“See you in September!” School is back, fall is almost here, & our next show is September 19!


We are back
with our record show on Sunday, September 19! Join us at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. As always, NO admission and plenty of FREE parking! There is still no food available yet at the hall, so please remember to bring your own food and drinks. Masking is recommended.

Last month’s show was amazing! We had a very special guest vendor, Kathy McCabe, the producer of an amazing award-winning 2013 documentary, Good Ol’ Freda about The Beatle’s devoted and loyal secretary, Freda Kelly who waited 50 years to talk about her experiences. It was also first independent film to have successfully licensed original Beatles recordings (4), including “I Will” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”

Kathy McCabe is an award-winning photographer and Beatles expert with widespread experience in the music industry. She has worked as a publicist and manager, a music video and album producer, and also a recording studio manager. She initiated and engineered the production of Good Ol’ Freda. Kathy was so lovely to talk to! Along with selling copies of the DVD, she was also selling a few gems from her own massive Beatles collection. We hope to see her again at another one of our record shows!

Kathy is actually a Baltimore girl from Catonsville who now lives in Alabama on the Gulf Coast. She met Freda in the 1970s and became a good friend. Forty years later at a family wedding, Freda decided to open up to Kathy about her experiences. She said she wanted her grandson Nile to know what she had done in her youth. Freda was also the president of The Beatles fan club and gave away all of her Beatle memorabilia after the group disbanded. Freda is currently involved with an upcoming film about Brian Epstein – she was also his secretary. The most important thing to her was meeting Beatles fans all over the world. Freda still lives outside of Liverpool and over the years, Kathy has visited her often.

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“Freda had just graduated from school and was working her first job as a secretary, as a typist, at a food cannery; and two of the guys from upstairs, two of the accountants, took her to the Cavern during a lunchtime session. She’d never seen The Beatles or heard of The Beatles, and they used to play the lunchtime sessions every day in Liverpool. So they took her for her lunch break, and she fell in love right away, and started going every single day; I think she saw The Beatles like 180 times during their lunchtime sessions. So The Beatles became familiar with Freda always being in the audience, so when it became time to hire a secretary, they knew that there was this girl that was always there, and she got hired. She was 17 years old.”
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For more information, go to goodolfreda.com

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Beat the heat and summer storms and come to our special July show on Sunday the 18th!

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We are BACK with a very special JULY SHOW — Sunday, July 18th! Cool down and look for fun, summer tunes to rock your next barbecue or vacation! The show runs 9 am – 3 pm, and always FREE Admission with FREE and ample parking. It was great to see our fearless leader, Frank, last month, thankfully on his way to recovering from Covid. 

Returning from last month’s show is Howard Dinkel and his fabulous tie-dyed T-shirts, scarves, and shirts!

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We have it all!  See below some of the things you may find this weekend. See you there!

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Join us for a very special Father’s Day show, Sunday, June 20th! See you there!

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This year, we get to share some of Father’s Day with you for our June 20th show. It is extra special because our favorite dad and the man responsible (along with his better half, Janet) for our great show, Frank, will be making a brief appearance after beating back Covid! We had a great show last month, but we missed Frank and his great tables of music —along with his expertise. Thanks to great doctors and lots of prayers and good wishes from our record show family, he is home and on the mend! We look forward to seeing him  and he will be happy to see all of you! Masks are highly recommended for the safety of our dealers and customers.

The show runs 9 am – 3 pm, always FREE and always FREE and ample parking. We have to wear our masks for a bit longer but July will be coming and we will have a special show! Stayed tuned!

Summer and the cicadas are here! Join us at our special 4th Sunday show, May 23, ahead of Memorial Weekend!

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Beat the heat and get HOT music deals at the special 4th Sunday show, MAY 23! Hours are 9 am – 3 pm and ADMISSION is always FREE! Plenty of FREE parking at the COOL Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall. Masks are still required. Bring your family and friends to pick up rockin’ tunes for your Memorial Day celebration! The Arbutus Record Show is held at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall located at 5200 Southwestern Boulevard in beautiful Arbutus, MD.

