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The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is pleased to welcome you to World Accordion Day.

Since 2009, each May 6th, the CIA has been promoting World Accordion Day.


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Concert at Russell Lea Public School Fair by Accordions Alfresco, the NSW Orchestra of the Accordion Society of Australia

Date: Saturday 13 May 11am
Venue: Russell Lea Public School, Russell Lea, Sydney, NSW 2046, Australia.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Solo Concert The Four Seasons Vivaldi – Nihad Hrustanbegovic Classical Accordion

Date: May 4th, 2017, at 20.00
Venue: Concert Hal 'Centar za Kulturu Bijeljina', City of Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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In the past 20 years in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe Hrustanbegovic gave more than 1,000 performances: including seven times in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (3 times a solo concert), in the La Cathedrale Notre Dame Le Puy en Valley (national monument of France, Pilgrimage Route Santiago de Compostela and since 1998 part of UNESCO World Heritage Site), with Grace Jones in Paradiso Amsterdam, with Flairck in Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam, Hall of Knights in the Hague, Vredenburg Utrecht in presence of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, with Al Di Meola in Metropol and during the opening of Sarajevo Film Festival.

As the first accordionist in the world to interpret, play and record the entire Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi, based on the urtext original music score, on the concert accordion, this concert program has a historical and musical basis.

Video above: Rhapsody for Johanna, composed and performed by Nihad Hrustanbegovic, recorded live in concert, 4th May 2017. The work features variations on the Macedonian love song Jovano, Jovanke, a Macedonian traditional folk song.

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Accordion Round-up YVR

Contact: email

Sue Baines hosts a World Accordion Day get-together at the Cottage Bistro

Date: May 6th, 2017, 3 pm
Venue: Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R2, Canada.

Concert of Howard Schmenge Chapman playing Accordion with the Brother Ray Lemelin Blues Band

Date: May 13th, 2017
Organiser: Howard "Schmenge" Chapman
Venue: The George Traditional House, #101­31 Southridge Dr Okotoks, AB, Canada.
Contact: email, phone 403­938­5000
More Info: Howard Schmenge Chapman playing Accordion with the Brother Ray Lemelin Blues Band

The Disccordiannas

Date: May 6th, 2017, 3 pm
Organiser: Howard "Schmenge" Chapman
Venue: In front of Malty National Brewing Corp, 1130 15th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Contact: Ph 545-2749
More Info: The Disccordiannas are an enthusiastic amateur accordion duo from Regina, Saskatchewan. They will be playing a few tunes in front of Malty National on 15th Avenue. Dust off your accordion and join them this lovely Saturday afternoon! What better way to celebrate World Accordion Day?

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Accordion Workshop, Open Orchestra practice and Accordion Concert

Venue: Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin St, Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong.
Contact: Alex Sheykin, email

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Suuri Harmonikkagaala

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Akkordeon-Orchester Diemelspatzen e.V. Concert, Bad Arolsen

Date: Saturday May 6th, 7.30 pm to 10 pm
Venue: The Akkordeon-Orchester Diemelspatzen e.V., Korbach (MD Hans C. Peterson) perform in concert at the BAC Theater, In den Siepen 6, 34454 Bad Arolsen, northern Hesse, Germany.

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Concert by Budapest Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, students of the Accordion Department. Accordion students concert and open day.

Date: May 19th, 2017, 16:00 hours
Venue: Budapest Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

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Video of a patriotic song from the film Jagriti (1954) is played on accordion by Brij Narain Mathur in celebration of World Accordion Day.

Date: May 4th, 2017
Contact: Brij Narain Mathur email:

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Charity Concert celebrating World Accordion Day with the accordion orchestra of Victor Derenboim

Date: May 7th, 2017, 19:00 hours
Venue: Beit Yona House of the elderly (hostel) in Beer Sheva.

Further Info:

Charity Concert celebrating World Accordion Day with the accordion orchestra of Victor Derenboim in the Beit Yona House of the elderly (hostel) in Beer Sheva on May 7th. Performances of the orchestra in this venue are becoming traditional and this year we give a charity concert there for the third year in a row.

The performers are listed on the poster below.

