MORRIS – Jayme Cameron and her son, Matthew Cameron, walked through the event room doors at Clayton’s Tap on Friday afternoon with a bag of vinyl records in tow to swap.
“Matthew is my old-soul child. He loves records and has a record player where he listens to records from his great-grandparents and grandparents, so I saw this event on Facebook and I thought he would love it,” Jayme said.
From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, the back room at Clayton’s Tap was transformed into a vinyl record exchange organized by Jamie Barbeau as part of Morris’ Home for the Holidays.
More than 20 people, including Morris native Jimmy Stafford of Train, chatted with fellow music enthusiasts, swapped personal vinyls, listened to music at the headphone-listening station and created fun memories at the vinyl album selfie booth.
“My favorite music is Pink Floyd and Rolling Stones. I like rock ’n’ roll because my grandpa showed me stuff about his music,” 12-year-old Matthew said.
Matthew brought his vinyls for exchange, but when he didn’t see any he wanted to swap for, another vinyl lover gave him $30 to extend his collection.
Barbeau also created a fundraising corner toward the back of the room. With donations from Tim and Julie Applegate, Al and Shirley Barbeau, and True North in Morris, patrons could take a vinyl from the donors’ personal collections in exchange for a donation to the nonprofit VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
“Music was always a way for me to express myself. It either got me motivated to do something or got me through rough times. This organization is a program designed to make sure music isn’t a program that gets cut in schools and puts an instrument in every kid’s hands,” Jamie Barbeau said.
Morris Downtown Development Partnership Executive Director Julie Applegate said there was a similar event at the Liberty Arts Festival this summer, and so when Jamie Barbeau approached her because the partnership sponsors Home for the Holidays, she was excited to add the exchange to the list of events.
“Vinyl record exchanges are a pretty big thing outside of this area, so I think this event could grow as a part of Home for the Holidays and the Liberty Arts Festival,” Julie Applegate said. “This event was unique – something not done often in Morris.”
Jamie Barbeau said she hopes to keep the tradition in Morris because music has been such a big part of her life, and she has seen a trend in vinyl exchanges as well.
“The classics never go out of style. The sound of the crackle makes me happy and I think it connects generations,” she said.
Jamie Barbeau offered the following craft ideas for damaged vinyls:
• Record necklace, www.diygadgets.blogspot.com/2010/11/vinyl-record-into-cool-necklace
• Record bowls, www.starsforsteetlights.com/diy-vinyl-record-bowls
• Vinyl coasters, www.morningcreativity.com/vinyl-coasters
• Bracelet cuffs, www.collegecandy.com/2008/12/07/diy-xmas-gifts-reformed-bracelets