Let me be among the last to wish you a Happy New Year! There's a poster I've seen titledHow to Build Community, and it's got several dozen good ideas, if not resolutions. Here are six of my favorites: know your neighbors, use your library, have potlucks, garden together, share your skills, sing together.
THE REWARDS OF RECOGNITION - During a recent snow day I was walking in my neighborhood and spotted some 3 to 6-year-olds playing in a snowbank. As I got closer they started whispering in exaggerated stage whispers, the way children do: "No, don't." "Yes, let's do it." "But we don't know him." "It's okay - he's the one who sang for us." And then the oldest threw a snowball at me. That's just one of the many benefits of singing in your community. IN THE TRADITION OF HARRY CARRYING THE MAIL - The other day a letter arrived from Florida with a check and an order for some CDs. But the envelope was burned and the postmark read: November 6, 2010. A note from a USPS manager explained the two month delay: "On November 7, our contracted tractor-trailer was involved in an accident which engulfed the vehicle in flames. Fortunately, no one was injured . . . Only a very small amount of the mail on that truck, including this item, was salvageable." My friend in Florida now has her supply of Berggren Folk music, and my grandpa Harry, an RFD carrier for 30 years, would be happy that at least some of the mail got through.
- January 22 - Rensselaerville with Jeannine Laverty
- February 5 - Galway with Jamcrackers & Quickstep
- February 19 - Dance Flurry Festival, Saratoga Springs
- March 5 - Coffee Planet, Ballston Spa with Ed Lowman
- March 11 - Jonesville Store, Clifton Park
- March 15 - St. Patrick's Concert, New York Mills with Ed
- March 26 - Black River Valley Concert Series, Lowville
SINGING NEAR YOU? - Thanks to all who responded with ideas and suggestions last time I posted this. If you know of a coffeehouse, concert hall, church, school or home that would like some fresh mountain music, please let me know about them or let them know about me. Thanks.