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NO Wolfeboro, N.H. ‘First Night’ For 2016 (Official).

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I just called up the Wolfeboro Chamber and checked. Yes, it is official. No Wolfeboro ‘First Night’ this year; i.e., December 31, 2015 — January 1, 2016.

And NO midnight fireworks!

Yikes!

Instead fireworks at 6:30 pm. Mitt Wept (I hope).

This is very sad.

Yes, folks like us are to blame. We did NOT attend the last two years, having been stalwarts for a few years previously. We wanted a BIGGER, BETTER show. Yikes.

Wolfeboro Inn and others are putting on their own events. But that is not the same.

As far as I am concerned double-whammy for Wolfeboro in 2016 ALREADY — and we haven’t even begun the year. First ‘Great Waters’ CANCELS the gala ‘Chorus & Orchestra’ event for 2016. Now this.

And the crazy thing is that it ISN’T  as if Wolfeboro, NH — the Capital of Heated Driveways in the Northeast — does NOT have the money to fund such events. Any of the folks that run the Heated Driveways — and I am sure that some of them have them on even now though the temperature is in the 40s — could easily finance First Night without even flinching.

Shame.

Well, there is ALWAYS Boston. I am no longer big on Portsmouth. Their First Night is ‘neither here nor there’. Just go to Boston.


“Great Waters”, Wolfeboro, NH, All At Sea, CANCELS Signature Chorus & Orchestra Event For 2016.

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antichristThis a major and unexpected BLOW.

This was the signature event. People came from far and wide (one lady from San Diego) to sing in this Chorus. They had been doing it for years.

This new Chairman, Jim Shildneck, is proving to be a right royal PAIN IN THE NECK.

Shildneck. Well I am teaching people to pronounce his name in a whole different way which better portrays his personality and outlook.

I am going to contact Fidelity, a long time Great Waters sponsor, and have words with them about their sponsorship in 2016.

What a pain in the bloody neck. Jim Shildneck. Let his name live in infamy as of now.


“Great Waters”, Wolfeboro, NH, Volunteer Appreciation Cookout Sat. August 29, 2015.

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Well compared to last year when we had a memorable cruise on ‘The Lake‘, the keyword, as far as I was concerned, for this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Cookout was ‘DRY‘.

Yes, it was dry in that it was a beautiful day, there was NO water in sight (which is a SHAME when we all live in the Lakes Region), I did not run the risk of getting soaked (as Bruce and I did last year by a rogue wave) because we were on very dry land and there was NO WINE — which to me makes everything very dry. Well, I fixed the wine paucity. The girls and I made a quick trip, in the XJ8, to the Wolfeboro Liquor Store. I did not realize how popular I am over there! Wow. Do I really visit them that often (and socialize with them)? Well in a way that was probably the most fun part of the afternoon making wine jokes at the Liquor Store(though I did tell my favorite Monica Lewinsky joke at the cockout because the mike (if not Mike) looked so forlong). 

Of course it was nice to be with a few of the volunteers. Not sure where the others were.

The antique boats were allegedly the draw and they were sure nice though I am a tad puzzled how seeing a few, on trailers, inside a (lovely) barn was supposed to be something that special for this crowd. None of us are really strangers to boats or for that matter even classic boats. Hhhmmm. It is not like we don’t see classic boats on a regular basis …. Wasn’t there a big show, ON THE WATER, in Alton just a couple of weeks ago?

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Well the 4 of us stayed on, with ‘Nancy’ and another lady, to help take down the tent, move all the tables and chairs etc. Teischan enjoyed that the best because she got to do a running commentary of what the others were doing. Maybe she was right. That was probably the best part of the cookout! There was at least some action. Funny that.


“Capitol Steps”, Satire To Music, In Wolfeboro, NH, Friday, August 28, 2015: Hilarious & Exceptionally Clever.

