Oysterville Daybook Archives

Flash Gordon in Oysterville!

Flash Gordon in Oysterville!

It was a relatively quiet Friday Night at our house last evening – just three guests and us if you don’t count Superhero Flash Gordon.  In the spirit of ‘you never know what or who Tucker might bring for his show-and-tell,’ the life-sized (not...

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…and Aaron prevailed!  Thank goodness!

…and Aaron prevailed! Thank goodness!

For about two years now, singer/songwriter Aaron English and I have been having a ‘discussion’ about using an electric keyboard in an acoustic space. It wasn’t really an argument because he and I had never met and we also had a common goal in mind...

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Of Curmudgeons and Whippersnappers

Of Curmudgeons and Whippersnappers

Santa must have been surprised to get Nyel’s request for a 1943 edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette “The Blue Book of Social Usage this past Christmastime. But, since Nyel had apparently been ‘nice’ not ‘naughty’ during the year, his wish was granted...

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Let’s hear it for a Trucker’s Opera!

Let’s hear it for a Trucker’s Opera!

Mike Midlo once had a band called “Pancake Breakfast” and has more than one notebook filled with his ideas for a full-blown “Trucker’s Opera.” Last night we heard three of the songs from that opera (or, more correctly, “potential opera”) and there...

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Let’s hear it for musicians and serendipity!

Let’s hear it for musicians and serendipity!

One of the least expected serendipities of my life has been getting to know a number of musicians – a serendipity in the truest sense of the word which, according to my handy-dandy dictionary, means “luck that takes the form of finding valuable or...

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Anticipating a Date with Larry!

Anticipating a Date with Larry!

It’s not every day that a little old lady from Oysterville has a date with a handsome young musician – a date that involves crossing the state line and going public with their relationship. At least not in my world. But, on Friday afternoon that’ll...

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Canoes & Rowboats & Keyboards… Oh My!

Canoes & Rowboats & Keyboards… Oh My!

I’ve been re-reading all the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. She is high on my list of favorite authors and, as with all authors whose books call out to be read again and again, I find something new in hers with each reading.  In...

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Supporting the Arts the Fun Way!

Supporting the Arts the Fun Way!

If we had pots of money, we would give big bucks to the arts. But we don’t, so we host House Concerts.  We invite our friends, ask them for a donation (all of which goes to the musicians), and ask that they bring their own beverage and a potluck...

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The Hardest Part Are the Chairs

The Hardest Part Are the Chairs

Today we are hosting jazz pianist Scott Cossu with flute player John Croarkin at our first house concert since June. Most years (it’s been fifteen, I think) we take a break in summer and start our ‘season’ up again in September, but this year we...

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Thanks, Andrew!

Thanks, Andrew!

Andrew Emlen has been doing House Concerts here in Oysterville for ten years.  From classical to folk, playing a variety of instruments and singing alone or in harmony with others, he has tugged at our heartstrings and made us whoop with laughter. ...

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Musical Literature On Stage in Oysterville

Musical Literature On Stage in Oysterville

Singer/songwriter Wes Weddell never ceases to amaze.  Five years ago he regaled our Oysterville House Concert audience with his songs based on traveling the blue roads in Washington State.  In his concert yesterday, his second set was based on...

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…and on another note…

…and on another note…

For us, yesterday, today and tomorrow are all about music and our community.  Although each of the events is unique, it’s more that they are happening three days in a row that’s the unusual part;  music and community involvement go hand-in-hand...

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