Mandolin Club Musicale

Seems like the ukulele is coming back into fashion, but maybe we should consider the mandolin, instead.  It was all the rage in 1901, and the Skidmore Mandolin Club held an event to boost its budget.  The reviews were favorable, and the receipts were almost $40.

From the Skidmore Standard, May 17, 1901:

An Excellent Program, a Fine Night and a Good House

Up until Monday morning there were only two tickets purchased for the Mandolin Club entertainment and it began to look like they were going to have a ‘shut out’ but at the beginning of the performance Monday evening there was a goodly number present, and at the close of the first selection of the Club there had been enough tickets sold to bring the door receipts up to almost $40.  This made the members of the club appear in a cheerful mood and the audience was favored with some very fine music from them.

The three vocal solos which were rendered by Miss Frances Montgomery, James Lawson, and A. K. Philleo, received great favor from the audience.  As an evidence of this fact the singers received an encore on each of their selections.

As a reader, Miss Dale Allen has few equals.  She is very graceful, has a full, rich voice and her impersonation of the different characters – involving almost all the different kinds – shows the work of a finished artist.  Should Miss Allen ever appear to a Skidmore audience – and we would be sorry indeed to think differently – she will be received equally as well as on this occasion.

The two duets by Messrs Ashbrook and Wade on their mandolins, and Mesdames Strickler and Pinkston on the piano, were well rendered and showed that the performers are possessed of no small amount of musical talent.

Taking the entertainment altogether, not considering the length, it was equally as good as you would find in the large cities.

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