Next regular jam: Saturday, October 11, 2014

10 AM till 3 PM
Starting September, 2014, Board meetings will be held at another time
Lamsom Road Community Church
2259 Lamson Road, Phoenix, NY 13135

Regular jams are held every 2nd Saturday - September to May (except December)

If you're looking for a good place to meet musicians who share your love of bluegrass music - or to learn some new or old songs - this is the place!
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Membership Notes

We are saddened to tell you that our dear Bluegrass friend, Art Benning, passed away on September 24, 2014 at 11 am. He died peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Lois, at his side. Our hearts and prayers go out to Lois and their family Following is the obituary.

Condolences may be sent to Lois Benning at 10488 Watson Rd., Clyde, NY 14433 or email:

J. Arthur (Art) Benning, age 77 of Watson Rd. died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

Visitation with the family at 9:30am and a memorial service at 11:00am will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at the Clyde Grange, 16 E. Genesee St.

Memorials made be made to the Finger Lakes Antique Power Tractor Club, c/o Betty Smith, 874 State Route 414, Waterloo, NY. 13165, or to Lifetime Hospice, 3111 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14623.

Art was born in Newark, Oct. 17, 1936, son of Walter & Olive Walden Benning. After graduating from Cornell University, he farmed his father’s farm.  He then worked at local Ford tractor dealers as a mechanic and then as a parts manager for over 30 years.  After retiring, he worked for DiSanto Jet Gas Co. in Clyde.  He continued to have a hobby farm throughout his working years.  He was a member of the Finger Lakes Antique Power Club, a life member of Galen Historical Society and the Wayne Co. Historical Society.  He participated with the Finger Lakes Steamers Scale Model Train Club and the Finger Lakes Blue Grass Assoc.  Art enjoyed collecting farm model tractors, listening to bluegrass music, and creating woodcrafts that he sold at various events.

Art is survived by his wife of 54 yrs. Lois Tyler, 3 sons; Dan (Lynn) of Port Washington, WI, Bill (Debbie) of Clyde, John (Charlene) of Wolcott, 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters; Alice Sherman of Elbridge and Marjorie Benning-Trent ( Angus) of Sequim, WA. Brother-in-law Robert Cockram, Lansing and many nieces & nephews.

Arrangements by the Pusateri–Canolesio Funeral Home, 68 Sodus St., Clyde. Visit




  Announcing our new CNYBA officers and board members!
President: Kay VonSneidern
65 Canton St.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Vice President:  Neil Smith
4524 Waltham Drive
Manlius, NY 13104


Secretary:  Aleksandra Smith
4524 Waltham Drive
Manlius, NY 13104


Alvar "Mike" VonSneidern
65 Canton St.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Chad Darou 
P.O. Box 507
Harrisville, NY 13648

Bill Light
211 Allen St.
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Bill Knowlton
125 Meyers Road
Liverpool, NY 13088-4449

Bob Hayden
4601 Limeledge Road
Marcellus, NY 13108
315-673-1313 Home
315-251-4113 Cell

Mark Kuney
228 Milburn Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13207





























Please note that our dear friend, Helen Weldon, has retired from being our Membership Chair. Please address membership concerns and information to our new chair: Shirley Stevens
PO Box 536
Liverpool, NY 13088



Festival Reports

Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival 2014
by John and Katie Brutcher

Katie's North Carolina Trip
Not a festival but a darn good story!
ccstival RepoKaKrts from CNYBA members

The 2014 Palatka Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The 2013 Sertoma Youth Ranch Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The 2013 Palatka Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The Winter Village Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher


Read about the Out Among the Stars Festival (OATS)
by John and Katie Brutcher


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The Internet's Bluegrass Video Search Engine

From a member of the South East Bluegrass Association, located in Atlanta, GA, comes a free website, designed to promote bluegrass music among bluegrass fans. The website currently has over 400 videos in the library, representing a wide variety of artists and styles of bluegrass.  New videos are added weekly.  Check it out at: 

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