shirt campaign. Together we have raised more than a thousand dollars! Although we didn’t have an official winner in the “Hidden Meanings” contest, we did have some creative answers and ones worth keeping as we all enjoy our t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags.
If you want to get a shirt, mug, or tote bag, you still can!
Just visit https://www.bonfire.com/fiddlecamp2020/ All purchases will be mailed directly to you, and all proceeds will continue to contribute to Fiddle Camp 2021!

The "Missing Fiddle Camp" hidden meanings

Here are the meanings that went into the original design:

  1. The two musicians are wearing masks to keep each other safe
  2. They are socially distanced by 6 measures (6 feet apart)
  3. Although they're separated, they're still connected by music
  4. The tune they are sharing is called "The Reunion" - since everyone is longing to get back together
  5. "The Reunion" was written by Vivian Williams, Washington's fiddling legend and our own renowned Fiddle Camp instructor.

Additional meanings others have derived and worth mentioning:

  1. The tune is twisted and backwards in the middle - just like our online attempts at jam sessions and music lessons get twisted by internet connections that aren't meant to handle streaming musicians
  2. The tune is in a major key - because even in these times, we remain hopeful
  3. The tune does not resolve to the tonic, "so this darn thing is not over. Yet."
  4. A shout out to lefties, the guitarist is left handed
  5. "Missing" fiddle camp has a dual meaning - and can either mean we're all sad and nostalgic toward fiddle camp but also 2020 is the year of the "missing" fiddle camp in WOTFA records.

If you want to get a shirt, mug, or totebag, you still can!

Just visit https://www.bonfire.com/fiddlecamp2020/ All purchases will be mailed directly to you, and all proceeds will contribute to Fiddle Camp 2021!

District Reports

All district meetings and jam sessions are cancelled until further notice

District 1
DISTRICT 1: Asotin, Columbia, Garfield & Whitman Counties Contact: Betty Lehrman (509)758-3602 email: blehrman@clarkston.com No longer an active WOTFA District [...]Read More
District 2
DISTRICT 2: Ferry, Lincoln, Pend O’Reille, Spokane & Stevens Counties; CHAIR: Kyle Peterson- email:wotfa.kyle@gmail.com Monthly Meeting: To Be Announced No district elections this year-postponed until October 2021 [...]Read More
District 3
No district elections this year-postponed until October 2021 Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties CHAIR: Gerry Gengler, 2 23rd St NE, East Wenatchee, WA 98802 (509) 886-0416 email: g.rry@frontier.com REPORTER: Carl…
District 4
DISTRICT 4: Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties ACTING CHAIR: Fred Robbins Stanwood Monthly Meeting: Postponed for now No district elections this year-postponed until October 2021 [...]Read More
District 5
DISTRICT 5: Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties ~ CHAIR: Kay McCarthy- (360) 895-0628 email: mkmccarthy11@gmail.com REPORTER: Laura Farr, Shelton (360) 427-1703- email: wlzfarr@msn.com Mason County Coordinators: Will and…
District 6
Hello from District 6! We don’t have any news, which seems like a good thing. I’m writing this on one of our first days of clean air after the September…
District 7
DISTRICT 7: Yakima, Kittitas, & Klickitat Counties; No longer an active WOTFA District [...]Read More
District 8
Things here are still pretty much shut down, so we are cancelling our October monthly meeting. A few of our members have played outside in a Puyallup park a couple…
District 9
No District elections this year-postponed until October 2021 Hi everyone-for the month of October we are still pretty much in the same place as previous months. All play dates, meetings…
District 10
No District elections this year-postponed until October 2021. Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wakiukum Counties CHAIR:Kathryn Bode – email: chefkat56@gmail.com Monthly Meeting: Postponed for now [...]Read More
District 11
No District elections this year-postponed until October 2021 Grant and Adams Counties CHAIR: Charlie Root, 23 Road M NE Moses Lake, WA 98837 (509) 765-5927 email: clroot@sosmail.us Monthly Meetiing: Postponed…
District 12
No District elections this year-postponed until October 2021 Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties; CHAIR: Joe Gunter (509) 948-1772 REPORTER: Chuck Hedel, email: cwhedel@gmail.com Monthly Meeting: Postponed for now Monthly…
District 15
No District elections this year-postponed until October 2021 Jefferson and Clallam Counties CHAIR: Scott Holmen, (360)-620-9221, scottpholmen@gmail.com PLAYDATE COORDINATOR: Don Betts (360) 681-5218 emaiL:not2old2fiddle@gmail.com. SPECIAL PLAYDATES COORDINATOR: Pete Crose (360)…
District 16
DISTRICT 16: Snohomish County; CHAIR: Noel Lareau (360) 691-5907 – e-mail: Noelula@aol.com REPORTER: Noel Lareau Business meeting Postponed for now D 16 jams 2nd and 4th Fridays at Sisco Heights…
Tune of the Month
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