We had a wonderful show in April and Janet took some great photos of our visitors and vendors in their fun T-shirts. Do you have a favorite T-shirt from a concert back in the day that you still wear? We would love to see you in them on May 23!

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Spring has finally arrived! Hop on over to our show on April 18!

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Spring is finally here! Deals will be blooming at our next show, Sunday, April 18, at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE and parking is FREE! This is our normal third weekend of the month since the spring holidays were early this year. We still have to wear our masks in compliance with the state law and safety for everyone. Please continue to MASK UP,  socially distance, and bring your own food and drink. 

Last month’s show was AMAZING with such a great crowd all day long. It was also a wonderful opportunity to get some great photos as well of lots of the great finds at the show!
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We had the opportunity to meet Lou Vlangas, who partners with our wonderful announcer, Derek Shaw at the Keystone Record Collectors show, the Pennsylvania Music Expo, every month (usually the weekend before the Arbutus show). Lou is the show coordinator, announcer and does the table reservations. At our show in March he showed up with a gem! The first 45 record every pressed, recorded by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – and it’s even color vinyl!

Lou, top left and his prize 45 record. A steal at $400!

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Lou’s partner in crime, Derek, at his usual spot at the entrance of the Arbutus Record show. Both are great guys!

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving is around the corner so it’s time to start shopping for the holidays! Join us on Sunday, November 15th!

We are keeping in touch with our host, the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, and at this point, we are having our November show! Come visit us from 9 am – 3 pm. NO admission and plenty of FREE parking! Please continue to adhere to COVID safety precautions and wear your mask at all times (which means covering the mouth AND nose) and socially-distance. This is particularly important at this time.

Please put DECEMBER 20 on your calendar as we hope to finish the year with our last show before Christmas!

After celebrating Mr. Jack‘s 90th birthday in September, we had quite a scare with him at last month’s show. This post from our “sister” show Pennsylvania Music Expo sums up the day and how the Arbutus Record Show family showed what a wonderful village we are.

“Long time Pennsylvania Music Expo vendor and good friend, Jack Supplee, wasn’t feeling well. He was set up next to Lou Vlangas. Lou turned to see Jack on the floor (relax he’s okay.) A number of us rushed to his side, got the paramedics, and off to the hospital he went. Lou and Sarah Malloy kept his tables going for him through the day. To our surprise, Jack was discharged and returned late afternoon. At 90 years old, we have to consider, maybe he really is Superman. The best part is the end of the day. When it was time to load out, we told Jack we would help him. In one of the best acts of kindness we’ve ever seen, lined up at his table to help him load was: Billy Martin with his cart, Lou Vlangas with his cart, Derek Shaw with his cart, Will Williams with his cart and John Hertzog with his cart. It was an act of kindness that brought tears to Jack’s eyes as well as others. Jack words, while in tears, were ‘It’s wonderful to have such good friends.’….IT WAS PRICLESS. As they say, it takes a village.”

More photos of great gift ideas posted soon.

That early fall nip is in the air! Join us Sunday, September 20th at the record show!

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Seems like fall has come early and we are back with our record show on Sunday, September 20! Join us at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 9am – 3 pm. NO admission and plenty of FREE parking!

Our our great vendors are returning and we are following COVID safety precautions.  Please wear your mask at all times, remember to socially-distance. The tables will continued to be spaced out in the hall as well. July and August have worked successfully and we look forward to continuing that success through the end of the year – and beyond!

There is still no food available yet at the hall, so please remember to bring your own food and drinks. Last month’s show was a great success and there were many wonderful finds and a great variety of items. We found the muppet, Animal, on his drums, 8-tracks (!), lots of Beatles (including a Yellow Submarine lunchbox), a Jerry Garcia doll, and even some cool guitars! Join us for more fabulous finds this month!

Bring your “Presidents” to our Sunday, February 18th show and get some great music deals!

Join us this Sunday, February 18 at the Arbutus Fire Hall from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is FREE! We also have great food on site, serving great breakfast and lunch! Fabulous deals and a wonderful variety of music-related items to be found!

We had a great turnout at our first show of 2018 in January! Janet was seen sporting the new Arbutus Record Show T-shirt (which you can purchase at the show) and her groovy record earrings. Janet and Frank also showed us that they are our favorite sweethearts, doing a little dancing to some tunes provided by our announcer extraordinaire, Derek Shaw.

