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42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 10 - January 16, 1997 ARTs & ENTEP.TMNMEN7 Steppin Out Scrapple on the menu at Arena's Bar and Deli By Jen EUingsworth Gordy remain at the helm of the Scrapple. A sausage-like prepa- ration of ground pork, corn meal and seasonings, the food is an exclusive of the eastern shore. Scrapple has grown in populari- ty since its 18th century Pennsyl- vania Dutch beginnings. The band Scrapple, much like its edible namesake, is considered by many to he a tasty, unique treat that's exclusive to the Eastern Shore. Scrapple - just like the food - has a style all its own. "I doubt you'll be able to classi- fy what music we'll do," said gui- tarist and singer Ron Thompson. "We really don't Want to be classi- fied." Thompson said the band currently only plays covers, but is working on original projects for the near future. The band, which is based in Lewes, will be heading to Arena's Bar and Deli in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, Jan. 11 for its next gig. Ironically, Arena's was where the group - then named Touch of Strange - got its start at a Jam Night two years ago. The band's popularity grew, and Touch of Strange took off on the local circuit as a force to be reck- oned with. Although its lineup has since changed, founding mem- bers Ron Thompson and Scott trio. Scrapple was born last Febru- ary. Thompson said the band was on its way home from a gig at Seaford's Club 22 when they decided to adopt the new moniker for their ensemble after a scrapple truck passed them on the highway. "The lineup that we had then had only gotten together to play twice," said Thompson. "Every- thing went great. We kept seeing things as we passed them on the way home and trying to decide what to call ourselves. Then this scrapple truck went by." The rest is history. Scrapple's current lineup includes Thompson, Gordy, and drummer Dave Ducote, who has been with the group since last Feb- ruary. The band members are all Cape Henlopen High School grad- uates, and played together in school. Each of its members have been influenced by different styles. "My style is influenced more by the blues," said Thompson. "Scott and Dave are more influenced by jazz and funk." The combination of musical influences affords Scrapple a diversified sound on all its cover material. Performing covers from artists as diversified as Jimmy den Ellingsworth photot The band Scrapple can be seen at Arena's Bar and Deli in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, Jan. 11. Members of the band are (l-r): Drummer Dave Ducote, guitarist and singer Ron Thompson and bass player Scott Gordy. Hendrix, Live, Helmet, and Rage Against the Machine, Scrapple's sets are never ordinary. Besides being musicians, each member also has a full-time job. Thompson is involved in electron- ics repair, Ducote is a landscaper, and Gordy is a construction work- er. Thompson said the ultimate goal of the group is to have a good time. "We try to go out and have a good time," he said. "We enjoy playing. We're not in it to get a rock and roll image or anything." In other entertainment news ... It's not too early to start planning your Super Bowl festivities. The Frogg Pond and Spirits By The Sea are co-sponsors of a Super Bowl charity raffle of Rodney Peete's Philadelphia Eagles jersey. Continued on page 44 Player piano When Nick Yengle of Ocean View came upon an old Story and Clark piano nearly a quarter of a century ago, little did he realize that he would cultivate a passion for preserving one of the most popular parlor amusements of the Victorian era and the Roaring Twenties - the player piano. Yengle will talk about this revered music machine of the past and about preserving and restoring the player piano at the Friday, Jan. 17, meeting of the Lewes Histori- cal Society. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. in the Lewes Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway and Franklin Avenue. The player piano, with more than 10,000 moving parts, is one of the most complex music machines. Rising to popularity during the industrial age of the late 19th century, the player evolved along with many other mechani- cally operated devices designed to bring mechanically reproduced musical entertainment into the home. According to Yengle, "The player piano was a 'progressive invention'. Although the piano restorer to address Lewes had been around for centuries, the player evolved along with other mechanical amusements of the time." The age of invention from 1875 to 1925 spawned a whole new genre of mechanical music repro- ducing machines. Further, because many middle class Americans had pianos in their parlors, the player piano filled a public demand for self-playing or easy -to-play musi- cal devices in the home much the same way the phonograph did. The introduction of the radio dur- ing the early 1920s, however, proved to be the beginning of the demise of both the player piano and the phonograph. Yengle, a retired insurance agent from Butler, N. J., acquired his first player piano by trading a radial arm saw for it in 1972. Intrigued by the mechanical com- plexity of his find and the fact that it was not in working order, he set out on his own to restore it. "This proved to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. I built and rebuilt that piano three times Continued on page 43 Historical SocietyJan. 17 Player piano restoration expert Nick Yengle checks one of several adjustments on a 1912 Aeo- lian player piano he restored. Yengle will be the featured speaker at the Lewes Historical Society's Friday, Jan. 17 meeting, slated for Lewes Presbyterian Church, Kings Highway. The meeting is free and open to the public.