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Stop! Look! Listen! Saturday 10:00-4:00!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

2019 Music in the Gardens Ticket

Saturday, July 13th is coming right up.  Do you have your Music in the Gardens tickets?  Have you planned your route?  They say that this year you must BE at a garden at the stroke of ten a.m. if you are to visit all seven gardens before the four p.m. closing.

It sounds simple enough.  Start at one end; go to the other.  But wait!  Don’t forget to factor in the musicians.  And if you have a favorite one (or two or six) that will take you some additional factoring.  And maybe a bit of calculus or even trigonometry.

For one thing, not all the musicians play all day.  And, in most cases, each garden hosts just one  musician (or group)..  But not always.  The schedule looks like this:

Garden One – Dave Drury 9:45 am. to 12:45 with two breaks on the half hour.
Tom Trudell will set up and begin “about” 12:45 until “at least” 3:30 — maybe
doing a couple of tunes with Dave.  And… student musician Tristan Trudell will be playing part of the time as well.

Garden Two — Two groups, Tanz (Judy Eron and Charlie Watkins) will play from 10 until 12.   Sea Strings (Bill and Janet Clark) will play from 12:30 or 1:00 to 2:30 or 3:00.  (Got that?)  In between (from 12 to 12:30 or 1:00) Janet and Judy will perform Beatles songs.
And later, guitarist Tim Bunney, a friend of the homeowner/gardener will play to round out the day.

Well… you see what I mean.  In those two gardens alone, it is a constantly changing, moveable, musical feast!  The other five gardens appear to be somewhat more straightforward:

Guitarist Brian O’Connor

Garden Three – Brian O’Connor, all day with breaks from time to time

Garden Four – Geoerge Coleman, 11:00 – 2:00

Garden Five – Tom Grant, 11:00 – 2:00

Garden Six – Terry Robb, 1:00 – 4:00

Garden Seven – Jean-Pierre and Al Perez, 1:00 – 4:00

Oh yes… the gardens!  If you have your tickets, you have a description and, most importantly, the location of each of the seven.  Super necessary to plan your day.  I can give you a bit of a hint — the names of the gardeners for each of the numbers above.  #1 – Diane and Fred Marshall; #2 – Dawna and Terry Hart; #3 – Shelley Pollock and Jeff Stevens; #4 – Barbara and Eugene Norcross-Renner;  #5 – Dave and Linda King; #6 – Deb Howard; #7 – John Stephens and Steve McCormick.

The Love Shack 

Only a few pieces are still missing — addresses and a map!  Both are available on your ticket which, if ordered online or by phone, can be picked up at the English Nursery in Seaview, the Basketcase Greenhouse in Long Beach, or the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.  Each venue still has tickets available for sale, as well — a $20 bargain!

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Music in the Gardens!

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Perhaps you’ve noticed.  There’s a lot of fluffing and buffing going on in Peninsula gardens these days.  The gardener-owners of seven properties — from Stackpole Road in Oysterville to Sahalee Hill in Ilwaco — are giving ‘what-for’ to potential weeds or other pests and talking sweetly to buds about to burst forth.  They are, of course, all readying for Water Music Society’s 13th annual Music in the Gardens Tour!

Tickets ($20 each) are already on sale.  If you haven’t yet ordered yours, they are available online through the Water Music Society’s Music Gardens Tour webpage at https://watermusicfestival.com/event/music-in-the-gardens/ or by phone at 1(800) 838-3006. But, even if you have your tickets, the venues will remain a deep, dark secret until July 6th.  Not until then will the maps with garden locations be revealed!  Tickets purchased online or by phone must be presented at one of our three local outlets in order to receive the Official Garden Tour Map with the addresses of the gardens. This is also your ticket to the Gardens. Outlet locations will be posted the week before the Tour.

By now, most of us know that the gardens on these annual tours are full of surprises — unusual plants and plantings, imaginative solutions to common coastal garden problems, and eye-candy that goes far beyond the expected.  In addition each garden will feature an artist (in some cases, working at their craft) and musicians, both local and imported!

Musicians this year will include guitarist George Coleman; jazz pianist, Tom Grant; two music duos, “Tanz” and “Sea Strings”; guitarist Brian O’Connor; guitarist Terry Rob; Jean Pierre and Al Perez; guitarist Dave Drury; and pianist Tom Trudell and his son, saxophonist Tristan Trudell.  Wow!  And the line-up of artists is equally impressive — Susan Spence (basketry); Stan Reidesel (watercolors), Renee O’Connor (tile work), Nansen Malin (welding for topiary);  Jason Moore (Sculpture); and Somsri Hoffman (eclectic paintings on unusual objects!).

