Doug Gauss helps the Civic Media Center celebrate 8th birthday
September/October 2001

October 18, 1993 was the day the Civic Media center opened its doors for the first time. Now eight years later, this non-profit volunteer run library, reading room and activist nexus for the Gainesville area is going strong, and holding a celebration to mark the occasion, on Thursday, October 18, 2001, at the Thomas Center, 306 NE 6th Ave. in Gainesville.

With us for this musical celebration will be a Florida icon of folk music, Doug Gauss. A regular performer at the Florida Folk Festival for nearly 30 years, Gauss has enjoyed close relationships with Florida Folk legends Will McLean, Don Grooms, Gamble Rogers, Paul Champion and Jim Ballew. His repertoire includes the works of the best of contemporary Florida songwriters with their expressed blessings, as well as vinage songs of Florida from his vast collection of sheet music songs ranging as early as 1840 through the 1920s.

A five-time State Champion of fingerpick guitar champion, Gauss is also proficient with banjo, mandolin, and hammered dulcimer.

As a member of the Florida Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau, Gauss will present a concert of songs about Florida against a backdrop of projected images.

Opening the show will be long time Gainesville performer Jane Yii, a guitarist, singer and songwriter of immense talent, whose clear and crisp performance will be complemented by the great acoustics of the Thomas Center's Spanish Court.

If the definition of media can be broadened to include the great songwriters who chronicle our life and times, these are two of our great reporters and historians, appropriate to celebrate the Civic Media Center's birthday.

Doug Gauss' performance is supported by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, and the concert is co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Operations.

Doors open at 7:30, the music starts at 8 p.m. There will be an intermission with refreshments as well as a display of some of the Hidden Treasures of the Civic Media Center.

Please help the Civic Media Center celebrate its success in maintaining itself as a great community resource. There is no admission fee, but donations to continue our work will be gladly accepted. The CMC needs and appreciates your support.

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