The Ukuladies interest group was established by Joanne Rife about a decade ago, after she, her daughter Susan (who was then living in Florida), and a childhood friend attended the West Coast Ukulele Retreat at Asilomar and then two other ukulele festivals. Joanne originally started playing on the beaches of Southern California as a youngster, and still has that ukulele. The group now numbers 13, all of whom play enthusiastically with variable levels of skill. During the worst of COVID, the group met over Zoom, and is happy to be meeting again in person, mostly masked, in members’ homes.
The group meets every Monday at 10 a.m. to strum, sing, and sometimes fingerpick songs from “The Daily Ukulele” and other collections of paper song sheets. Some members also play in the Gilroy Ukulele Club and the LUKES, the library’s ukulele group. Recently the group performed at the Women in Touch holiday lunch in Gilroy and for the local PEO Club. New strummers are always welcome – please contact Joanne for details.