Cruso Circle Play & Jam moves to Camp Hope

Nov 02, 2013

The sounds of guitar strumming and banjo picking will soon be rising through the rafters on Tuesday nights in November at Camp Hope in Canton. The members of the Cruso Circle Play and Jam will be moving their weekly jam sessions to Camp Hope starting Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Steve Raulerson and friend Ann Crawford thought of the idea for a circle play last winter and made it a reality in April bringing musicians together at the Cruso Community Center on Tuesdays. What started as just a spark of an idea has flourished into something that many casual musicians looked forward to each week.

"The first sessions saw few musicians and few listeners, but the word started to spread by some carefully placed flyer and word of mid-summer the CCP&J saw as many as 14 players and 30 listeners," Raulerson said.

During the jam, chairs are placed in a circle so all players can hear and see one another and so they can learn new songs.

"We never know who will show or what will be played — each session is new to itself," Raulerson said.

Now that winter is closing in, Raulerson got permission from the Canton board of aldermen to move the circle play to Camp Hope for the month of November, and hopefully for the rest of winter.

While at Camp Hope, Raulerson plans to take donations each night of the circle play to help raise money to build year-long bathrooms at the main lodge.

To celebrate the move to Camp Hope, the CCP&J is kicking off its first show with musical guests Marc and Anita Pruett. Marc Pruett is a Grammy Award Winning banjo player most known for his role in the popular band Balsam Range.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the old dining hall at Camp Hope. There will be refreshments and a warm fire, but guests are encouraged to dress warm as the building is not otherwise heated.

Camp Hope is located at 312 Camp Hope Road, Canton.