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They, the five extremely gifted and versatile members from ‘Capitol Steps‘, were rip-roaringly, sidesplittingly funny. Extremely clever too. It was sophisticated, highbrow witticism — and a well-heeled, mature Lakes Region audience (and there were folks from as far away as Laconia) loved it. There was no resort to crudity or gutter-humor. It was all top-notch, equal-opportunity, no-sacred-cows lampooning. That it was done, by and large, with new words to well known musical classics — such as ‘The Boxer’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Hotel California’ — made it even more special and easy on the ear. The jokes were true gems and I wish I had had the foresight to have taken notes.

“Obama” saying that one of his concerns about taking out Basher al-Assad in Syria was his fear that his brother Jeb al-Assad will step into the breach. Cracked me up. Bill Clinton shrugging his shoulders as to whether he was implicated by the ‘Ashley Madison‘ security breach had to be seen to be fully appreciated and I could relate to Bill saying that he didn’t have Hillary’s e-mail because he never asked her for hers incase she asked him for his. George W. Shrub talking to Obama about gay marriage and saying that he thinks it will please the BLT community was so close to the mark that it was scary. You could see the Shrub doing that.

Pope Francis singing “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” was SUBLIME though I am sure 90% of the audience did not know of the Pope’s “dark days” in Argentina which is what really made this poignant. I actually talked about Francis’ “dark days” in Argentina in my latest book — about Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. in September 2015 — since he will come across a reminder of these days when he is in D.C.

The sequence shown here of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio protecting the border against NATIVE Americans was both funny, thought provoking and unsettling.

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Though it was predominantly political humor they parodied others too. Tim Cook of Apple bemoaned that the Apple watch did everything BUT tell the time. Loved that, though I am, of course, an Apple shareholder. They also lampooned Bob Dylan and Deanna, who has never liked him (probably because she was too young to have savored him in his prime), loved it. It always upsets me when people make fun of Dylan — who I was lucky enough to see, about 10 years ago, from the 2nd row, at Gilford. I am a huge Dylan fan.

The scene of Mitch McConnell and a laid back, slovenly attired Harry Reid getting married to boost the popularity of Congress was worthy of Seinfeld.

All in all it was a BLAST. The audience just lapped it up. Our largest audience of the year! The huge, 800-seat Kingswood Performance Center auditorium was nearly full. I, for the first time ever, had to sit on the ‘floor’! But it was worth it.

BRAVO and THANK YOU.

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They finished off the show, which was well over two hours long, with their inspired take — to Billy Joel’s iconic “We Didn’t Start The Fire” — but with THEIR take on the 33 years of THEIR existence (as opposed to Billy Joel’s take on the key hundred events of 1949 to 1989). It was GOOD. It was GREAT. It was VERY CLEVER. OK, I will be honest. It wasn’t as good as the version by the Sky Sports cricket commentators, but it was close — and the Sky version had multiple singers and was masterfully edited and produced.

The “Capitol Steps” version, as was to be expected made much of Monica Lewinsky’s Blue Dress. I loved that part, so much so that after the show I had to go and take this picture of the dress. But, MY Monica joke, in my opinion, still stands tall.

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The Ever Debonair “North Shore Acappella”, In Wolfeboro, NH, Friday, August 21, 2015, Took Brilliance To New Heights.

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>> Ronan Tynan.
>> Glenn Miller Orchestra.
>> Jonathan Edwards & Marina Evans.
>> “Best of Broadway”.
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>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”.


>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Jimmy Martin, Guy Chiapponi, Vinny Straccia, Paul Lopes
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with guest star, our very own, Stacey Kelleher.








There is really no point trying to find any other adjectives or superlatives. There is just one word that just so totally captures the very essence of the “North Shore Acappella” concert, in Wolfeboro, last night, and that word is ‘BRILLIANCE’. It was brilliance epitomized — BUT, in their case, it was expected. And did they deliver. Oh, yes they did. It was blinking, bloody brilliant.

Anderson Hall, at Brewster, was nearly packed. 356 very gratified patrons beating the previous “Great Waters” record for this venue by 80.

