But, alas, it seems the time has come for those spirits to, well, give up the ghost. And it’s understandable that after so long Terri and Steve would need to move on from what’s basically been a labor of love for the couple, who raised the cost of admission only once during the Jam’s decade-plus run (from $3 to $5) and arrived early with the other volunteers before every show to arrange the tables of baked goodies, coffee, and refreshments and set up the seating for the average 100 or so attendees. “Unfortunately, my job schedule changed recently and that’s ended up in me having to take vacation time off to run the Jam,” explains Steve about the two-round, eight-performer evenings. “When Terri and I first started doing this, we were afraid we’d run out of musicians who wanted to play and audience members. But instead it just grew and grew, and now we just have so many good friends we met when they played or came to hear the music.”
The John Street takes place this Saturday, March 14, at 7:30pm at the Dutch Arms Church in Saugerties, New York. Performers include Jude Roberts, the Compact, Jim Gaudet, the Virginia Wolves, Dennis Havel, Barbara Dempsey, Don Sparks, and Fred Gillen, Jr. Admission is $5. The final John Street Jam will take place on April 11. For more information, call (845) 943-6720 or visit http://www.johnstreetjam.net/index.html.