Monday, September 30, 2013

Pyramid Hill Park Art Fair and Music Festival

Saturday's weather? PICTURE perfect! The park looked great, the booths were fun and interesting and the music energetic, and fine!  Why did two bands play at the same time and both sets had musicians stuck in the sun? Granted it was not 95 but still, a problem easily remedied next year, as well as more seats for the audience to sit in. Straw bales or more picnic tables would've helped.

The Outhouse Trio was  entertaining, but played the same time some other friends did, though I heard some of their stuff briefly Sunday, when it rained and moved the bands indoors. Jim McBride was a one man band, switching between instruments all day,  but enjoyed this choices, too, but, played up against other friends that were having special gigs that day! I have two ears but can only listen to one band at a time...but maybe that's me.
In no particular order are some of the great musicians I got to sample or listen to in their entirety.

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Above, is The OutHouse Trio 
Jim McBride, switched instruments around a lot, a one man band of many  tunes!
Jim McBride through a tree branch. I loved the bokeh color I captured  with his cap.
Chuck and Deborah Wiggins, a great singing duet! 
Kevin Loving on guitar, Donny Hampton of 31 Ky Bluegrass band, on mandolin.
These little girls danced to some of Kevin Loving's set. Cute kids!
Kevin, in the harsh noonday sun, belting out a fabulous set with mandolin player Donny! A cornucopia of tunes!
Chico on stage with Twistin' Sourwood.

Ethan Berne, bass player with Twistin' Sourwood.
Kevin and Chico appear,  in a happy, uplighting, toe-tapping- set to finish the day!

You can see the time on Chico's watch! 5:55pm! And see the plug in so we could hear his violining better this set!
Kevin Loving's second set with special guest-- Chico Converse-- got cut too short since the preceding band ran over time.  But Kevin and Chico still seemed to be having a great time (first time playing together, ever!! - and great tunes!)
Read more about Kevin Loving here!

**Check out Chico's band  schedule here!
I'd be remiss without saying check out in person. Support the park and the arts!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

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This weekend is the Annual Arts Fair and Pyramid Hill Park. Starts at 10AM both Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Also, memberships annually are VERY AFFORDABLE even for those on a strict budget.

 Please consider joining if you live locally. Even if you only go a few times a year, it will pay for itself. Enjoy the park, enjoy the arts in the outdoors . . AND in the fabulous indoor museum! Support the Arts!
 The new entrance, which is .5 from the old one.  It's a drive-thru sculpture!

The Roman Courtyard, in the Sculpture Museum area.
I love this! Good thing there are no recliners here or I would still be there!
 Some of the sculptures inside here are from many centuries B.C.

 Outside are the huge stones on display and the sky was so blue, I even photographed this old tree. No photoshop either. The sky really was that blue!

I took so many photographs, I put some in this two minute, silent slideshow on youtube.

P.S. Don't know of Harry Wilks? Well you should! Read the short version of how he started this fabulous park right here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11, 2001. I remember where I was . . Do you?

A Memorial Display by my local Fire Department on Sept 11, 2011
The alarm went off at 9:00 AM to radio news of  some plane hitting tower one.  I flipped on the bedroom tv just in time to see, on ABC morning show, the 2nd plane fly into the second building, and the commentators gasped.  We knew it was not deliberate.

I remember talking to my late mother on the phone, who was in her early 80s at the time. After sitting there stunned, looking at the tv for an hour or so, I called her just as the first building was collapsing.  She could not bear to watch it all.  It was too horrifying for her to imagine.

I sat there frozen to the television all day and late into the night. I was sickened to see things fall from the building, and then realize, they were people making a horrible decision.

My niece was fortunate enough to be able to walk home from NYC, across the Brooklyn bridge to her home. It was a long walk and she heard horror stories from people, who saw those trapped in the building,  desperate to choose between burning to death or leaping to their fate.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Howard Dean at Miami Hamilton Parrish Auditorium

A friend asked me to go with him to hear Dr. Dean speak about how he thinks Obamacare can work IF it's implemented properly. I am not posting these to start a debate, and hateful comments will be deleted.It was just such a KICK, for me, to see a nationally known politician in my own back yard. Intimate setting, not HOARDS of people crowded, though the Parrish was almost to capacity. He was an engaging speaker and fun to watch. 

Sorry for so many photographs. I was too far away to get clear photos and when I emailed, they asked no flash (which I had already offered to do) so it was tricky from 50 feet or so. I had to use the 55 -300 MM lens but he gestured a lot which made it difficult. 

He took questions afterwards and most asked intelligent questions. There was a also a reception and book signing afterwards but we left immediately.

Still, this small town girl got a kick out of the experience. Republicans and Democrats (and Indies like me) were there. They had the best seats reserved in front of us.

I had to tweak the daylights out of some of the photos to make them presentable, even if 'soft focus.' He is a good looking guy in person and lost a LOT of weight since his junk food days of  campaigning.