POWERS - "The Round Table Ramblers" are making a name for themselves around the area. The group of local musicians has been performing in concerts since they organized three years ago, including an increasingly popular "Concert on the Lawn."
The concert, better known as a "jam session," is the brainchild of Cecile Veeser of Bark River, who, in 2010, thought of the old-fashioned way of performing - outside on a large front lawn.
"Each year the group receives more and more invitations to perform," said Veeser. "The 'Concert on the Lawn' has been bringing out a fair crowd each year. Folks bring their own lawn chair and snacks and drinks if they choose."
The Round Table Ramblers are popular entertainers in the Powers/Spalding area. The group is pictured at one of their “Concert On the Lawn” performances. Musicians are: from left, Pat Miner, Omnichord; Yvonne Sivula, accordion and harmony vocalist; Tom Wells, tuba; Louis Gabriel, guitar; Cecile Veeser, group leader, violin (fiddle) and mandolin; Betty Burk, guitar and lead vocalist; Ken Veeser, guitar; and Angela Mogard, guitar. Not present was Linda Lynch, Dobro guitar.
One popular location is the old Lawrence home in Powers, now co-owned by Tom III and Maddy Lawrence and Gail and Craig Maxwell.
In years past, Tom Lawrence performed with his Vaudeville troupe on the old homestead, which often rang with the sounds of music as Lawrence taught students how to play the trombone and trumpet. He, himself, was also a good guitar picker and a gifted vocalist of folk music.
One outdoor crowd was estimated to be about 70 individuals.
"That was up quite a few from the first year's show," said Veeser. "They enjoyed themselves immensely and as dusk began to fall and The Ramblers performed their last number, one could hear folks already thinking of next year."
Many of the group's performances are fund-raisers. One recent performance raised money for the music department at North Central High School.
"Mr Tom Howerton, music director, was delighted to receive the donation and indicated the money would go towards purchasing new sheet music, or perhaps towards a new snare drum," said Veeser.
The school's drama department also benefited from a Round Table Ramblers concert.
The group, which includes three sisters - Betty Burk, Cecile Veeser, and Yvonne Sivula - consists of musicians from the Bark River, Spalding, and Powers areas, with the exception of Louis "Gabe" Gabriel, who travels from Gladstone to rehearse and perform with the group.