“Twenty Questions with Mill Valley’s Music Men”

“Twenty Questions with Mill Valley’s Music Men”
 by  Joe Angiulo and Bob Greenwood
June 1, 2016,  7:00  – Mill Valley Library
Pre-registration Strongly Encouraged

In their long successful careers as music teachers, Bob Greenwood andJoe Angiulo witnessed vast cultural and economic changes, but always the orchestra and band played on.  Viewed from the perspective of nearly 80 years of collective experience, Bob and Joe take us on a journey of time and change encapsulated in the beat of a small town brimming with big talent.

  Join us for a rare opportunity to see inside the teacher’s perspective as Bob Greenwood and Joe Angiulo share with us the privileges and challenges of their long careers.

  In his capacity as music teacher and orchestra and marching band conductor, Bob Greenwood served Tamalpais High School from 1951-1988.  His career as a professional musician spanned 28 years.  Bob has served on the Boards of several musical organizations and written numerous articles and columns for professional journals in music education. Bob has received many awards and recognitions and is the second recipient to be given a Milley award, in 1990. 

  Joe Angiulo taught instrumental music, primarily strings, in the Mill Valley School District from 1966-2002.  As a Board member of the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society, Joe is responsible for bringing professional classical musicians into local schools. He serves the Marin Music Chest Board, which provides music scholarships to talented young musicians.  He received the Marin County Golden Bell Award in 1990 and again in 2002. In 1990 the city of Mill Valley commended him for 25 years of service. Joe’s most treasured award is his Milley, given to him in 1997.

Ivan Poutiatine: My Volunteering Life in Mill Valley

Ivan PoutitianeJoin Ivan Poutiatine as he speaks about his experiences in city government in the 1970’s, and later as a member of the Board of Directors of Marin Theatre Company.

Ivan Poutiatine has been a volunteer in Mill Valley since he moved here in 1965, as a young architect. He followed his parents’ admonition that “one must always give back to his/her community.” In addition to serving on the Planning Commission, City Council and MTC Board, Ivan was involved in the development of the new Community Center. He received the 2007 Milley Award for “Creative Achievement”.

Come hear him reminisce about his 45 years of volunteering in Mill Valley.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – 7pm
Mill Valley Public Library

Registration is highly recommended.

First Wednesday: Bill Champlin: Mill Valley Music & Then Some!

Wednesday, November 4th |7:30pm

1st Wed Nov 2015Join us for a wonderful evening of history, stories and music with Bill Champlin. Singer, guitarist, keyboard player, arranger, producer, songwriter and Mill Valley native Bill Champlin will talk about his early days growing up in Mill Valley and the local roots that contributed to his musical development.
The Opposite Six, Champlin’s first band, was founded during his time at Tamalpais High School and included other Mill Valley natives who later had musical careers of their own. Bill’s second band – The Sons of Champlin – along with other local bands of the time – placed the Bay Area in the forefront of the rock and roll scene in the late 1960s. After 28 years with the band Chicago, Champlin parted ways to focus once again on his solo career.
Bill has performed with many top artists including Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers. In 1978 he released “Single”, his first solo album. In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing “After the Love is Gone”, which was later recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Over the expanse of a long successful career Champlin has written or sung over 400 songs and has been the recipient of several music awards including two Grammies.  Nonetheless, Bill says his most cherished award is his Millie, given to him by the city of Mill Valley in 2010.

Registration recommended. Click here to register(If registration for this event is full, you will not be able to register. Registration may re-open as cancellations occur, or feel free to stop by the night of the event. We will accommodate non-registered patrons as space is available. )

Reed Grist Mill Stones Dedication at OAC

New plaque.
Who knew? The gristmill stones in the garden of the Outdoor Art Club are probably the oldest historical artifacts in Mill Valley, dating from mid-19th century rancho life in the
Mexican territory of Alta California! Found on the property of Irish-born “Californio” John T. Reed’s adobe home site near what is now Locke and LaGoma in 1906, the basalt gristmill stones and a circular saw had been obtained by Reed in a trade with the Russians at Fort Ross on the Sonoma coast for livestock and hides. Reed was the first Mexican land grantee in Marin Co. (1834), and he built a sawmill on Mill Creek to supply the Presidio with building materials. That mill, a replica of which today stands in Old Mill Park, is what gave Mill Valley its name.

When the gristmill stones were found by Scottish-born pioneer John Burt, a surveyor for the Tamalpais Land & Water Co. and subsequently the superintendent of the North Coast Water Co. (now MMWD) almost three-quarters of a century later, he recognized their significance and brought them to his property on Hillside Ave. In 1897 Burt had married the former Cora Gardner, daughter of Jacob Gardner of the Throckmorton ranch, and it was their niece Gene Stocking, one of the founders of the Mill Valley Historical Society (MVHS) who donated them to the Outdoor Art Club in 1974. The small plaque affixed to them at that time disappeared many years ago.
A few years ago, past MVHS president/ OAC rental docent Joan Murray suggested that a new plaque should be made. Current MVHS Historic Preservation committee chair Lauri Harper agreed, and brought the idea to the MVHS board. The unanimous decision was made to gift the Outdoor Art Club with a new historic marker that explains the stones’ provenance. It is but a small token of the History Society’s appreciation to the Outdoor Art Club for co-sponsoring the annual Walks into History for so many years.

A dedication celebration will take place in the OAC patio on Sept.  9 from 5:30 pm until 7 pm, and all MVHS and OAC members are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and view the display. RSVP to mvhistorical@gmail.com by Sept.6.  More info HERE

August 2015 First Wednesday Program – History of Tamalpais Valley

Tam Valley brochure cover-2Presented by Lissa McKee
Lissa McKeeA fifth generation Californian with an MA in History, I have worked for 35 years as an environmental planner and public historian.  I have lived in Tamalpais Valley since 1991.  Thanks to the input from various neighbors, acquaintances and local historians as well as investigations of archival material I will present an overview of the varied layers of Tamalpais Valley history, from Miwok homeland to  hunting preserve, cattle range, dairy ranch, real estate development, and neighbor to the Golden gate recreation Area. [click photos to enlarge] Click HERE for event details.
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