The Manitoba Old-Tyme and Bluegrass Society (MOBS) was incorporated as a non-profit organization on February 14, 1991. Its mandate is to preserve and promote old-time and bluegrass music fostering the use of acoustic stringed instruments. MOBS is run by a volunteer board of directors. All people (members or not) are welcome to enjoy bluegrass jamming at various locations. Camp-outs with workshops, open mike events and professional performances are held throughout the year. Members receive the “Dill Pickle Rag” which is our monthly newsletter. It contains details on a variety of bluegrass related events and ideas.

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Message from the President

By Jules Bouchard.
The elections are over and, as the new president of MOBS, I get to do my first “Message from the President”. My wife Elaine has accepted to be the new treasurer. We figured what the heck we’ll make this a team effort. Now in our 3rd year as members, we are looking forward to meeting and getting acquainted with all of you. We all owe a big thank you to Wayne Cathers and John Sawatzky. They’ve done a great job and left things in good shape which will make it much easier for us to get up to speed. I would urge you to send them a thank you when you get a chance. I’d like to thank Bob Whittaker for making the Transcona Legion available for the MOBS meeting. Bob is also responsible for organizing the Friday jams at the legion. He works very hard at getting bands to come in from time to time. I urge everyone to come in and take advantage of these free concerts. Also, for those of you who are in bands, this is a great venue to try out new materials or get some practise time in front of an audience. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. With summer fast approaching (we are hoping!!!!), keep an eye out for the upcoming events. Jo does a great job as editor of the DPR and has made it one of the best places to find the latest news when it comes to Bluegrass. Elaine and I are planning on attending the Birdtail Valley Pasture Picking Jamboree in Birtle. It will be our first time at this event and hopefully we’ll be able meet some of you there. In the meantime, crank up those bluegrass tunes for everyone to hear. Jules