This was the third straight year that “North Shore Acappella” has done a “Great Waters” concert in Wolfeboro. As far as I know they, given their immense popularity, are the only ones that get invited like that — year after year. I know that they were rebooked straight after last year’s scintillating performance. We were there for that I just loved it. This is musical entertainment at its delectable best. Just unadulterated auditory ‘manna’ spiced with an energetic display of showmanship by 5 amazing guys. They are indeed true modern day troubadours.

And really, really, really charming and personable guys. We got to know them last year and they were a joy to work with. It was fun. It was wonderful, heartwarming concert. The audience loved it.

Stacey Kelleher’s Guest Spot Singing
“Lion Sleeps Tonight”

Stacey (18), from Ossipee (NH) and a graduate of ‘Kingswood High School‘, was this year’s intern Box Office Manager for “Great Waters”. Next week she starts as a freshman at Boston’s famed “Berklee College of Music” with plans to major in ‘voice performance’. I have, however, known her from 2 years ago when she sang with “Clearlakes Chorale” with Devanee.

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Click to access YouTube video of Stacey signing the “lion sleeps tonight” with “North Shore Acappella”.

That Stacey got to get up on stage with “North Shore” was my doing and her rousing, much appreciated performance, made me very happy and proud.

Remembering how “North Shore” last year welcomed a bunch of folk to sing with them, including most of the Guruges, I, a month ago, ‘told’ Stacey that I will get her on stage to sing with the guys. She didn’t believe me. She then looked at the pictures from last year and realized that it was a possibility. Over the next few weeks, every Friday, when I would see her I reminded her — and I could see that she was getting mentally prepared. She told me last week last week she was all set. So as the guys started to arrive and get set up I started telling them about Stacey. Jimmy’s daughter had graduated from Berklee. So he was really keen. I introduced Stacey to Vinny, Paul & Jimmy before the show. It took a bit of work to find a song that she knew that would work. The rest was HISTORY. She was good. It was very gratifying to see the looks on the faces of the guys. They were impressed.

After the show, when I was taking some pictures of Stacey and Jimmy, he said something along the lines: “yep hold onto these pictures. When you are famous we want to be able to say you sang with us!” And he wasn’t joking. She has a great future ahead of her and we all hope she ends up very famous as befits her talents and personality. I am nailing these pictures down too because WHEN she is famous I want her to remember that I arranged this guest spot for her — and I know she will remember. She is a great kid. I am as proud of her as I would be of Devanee.





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Dr. Gerry Mack. Founder of “Great Waters Music Festival”.


“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Quite The Place, A Ton Of Fun, August 2015.


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Yes, Monday was “York’s Wild Kingdom” and Thursday, August 20, 2015, was “Polar Caves“, Rumney, New Hampshire. These were the two ‘special’ day trips that Teischan got, in addition to going to the beach and Great Waters concerts, while Devanee is at Camp. ‘Polar Caves”, by far, was where she most wanted to go. She had gone there on a school field trip, a few months ago, and since then has been agitating to go back. Now we know why. It is fun. Neither of us, though we have driven past it many  a time, had been. So it was all new to us.

It was good. We were impressed. These are by no means the ‘Luray Caves‘. There are no stalactites and stalagmites (and remember it is the ‘tites’ — like tight — that always come down). One of the caves, the 2nd I think, had some ice. But these caves are more of an obstacle course than cathedral type ones with large open spaces. Yes, they were a bit tight — and I am not that big. But it was fun. Nice elevation too at the top — Raven’s Nest. Lots of tranquil places to walk and explore. Not crowded. Everybody very congenial and chilled out! No lines so to speak. Nobody trying to rush you, everybody being ultra-polite. Lots of kids. Fun place.

Panning for minerals is a big hit and Teischan had already had that planned. It was well worth the $13. As with York there was a deer petting zoo and they had pheasants, some of the same, as York. So a bit déjà vu. Teischan was very happy, and so were we. We were there for over 5.5 hours. Another nice day — not as hot as Monday.

