The Sunday March 11 Fiddlers gathering was dedicated as a tribute to founding father Ben Chapman. Ben played a huge role in getting District 8 established, starting way back in 1974. In the ensuing years, Ben’s selfless contribution of time and effort helped mold and build the Fiddlers into the wonderful group that it is today. Always there to greet new members and guests, tirelessly playing at gigs that support District 8, and wearing many hats throughout his tenure among other duties he performed, Ben left a model legacy that no one who knew him will ever forget. Many shared memories of Ben, read poems he’s written, and talked about his accomplishments. Rae Huffman led a group that played the US Marine Hymn in honor of Ben’s service to our country. CSOTFA President Wayne Agnew and District 8 President Joe Hunsinger presented Joyce Chapman with a commemorative plaque from the CSOTFA honoring Ben for his 37 years of service to the Fiddlers. Ben, you are greatly missed!
[Tribute photos, click to enlarge]