And did I mention that raffle tickets will be for sale for items yet to be revealed?  (I do know that a lovely floral by Marie Powell is among the items that a $5.00 raffle ticket could win.)  All-in-all, Saturday July 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. promises to be a feast for all the senses.  Oh!  I didn’t mention that most venues will also offer “small bites” — taste treats to keep you going in case you don’t want to take time out for lunch!  Pack a sandwich, I say.  You’ll have trouble tearing yourself away from each garden, as it is!

The best part of all, of course, is that Music in the Gardens is a fundraiser put on by the Water Music Society each year to raise money to support Ocean Beach School District’s music program.  It just doesn’t get better than that!

 

 

 

 

 

Double J and The Boys – Here Tomorrow!

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Charlie, Janet, Judy — Double J and the Boys

I’ve decided to take the weekend off from my 14-day rant about the Discovery Coast article on Oysterville.  While I fume, there are too many other super things going on that I’d rather be talking about.  Like Vespers tomorrow!  Sunday, June 30th!

Double J and the Boys will take center stage over at the hour-long church service which begins at three-o’clock.  If you haven’t been to a Music Vespers Service at the church, you may want to know that it is mostly music — at least 40 minutes of the featured musicians so, if you are familiar with tomorrow’s group, you know that it will be 40 minutes of zany, thought provoking fun.

When asked what they were planning for this year’s program, the response was:  Double J and the Boys happily return to Vespers, still full of their cowboy spirit. This year they will take you fishing for sturgeon, sailing on Willapa Bay, and will musically transport you on a free trip to a Parisian café.  Several songs will surprise you with a new slant on aging.  Hmm, sounds cheery. . . Janet’s lively fiddle, Charlie ‘s happy accordion, and Judy’s western yodeling are sure to fill the space with fun and frolic.

An Old Favorite

I’m especially looking forward to that “free trip to a Parisian Cafe.”  I hope it’s one of our favorites — but any will do!  And I hope it’s upbeat and doesn’t make me too nostalgic.  Paris is  one of the few places in the world where I feel as truly “at home” as I do in Oysterville.  (I’ve tried to analyze that over the years and the closest I can come is that it’s something about the quality of the light.  Ditto San Francisco,)

Of course, the songs that resonate most with me are Judy’s whacky numbers on aging.  Her Social Security song should go viral in my opinion!  I have yet to hear her “mirror song” — one about seeing her grandmother in the looking glass, I think — but I’m sure it will also be full of familiar images.

Deacon Dick Wallace

Also, I’m hoping Charlie has a solo or two — maybe the one about his “sharp, snappy snake boots.”  And whatever Janet plays is a pleasure to listen to and to watch!  I can never get over that she is self-taught and didn’t begin until an age when most of us were getting serious about retirement.

Tucker Wachsmuth is on deck for the “Oysterville Moment” — that five minute welcome and (often) pithy story about the village.  Sandy Nielson, pump organist extraordinaire, will be playing the music to accompany the congregational hymn singing.  And, most importantly, Deacon Dick Wallace of St Mary’s parish in Seaview, will conduct the service. This is one of the few summer vesper services in which every participant has a familiar face.  All  are vespers veterans and all are favorites in the community!  Don’t miss it!

 

 

An Evening with Aaron Larget-Caplan

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Gobsmacked!  It seems as though I could come up with a better description of last night’s concert but, really, I can’t.  This is the third time Aaron Larget-Caplan has performed here in this very house and I still can’t believe that he comes to our little corner of the world – especially after all the other places he performs!

According to one of many websites about him, Aaron Larget-Caplan is a recording and touring guitarist. He performs solo and chamber music throughout Europe, Russia and the USA. A sought-after instrumentalist, he’s premiered over 80 compositions by a wide range of composers, arranged works by the likes of Bach, Schubert, Albéniz, Rodrigo and Reynaldo Hahn, and Edition Peters began publishing his arrangements of the music of John Cage in 2015. His recordings are available on Albany, Navona and Stone Records. He serves on faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston and formerly the Boston Conservatory. And since this was written last September, Aaron has added Taiwan to his list of venues and is working on a trip to Japan.  Talk about Oysterville being on the world map!!

