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September 27, 2002

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

With the blazing colors of fall upon us, it reminds me that I am far over due in thanking you for expressing your condolences in the passing of my Mom and Dad this past summer. As many of you already know, I had to cut back on my performance schedule. I am pleased to announce that I am now scheduling concerts for the year 2003 and beyond.

I would like to thank everyone who attended my fall performances during the Theodore Roosevelt celebration in 2002. As in the past, many were on hand for my concert at the village of Adirondac where Roosevelt stayed the year he became president. Performing at the MacNaughton Cottage has special meaning to me because the folks who attend have a great love for this area. Some of them actually lived at this deserted mining town many years ago. Following my concert, a few of the lone survivors spoke passionately about their experiences of living in this isolated area during the long winters.

Thanks to those who, while visiting the craft fair, stopped by the stage at Newcomb Central to say hello, and to purchase my autobiography Echoes from the Past. I also appreciate your phone and e-mail orders for my books and tapes. Many of you have inquired about CDs. I am pleased to say that I will be looking into the possibility of having CDs produced of my A Place in America and A Place in America Part II albums. I am also hoping to begin recording a new CD of my latest ballads and guitar pieces during the early part of this winter. It will be called Santanoni Skies. The lyrics to this ballad can be found in my autobiography. There will be progress reports on my web site from time to time.

Again, thank you for all of the support you have given me. Have a great fall season and please continue to stay in touch.

Best Wishes,
Bill Hall
E-mail: hipeaks@telenet.net


November 12, 2001

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

It is with great delight that I welcome all of you to my new and revised web site. Many thanks to my webmaster Karen. She has spent countless hours upgrading and transferring information from the site she created about two years ago to my present one. Without her dedication, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to communicate with so many of you both near and far.

Before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge all of the families who lost friends and loved ones in our nation's tragedy on September 11, 2001. My prayers go out to all. I would also like to mention the passing away of Chet Atkins on June 30, 2001. He was an unmistakable friend to many throughout the world of music. I feel honored to have known both the guitarist and the man. Thirty years ago, I wouldn't have thought that it would have been possible. I appreciate all of my friends who shared almost an identical statement with me. "Bill, when I heard about Chet, I thought of you." I'd like to reflect to everyone as to what Chet once said to me when I thanked him for the many good years of music that I enjoyed because of him. He responded, "That really means a lot!"

Once again, I wish to thank all of you for attending my performances this year and also for sharing your personal stories relating to the ties you have to the Adirondacks. One of the many personal moments I enjoyed during the Theodore Roosevelt celebration for 2001, in Newcomb, was sharing my new ballad titled "Santanoni Skies (over Pendleton)." Years ago, my hometown of Newcomb was known as Pendleton. Nearly 100 folks gathered to attend my concert at the deserted village of Adirondac (Upper Works) where Roosevelt stayed in 1901. Many of those present had once lived in this area of Tahawus as well as Newcomb.

Other meaningful performances this past year include my concerts at the Lake George Club, Old Forge Arts Center, the Newcomb Visitor's Center, and Johnsburg, Minerva, and Newcomb Central Schools. The fall season ended with a dedication performance at the museum in Olmstedville. The Minerva Theodore Roosevelt Centennial Committee presented me with a certificate in remembrance of my great-grandfather, Harrison Hall. I will always have fond memories of the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's midnight ride to the United States presidency.

I am also happy to announce the publication of my autobiography Echoes from the Past, which I have been working on since 1987. My first showing of this book was on Authors' Night this year at Hoss's Country Corner in Long Lake. I also had it on display during my performances at Newcomb Central School and the village of Adirondac during the Roosevelt celebration. At present, it is available through mail order on this web site.

In concluding, thank you for all of the e-mails, tape orders and suggestions of topics of songs you'd like to have me compose. They are great ideas and I am honored that you feel confident that I can write them. I take all of your suggestions seriously and hope they can materialize into reality. Please continue to be in touch with me. It is great hearing from you. I wish each and every one of you a happy winter season.

