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The Rest of the Tour

Hi folks, it's a couple weeks later and I finally have a moment in the wee hours to tell you that we survived the long drive to Delaware! We didn't even get lost, and arrived at the hall in Arden…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour #8

Friday we drove back over the highest point on Rte 81 to play the Charlottesville dance. That's such a beautiful drive, even with clouds and rain a lot of the way. Bill's old 4-Runner is going strong - with over…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour #7

We headed back to Asheville to play the Old Farmer's Ball at Warren Wilson College. The weather has finally changed and it's cooler and a little rainy - that's a relief for us Mainers. The dance is held in Bryson…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour #6

During the day Wednesday we slept(!) and prepared for our house concert in the evening in Durham. The heat wave is continuing with temps in the 90s every day. We're still trying to acclimate to it. Jim went for a…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour #5

The repairman at Acoustic Corner was very helpful, spent quite a bit of time tinkering with my dulcimer to see what the problem was. It was not a loose brace, which is what I was worried about, just the shell…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour #4

Off to Asheville for the Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall! It's about a 7 hour drive, with breaks for us and Sadie to play “stick”. Somehow we arrived in North Carlina just in time for a heat wave. It…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour #3

We lingered at Bridgette and Don's as long as we possibly could, ate way too much at brunch, then headed back to Glen Echo for the Sunday night dance. This is a more experienced dance crowd than Friday's dance, and…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour #2

Before playing the Frederick, MD dance, we visited the National Arboretum. WOW! The azaleas were in full bloom. 15,000 azalea bushes on one hillside, all different shades of red, fuchsia, salmon, orange, yellow, and white and various combinations. I don't…

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T-Acadie on Southern Tour

We left home last Thursday, and drove to Chester, NY to stay overnight with our friends, Mike and Barb Gilman. They are long-time dancers, former dance organizers, gardeners and all-around good folks. The morning was a little drizzly, but we…

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Dance Video!

I just discovered there's a video of one of my bands, T-Acadie, doing one of the things nearest and dearest to our hearts - giving folks their first experience of community contradancing with a fun Quebecois dance called "Une, Deux…

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Maine Fiddle Camp review

Summer is finally here with a vengance! Our first warm and sunny weekend was the weekend of the Maine Fiddle Camp, June 16-18. I and many other staff (and some students) camped out for the weekend. Classes were held outside…

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Random thoughts and updates

Here in Maine we've had a rather soggy spring. I'm suprised by how late my garden is going in, in spite of the mild winter. Good news - the new baby chicks are just fine and growing quickly. My asparagus…