He billed his program a “Valentine’s & Album Release Concert” and the theme was love – “Ojos Brujos – Bewitching Eyes” by Leo Brouwer, “Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen, “A Room” by John Cage, “Granada (serenade)” by Isaac Albeniz, lots of Bach, and my favorite – España Cañi (paso doble) by Pascual Marquina.

Oh my!  What a program! And definitely a feast for the eyes as well as the ears and the soul!  As one guest pointed out later, Aaron’s hands not only work independently of one another, but totally differently – a right-brain/left-brain thing to do with precision and automation as contrasted with the lyricism and creativity.  Wow!  And here I was just being gobsmacked!

It was a stellar evening – good company, good food, spectacular music – all documented by our neighbor-of-many talents, Tucker-the-photographer.  Once again, we have been blessed!

An Evening with the Oyster Crackers

Monday, September 24th, 2018

The Oyster Crackers – Photo by Tucker Wachsmuth 

Polished!  Professional!  Profound!  My thoughts about yesterday’s House Concert are brimming over with adjectives and superlatives.  And a deep feeling of peace.  I wish I could adequately describe their harmonies, their costume changes and choreography (right down to their music stands!), and their obvious enjoyment of their music and of one another.  It was probably one of those you-had-to-be-there things.

Rita Smith and Her Grandfather’s Button Accordion – Photo by Tucker Wachsmuth

Three local women with disparate backgrounds and experiences:  Rita Smith, Bette Lu Krause, Christl Mack.  Together they are the Oyster Crackers.  Their voices gently glide and spiral around one another, carrying the listener to places of possibilities and contentment.  “What is it about them?” I found myself thinking.  Is it that they are the embodiment of grace and womanhood?  Are they what the suffragettes and feminists would like to be?

But… there was no pronouned (and certainly no strident) message here.  No aim to point out anything – at least not that was obvious or that came to me as I listened.  “Was it their sincerity?” I asked myself.  Perhaps their quiet commitment to the music and to the messages of the songs that came through loud and clear?  Or was it the songs, themselves?  Their choices spanned centuries and genres; some familiar, a few well-known, many obscure.  I wish I had taken notes or asked for their set list so I could think about those particular songs some more.

The Oyster Crackers in Red — Photo by Tucker Wachsmuth

I came away feeling blessed – that we had heard them do one, single number at a Music Vesper Service in 2017 and that I had asked them if they’d consider a House Concert sometime.  Blessed that their commitment and dedication led them from “only two or three songs” of a year ago to their full-blown, two-hour presentation (with instruments!) yesterday.  Here!  In Oysterville!  Absolutely Fabulous!

And before I forget, we all have another opportunity to enjoy them on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Long Beach!  See you there!

I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

When it comes to trains, timing is everything.  So, when the announcement came this morning from the Astoria Railroad Preservation Association concerning their Open House on Sunday, I immediately went into my scheduling mode. On the face of it, it looks like we’d need to be in two places at once.  Again!  And as far as I know, Scotty has not yet perfected the beaming operation from Oysterville to Astoria and back.

We definitely must be in Oysterville by three to welcome musicians to a long-planned and eagerly-awaited House Concert here.  On the other hand, our friend Mark Clemmens has been working on the restoration of the 1925 Baldwin Engine #21 for almost as long as we’ve known him.  I think he joined the ARPA about the time he and Sandra moved here and he’s been trekking to the Locomotive Restoration Shop in Astoria at least once a week ever since.

When asked, Mark is always happy to answer the usual question, “How’s it going?”  His responses are mostly way too technical for me – engineer talk to the max.  The ARPA’s website at http://www.astoriarailroad.org/ includes a photo journal and annotations back to 2001 for interested railroad buffs and for those (like me) who might be impressed by the sheer persistence and dedication of the folks working on the project.

Having heard bits and pieces of their progress over the years, I have a great desire to go to the Open House.  I’m thinking that if we are totally organized on Sunday, we might be able to leave home early enough to spend an hour or so at the Restoration Shop and get back in plenty of time…  I actually have my great-grandfather’s railroad watch to assist with our timing.  But that’s another story.

Gardens! Music! Art! Appetizers!

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Music in the Gardens is coming right up!  Saturday, July 21st from ten to four.  We’ve have our tickets in hand.  We also have lists of musicians and artists, which gardens they will be in, and at what times. Trying to decide where to go first and in what order to proceed is a lot like putting together a life-sized three-dimensional puzzle.

Tickets, which include a map and the garden descriptions, are the crucial element.  They cost $20 and are available at the English Nursery in Seaview, the Basket Case Greenhouse in Long Beach, and at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.  Hurry!  Do not pass go!  They are your entrée to a day of enchantment.

