Bill Staines & Leo Cancelled
Due to concerns about the weather and travel, the Bill Staines concert and the Leo Coffeehouse for Sunday, March 2, has been cancelled.
The Leo Schedule
|March 9, 2014
Emcee: Scott Nutter
|5:30 PM||Open Jam
In Founders Hall. All welcome.
Upstairs. All welcome.
Upstairs. Anyone interested in songwriting welcome.
|1ST SET (7PM)||Cheryl McKinney
Original ballads and folk covers.
|2ND SET (7:30PM)||Grey Dogs
Rootsy originals and Celtic flavor. Leo debut!
|3RD SET (8:15PM)||Anna & Milovan
Cincy favorite, this trio delivers folk, blues and originals.
More of the Leo Schedule
Workshops at the Leo
Queen City Balladeers’ workshops provide great opportunities to get up close and personal with folks who offer expertise in a variety of areas. Not only will you learn something, the workshops are fun!
Workshops will start around 5:30 and run about an hour, upstairs at the Leo. All workshops are free for QCB members and are $5 for non-members.
Here are the workshops scheduled for the rest of the 2014 season.
March 23, 2014
Amber Nash of Shiny and the Spoon will teach the basics of the ukulele: how to hold it, how to tune it, and how to play it. She will teach basic chords and some simple songs that you can take with you. Amber will also share resources that helped her to learn the ukulele so that you can continue your education at home!
April 6, 2014
Getting Started with Irish Music with Silver Arm. Whether you prefer the lively dances, haunting ballads or pub songs, Irish music is highly social and musically intriguing. Let Silver Arm help you find the resources. All the band members are faculty at the Riley School of Irish Music.
May 4. 2013
Butch Ross will teach beginning dulcimer technique
Directions to Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church
Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church is a traditional 50′s-style red brick church with pitched roof and steeple, located on the northeast corner of Compton and Perry Streets. The address is 7612 Perry Street, Mt. Healthy, OH 45231.
From Ronald Reagan/Cross-County Highway
- Exit at the Hamilton Avenue/Mt. Healthy exit.
- Go north on Hamilton Avenue less than a mile to Compton Road. There is a traffic light at the intersection.
- Turn east (right) onto Compton Road and go one block to Perry Street.
- Turn north (left) onto Perry Street
- Park in either lot on the north sideor the south side of the church.
- Enter through the door on the north side of the church.
- Exit at Exit 36 (Rte. 127 for Mt. Healthy)
- Turn south onto Hamilton Avenue. Drive for about 4 miles
- Turn left onto McMakin Ave
- Turn right onto Perry Street
- Park in either lot on the north side or the south side of the church
- Enter through the door on the north side of the church.
The Leo Coffeehouse is now at the Mount Healthy United Methodist Church. Pete Armstrong, QCB president, explains the reasons for the move in this “President’s Letter to the Membership.”
Queen City Balladeers Move from Zion
This past week a decision was made to move the Leo Coffeehouse from the Zion United Church of Christ. Zion has been the home for Leo for nearly ten years. It has been a wonderful home for us, warm, welcoming and providing a true “homelike” atmosphere.
This past September we were informed that Zion had made the decision to not heat the building this winter due to their declining financial condition. After further study, they decided to heat Founders’ Hall (our listening room) on Sundays. The Education wing, including rooms in which we have jams and workshops, is unheated except for a few space heaters.
Members of the Balladeers have commented that the unheated rooms are uncomfortable as well as being hard on their instruments. Upon learning this, a new venue search committee was formed in September to try to find an alternative facility with all of the attributes we have come to expect. Many potential sites have been identified and been approached. Three venues have offered to host us; unfortunately the interested venues each lacked at least one critical feature. Our search continues.
Fortunately, Mount Healthy United Methodist Church offered to serve as a temporary host for Leo Coffeehouse. We are very grateful for their generous offer. This church is spacious with a number of suitable classrooms for our break-out groups, a large fellowship hall which includes a stage, and a kitchen adjacent to the performance area. The parking lot is flat and has a good deal of room. Across the street are two municipal parking lots, and street parking is available.
Last Friday, our contact at Zion told me that the parking lot was not cleared after the heavy snow and ice storm the Tuesday before. Their lot maintenance person was unable to clear the lot before the Leo scheduled last Sunday. After that call, we had no option other than to cancel Leo on February 9. The cancellation was posted on this website and our Facebook page, and an e-mail notice was sent to everyone on our contact list. We could not ask all of you to risk the ice and snow-covered parking lot. It would not have been safe. The sub-zero, single-digit weather since has only exacerbated the condition of the Zion lot.
The uncertain condition of the parking lot from week to week, as well as the cool temperature in the church, led us to make the decision to relocate. Since Mount Healthy UMC was already willing to accept us, the move seemed the logical way to ensure that Leo could go on as scheduled.
Mount Healthy UMC has offered to host us until the end of this season, so it will not be a permanent home. There is still a good deal of work to be done to find a new home.
Making the decision to move from Zion has been very difficult. This has been a good relationship, and we are sad to see the position of discomfort Zion is in. We hope that in time Zion will have the chance to find solutions to their issues and we can return there.
What I keep thinking about when discussing this is: What is the most important thing we need to consider about the Leo Coffeehouse? Is it where we gather? or, is it that we gather to share fellowship and the outstanding music we make with our friends.
Thank you for your passion.
Leo Coffeehouse- It’s All About the Music
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Queen City Balladeers Officers
Officers for the 2013-2014 Leo Coffeehouse season are:
- President – Pete Armstrong
- Vice President – Chris Beiri
- Treasurer – Bev Hansen
- Secretary – Miriam Stenson
- Historian – Chuck Black
The board is responsible for all financial decisions and for setting the direction for the Balladeers for the year in which the officers serve. The board year begins in September, with the opening of the club, and ends the following year when the club opens and a new board is installed.