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Tambora Time!

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Tambora Going to School Music Program: The Musary is happy to announce that we will soon be lending a Tambora Drum to the H-W School Music Program.  The drum will be used in an upcoming concert for a specific merengue piece.  The tambora is such a unique drum, check out the video below to see it in action.

Tambora Info: The Dominican tambora (from the spanish word tambor, meaning “drum”) is a two headed drum played in merengue music. In many countries, especially the Dominican republic, tamboras were made from salvaged rum barrels. Performers on the tambora are referred to as tamborerosRead more HERE.


Acts of Kindness:  A Mother’s Musings…

“I happened to be watching TV just before Valentine’s Day and saw the ad for Hallmark that advertised “I love us” and I thought about something Lauren constantly says about her life with John…and it was just that …” 
read more here


Big D doing Big Things

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Fellow Hamilton resident Dave McWane is finishing another book of poems and stories from the road.  Dave is one of the founding members of Big D & The Kids Table and an all around great talent.  He has put out some great art and I just thought I’d share it with The Musary.  Please check out some of his work.   The gift of Music can take you to many places.

Happy New Year!

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Musary Happenings

Happy New Year! There is a lot to celebrate here at the Musary as we are pleased to announce that The Musary, JRP Inc. has been awarded it’s 501(c)3 status!  We are now a tax exempt organization which we feel will really help us pursue new instruments and donations, ultimately enhancing the overall operation of the Musary.  We have also been very busy lending, and now renewing, many more instruments.  We are proud to have over 30 instruments on loan, but are looking to do even more!  So if you are looking for an instrument, or know someone else who might be, please keep us in mind.

The Musary is always looking to enhance its inventory of instruments.  Please take a look around to see if you have any old or unused instruments lying around that could find new life at The Musary.  We will take anything and help find it a new home.  Speaking of a new home… We still have many instruments looking for a good place to stay.  Our pianos, flutes, clarinets, and much more are all well behaved and would certainly fit in with any loving family.  Please let us know if we can help and thank you so much for all of yours.

Also, if you are borrowing one of our instruments we would love to hear from you about all your progress.  We love updates, they keep us inspired!

Full Moon Blog

There have been two entries since our last update.  Be sure to check out the latest “Mother’s Musings” in honor of John.

“Only a few Indian tribes called the January full moon the Snow Moon …most used it in February… but I think that if they had a January like this one…Snow Moon would have been used!
I am going to tell you a funny story about John and snow…
He was the WORST…..” (read more here)

November 2010: Full Beaver Moon

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm


Happy Full Beaver Moon! Happy Thanksgiving!
This was the time to set the beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter.  As you know, John’s birthday is also in November and to honor him this month I have tried to do little acts of kindness whenever I can. The other day I was going into Dunkin Donuts and….. read more.

Musary News…

We still have been placing instruments, but have more available.  If you or anybody you know is looking for an instrument to borrow please let us know.  This past month we were able to place another flute and a piano!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
The Musary