Diamond Someday will present a program of Bluegrass, interspersed with lots of Christmas classics and new songs. They will include performances by guests as well as providing multiple opportunities for YOU to sing along! It's going to be fun, folks!!

CNYBA Annual Christmas Party
at the Marcellus American Legion Hall
December 14, 2014
Jamming begins at 11 am
Potluck dinner at 1 pm
Showcase 2:15 to 4:15 pm

Featuring Diamond Someday Bluegrass Band and friends

Donations will be gladly accepted

Meat and beverages provided...please bring a dish to pass

Call Kathy Kinney at 315-572-2247 for information

Membership Notes

We are sad as we tell you that the lady with the sweetest smile ever, Betty Knauss, passed away on December 3, 2014. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband, Juergen, and all their family. We will miss her.

Condolences may be sent to Juergen Knauss at 5407 Bennetts Corners Rd, Elbridge, NY  13060

Betty J. Knauss, 73, of Elbridge (town of Camillus) passed away Wednesday at home with her family at her side. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. A 1959 graduate of Elbridge High School, she was a life resident of the area.

She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Freda Davis; her brother, Ronald W. Davis and nephew, Donald Davis.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Juergen Knauss; son, Mark E. (Connie) Knauss of Topton, PA; daughter, Christine J. (Daniel Splane) Knauss of Skaneateles; brother, Edward R. (Barbara) Davis of Camillus, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Erik.

Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bush Funeral Home, 120 E. Main St. (Rt. 5), Elbridge, NY (315-689-6116) with a service to follow at 4 p.m., Rev. Thomas Bell officiating. Private burial will be in Shepard Settlement Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the SPCA of CNY or the American Cancer Society


We have some sad news to report.  George Hall has passed away. There will be a memorial planned for this summer here in New York and his ashes will be buried next to his wife's grave.  We will announce the details as they develop.  George was having a struggle with his heart so it wasn't unexpected, but family and friends are still very sad. Our prayers are with them all.  

If any CNYBA members would like to participate in the memorial this summer, please email cnybanews@aol.com. We will pass along your message.


Our long time CNYBA friend, Rich Curtis, has lost his mother following a prolonged illness. Condolences can be sent to Rich and Linda Curtis, 353 S Webber Drive, Chittenango, NY 13037. Memorial contributions can be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 731 Hooper Rd.,Endwell, NY 13760.


Note from Don Mauro, good friend of CNYBA
Hi Everybody, Ben, our nephew, is between tours with Lionel Richie, having just returned from Sri Lanka, and headed to Europe in February.  He will be home during the holidays and is having a CD Release Show at the Palace Theatre at 7:30 PM on Saturday, December 6th.  This is his first full CD of original songs.  We're looking forward to another great event like the sold out show he did at Shifty's back in May.  He will be backed up by the same band, Phoenix Eleven, and will again feature some special guests.

The Palace is a great music venue with plenty of room, and there is not a bad seat in the house.  The acoustics are excellent.  There is also convenient free parking around the theatre and in the lot behind the POMCO building across the street.  Beer, wine and soda will be available in the lobby where they used to sell popcorn.  Yes, popcorn will be for sale, too. Admission is $25 advance sale, and $30 at the door.  All seats are general admission, and doors open at 6:30.  Click on the link below to order your tickets.  You can choose to print them at home or have them mailed to you at no extra charge.  Invite your friends!  Let's PACK THE PALACE!

To hear a sample of Ben's music and view a video he made in Syracuse last May, go to his website at www.benmauro.com and click on "Let's GO!" at the right end of the menu bar under Ben's name.  Then click on Ben feeding the elephant.


  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

Treasurer: Eric Barth
7728 Frayer Ln
Liverpool, NY 13090

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


August 2014 Newsletter

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October 2013 Newsletter

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