Monday, June 22, 2009

Solstice & Myths

Solstice has come & gone. Something we really look forward to as we're gaining minutes of daylight & now we're on the other side gradually losing minutes everyday. The Solstice is celebrated in Alaska in a multitude of ways. I have participated in the fundraising festival for AWAIC (Abused Women's Aid in Crisis) on this weekend since in the late 80's. It's one of my favorite festivals & it's for a great cause.

I had some interesting conversations with people over the course of the two days so I thought I'd address some of the myths I heard & was questioned about since I've closed the store in January ~

Top 3 Myths:
1. "I heard you left the state"
2. "I heard you got divorced"
3. "I heard something happened to your son"

All of the above are FALSE. Rest assured that all is well with my family. I used to be surprised when people would say or ask things like this but after working in retail for 10 years nothing surprises me anymore. People seem to have a desire to believe the worst. I am concentrating on the positive! Life is good.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Accordion Gig

It's the second Tuesday of the month so it's our gig day at the Horizon House. It's actually Jill's gig & I just do back-up. I'm sort of her doo-bopp girl.

This past Tuesday we were joined by "Lee." He's the mystery man of the sax & flute. He just shows up & plays with us. We love it! Blue Moon was especially juicy with Lee on the sax.

Look at Jill (on the left) singing! She has a great voice & can play the accordion, sing & / or play the harmonica at the same time. It's amazing ~ truly. The accordion is challenging but such a fun instrument to play.

I'm on the right. I think I look a little too serious. Yes? I'm concentrating. I need to memorize more of my music so I can look up & smile at the crowd.

I had such a good time playing for the elders. Thanks for inviting me Jill! And thanks Lee for joining us. Next week we're at Providence Extended Care & on June 25th downtown Anchorage with the Anchorage Accordion Club.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Ocean Festival!

Tomorrow, Saturday June, 6th is the Ocean Festival in downtown Anchorage. It's located at the west end of the Park Strip so if you're downtown & want to learn about the environment, the ocean & it's animals AND buy some cool glass items from me ~ Stop bye!!

There's also rides like the "bucking salmon" for kids (only in Alaska!), a kayak practice area, & a fishing pond. Great food & vendors. I'll be there selling glass "fishy" type things.

The event is from 12 noon until 10 pm. They also have stage with live music all day. Hope to see you there!