If you are like me and want to see it all, musicians and artists schedules are available on the Water Music Tour Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/notes/music-in-the-gardens-tour/music-in-the-gardens-tour-2018-musicians-artists-schedules/1910813582298237/   Rather than duplicate that information here, I’ll just give an overview to whet your appetite.

Garden #1 – Singer Songwriter Brian O’Connor with Ceramic/Garden Tile Artist Renee O’Connor.
Garden #2 – Jazz Musician Tom Grant with Basket-Maker Susan Spence.
Garden #3 – Tanz and Sea Strings (musical duo Judy Eron and Charlie Watkins) with Metalwork Artist Jacob Moore.
Garden #4 – Brad-n-Dave Acoustic Band with Watercolor Artist Betsy Toepher with Kent Toepher selling garden books.
Garden #5 – Jean-Pierre Garau and Al Perez of the Al Perez Band with Sculptor Constance Jones.
Garden #6 – Guitarist George Coleman with Potter David Campiche and Topiary Artist Nansen Malin.

Coordinating the times is the tricky part, especially if you want to catch all the musicians.  For those, checking the FaceBook page is really a must.  If it helps any, the artists in Gardens #1, #3, #4, and #6 will be there all day. Other artists and all musicians have two- to four-hour blocks of time.  As I said at the beginning — Trying to decide where to go first and in what order to proceed is a serious challenge – but a delightful one, even so!

The tour will truly be a feast for all the senses!  Oh… and did I mention food?  Many of the garden hosts will be offering appetizers – often being served on porch or deck. I hope to see you somewhere along the tour route on Saturday!

Oysterville Music Vespers 2018

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Beginning Sunday, June 17th!

In Oysterville, Father’s Day and the opening of our annual Music Vespers series at the church are pretty much synonymous. This year they both happen on Sunday, June 17th and it’s coming right up!  Since a number of people have requested the full summer vespers schedule (and even though it’s available at the Visitor’s Center and has been published by the Chinook Observer), I am devoting today’s blog to it.  Suitable for Printing and Posting on your refrigerator.

June 17 – Pastor Mary Evelyn Long, Ocean Park Methodist Church; Music, Casey Killingsworth and Family; Organist, Sandra Nielson; Oysterville Moment, Sydney Stevens.

June 24 – Pastor Vern Frank, Pacific Bible Church; Music, Double ‘J’ and the Boys; Organist Suzanne Knutzen; Oysterville Moment, Anne Driscoll.

July 1 – The Reverend Irene Martin, Episcopal Priest; Music, Singer/Songwriter Fred Carter; Organist Diane Buttrell; Oysterville Moment, Diane Buttrell.

July 8 – Deacon Dick Wallace, St. Mary’s Parish; Music, Randal Bays and Family; Organist Dian Buttrell; Oysterville Moment, Sydney Stevens.

Rose City Mixed Quartet

July 15 – Father Dick Loop, St. Peter Episcopal Church; Music, Rose City Mixed Quartet; Organist Suzanne Knutzen; Oysterville Moment, Nyel Stevens.

July 22 – Deacon Jerry Sadler, St. Mary’s Parish; Music, The Oyster Crackers; Organist, John Balmer; Oysterville Moment, Tucker Wachsmuth.

July 29 – Dr. Barbara Bate, Interdenominational Pastor; Music, Guitarist David Drury; Organist Barbara Bate; Oysterville Moment, Charlotte Jacobs.

August 5 – Deacon Ken Morris, New Life Church; Music, Singer/Songwriter Mary Garvey; Organist, Kristin Hammond; Oysterville Moment, Cyndy Hayward.

August 12 – The Reverend J.D. Maddux, St. John’s Episcopal church, Olympia; Music, Folk Musicians Starla and Cate Gable; Organist, Sandra Nielson; Oysterville Moment, Sydney Stevens.

August 19 – Pastor Don Mower, Family Worship Center; Music, Lyrica Ladies Choral Ensemble of Puget Sound; Organist, John Balmer; Oysterville Moment, Susan Holway.

Summer Music Vesper Audience

August 26 – Pastor Greg Ikehara-Martin, Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church; Music, ‘Tanz and Sea Strings’; Organist Suzanne Knutzen; Oysterville Moment, Tucker Wachsmuth.

