Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More Recollections by Lillian of 19th Century Life in Cooksville


Lillian Graves Smith’s memories of growing up in Cooksville were written down by her son Marlowe G. Smith in an interview in 1973 that he titled “Cooksville Vignettes.”

These may have been, as Smith describes them, "random reminiscences…that relate the simple day to day experiences as seen through the eyes of childhood,” but they are delightfully specific and personal from 25 years of Lillian Graves’ early life in the village. And she lived almost to age 102.

Lillian Graves Smith
Lillian Graves Smith (1875-1977) was the daughter of Anna Brown Graves (1855-1920) and William Gardiner Graves (1825-1903). Her father was a Civil War veteran and a prominent blacksmith in Cooksville with a large family.  They lived in several different houses in the village, which was not uncommon in Cooksville.

Here are more excerpts from Lillian’s recollections:

“My first recollections are concerned with my home and family on the Main Street of Cooksville adjacent to the Badfish Creek, and across the road from Rice’s Mill [the Cooksville Mill, 1842.Ed.] which is no longer standing…The fine old sugar maple trees that were planted by my father are still flourishing, and I recall as a native Vermonter, he always tapped the trees for their maple syrup…

“One of the more haunting experiences was the time that Mrs. Towns took her own life by jumping into the mill pond. Her husband had passed away, and she was left with three children and with little or nothing to live on. She left a note on the table together with her wedding ring, and one dark night she threw herself into the pond and was drowned. We all felt so badly for the children, Annie, Jennie and Bennie. They were such nice children and bore up bravely during this ordeal. The entire neighborhood, perhaps in tardy fashion, felt great compassion for them, and each child was taken by friends and neighbors. I recall that Bennie lived with the Mayo family and was brought up as their own son. He was a very fine young man, and we all admired him.

McCarthy tombstone, St. Michael's Cemetery
“A strange funeral episode is alleged to have occurred, but I cannot substantiate it. The story was widely circulated in Cooksville when a certain Mr. McCarthy passed away. A number of friends and relatives came to the home for a wake, and a number of them imbibed too freely and became highly inebriated. They insisted that the corpse must also celebrate the sad occasion, and Mr. McCarthy’s remains were removed from the casket and two of his friends stood him up against the wall while others poured whiskey down his throat. This all occurred in the dead of winter with two feet of snow on the level. The following morning, the funeral procession of horses and sleighs started on their sad journey from the home to the church for the last rites. The coffin occupied the lead sleigh, and for some unknown reason, the horses became frightened and took off at an unseemly gallop and ran away. The sleigh was tipped over, the casket dumped into the road, the corpse thrown out, and one of the sleigh’s runners ran over the deceased. A number of people were alleged to have witnessed this strange occurrence, but somehow, I always thought that this truth had been more than slightly stretched in the telling.” [It is reported elsewhere that one witness exclaimed, “He would have been killed if he weren’t already dead!” Ed.]

“The Fishers lived in the old house on Main Street now owned by George and Eunice Mattakat, and where they operate an Antique Shop [the Cook House. Ed.] I cannot recall Mr. Fisher who was a carpenter and millwright. We did know Mrs. Fisher some time after her husband passed away. She was left without means and was cared for by the Masonic Order of which her late husband was a member. There were times when Mrs. Fisher probably went hungry, and my Mother would often send me to her home at noon with a good dinner all prepared. I recall that Mrs. Fisher would smack her lips, and could hardly wait until I left before eating her meal. She was always so grateful for these little kindnesses.

The Red Door Antique Shop (the Cook House,  built 1842)
“I taught in Cooksville for one year when the school was so large that it had to be divided, and I had my classes in the basement of the church. I taught for the longest time in the Tupper District between Cooksville and Evansville. Here I could board with my sister, Edith Searles. Even then I had quite a distance to walk to school, and one recalls that the roads were not paved in this days, and during winter, you had to wade through snowdrifts with skirts that dragged on the ground. It was even worse after the spring thaw because the road would be full of holes and mud was everywhere. I usually had someone to build the fires in the schoolhouse during the winter, but occasionally, I had to perform janitor services as well….some of the smaller children would walk a great distance… in sub-zero weather and they would be frost-bitten and chilled to the bone when they arrived. Then they would sit close to the stove to thaw out, and soon chilblains would set in, and the poor youngsters would cry out in pain.