Definitely recommend it. Prices are good too. I think entrance for the 3 of us, and I bought the tickets, online, with a 10% discount, the day before, was $39. Good value. They, unlike York, take credit cards everywhere. I guess that is because we were in New Hampshire as opposed to Maine.

Yes, fun, fun, fun. Glad we went. Teischan is taking all the credit, and she is right.




Wolfeboro, NH, Courtesy Of “Hot Club Of Cowtown” Reverberated To Austin Country Swing, On Friday, August 14, 2015.

Ronan Tynan, week before.

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The irrepressible Elana James.

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Last week with Ronan Tynan the catchwords were ‘soaring’ and strident. This week, with the “Stalwarts of Country Swing“, it was all sizzling strings, breathless vocals and lots of passion and fervor. Elana’s violin, played as a fiddle with mesmerizing vigor tempered with virtuosity, took you places you would not imagine that such a small and delicate instrument would be capable of going. The big (and we later found out to our delight and amazement, totally ‘collapsible’) bass, on the other hand, was lovingly whipped — and that is the only way to describe it — on occasion to produce a ‘thump’ that you had to experience to appreciate. It was quite the performance. Wasn’t so much a wall of sound, but waves upon waves, non-stop and intertwined, of notes all, despite what sometimes was meant to come across as frantic strumming, very pleasing to the ear and compelling to the heart. They, having been doing it for 18 years, really do know what they are doing, what works and what the audience wants. Talent like that leaves me, one with no talents at all, in utter awe, often, last night, with my mouth agape. It was, yet again, an honor and rare privilege to be there. And what nice people. Salt of the earth from Austin, TX.

As is my wont (being the closet introvert that I am) I ‘work the crowd‘ and ‘press the flesh‘. So I got to learn some about the audience. During the first half I sat behind two identical looking brothers (though not twins), accountants both, from Norway (yes, like next door to Sweden (rather than in Maine)), who were seeing ‘Cowtown’ for the 4th night in a row! I was impressed with that. Then in the second half Elana told all of us that it was the Norwegian brothers’ 74th, yes, you heard that correct, 74th, time seeing ‘Cowtown’ perform. The group had (and I am not sure whether I would really call it ‘kindly’) given them one of their T-shirts each when they attended their 60th concert. Reminded me of all those T-shirt jokes. “We went to 60 of their concerts and all they gave us was this lousy T-shirt.” Well, Elana did promise that they would get something else when they came to the 75th concert. But, DAMN! Last night was the last concert of what had been a 3-week tour. No more concerts till October. So the two brothers will have to wait awhile to make it 75. Kind of humbled me, which, in reality isn’t that hard to do. I used to be an unashamed “Steeleye Span” and “Lindisfarne” groupie. But, at most, I might have seen them, each, maybe 20 times, possibly a bit more. Definitely not 50 times and 74 blows my mind. I have seen the ‘Phantom’ around 7 times and I keep on joking that my goal is to see it at least 17 times — that number, somehow, stuck in my mind as how many time Princess Diana saw the show. BUT, 74? Just think of that. And they come over from Norway. 74.

But, they were NOT alone — though I didn’t meet anybody else who even came close to 74, let alone 47. There was a couple who had seen them the night before in Boothbay, Maine and came across to New Hampshire to see them again. So twice in two nights. I met two ‘older’ (meaning that they were older than I) couples, both ex-Mass., who had seen the group, in Mass. many years ago, 15 years ago in the case of one couple and 18 years for the other — and that had been in Somerville. They actually asked for a show of hands of those that had seen them before. Of the around 180 present about 40% had seen them before. That is quite the following and I can now understand and appreciate.

I was impressed. I was entertained. And I can honestly say that I was well and truly sated and it takes something special to sate me.





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Ronan Tynan, The Irish Tenor, In Wolfeboro, NH, Aug. 7, 2015 Was But TOWERING Virtuosity!