The concert will feature well-known and popular works in various genres and styles: Paul Wilbur. Shalom Jerusalem Potpourri on the themes of Mozart Emmerich Kalman. Overture operetta Grafin Mariza D.Shostakovich. Second Waltz Evgeny Rokhlin. Spindle Potpourri on the themes of Russian songs Franz Lehar. Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss from the operetta Giuditta Vittorio. Monti. Czardas Nurit Hirch. Next year. Luigi Denza. Funiculi-Funicula

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Italian accordionists qualifying to compete in the 2017 Coupe Mondiale

Date: May 6, 2017
Organiser: Italian Accordion Culture (IAC), Italian member of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA).
Venue: Castelfidardo San Francesco Auditorium.
Contact: email

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Italian Accordion Culture (IAC) and the support of the City of Castelfidardo are organising on May 6th their qualifications for Italian accordionists to compete in the 2017 Coupe Mondiale, being held in Italy, 5th - 10th September 2017.

Qualifications of soloists, concert music categories, entertainment music categories and ensemble music categories.

The Auditorium San Francesco in Castelfidardo will host, from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm (public invited, free entry), the selection of Italian accordionists for the Coupe Mondiale.

The prestigious Selection Jury is:

There will be 19 soloists and three groups.

Video of two highest scores:

Alessandro Pagliari (Junior Coupe Mondiale category)
Bach : 3° mov. concerto italiano
Semionov: 1° mov. divertimento
Angelis: Impasse Finale.

Lecce Accordion Project (players: Michele Bianco, Giovanni Fanizza, Francesco Antonio Coluccia)
- A. Schnittke "Gogol Suite": "Overture", "Official", "Waltz", "Polka"
- V. Zubitsky "Sonata Fatum" (I° - II° mov.)
- J. Tiensuu "Mutta"

Full report of 2017 Qualifications with pictures and 18 videos:
WAD Qualifications Italy

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Martynas marks World Accordion Day with the launch of a new merchandise range

Date: May 6th, 2017

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Martynas marks World Accordion Day with the launch of a new merchandise range on his website at

This continues Martynas' idea last year when he commissioned a portrait made from recycled accordions (picture below). For 2017, the new merchandise will be accessories made from accordion parts taken from old but no longer playable instruments, transforming the recycled instruments into something new.

It is an innovative and contemporary way to show some of the many parts that make up an accordion and a stylish tribute for World Accordion Day!

View the brand new store on the Martynas' website on launch day, 6th May

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World Accordion Day Gala Concert

Date: May 6, 2017, Time to be announced.
Organiser: Macedonia Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicna muzika”, Skopje
Venue: To be announced
Contact: For media information please contact: Anica Karakutovska, email: anica2206@yahoo.comemai

Further Info:

The Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicna muzika” Skopje is delighted to invite you to the World Accordion Day Gala Concert which will be held at Macedonian National Theatre Skopje on May 6th.

The concert will feature renowned artists from Macedonia and accordion students from the class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska performing works by Mozart, Derbenko, Bete Ilin, Semjonov, Piazzolla and others. A special guest on the concert will be Grayson Masefield from New Zealand who will perform the composition "The New Tomorrow" by Bete Ilin which was premiered this March in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The international project "May 6th World Accordion Day" is supported by the Macedonian Association of Accordionists with various events and successful realization of concerts at home and abroad.

This year, for the ninth time, the association organizes a solemn concert marking the celebration of the International holiday and birthday of the instrument accordion. The project is supported by the national program of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Macedonia.

An article with the information about the ninth World Accordion Day, being held on the 188th birthday of the accordion, is published in all main newspapers and portals in Macedonia. During this week, President of MAA, Professor Zorica Karakutovska, is promoting the event appearing live on the National TV programs.

Stay tuned for the upcoming report of these activities to be listed here, shortly after the concert.

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The Santa Maria Accordion Band in concert

Date: May 6, 2017 at 16:30 hours.
Organiser: Santa Maria Accordion Band
Venue: San Anton Gardens, Attard, Malta
Contact: Marthese Busuttil Cassar - email:

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New Zealand

Annie Gong in concert

New Zealander Annie Gong is performing two World Accordion Day concerts in the USA. The details are listed under USA events.

North Shore Accordion Orchestra

North Shore Accordion Orchestra rehearsal and group photo for World Accordion Day.

