My first tour of the season took me to Memphis for a day of workshops and a clinic on jamming together at the home of Betty Dawson in Memphis, TN. Then a house concert and Nancy and Tom Adams', a workshop at Gilda's Club in Louisville and a house concert at Teri and Larry West's in the south part of town.
And what a week it was! Jean Ritchie Tribute, organized and led by her son, Jon Pickow; stellar concert performances, a week-long class on Resonator Dulcimer, Blues on Hammered Dulcimer, a Noter Style Mountain Dulcimer class and a Dulcimer Orchestra class were highlights.
|Captain's Cabin Concert S.E.a|
|Steve, Karen Mueller & Heidi Muller in front of |
Chief Joseph & Lake Wallowa
The glow had not even worn off in my two-day turn-around at home before I received a "warm welcome" when I landed on the tarmac in Lewiston, ID (where it was 120°) en route to an even better Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas in Joseph, OR. The relaxed pace and supportive community atmosphere was balm for my weary soul and the magical faculty concert with Karen Mueller, Bob Webb and Heidi Muller remains fixed in the recesses of my memory.
I had amazing classes, the Open Mic revealed talent, commitment, celebration, and laughter that left our sides aching with joy. (There is a life goal, to be aching with joy!)
|My Beginning class in their yurt classroom in Wallowa|
I took a red-eye from San Francisco to Charlotte, NC, had lunch with a friend, then reunited with the parents of my godchildren in Chesapeake, VA, before driving to another Soup and Song House Concert with Charlie and Marilyn Bernhardt in Maryland.
|Charlie & Marilyn, Soup and Song House Concerts (10 years!)|
My classes this week were as enthusiastic, attentive and adventurous as the others had been. The fun and mischief that arises when people create a Brigadoon-like community together bubbled with joy.
|Soundcheck view, through Lorinda Jones' harp|
So..I believe I won the triple crown this summer and am glad to wear the name American Pharoah!
|Dulcimers on high in the Wallowas!|