“I usually received the magnificent sum of $20.00 per month during the spring and fall terms, and if lucky, $30.00 per month during the winter term. However, board and room averaged only $2.00 per week, so I did manage to get along somehow. The older boys came to school during the winter term only, as their help was required on the farm in spring and fall. 
Ferris Wheel, Columbian Exposition, 1893
 “The Columbian Exposition and World’s Fair of 1892 attracted well over twenty million people. My sister Edith and husband Riley Searles wanted to attend and they persuaded his brother Willis and wife Jean Searles to go along also. Jean’s sister, Ada Wing, joined the party, and I was urged to accompany them. This was a great event for a little seventeen-year-old Cooksville girl. We arrived there on Chicago Day, and such a crowd of people I had never seen before. We had great difficulty in securing a place to stay, and finally had to settle for one room with double beds in a private home. Edith and I shared one bed while Jean and her sister Ada had the other. Poor Riley and Willis had to sleep on the floor. Even the intense heat and tremendous crowds presented no problems to one who never before visited a large city nor attended so great an exposition. Here I spent much time in the Fine Arts Division and saw at first hand the world famous paintings and art objects from Europe that were loaned to the Exposition. I could scarcely tear myself away from this part of the Fair. In fact, it was all a veritable fairy land of beauty and lights. One of the special features was the newly invented Ferris Wheel, and this was perhaps the largest one ever erected. At the top of the wheel, you were over 300 feet above the ground. Of course, I wanted to have a ride on this new contraption, but the others in the party would have no part of it. Finally, after noting my disappointment, Riley very reluctantly agreed to go up with me. As luck would have it, the mechanism jammed just as we were at the top of the wheel. Riley was already ill from the movement or fear, or both, and was soon fit to be tied during the two hour wait until the problem was remedied. As for myself, I rather enjoyed it, and certainly got my full money’s worth of fantastic views out over Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Anna Graves Witner, a sister of Lillian's
“As I look back from my vantage point of nearly a century, Cooksville seems a veritable oasis compared with present day urban living…. Cooksville people were kind and considerate of others. Some would probably call it “nosey-ness,” but there was a spirit of community and neighborliness. There was integrity and square dealing on the part of almost everyone. For so small an area, it is interesting to reflect that so many of them were people of culture and refinement. Certainly, there was little or no class distinction as I can recall. The Scandinavians came over in large numbers and performed the hard manual labor in the fields, but we respected them for their industry, and of course, later on, not a few of them owned the very farms where they first worked as hired hands. . They very quickly melded into the general population and made a major contribution to the area.

“One looks back to the Founders of Cooksville with genuine gratitude. Here began a tradition that one only hopes extends to the present day.”

[Additional excerpts from Lillian’s “Cooksville Vignettes” are contained in a Cooksville News Blog story dated Dec. 7, 2016.]





Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cooksville Cemetery Seeks Donations


The Cooksville Cemetery Association is seeking funds to help maintain and improve the village’s historic cemetery.  Some of the proposed cemetery projects include improvements to the roadway path, removal or maintenance of old trees, and cleaning and care of old gravestones.  
The Cemetery, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Cooksville Historic District, was established on November 11, 1861, when 2.5 acres of land were purchased from the Village of Waucoma’s founder Dr. John Porter for $25. (Waucoma was platted next to Cooksville in 1846, and the cemetery was initially named “Waucoma Cemetery.”)

