October 2015
 Ocean-inspired tambourine, 'Music and the Sea,' created by Mike Huffman and Terry Hutson for TAO's 2011 Instruments of Art​


Songwriting with Children

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Fall Fashion Fun
Save the Date
Trunk Show at The Quality Shop in Ghent, 306 W. 21st Street.   Oct. 28, 3- 7 pm
Kim Butler & MaryAnn Toboz invite you to check out Worth's fall styles at our fun trunk show.  TAO realizes ten percent of event proceeds.
Children voice dreams, affirm their courage and resilience at ‘Melodyville’ songwriting workshops
"Melodyville" is a unique way to help children envision, imagine and articulate better futures. 
Funding from Tidewater Children’s  Foundation,  Business Consortium for Arts  Support and  Virginia state and local Arts Commissions has allowed Tidewater  Arts  Outreach to present programs at  area shelters.  Read Tina's blog here.  Hear the song "It's All Up to Me," here.  You can help us fund more Melodyville programs here.
House of Cards, Michael Woodson Kelley, Grant Narelle, Chris Johnson, Who We Are Not, Arthur Lopez, Brian Bodnar, Kelly, Nick and Jim - thanks for the fantastic Saturday night entertainment.  Julie, Carol, Tina, etc... -  great backups!  Pamela Jo and Joe Talley, huge thanks for the sound.  Julie Hudgins & Pagoda staff, you put on a great party!  Enjoy the pics!  Many are by Chuck Hudson & Debra Davidson.  

New tournament date: October 29  
Juaquin attempted to put a damper on our plans; we have other ideas.  We've got a new date, and you're invited.  The course at Elizabeth Manor is in fine shape, and there is still time to register a foursome or get a sign of support on the green.  Click here to register or sponsor one of TAO's largest annual events.  Thanks!
Jimmy Masters, Mary Lou Osterhous, and Bill and Pam Gurley team up for TAO as "Acoustic Image."  Drew and Kate Landman are our hosts on November 7, and their Larchmont home is the perfect spot for a party.  Extra-ordinary musicianship and inspired singing from this rare pairing await.  Tickets are $25 in advance; proceeds benefit TAO. Email klandman9@gmail.com to reserve, or find info on FaceBook. We'd love it if you'd join us!
Meet LaToya, TAO's Volunteer Program Director
In September we welcomed LaToya Hyler to TAO, in a brand-new role.  As Volunteer Program Director, LaToya will focus her efforts on how we can do more with skilled volunteer help, at every level.   She was most recently Manager of Volunteer Resources with the American Red Cross in Chicago.  You may see her individually, or with one or more of her handsome family members.  
All TAO staff, except our ED, are part-time, meaning that volunteer support is HUGE for us.  We can't thank, recognize or reward our volunteer help enough.
MEANWHILE, DOWN ON THE FARM...  Christy Young has found fun and full-time work with Hunt Club Farms, where she's planning events and working with the critters and cute little kids.  We appreciate Christy's efforts on behalf of TAO and we're sending our best wishes and a promise for a group visit. 

Research findings: Music, Memory and Mechanisms in Alzheimer's Disease
Camilla N. Clark and Jason D. Warren
Brain. 2015;138(8):21222125.

The report detailing the findings of this scientific study is pretty heavy stuff.  Here's the report, for your perusal and consideration.  I asked Dr. Paul Aravich, TAO board member and EVMS neurology professor,  to weigh in with his thoughts.  As always, he is a wealth of information.  Among other things, the study's findings affirm what we've known from intuition and observation:  'Music is way to access a neuro-cognitive network that is otherwise preserved  in persons with Alzheimer’s disease.'   

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