Yours truly,
Bill Hall
E-mail: hipeaks@telenet.net


January 29, 2001

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to wish everyone a very happy 2001. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt becoming the 26th president of the United States. Once again, I will be performing during the celebrations in Newcomb on September 8 and 9.

I would like to take this time to thank all of you for attending my concerts this past year. Having the opportunity to visit with each of you, if only for a moment or two, brings lasting memories for years to come. I also appreciate your letters, e-mails, and tape orders.

It was so nice to see a great turnout for my concert at the village of Adirondac during the Theodore Roosevelt celebrations. Almost 90 people drove up to this old deserted mining town. The concert was held in front of the old McNaughton Cottage where Roosevelt stayed in 1901. Singing my original ballads that relate to this area was a special thrill for me. Some of the folks who attended my concert had once lived at this village. Others were from area towns or were visiting the Adirondacks for the first time.

A couple of days before my concert at Adirondac, I had the privilege of performing my ballad, "Teddy," about the life of Roosevelt, at the North Creek Railroad Depot. Members of the Theodore Roosevelt Commission and specially invited guests were present. I sang "Teddy" from the presumed spot where Roosevelt boarded the special train awaiting him in 1901. This was following Roosevelt's buckboard ride from the Tahawus Club to the North Creek Station upon receiving news of President McKinley's assassination.

Having the opportunity to perform concerts at the Lake George Club, Raquette Lake Library, Morse Hall at Silver Bay and Crane Lodge at Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts were also meaningful experiences. I also want to thank the Newcomb Friends for Music for including me in their concert series. I can only say that it is a wonderful feeling to know that many of you who attended my performances last year took the time to travel so far in order to be present. Thank you for your very nice compliments and I look forward to the day when I will see all of you again.

Very truly yours,

Bill Hall


May 31, 2000

Dear Friends,

As summer draws near, I would like to thank everyone for the nice letters and inquiries about my music throughout this past winter and spring of 2000. I enjoyed visiting and making new friends recently while sharing my original Adirondack ballads and guitar pieces in Ogunquit, ME.

I have been very busy with my book project, which I hope to complete this summer. Also, I am looking forward to recording a new CD in the near future. I will inform everyone of my progress as things unfold. There will more information soon about my performances during the upcoming Teddy Roosevelt Celebrations later this year. So for now, have a happy and healthy summer in the new millennium.

Best wishes always from the Adirondacks Mountains,

Bill Hall


October 30, 1999

Dear Friends:

Thank you once again for visiting my web site. I sincerely appreciate the many letters and e-mails I've received. It's been a pleasure hearing from my long time friends and new friends that I've met through the web and at this past year's performances. I enjoyed all of the wonderful compliments and suggestions because it's your input that helps me grow as a composer and performer. Due to the volume of e-mail I receive I'm not always able to answer back. I do read all of the notes and letters that come my way. Many of you have suggested sound clips on my web site and I want you to know that we are working on them and they should be ready sometime soon. Our webmaster will be changing them every so often so there will be some new Adirondack music available when you visit my site. Thanks again for making my web site debut a happy experience.

Best wishes from the Adirondacks,

Bill Hall


May 30, 1999

Hi Everyone:

Thank you for joining me in my web site. It gives me great pleasure to share some of my mail from yesteryears because all of the people who wrote to me became my friends. They gave me the encouragement I needed and had so much to do with the direction my career took. Without them I might never have reached this point of sharing my music with you. Thanks again for stopping by on the web.

Best wishes from the Adirondacks,

Bill Hall


 

Letters to Bill

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September 15, 1980
Dear Bill:

We were delighted with your song about Theodore Roosevelt and of course, it was just perfect for the celebration at the spot where he presumably became the President of the United States. Thanks so much for sharing it with the Adirondack Association's Celebration Sunday.

We hope you can be with us again at some future date to sing your ballad. How proud to be one of those who has "roots" dating back to those who helped make Adirondack history.

With every good wish.

Cordially yours,

Grace L. Hudowalski
Secretary
ADIRONDACK ASSOCIATION, INC


September 15, 1981
Dear Bill:

It was ever so gracious of you to share your delightful ballad TEDDY with us on Sunday at his Memorial Site near Newcomb. We'll surely have to make these events an annual affair! They spark a great deal of interest and it's good to sing the praises of man and Adirondacks loud and strong!