 The Cemetery is an important part of the historic Village of Cooksville. Many of Cooksville’s early settlers and Town of Porter pioneers, some born in the 18th century, lie at rest in the old Cemetery beneath weathered marble headstones and granite memorials. 
The earliest born person interred in the cemetery is Charlotte Rose Love (1772-1868). Besides Charlotte Love, eleven other persons born in the 18th century are buried there.
Charlotte Rose Love
After the Civil War, about 1865, an earthen Memorial Mound was constructed in the southern area of the cemetery to commemorate those men from the community who had died in the war and were buried in the south. The mound still remains, with a modern flag pole now erected there.

These early settlers have been joined by many later descendants and friends of Cooksville. Together, they represent several centuries of birth—the 18th, 19th, 20th, and the 21st centuries. About a thousand are at rest there now, lying in the shade of the old pine trees. And there is room for more.
For more information about the Cooksville Cemetery, contact John Julseth (608-698-6916) or Anne Remley-Haines (608-201-1996), or email cooksvillecemetery@gmail.com, or go to the cemetery’s Facebook site.
You may also donate by mail to the Cooksville Cemetery Association, Treasurer, 9219 N. Tolles Road, Evansville, WI 53536.

[Posted by Larry Reed, with photos from the Cooksville Archives.]











Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cooksville Community Center Bylaws - Proposed Changes


The Annual Meeting of the Cooksville Community Center membership will be help Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7:00 at the Center, preceded by an Ice Cream Social at 6:30.  We will be voting on new moard members as well as proposed changes to the by-laws which haven't been amended in 20 years.  All members are welcome.

Proposed changes to Cooksville Community Center By-Laws
September 17, 2018
 
The following changes are proposed to the By-Laws of the Cooksville Community Center. The By-Laws have not been updated since 1998 and are overdue for review and amendment to better reflect the organization and operation of the Community Center twenty years later.

The By-Laws were only available as a photocopied type-written document, and as such have been carefully hand keyed without revision as they were found by Emily Beebe, the current President of the Community Center. The document was reviewed by the rest of the CCC Board and are available to all Members of the Community Center for inspection and review. All are encouraged to read the original By-Laws as well as the red-lined copy with the proposed amendments before voting. Discussion and deliberation on these updates is encouraged.

Amendments:

1.  Page 2, Article IV, Section 1.Annual Meeting: An amendment was proposed at the 1998 annual meeting to change this to the second Monday of September. For the last three years at least, the Annual meeting was held on the third Monday (with a quarterly Board meeting held on the second Monday for the last two years). We propose revising this section to read “third Monday in the month of September in each year at 7:00 PM,…”

2. Article VII, Section 4. President, and Section 5, Vice President. All instances of the pronoun ‘he’ or ‘him’ will be changed to ‘he/she’ or ‘him/her’ to better represent all genders.

6. Article VII, Section 6. Secretary. Reference to the seal of the corporation is eliminated, as a seal is no longer used.

7. Article X. Seal. This section is removed as there is no seal of the corporation in use. Subsequent articles will be renumbered to reflect this deletion.

8. All prior-year amendments and comments, remaining in the body of the By-Law document, have been moved to a revision table at the end of the document with the date of the revision. The current proposed revisions are added to this list.



BY-LAWS OF COOKSVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, INC.
Last revision 1993
Reprinted 28-Dec-2017

ARTICLE I

Offices

The principal office of the corporation in the State of Wisconsin shall be located in the Village of Waucoma (Cooksville), County of Rock. The corporation may have such other offices as the Board of Directors may designate.

The registered office of the corporation required by Wisconsin Statutes may be, but need not be identical with the principal office in the State of Wisconsin, and the address of the registered office may be changed from time to time by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE II

Voting Members

A voting membership shall be issued to each person that has purchased the same for the sum of twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) or more, made in a single payment.

ARTICLE III

Section 1. Voting

Each voting member shall have one vote and shall be entitled to vote, directly or indirectly, at any meeting of the members.