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Accordion leatures and concert

Date: May 10, 2017
Organiser: Stanislaw Moniuszko, Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Academy of Music in Gdansk, Department of Organ, Guitar, Harpsichord and Accordion, Accordion Scientific Club
Venue: Academy of Music in Gdansk
Contact: email

Accordion Laboratory - lectures

JAZZ ACCORDION | Cezary Paciorek | Academy of Music in Gdansk
QUARTER TONE ACCORDION | Eneasz Kubit | Academy of Music in Lodz
ACCORDION IN TANGO | Pawel Zaganczyk | Academy of Music in Gdansk
MODERN ACCORDION | Maciej Zimka | Academy of Music in Cracow

Accordion Concert

Sara Wiecek, Ryszard Lubieniecki (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz)
Kamila Olas, Pawel Ratajek (Academy of Music in Gdansk)
Julia Rzazonka, Weronika Pisarek, Zuzanna Lipka, Jan Gonicki, Marcin Guzik, Maria Wróblewska, Maciej Janaszkiewicz, Gabriel Balukiewicz, Inga Piwowarska (Academy of Music in Lódz)

In program: Bela Bartók, César Franck, Vagn Holmboe, Wolfgang Jacobi, Dominik Karski, Astor Piazzolla, Alexander Puszkarenko, Albin Repnikow, Wiaczeslaw Siemionow.

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International Accordion Festival Acordeao d Alma - Soul Accordion

Dates: May 6th at 9:30 p.m.
May 7th at 4:00 p.m.
Venue: May 6th: Loule CineTeatro Louletano
May 7th: Auditorium of the Municipal Library of Castro Marim
Organiser: Mito Algarvio - Associação de Acordeonistas do Algarve
Contact: Phone: 965191840, email

Further Info:

Accordion d Alma - Soul Accordion is a concert that tries to portray a unique history, the soul of an accordion that the Algarve brings to the chest.

It is part of the celebrations of the World Day of the Accordion, celebrated all over the world during the month of May (6 of May of 1829, when the accordion patent was presented).

On the stage there will be a panel in a discussion format, composed of five speakers, moderated by a journalist, where a historical structure of the instrument will be made, as well as an approach on the unique and differentiating soul existing in the Algarve around O Accordion.

The moments of discussion will be interspersed by musical moments by renowned world accordionists: Joao Frade, Nelson Conceicao, Joao Filipe Guerreiro and Duo Paris Moscou (composed by the world champions Domi Emorine and Roman Jbanov), Emanuel Marcal and Anabela Silva.

During his performances he will be accompanied by a visual artist, who through digital drawing done in real time, will capture and reinvent the essence of each song and dialogue with the performer, also giving a more interdisciplinary and contemporary tonality to the presented contents.

Accordion d'Alma - Soul Accordion is a project of the Algarve Myth - Accordionists Association of Algarve, supported by the 365 Algarve program and by the Municipalities of Loule and Castro Marim.

II Festival Internacional de Acordeão de S. Sebastiao – Setubal l Acordeon Fest S. Sebastiao

Date: May 6th, 2017 at 15:00
Venue: Independent Sports Group
Contact: Phone: 965191840; email

Further Info:

Festival Organized by AAP - Setúbal, Freguesia of S. Sebastião and Supported by the Mito Algarvio and Municipality of Setúbal.

Accordion Gala of Setubal

Date: May 7th, 2017 at 15:00
Venue: UCRD Praiense - Praias do Sado
Contact: Phone: 965191840; e-mail:

Further Info:

Festival Organized by AAP - Setúbal and Praiense; Supported by the Mito Algarvio and Municipality of Setubal.

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Friedrich Lips performing a world premiere: Michael Bronner: "Eight sonnets about love" for bayan and chamber orchestra.

Date: Because May 6th clashes with May Day celebrations in Russia, they have All Russian Day of Bayan, Accordion and Harmonica on the third Saturday in March, which in 2017 is March 18th.

Video: Friedrich Lips performing a world premiere of the Michael Bronner composition "Eight Sonnets About Love" for bayan and chamber orchestra.

Video: Friedrich Lips performing a world premiere of the Michael Bronner composition "Eight Sonnets About Love" for bayan and chamber orchestra.

