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Winery's Summer Ukulele Jam begins this weekend

Joy in the vineyards

Ukuleles be jammin' this summer at Charles R Vineyards, and anyone with a ukulele is welcome to participate.

"Ukulele is easy to play for anyone, at any age," said singer/songwriter Steve Kritzer, who is leading the Summer Ukulele Jam. "It's inclusive, has an irresistibly happy sound, and lets anyone join with others to make music."

Music will be provided, including easy songs for beginners, and an open mic session will allow those with more expertise a chance to strut their stuff. And those without a ukulele can enjoy the music and sing along.

"We're really excited to host the Ukulele Jam," said winery owner Bonnie Bartlett. "It will be so much fun to play or to relax and appreciate the talents of others."

The first jam session is 1-4 p.m. this Saturday, and it continues the fourth Saturday of every month, May 25 through Sept. 28. The event is free for participants and audience.

Kritzer has recorded five award-winning CDs and taught for 25 years, including guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, songwriting and theory.

"Ukulele brings out the joy in people," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the Ukulele Jam."

"Charles R Vineyards offers the perfect environment for us to gather and enjoy the afternoon," he added.

The family-owned winery, at the end of Greenville Road, has a patio and gazebos, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy, along with the entertainment and natural beauty.

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