Section 2. Proxies

At all meetings of members, a member entitled to vote may vote by proxy appointed in writing by the member or by his duly authorized attorney in fact. Such proxy shall be filed with the secretary of the corporation before or after the time of the meeting. No proxy shall be valid after eleven (11) months from the date of its execution unless otherwise provided in the proxy.

Section 3. Loss of Voting Rights (amendment, added 9-28-81)

A voting member who has failed to be present in person at any of three consecutive Annual Meetings or any intervening Special Meetings will lose voting rights and will automatically be transferred to non-voting membership. The 1982 Annual Meeting will be the first Annual Meeting for which absence will be counted toward loss of voting membership.

Section 4. Restoration of Voting Membership (amendment, added 9-28-81)

A non-voting member who attends an Annual or Special Meeting will automatically be transferred to voting membership at the close of the meeting. By two-thirds of those present and eligible to vote the non-voting member may be transferred to voting status immediately without waiting until the close of the meeting.

ARTICLE IV

Section 1. Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the membership shall be held on the fourth Monday in the month of September in each year beginning with the year 1962, at the hour of 8:00 o’clock PM, for the purposes of electing directors and for the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting. If the day fixed for the annual meeting shall be a legal holiday in the State of Wisconsin, such meeting shall be held on the next succeeding business day. If the election of directors shall not be held on the day designated herein for the annual meeting of the members, or at any adjournment thereof, the Board of Directors shall cause the election to be held at a special meeting of the members as soon thereafter as conveniently may be.

Section 2. Special Meetings

Special meetings of the members, for any purpose or purposes, may be called by the President or the Board of Directors, and shall be called by the President at the request of the holders of not less than one-tenth (1/10) of all of the outstanding memberships of the corporation entitled to vote at the meeting.

Section 3. Place of Meeting

The Board of Directors may designate any place, within the State of Wisconsin, as the place of meeting for any annual meeting or for any special meeting called by the Board of Directors. If no designation is made, or if a special meeting be otherwise called, the place of meeting shall be the registered office of the corporation in the State of Wisconsin, that any meeting may be adjourned to reconvene at any place designated by the vote of the majority of the members represented thereat.

Section 4. Notice of Meeting

Written notice stating the place, day, and hour of the meeting, and the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than ten (10) nor more than fifty (50) days before the date of the meeting, either personally or by mail, by or at the direction of the President, or the Secretary, or the officer or persons calling the meeting, to each member of record entitled to vote at such (a) meeting. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail, addressed to the member at his address as it appears on the record books of the corporation, with postage thereon prepaid.

(cut?) Section 5. Membership Books or Fixing of Record Date.

For the purpose of determining members entitled to notice of or to vote at any meeting of members or any adjournment thereof, or members entitled to receive payment of any distribution of assets of the corporation, or in order to make a determination of members for any other proper purpose, the Board of Directors of the corporation may provide that the books shall be closed for a stated period but not to exceed, in any case, fifty days. In lieu of closing the books, the Board of Directors may fix in advance a date as the record date for any such determination of members, such date in any case to be not more than fifty (50) days and, in case of a meeting of members not less than ten (10) days prior to the date on which the particular action requiring such determination of members, is to be taken.

(substitute?) Section 5. Record of Absences (passed 9-28-81)

The officer having charge of the books of the corporation shall keep a record of voting members not present in person at Annual or Special Meetings. Such record may be conclusive as to the basis for transfers to non-voting membership. The record shall be made available to members at meetings and at reasonable request.

Section 6. Voting and Membership Lists

The officer having charge of the books of the Corporation shall make, at least ten (10) days before each meeting of the members, a complete list of the members in alphabetical order, with the address of such member, which list, shall be subject to inspection by any member at any time for a period of ten (10) days prior to such meeting. Such lists shall also be produced and kept open at the time and place of the meeting. The original membership books shall be prima facie evidence as to who are the members entitled to vote at any meeting of the members. Failure to comply with the requirements of this section shall not affect the validity of any action taken at such meeting.