Full reports with video, pictures and list of performers in English at: 2017 All-Russian

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World Accordion Day Concert by the Accordion Singapore Ensemble (Sasha Farseev and Jiaxi Zhang)

Date: 6 May, 2017, 7 pm
Venue: 10 Square @ Orchard Central, Orchard Central, Level 10, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Organiser: Singapore Ensemble
Contact: Phone: +65 98168947 Email:

Further Info:

The sound of Accordion has lost in a bustling City like Singapore. Lets's celebrate the 188th birthday of the accordion - May 6th 1829, the date the accordion was first patented, in Vienna, Austria, by Cyrillius Demien. Accordion Singapore Ensemble will present the best popular and classical accordion music.

Tickets are on sale via Sasha Farseev is one of the known musicians in his home city of Saint - Petersburg. He started his music studies at the age of six when he entered the Saint - Petersburg Music School N4 (class of S. Uhno). He performed hundreds of concerts in different Russian and international concert venues.

Most notable performances were conducted in: "Saint - Petersburg Big Concert Hall, 2007", "Saint - Petersburg Capella Concert Hall, 2009, 2010", "Saint - Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, 2013", "Mosaic Festival 2014 @ Esplanade, Singapore", "Singapore National Libraries, 2014, 2015", and Singapore Art Museum, 2016. The most prominent awards are the 1st and the 2nd prize in international accordion music festivals "Baltica Harmonica, 2000, 2002" and the 3rd prize in international music festival "Peter and Paul Asamblea, 2005". During the recent years, Sasha was working with the accordionist ensemble "Primavera" that was officially introduced in 2012 (Saint - Petersburg). In 2012 he was appointed as a resident accordionist and the accordionist ensemble conductor in Saint - Petersburg Rimsky - Korsakov music school. He is the co-founder and leader of the "Accordions Singapore" accordionists community and "Accordion Singapore Ensemble".

Jiaxi Zhang is one of the young accordionists from city of Xi'an. He began his accordion journey at the age of five when he enrolled in the accordions group of the Children's Palace of his city. Soon after that he continued his accordion study in Xi'an Conservatory of Music, supervised by A. Professor Liu Yongyuan, who serves as the Executive Director of Chinese Musicians' Association - Accordions Council. Jiaxi's accordion playlist ranges from Chinese to Western, and he has vast accordion performance experience in music festivals and concerts, including Xi'an Conservatory of Music Accordion Performance, 2004, Tsing Hua University Music Camp, 2006 National University of Singapore - University Culture Center, Orchestra Performance 2009 & Jazz Music Festival, 2010, Singapore National Libraries, 2016, and Singapore Art Museum, 2016. He was the 1st prize winner of China National High School Student Art Winter Camp and the only representative from north - western China.

In recent years, Jiaxi devoted himself in cultivating Singapore local accordion culture through co-founding the Accordions Singapore community and Accordion Singapore Ensemble.

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Concert of Students, soloist, chamber groups and orchestra organised by The Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet, Slovenia.

Date: 6th May at 11:00 hours
Venue: Vetrinski dvor, Maribor, Slovenia.
Contact: email

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South Africa

Concert and Launch of Accordion Syllabus. Concert for young accordion students and seniors.

Date: 6 May 2017 at 18:00 hours, Entrance FREE.
Venue: NG Kerk Lindenpark Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact: Mobile: 083 302 3113; email

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Also taking into the celebration, the launch of the Accordion Syllabus for the LCM (London College of Music Examinations) University of London. The syllabus are released world wide by the LCM.

Pictured is Sergio Zampolli and his wife Amarillie.

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South Korea

Workshop/Orchestra Practice/Concert

Date: May 21st
Venue: Hyehwa Art Center, Seoul City, South Korea
Contact: Phone Alex Sheykin +821077366979

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Concert by "Acordeonviv"

Date: 7th May at 18:30 hours
Venue: Auditorio Municipal, San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain.
Contact: email

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Open house at Karlssons Musik

Date: May 6, 2017, Time to be announced.
Venue: Karlssons Musik
Contact: Telefon: 0300-54 51 19; email

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You are invited to Karlssons Musik on World Accordion Day (WAD) Saturday May 6th! We will celebrate WAD 2017 with an ”open house” here at Karlssons Musik with artist performances by Hanzhi Wang (China) and Lisa Eriksson Långbacka (Sweden), instrument demonstrations and we also serve coffee and cookies.

