Our First Building Dedication
Dinah Wernick loved music more than just about anything.åÊ The story of how the practice shed came to be named Dinah‰¥ús Shed is a special one indeed‰¥Ï
Dinah was born in 1958 and devoted her entire life to music, poetry and nature.åÊ At the age of ten, she dreamed of opening a small cafÌ© where people could come and play music with each other ‰¥ã she played the piano, guitar and banjo.åÊ Dinah also organized an annual Earth Day event in Berks County, Pennsylvania and was a published poet.
In 1990, Dinah introduced her sister Deborah (Deb) and Deb‰¥ús bass playing husband, Jason, to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.åÊ The entire band blew their minds, but Victor Wooten stood out as an unbelievably important and innovative figure on the electric bass.åÊ This introduction to Victor‰¥ús music led both Deb and Jason down a path they never knew lay ahead of them.
Dinah was always happiest when telling friends and loved ones about the music she had heard and asking others what they were listening to.åÊTo Dinah, music was about sharing. It was about bringing people together.åÊ It was about community.åÊ It was about Love.
At the time of her death in 2003, Dinah was in the middle of writing a novel about the folk music scene in New York and Philadelphia in the 1960‰¥ús.åÊ Dinah would never know that a simple introduction to the Flecktones would set in motion a chain of events that led to Deborah and Jason DeSalvo becoming friends of the Wootens, attending the first Music Nature Camp (Deb plays piano) and Jason becoming a partner at Fodera Guitars (the makers of Victor‰¥ús instruments)‰¥Ïbut we are certain that it would make her happy.
It is with much love and in memory that we made a gift to support Wooten Woods and the wonderful work that goes on there.åÊ It is the most fitting way that we could think of to help Dinah‰¥ús spirit live on and touch others‰¥Ï.
Deborah, Jason, Julia and Steven DeSalvo
Louise and Ernest DeSalvo (Jason‰¥ús Mom and Dad)
Carol Newman (Dinah and Deb‰¥ús Mom)
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