ATOS 2017 Convention, Encore Day 2

Today, July 8th was the second Encore of the 2017 ATOS Convention. The day was a visit with the South Florida Theatre Organ Society chapter. The group bussed to Plantation, Florida, about a three-hour and a half hour bus ride from Tampa, for the day’s first event at the Pam and Joel Jancko’s “Our Backyard Museum”. After dashing through a rain shower as we arrived, the travelers were treated to another excellent Jelani Eddington carefully orchestrated program of Broadway and movie melodies.

The group then split into two groups, due to the space available for the final program, and traveled back to the Ft. Myers area of Florida. In Ft. Myers, the group attend a Donna Parker performance of popular tunes on Steve Brittain’s residence installation. The organ, originally from the State-Lake Theatre in the Buffalo area of New York state, was later installed in the Avenue Theatre in San Francisco, CA. The instrument and the installation provided a wonderful platform for the ending of a long and enjoyable visit to Florida. After the final program, the group boarded their last bus of the week for their return to Tampa. Thank you, ATOS host chapters and volunteers, for making our 2017 ATOS convention a great opportunity for all who were with us.

~Richard Neidich

The eagerly awaiting audience at the Jancko’s home museum installation

Jelani Eddington at the Jancko’s 3/22 Wurlitzer theatre organ

The tall listening space with the chamber lights showing the swell openings

Host Steve Brittan welcoming the guests

The audience awaits the program in the listing room which filled with organ, pianos and other musical devices

Donna Parker at the 3/25 Wurlitzer theatre organ

Donna Parker at the 3/25 Wurlitzer theatre organ