February means love, celebrating our past presidents and it is also Black History Month. We found some wonderful music that celebrates the great contributions of African Americans to American music history – jazz, soul, blues and pop!  Represented are the great ladies of song, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horn and Billie Holiday; The Story of Jazz as written and narrated by celebrated author, Langston Hughes; albums by Sam Cooke, Etta James, and jazz greats Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie; 60s supergroup Sly and The Family Stone; and pop all-stars like Prince and the Jacksons on picture discs! Even a fun album by the “greatest” – boxer Cassisus Clay –  soon to be known as Muhammad Ali! So come on down and get your groove on this Sunday! See you there!

Fall (and football) are finally here! So is our next show – this Sunday, September 18th (and Freddie is back!)

After our summer break it was fantastic to see so many people at our August show! Fall, football and school have begun and we are back Sunday, September 18th! Admission is always FREE and we are here from 9 am – 3 pm. We also have food service for breakfast and lunch and a 50/50 raffle. The drawing is at noon! As usual there were many wonderful finds and vendors, many coming from near and far, some getting up at 1 am to be there. That is dedication!

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In August we had an extra special treat – a visit from a true, local music legend. It’s been five years since she came to the Arbutus show but Freddie is back! Anyone who lives in the Baltimore/DC area who loves and has collected music over the past 40 years knows this modest, beautiful lady. And if there is anyone who knows anything and everything about music – from soul to jazz to R&B – it’s this lady. Everyone was thrilled to see her and we hope she comes to many more! Thanks to Derek Shaw, we had a chance to talk to her for a bit – although we probably could have spent hours chatting! She’s got great stories to tell and could write a book (and we told her so!) Derek also found one of her old business cards.

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The Braxtons are her cousins (Yes, Toni Braxton!) For five years she dated a band member who played with Ray Charles. Her ex played with James Brown for 10 years. Freddie attended every show at the Royal Theatre which was THE place to see the biggest stars in the black entertainment in Baltimore. You name them and she has every autograph of every musician you can think of (such as Nat King Cole, Count Basie). She got to go back stage, sat on Otis Redding’s lap and did errands for James Brown.

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Freddie started collecting records in 1957 and became a self-educated student of music. When Road House Oldies opened in Brooklyn just over 40 years ago (sadly it closed but the Silver Spring store is still in operation), Freddie walked in, already an expert and knew more than the owner. She wanted to help and for the first eight years, was not paid “per se.” If anyone had a question about music, Freddie knew the answer.

Working at Road House Oldies was for the love of music. She already had a job at AT&T. Despite a bit of stage fright, she was asked to demonstrate to Japanese and German businessmen how the the first computer chips worked and other advances in technology through the years. She was also a disc jockey on a variety of radio stations starting in 1961 –  WNAV, WKHS, WEBB, WSID and WPFD. We are so thrilled that we had the chance to talk to this incredible lady and we hope to see her sweet smile more often!

We’re Baaack! Join us as the show returns on Sunday, August 21st!

It has been a long, hot summer and we  you hope you have been enjoying crabs, the beach and “dem Os!” The Olympics are almost over and we are so proud of all our Maryland medalists. Excuse the pun, but it must be something in the water!

Arbutus Record Show is ready to rock and roll with wonderful vendors bringing some fabulous new items! Cool off and join us this Sunday, August 21 for some great deals on all your favorite music items. The show is open from 9 am – 3 pm and always FREE! Bring your family, neighbors and friends!

At our June show, one of our favorite long time vendors, “Microdot Man” of MicroDot MindWear, brought 30-40 rare and original, blacklight psychedelic art posters from the late 60s – and they were bought up like crazy! Very popular with bands and the youth culture in the 1960s and early 70s, the posters tried to visually represent the spiritual experiences young people were seeking in a very turbulent era. The style was influenced by curvilinear calligraphy found in Art Nouveau and the bright, intense colors and abstract patterns of of the Pop art movement. Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Who, and Janice Joplin were among the superstars of psychedelic music. For more information on Psychedelia and the Psychedelic movement, go to this link.

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