Section 7. Quorum

A majority of the members of the corporation entitled to vote represented in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum at a meeting of the members. Though less than a quorum of the members is represented at a meeting, a majority of the members so represented may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice. At such adjourned meeting at which a quorum shall be present or represented, any business may be transacted which might have been transacted at the meeting as originally notified.

(substitute?) (amended 9-30-67): Business at hand may be settled whether a quorum is present or not as long as everyone is notified of the meeting and they can vote by proxy if unable to attend.

ARTICLE V

Dissolution Clause

Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Trustees shall, after paying or making provisions of the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manners, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Trustees shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of the Common Pleas of the county in which the principle office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE VI

Board of Directors

Section 1. General Powers

The business and the affairs of the corporation shall be managed by its Board of Directors.

Section 2. Number, Tenure, and Qualifications (amended 12-13-93)

The number of directors of the Corporation shall not be less than five (5). The term of office shall be for three (3) years. The directors shall be elected at the Annual Meeting and shall be members of the Corporation.

Section 3. Regular Meetings

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held without notice other than this by-law immediately after, and at the same place as, the annual meeting of the members, and each adjourned session thereof. The Board of Directors may, by resolution, provide for the holding of additional meetings with, or without notice, than such resolution.




Section 4. Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by or at the request of the President, Secretary, or any two (2) directors. The person or persons authorized to call special meetings of the Board of Directors may fix any place, as the place for holding any special meeting of the Board of Directors called by them.

Section 5. Notice

Notice of any special meeting shall be given at least forty-eight (48) hours previously thereto by written notice delivered personally or mailed to each director at his address.

Section 6. Quorum

A majority of the number of directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board of Directors.

Section 7. Removal

Any director may be removed from office by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members entitled to vote for the election of such director taken at a special meeting of members called for that purpose.

Section 8. Vacancies

The Board of Directors may fill any vacancy in their board happening after any regular annual election or any vacancy created by an increase in the authorized number of directors until the next succeeding election, by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors, then in office, although less than a quorum.

ARTICLE VII

Officers

Section 1. Number

The principal officers of the corporation shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer, each of whom shall be elected by the Board of Directors. Any two (2) or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of President and Secretary and the office of President and Vice President.




Section 2. Election and Term of Office

The officers of the corporation to be elected by the Board of Directors shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors at the first meeting of the Board of Directors held after each annual meeting of the members.

Section 3. Removal

Any officer elected or appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed by the Board of Directors whenever in its judgment the best interests of the corporation will be served thereby.

Section 4. President

The President shall be the principal executive officer of the corporation and, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, shall in general supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the corporation. He shall, when present, preside at all affairs of the corporation. He shall, when present, preside at all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors. He may sign, with the Secretary or any other proper officer of the corporation thereunto authorized by the Board of Directors, membership certificates, of the corporation, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments which the Board of Directors has execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or by these by-laws to some other officer of the corporation, or shall be required by law to be otherwise signed or executed; in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Section 5. Vice President

In the absence of the President or in the event of his death, inability, or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. Any Vice President may sign, with the Secretary, certificates of membership; and shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Section 6. Secretary

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the membership and of the Board of Directors meetings and one or more books provided for that purpose; see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws or as required by law; e custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the corporation and see that the seal of the corporation is affixed to all documents the execution authorized; keep a register of the post office address of each member and the amount of payment each member has made into the corporation or which is credited to his account; sign with the President, or Vice President, certificates of membership, deeds, mortgages, contracts, or other documents which shall have been authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors; in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties a from time to time ay be assigned to him by the President or by the Board of Directors.

Section 7. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the corporation; receive and give receipts for moneys due and payable to the corporation from any source whatsoever and deposit all such moneys in the name of the corporation in such banks, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the by-laws; and in general perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the President or by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII

Contracts, Loans, Checks, AND Deposits

Section 1. Contracts

The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the corporation, and such authorization may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 2. Loans

No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the corporation and no evidences of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by or under authority of resolution of the Board of Directors. Such authorization may be general or confined to specific instances.