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His voice SOARED. It, at times, was primeval. It had the intensity of a lion. You could feel the Viking blood that imbued the Irish centuries ago. Our dear friend, Dianne Monahan, an accomplished singer in her own right (with ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ for one), who knows her music and her English, called his voice ‘strident’. It sure was that. I loved it. I got to sit in the front row. His high notes make my body tingle. It was sublime. Yes, I know that there were a lot of complaints during the intermission that his voice, amplified, was too loud! Some claimed that the amplification caused it to break up and I heard the word ‘saturated’ being used. I cannot attest to any of that. Sitting in the front row I might have missed the worst of the amplification because of the way the speakers are positioned. I thought he was GREAT — in every way and in every sphere. Not the cat’s whiskers, but definitely a lion’s whiskers.

Yes, I am a sucker for any and all Celtic music and this was, indubitably, a class act. I was familiar with about 70% of his repertoire (done by others) and Ronan, to his credit, let me savor them in a different light. He is quite the entertainer. It is basically two shows in one — actually THREE shows in one because his piano accompanist, Billy (‘William’) Lewis is a magical, vastly gifted musician, worthy of being classed ‘peerless’. So it was Ronan Tynan of the blessed voice, Ronan Tynan the stand-up comedian & Billy Lewis the musical maestro. I would pay and go and listen to Billy on his own. I will have to look him up. Got to interact with him fleetingly before the show and I was struck by his humility. Such a nice guy.

I knew nada about Ronan prior to the show — and I missed, because I was supposed to be doing ‘security’ (which is kind of an oxymoron), his introduction. I noticed he limped and that he made a lot of jokes about his legs. It was only during the intermission that I learned that he is a double amputee, a bona fide orthopedic surgeon and the holder of numerous Paralympic records. An author too! He is quite the guy. Read up about him. He is inspirational. Start here on Wikipedia.

I relished every second of this unforgettable concert. Yes, it has been one great show after another — every week — all Summer BUT this was, nonetheless, still special, spectacular and scintillating. I am going to follow his music more.

People who complain that live concerts are loud kind of bug me. Concerts are supposed to be LOUD. If you like to modulate the volume stay at home and listen to your iPod. I love the vibration of loud concert music. When Matthew (now 23) was young he would drag me by my hand to stand in front of the huge 10′ monitors that ‘Seven Nations‘ would use in their incredible concerts — Loon Highland Games and in other places. The power of the sound waves coming out of those speakers made your teeth rattle. Now that was loud and we loved it. Yes, I have been going to loud concerts, with glee, since I was a teenager. And, oh yes, my ears must be shot, but jeez why come to a concert and talk about wearing ear plugs! I am sure Ronan probably has some choice words for people like that.

Two small gripes. I, knowing the Irish better than most, kind of thought that some of his ‘gushings’ were a tad too patronizing and as such, came across to a professional cynic as I, as being slightly ‘over the top’ (and I don’t want say more than that). Now, reading about him, I see that he has been blackballed for a supposed politically incorrect remark — and that would explain some of his cracks about Trump. That anybody would blackball this guy for remark like that is sad and bad. But I don’t think he needs to bend over backwards, as much as he does, to make up for being Irish to the core. The other thing that bothered me was his slight girth. He is a doctor. And yes, I gather you need some bulk to be able to have a voice like that — but he, to my untrained eyes, did not look a picture of health. That is sad. He loves his red wine and apple strudel. I can empathize. I love my red wine and apple ‘anything’ too — but not having been lucky enough to have been born Irish I am able to exercise something called moderation. And lets face it, it was the 2nd most famous Irishman, next to Ronan, Oscar Wilde, who said (and I am paraphrasing here): “I have terrific will power. I can resist anything but temptation”. I guess that must be Ronan’s thinking too. I am going to stop now. Moving into Oscar territory at this juncture might not be the best move for any of us. Moderation in all things — bar two (which is my motto).






Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum — Some Pictures By Robert Gilbert of Wolfeboro, NH.

