As many of you know, our most recent RagFest was in the fall of 2019 at Brea's Curtis Theatre. In the waning months of 2019 and into early 2020, we began preparing for RagFest 2020. As our 20th anniversary festival, we had planned to create a singular event with a handful of features to commemorate the special occasion. The festival was slated for Saturday, November 8, and the staffs of RagFest and the Curtis began coordinating their efforts.
All that came to a grinding halt with the March 2020 lockdown. By summer, when it became apparent that very few if any public events would be possible in the fall, the decision was made to cancel RagFest and look ahead to 2021 or beyond if necessary.
As we wrote what seems like a long, long time ago now, 'We want to keep our fans in the loop. Once more scheduled indoor performance activities begin to become more commonplace, we'll be assembling a schedule for the O.C. Ragtime Society so you'll know when and where you'll be able to attend these fun, off-the-cuff, informal performances. We’re hoping we'll be able to do the same with RagFest, so stay tuned for further updates!'
Finally that time has arrived!
RagFest and OCRS founder and producer Eric Marchese writes: I’m happy to report that at long last, OCRS has venues and performances lined up, making them the first since February of 2020 [a few weeks before the onset of the pandemic and lockdown].
[The first two OCRS meets in the New Era have been great! See June 2022 OCRS Report and July 2022 OCRS Report for full accounts!]
Now that all our ragtime ducks are in a row, here are the details of the next OCRS meet:
When: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Start time: 1:30 pm (and we’ll probably wrap up around 4:30).
Where: Spice Social, 138 W. Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
[By the way, if you ever attended OCRS meets in the past, that address will seem familar - Spice Social is indeed on the site of what for years was Steamers, in the heart of downtown Fullerton!] Map of OCRS Location for August 20, 2022 (Spice Social, Fullerton CA)
NEW! (August 2022) Ragtime returns to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda on September 4 and October 16, brought to you by OCRS!
As with all OCRS events, these events are FREE to the public. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who loves this kind of music and has missed having it all this time. No RSVP is required – just be there if you can, and if not, stay tuned for more posts about future upcoming performances.
We’re all excited about this - OCRS has returned to full strength. More performances are set for the coming months and into next year.
Wishing you all a happy summer, and looking forward to seeing you again soon!