Peggy Calvert calls herself “the Johnny Appleseed of ukuleles” because she practically knows everything there is to know about them. We had the honor of welcoming Peggy Calvert to be our first guest on A Circle in a Square’s Historangical. Historangical is a word we made up that combines history + stories + Orange! In these segments, you will hear some good old fashioned storytelling woven with the history of our beautiful town of Orange. Whether you are an Orange resident or beyond, listen in to hear a new perspective and - surprise - some live ukulele music!
Peggy’s career has been largely in recreation, doing programming for adults, children and seniors for the city. In 2007, she ran a community arts center that focused largely on arts and music. In the summer, she would host a luau for the kids and wanted someone to learn to play the ukulele. After asking her staff, she decided to teach herself how to play. With her new busy job and newfound talent, she wanted to find a new relaxing hobby, got some ukulele lessons and joined a ukulele group to play. After two years, she wanted to bring a ukulele group to Orange. She was able to start the Ukulele Soup program in Orange in October 2013, where she would provide all ukulele lovers the opportunity to play music and learn more about the art of ukuleles. When it came time to host her first session, she was nervous no one would show up, but lo and behold, 18 people showed up to play ukulele! Since 2013, Peggy has created a monthly group for ukulele players to come together, play music, and gain a larger appreciation for the 4-stringed instrument. Thank you so much for being on the podcast, Peggy, and for sharing your talents with us! Visit the Ukulele Soup Facebook page below for more information!
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