The Make Our Own (MOO) Music Gathering began in 2012 as the official successor to the popular and long-running Stringalong Weekends and Gatherings which were founded and run for 30 years by Ann Schmid. The Stringalongs were originally sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Folklore Center and later independently by Ann. When Ann decided to retire, a group of longtime participants decided to form a corporation to continue the Stringalong tradition under a new name and under the guidance of a governing board of directors. Make Our Own Music Gathering, Inc. was incorporated in October of 2012 and the first "MOO Music Gathering" was held March 1-3, 2013 at the Stringalong's comfortable home at Camp Edwards in East Troy, Wisconsin. "MOO" is a 501(c)(3) charitable tax exempt organization.