We appreciate your being with us and presenting both ballads. You have a rare talent that should be used and we are grateful that you helped us during this unique celebration.

With every good wish.

Cordially yours,

Grace L. Hudowalski
Secretary
ADIRONDACK ASSOCIATION, INC.


February 11, 1984
Dear Bill,

Congratulations on your TV appearance! I loved the show and you did a "super" job.

I'm pleased to hear you are pursuing the record-I'll be anxious to hear it when it is finished!

My best to you and much success in the future.

Sincerely,

Sr. Carolyn
THE CENTER FOR MUSIC, DRAMA AND ART


Dear Mr. Hall,

Thank you for coming to our 5th grade. I enjoyed the music very much. The songs that I really enjoyed were WHITE WATER FEVER and the song about President Roosevelt. I hope you come back so we can hear more songs you have made up.

5TH GRADE STUDENT


Dear Mr. Hall,

Thank you for giving me information on Teddy Roosevelt. I headed the information for my portfolio. I used all of it. I also learned a lot from your information. I will send you a copy of my portfolio.

7TH GRADE STUDENT


Dear Mister Hall,

Thank you for the beautiful concert you gave us. I thought you were terrific. I especially liked the part about Teddy Roosevelt. My favorite song was CARDBOARD PEOPLE. Music isn't just rhythmic words. It's a certain kind of feeling that's only in some people's hearts.

6TH GRADE STUDENT


Dear Bill

Thank you for coming to the fifth grade classes. You are a great singer and play the guitar very well. I am going to try to get your album. I hope I get to see you again. So does everyone else. My favorite song was your theme song. Well thanks again for coming. Take care.

5TH GRADE STUDENT


Dear Bill,

Your concert you put on at our school was very nice. I enjoyed it very much. It was like an adventure. You have a very nice voice and you play the guitar very well. What I liked best about it is when you showed us the slides of your great grandfather and others. It was very interesting how your great grandfather knew Teddy Roosevelt.

6TH GRADE STUDENT


Dear Mr. Hall,

Thank you for coming to our school to sing and play. I especially liked WHITE WATER FEVER and BLACK FLY LULLBY.

5TH GRADE STUDENT


Dear Bill,

Hi! I'd like to tell you how much I enjoyed your concert. It was really good. I also learned a lot. The concert was really interesting. What I thought was interesting is the way you told the story about Teddy Roosevelt. I liked the concert really well because you made it fun.

6TH GRADE STUDENT


Montreal
Dear Bill,

I'm not sure if you remember our encounter on the trail up to Mount Algonquin, --was it last year? Anyway, it was the day the twin brothers finished their "46ers" at the age of 4! We were a party of three from Montreal enjoying the Adirondack's beauty and the friendly people such as yourself. I had this picture of you which I thought you might like. Here it is and thanks for the song´┐Ż

Sincerely,
Judy


New York
Dear Bill,

Thank you very much for coming with us to Marcy Dam. It was a delightful trip and your music added so much-right there in the Adirondacks! I was so pleased and excited to meet you. You really live your music and that is what makes it so special. It was just so nice to talk to someone who really knows the Adirondacks.

Sincerely,
Joanne


Vermont
Dear Bill,

Thanks for the lovely concert. It was a real inspiration and I listen now to guitar music with "new ears." We all thought your compositions were outstanding both the lyrics and the music-a double creativity.

Sincerely,
Betty


Florida
Dear Bill,

We have truly enjoyed your album. I have shared them with my children and now am purchasing a fourth one for my brother.

Love,
Phil & Louise


Virginia
Dear Bill,

We loved your songs this summer. It was the highlight of the visit for all of us. You have such a tremendous talent.

Very best wishes,
Pam


New York
Dear Bill,

Thank you so much for giving of your time and unique talent to our school in celebrating Library Media Day. In addition to being a "fun day," it was a learning experience for the children and my special thanks to you on behalf of all the boys and girls. I know I am speaking for all the faculty and children when I say that I wish you much success with your music.

Sincerely,
Nancy

 

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