September 2 – Pat McKibbin Lay Minister; Music, ‘Doug and Joyce (Ukulele and Songs); Organist, Diane Buttrell; Oysterville Moment, Charley Wachsmuth.

All services begin at 3:00 and are open to the public who are encouraged to ‘come as you are’.  Proceeds from the collection basket go toward the upkeep and day-to-day maintenance of the church.  Questions can be directed to Vespers Coordinator Carol Wachsmuth, carol.wachsmuth@gmail.com.

See you there!

Our Beloved Barbara

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Barbara Poulshock at the Oysterville Church, 2013

If you have had associations with the Long Beach Peninsula for any time at all, you know the name Barbara Poulshock.  You may know, also, that among the music aficionados of the area, Barbara is considered a “Living Treasure.” And you may well know someone who has taken voice lessons from her, even recently.  You may even know Barbara, herself.

At 89 or 90 (I’ve lost track), and despite various health concerns that we octogenarians seem to collect, Barbara is still going strong.  She directs our local choral ensemble, the Bayside Singers; she teaches voice; she composes; and she somehow finds time to encourage anyone, young or old, who is interested in delving into music.

So, when I received a note from Clay Nichols, President of Bayside Singers, asking if I’d help spread the word about a new book coming out this month – The Music of Barbara Poulshock – I was eager to do what I could.  Here is Clay’s letter.  Please pass it on and I’ll see you, clapping and cheering for our beloved Barbara, at the Bayside Singers’ Spring Concert for the book’s debut at the end of April.

Women of the Bayside Singers, 2013

Dear Friends of Barbara Poulshock,
       Fourteen compositions for choral groups are being published for the first time in book form titled, “The Music of Barbara Poulshock. “Seven pieces are for women, and seven for SATB [soprano, alto, tenor, bass].  They are in coil bound format for easy use by singers and directors, without restriction.
       This project was initiated by Barbara’s friends in the Bayside Singers of Ocean Park, Washington.  Many of the compositions have been sung before, but one piece for women, “The Three Ravens,” is a new composition by Barbara this spring.
       We believe this unique book will find a place in the homes and hearts of many of you who have been touched by Barbara’s love and talent over the years.       

Bayside Singers, 2016

We plan to make the book available to local audiences at the Bayside Singers spring concert on April 28, 2018.  Copies of the book will be available at the concert and by mail. If you want to order one or more copies of The Music of Barbara Poulshock, a donation of $20 contributed by means of a check payable to Bayside Singers, P.O. Box 46, Nahcotta, WA 98637, would be appreciated. Bayside Singers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Additional donations in support of this project are also welcome.
Clay Nichols, President of Bayside Singers

Music In The AiR Air!

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Woodsy Retreat

How many times does something need to be repeated to make it a tradition?  If it’s no more than two or three, then the January singer/songwriter retreat in Oysterville probably qualifies.  I think this is the third year that Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Foundation and WillapaBay AiR (AiR = Artists in Residence) have jointly sponsored a “Winter Use Program” at the sixteen-acre Willapa Bay AiR campus.  This year, I’m told, it will be happening twice!

Renee, Larry, Mary. Terry, Jerry — Singer Songwriters at 2017 Performance

It is a perfect space for musicians to work.  On the campus are a main lodge with a kitchen and dining facilities plus five cabins, two studios, and an additional bedroom in the Lodge complex.  There is room for individual work as well as for group sessions and rehearsals.  All meals are provided and the only ‘requirement’ of the artists is for them to sit down together each evening at a communal meal.  Other than that, they are left to their own devices – each working on an individual project which they outlined in their original proposal/application.

Larry Murante who made Mrs. Crouch famous in song!

When our neighbor Cyndi Hayward (Founder and CEO of Willapa Bay AiR) first told us about the Singer/Songwriter retreat, she said that the joint venture with Sue and Bill Svendsen of Peninsula Performing Arts Center was “the perfect marriage. They have access to the music community and we have an ideal facility which is not in use during January.”

The musicians we know who have participated all agree that this retreat provides them with a great opportunity.  Last year, on their final day, the group gave an impromptu performance at the Oysterville Church.  Such a serendipity for the community.  Perhaps this week’s group will do something similar.  We can but hope.

Wes Weddell On His First Album

Meanwhile… Nyel and I are inordinately pleased that Wes Weddell and Larry Murante, two of “our” long-time House Concert musicians, will be sharing our ‘library stage’ here on Sunday!  They are fabulous to take a chance on us, but we are determined that Nyel will stay healthy long enough to host this event – the first, we hope, of many others in 2018.