Elkhorn Music Jam

For almost twelve years now, on the third Sunday of the month musicians from the four points of the compass meet for an afternoon of old time music, referred to as a music jam. This event that is held at the Elkhorn Legion Hall, for most of that time, has been organized by local Elkhorn apple grower Ed Clayton. 

The event brings out lots of musician of all skill levels and most are older players.  Clayton said, “It would be nice to see younger performers coming out, to [nurture] these skills and keep the small community jam goings.”

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There are a number of regulars who show up from both Saskatchewan and Manitoba; and recently they have had a player who comes up from North Dakota to play. His name is Gerry Lund, and no relation to Elkhorn's own Gerry Lund of local musical fame, who is a regular at Elkhorn’s music jams.

The jams start in the fall and the next one will be the December jam, with some seasonal favorites on the play list.  But wait, there is more to the music jam than great music; there are a lot of people who come out to listen to the music, and usually among that group there are a few old-time dancers who skillfully glide across the legion hall floor.  During the afternoon, the organizers have a coffee break with a selection of homemade baked goods.

At some of the monthly jams a hot buffet supper is catered by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. At the Nov. 19 music jam there was a meal of ham and scallop potatoes with all the fixings, and a great selection of homemade pies. Before the supper, grace was given Marg Will.

Often some of the village seniors and a few bachelors will drop by for the supper, if they find out before hand.

The jams will go on until April and if you drop by you might enjoy the music and dancing. During these cold Western Canadian months, a Sunday afternoon of old-time music can be very relaxing to the spirit.

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