Section 3. Checks, Drafts, etc.

All checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation, shall be signed by such officer or officers, of the corporation and in such manner as hall from time to time be determined by or under authority of resolution of the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Deposits

All funds of the corporation not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the corporation in such bank, or other depositories as may be selected by or under authority of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IX

Certificates of Membership (amended 12-13-93)
Section 1. Certificates representing membership in the corporation shall be in such form as shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Such certificates shall be signed by the President or a Vic-President and by the Secretary. All certificates for shares shall be consecutively numbered or otherwise identified. The name of the person to whom the certificates represented thereby are issued shall be entered on the membership books of the corporation. Membership shall be non-transferable and non-refundable.

Section 2. deleted (12-13-93)

ARTICLE X

Seal

The Board of Directors shall provide a corporate seal which shall be circular in form and shall have inscribed thereon the name of the corporation and the words, “Corporate Seal, Wisconsin.”

ARTICLE XI

Amendments

Section 1. Board of Directors

The Board of Directors may from time to time, by vote of a majority of its members, adopt, amend, or repeal any and all of the By-Laws of this corporation except such By-Laws as may have been, or hereinafter, adopted by members of this corporation.

Section 2. Members

The members may from time to time, by vote of a majority, adopt, amend, or repeal any and all of the By-Laws of this corporation.

ARTICLE XII

Option to Purchase Membership Prior to Transfer (Deleted 12-13-93)











Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cooksville Summer Food Drive

July 29 - August 12, 2018

Non-perishables are best.  Garden vegetables can be brought on August 12.

Food will be donated to local pantries.

Drop off donations anytime in the rubber tote located outside the front entrance at Cooksville Lutheran Church



Cooksville Christmas in Summer Show: Commemoration of the Old Cooksville Opera House




Known as Van Vleck’s Hall, the Cooksville Opera House was located above Van Patten’s and Newkirk’s meat market on the corner of Main (now hwy 138) and Dane Streets. At the time, the second-floor opera house was used by local and traveling performers as one of Cooksville’s social gathering venues, which also included the schoolhouse (now the Cooksville Community Center), the Congregational Church, and the Masonic Lodge above the General Store. Although no pictures of this structure have been found, Cooksville resident Chris Beebe has created an artist’s rendering of what this structure may have looked like in the 1890s.

After a one-year hiatus, the Cooksville Community Center is again presenting its annual One Room School House Christmas in Summer pageant on Saturday, August 11st, 2018 starting at 1:30 pm in the Cooksville Community Center, located at the junction of Church Street and Highway 59 in the village of Cooksville.  The theme for this year’s event is the Cooksville Opera House Extravaganza, commemorating the Opera House, built in 1845 and which burned down December 5, 1893.

The Christmas in Summer event will include performances by two Madison-based vocal ensembles, the Spare Parts Quartet, a women’s barbershop quartet, and Deliberate Vibration, a 5-member a capella group. In addition, there will be a performance by Warren and Cynthia Fremling, Opera Singers from the Chicago Area, as well as some local talent performances from Cooksville, including the Cooksville Opera House Chorus. 

 
 The Spare Parts Quartet was founded in 2016 as an affiliate of the award-winning Yahara River Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. The Sweet Adelines organization consists of women vocalists dedicated to performing the tradition of the tight 4-part barbershop harmonies that originated in America in the late 19th century, and which have roots in both African and American vocal traditions. The Spare Parts Quartet includes JoAnn Bray (lead), Kay Hinck (baritone), Bonnie Senkowski (bass), and Gwen Torkelson (tenor), and performs a variety of music from the 1940s to present day.

 
Deliberate Vibration is a versatile and talented Madison-based men’s a capella band that performs at farmer’s markets, community events, and at local establishments. Their repertoire includes contemporary songs and standards, cleverly arranged for the unaccompanied vocal performance which is one of the most popular forms of choral music today.