Hello! And THANK YOU so much for visiting my website. My name is Marc Rhoades, and I have been performing as MrBluSkies since 2000. I grew up in Reading, Ohio, and then spent 7 years in Columbus, Ohio attending The Ohio State University. After graduation in 1972, I spent 2 years in the USAF Dental Corps at Webb AFB in Big Spring, Texas, then moved to Alpharetta, Georgia and practiced General Dentistry for the next 40 years. My wonderful wife Linda, pictured with me above, discovered the beautiful community we know as The Villages. We purchased a house in the Village of Del Mar in August of 2013, and I retired from dentistry to become a full time Villager on January 15th, 2014. Like most people I've met here, I absolutely love life in The Villages.
My Dad played the ukulele, and he and I started playing together when I was 14 years old. He taught me many of the sing-a-long songs I still enjoy all these many years later. After searching for one for many years, I purchased my first banjo ukulele in 1995, and it has been a passionate hobby of mine ever since. Here in The Villages I perform regularly with both Sparkey's Strummers and the Ukulele Players Club. I'm also a member of the Hummers and Strummers Club, and I'm the leader of the Banjolele Strings Club. The Villages is a ukulele heaven for me!
In 2000, I adopted the name MrBluSkies and discovered how much fun I could have performing sing-a-long gigs for various groups and retirement communities. Something about songs like "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", "Down By The Old Mill Stream", and "Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue" just put smiles on folk's faces. I hope I'll see you smiling and singing along with me at a Sing-A-Long gig in the near future.
Still smiling, still strumming, still singing...
We have a great time every week playing and singing together at the Odell Recreation Center
Here I am with friends who came to support me at a Showcase of Talent performance.
The Villages Daily Sun May 11, 2020
Thanks to Michael Fortuna for this nice article in the Villages Daily Sun Newspaper