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  • Ukulele Group Receives Proceeds from Connect55 Londonderry Residents’ Craft Fair to Benefit Hospitalized Children

    The Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group (SNHUG) has received proceeds from a recent Connect55 Londonderry Craft Fair held by residents.  The fair’s volunteers made and sold mittens, baked goods and other crafts and “volunteers had a very successful fair” stated Doris Pomroy of Londonderry.
    Connect55 Coordinator Jacinto Rodriguez stated “Our residents chose to donate to your group. We highly enjoyed your performance and we are looking forward to seeing you again.”
    The proceeds of $965 will be donated to the Ukulele Kids Club (UKC). The UKC is affiliated with hospitals throughout the world including several here in New England.  To date, the UKC has provided over 15,000 ukuleles as well as music therapy sessions to children in need of a smile, as well as their families and caregivers. Studies have shown that the therapeutic power of music is an effective clinical tool for physical, cognitive and emotional rehabilitation in children.

    “This gift represents 20 hospitalized children receiving music therapy, instruments, and most importantly, smiles all around.  In a clinical setting where that is very unexpected and very welcome.  This means the world to them.” stated Keith MacFadgen, one of the organizers of Southern NH Ukulele Group. 
    Upcoming performances for SNHUG include the Kittery Community Holiday Market’s Holiday Fair, Salisbury Council on Aging Holiday Banquet, several jams at the Exeter YMCA and Austin17 in Brentwood, with a return to Connect55 in Londonderry in February.

    (Photo caption:  SNHUG performs at Prescott Park Arts Festival, 6-9-23)
    SNHUG was organized eleven years ago and meets every other Friday in Brentwood or Exeter. They are open to players of all levels.  Meetings include classes, workshops, jam sessions, and open mics. SNHUG performs at festivals and community events as part of their mission to give back to the community.  To date, SNHUG has raised over $100,000 for charity.   For information contact snhug@outlook.com or visit  www.facebook/snhug