Hanzhi Wang is truly a world artist who has won several international competitions, concerts in many countries and now for the first time in a little place called Fjärås!

Lisa Eriksson Långbacka was voted “Accordionist of the Year” in Sweden 2014 by the members of SDR – Swedish Accordionists Association. She plays very a delicate and poetical style with roots in folk music.

This year we also have a Pigini theme on WAD and we proudly announce that a representative from the Pigini factory in Italy will be here in our shop on WAD.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit our unique accordion museum (picture below), now with over 300 accordion instruments from all over the world, the oldest ones from around the 1850's and we will also present some nice offers on instruments, accessories, books and CD's.

Enjoy a very nice WAD Saturday May 6th for accordionists here in the west coast of Sweden!

40 club members divided into 4 orchestras will perform in the big square in the town of Eskilstuna

Date: 6 May 2017
Venue: Eskilstuna Town Square
Contact: email

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Accordion Concert

Date: 6th May 2017, 19:00 hours
Venue: Istanbul University, Devlet Konservaturvari. Information on poster.
Contact: email

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United Kingdom

Karen Street and Karen Tweed

Date: 6th May 2017 from 2pm
Venue: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR.
The link for registrations is

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United States of America

UMKC Community Accordion Ensemble

Date: May 6, 2017, 8 pm.
Venue: Benedictine Monastery: Conception Abbey Basilica in Conception
Contact: Joan C. Sommers 1­913­722­5625 email

Dr. Willard A. Palmer and our Fifth Annual celebration of this great American educator and artist

Date: May 6, 2017, Times to be announced
Venue: A World of Accordions Museum

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World Accordion Day In conjunction with Dr. Willard A. Palmer and our Fifth Annual celebration of this great American educator and artist. May 6-7, 2017 - At AWAM’s Strahl Concert Hall - All day.

Stas Venglevski, Conductor Accordion Band

Orchestra Participants:
Michael Bridge (Concert, Workshop)
Kevin Friedrich
Dee Langley (Concert, Three Workshops)
John Scaffeo,
Carolyn Carver
Tracey Gibbens

World Accordion Round­Up, Austin Texas by Debra Peters & The Love Saints Band.

Date: May 30th, 2017 6­8 pm
Venue: Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704.
Contact: Phone: 512­442­6189

World Accordion Day Concerts by “Annie Gong & Her Magic Orchestra”.

Date: As on the poster below.

Further Info:

Annie Gong is a highly accomplished digital accordionist & professional entertainer who has a very busy schedule playing on several Cruise lines as a headline Artist. Originally from China, now based in New Zealand and performing worldwide.

Annie plays a Roland digital accordion and her unique 2 by 45 minute shows & performance, receive many standing ovations & lots of great audience feedback.

“Annie Gong & Her Magic Orchestra” includes music from classical, romantic, movie, pop and rock music.

2017 Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival

Date: May 5th to 7th, 2017
Venue: Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater 801 Red River St Austin TX 78701.

Further Info:

The Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival is BACK!

This year, we will be at the legendary Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater on May 5th and 7th! The Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival burst on to the Austin music scene in 2012 with a fresh take on Conjuno, which is a traditional, accordion­driven Texas music form. Presented by Austin non­profit organization Rancho Alegre Radio, the festival hit the ground running with a lineup full of legendary, veteran and up­and­coming groups from all over Texas, much to the delight of music­loving fans who couldn t get enough of the bright accordion melodies and irresistible beat.

In just three short years, the festival brought over 40 different groups, many of whom had never played in Austin, to the Live Music Capital of the World. In 2017, the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival has returned! And has found a new home at the world­famous iconic music venue, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater! Join us at Stubb's over Cinco de Mayo weekend for two days and two stages full of accordions, bajo sextos, dancing, and down­home, traditional Texas music.

And it's FREE and family

World Accordion Day Concert by Mangelly Georgia Accordionaires directed by Christine Mangelly featuring Mom's favorites for Mother's Day.

Date: May 14th, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Venue: Augusta Museum of History 560 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901.
Contact: Phone: 706­736­6775

Crawfish Boil with Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton at Bistro LaRoux.

Date: May 6th, 2017 from 2pm to 5 pm
Venue: Bistro LaRoux, 9372 Lexington Ave NE, Circle Pines, MN 55014
Contact: Phone: 763­717­8288

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