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Robert Gilbert, born in Australia and the owner of a nifty Mini Cooper, is a friend from “Great Waters“. Like I he is a volunteer stagehand and his wife ushers along with Deanna and Devanee. Robert and I, as owners of British cars (and I won’t mention the other cars he loves and owns), often chat about cars. While doing the setup for the “Glenn Miller Orchestra” on Friday, he told me, when I asked him what he had been up to since I last saw him a week ago, that he had been to the “Simeone Auto Museum” in Philadelphia. He appeared to be a bit disappointed that I did not know about it. Later on in the evening I did realize that I had indeed heard about it — on an episode of “American Pickers” that we used to watch religiously until we got our Roku 3 and discovered the manifolds treats available via ‘Amazon Prime‘ such as “Downton Abbey” and “Mr. Selfridge“.

This morning Robert, who used to do mechanical instrumentation for nuclear plants and appears to be a gentleman of many talents, sent me a whole set of delightful pictures he had taken at ‘Simeone’. With his permission I am going to share some with YOU for your enjoyment and edification. Thank you, Robert. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

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“Glenn Miller Orchestra”, For “Great Waters”, Captivated Wolfeboro, NH, On July 31, 2015.

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Attribution will be enforced with gusto. 








Well, well, well. They made a believer out of me, and a few weeks away from my 62nd birthday, I, thanks to the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra“, suddenly find myself willing to believe that I might possibly like ‘Big Band’. Wow. That took some doing and that alone is testament to how good, compelling and even mildly titillating they were. Yes, there were ladies older than me going ‘ga ga’ like blushing teenagers over very suave band leader (and Director of Music) Nick Hilscher and I can’t even tell you the words used by one of the photographers present to describe what he thought of the female vocalist, Natalie Angst (and he expressed no angst in what he said). Though I did not get to meet them, and I really did want to, I gather there were close to 25 Word War II veterans who attended — gratis, since this performance was going to be free for any and all Word War II veterans. That alone was neat. WW II ended 70 years ago. So to be a WW II vet you have to be around 88 and older. The last WW II vet I knew personally, my very neat neighbor Milt Cram (who inspired me to buy a few shares of Apple in 2007 (pre-split) for around $3), has now been gone 8 years. Don’t think I know any others.

Growing up in Britain as I did you can’t escape Big Band and in particular Glenn Miller. But Big Band had never done much for me — until last night and the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra”. Yes, of course, I know all the timeless hits and like all good Brits tear up each and every time I hear “Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover” — and as somebody who used the ferries in/out of Dover on quite a regular basis, the White Cliffs are very real and poignant to me. Their rendition of the “Bluebirds” last night was UP THERE was EXQUISITE! Dare I even say it because this might be considered sacrilegious, but I like their rendition even better than Vera Lynn’s classic. I hope I am not going to be getting a letter from the Foreign Office saying that they have withdrawn my cherished British Citizenship for saying that. That could be beyond embarrassing. I would have to seek asylum (in every sense of the word) since that is the ONLY citizenship I have. But, I have to say that. I know that Vera wouldn’t mind. I wonder whether the lovely Natalie has ever heard of Vera?

It was quite the night. Kingswood Art Center was nearly packed. Some 600+ people I gather. And from what I heard they loved it. Right at the end an elderly couple, and they had to be past 70, got up and slowly and softly danced in the aisle. Wow. It was so touching. And I heard that from one of the ushers. How you could feel the audience’s connection with the music and the ‘band’. All very good. Great bunch of guys and Natalie was very sweet. The band members, despite their unmistakable talent — and the fact that they do about 300 shows a year — are very unassuming, carry their own ‘kit’ and set it up (and take it down) without any fuss or requests of assistance. Wow. I was impressed — and we did help out. It was fun.

For the ONLY time in my now 2 years of volunteering for Great Waters I took a book with me, inside my camera bag, because I thought I would end up being bored — and as a stagehand I needed to stay till the end. How wrong I was. Book never came out. The “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra” had me captivated and if they managed to do that, those that came to see them must have had an absolute TREAT. I wonder how many people knew that it was ‘National Orgasm Day‘! And it was.





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