Merle ’17

We enjoyed the 30th Merlefest last weekend in Wilkesboro, NC.  Lots of fantastic music and while it rained THursday evening the rest of the weekend had gorgeous weather.  I added some photos to Instagram however I took a lot of  photos I with my DSLR camera and cant get those photos to load to my iPhone or iPad to load to other apps.  I am posting the better photos here.  IMG_3924

Del McCoury BandIMG_3927DSC_0281

TransAtlantic SessionsDSC_0283DSC_0286Sarah JaroszDSC_0287

Maura O’Connell and Declan O’RourkeDSC_0288DSC_0290DSC_0292Declan O’RourkeDSC_0294

James Taylor “In my mind I’m going to Carolina”DSC_0297DSC_0299Maura O’ConnellDSC_0300Jerry DouglasDSC_0307DSC_0314DSC_0315DSC_0317

Steep Canyon Rangers DSC_0318DSC_0320DSC_0324DSC_0326DSC_0332Sam Bush with Leftover SalmonDSC_0336DSC_0341

Earls of LeicesterDSC_0342

Shawn Camp and Jerry DouglasDSC_0346DSC_0347DSC_0351

Merlefest Reunion Jam with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Bryon Sutton, and Mark Schatz.DSC_0353DSC_0354DSC_0375DSC_0378

Tara Nevins of DTBDSC_0380

Jeb of DTB DSC_0382DSC_0383DSC_0384DSC_0386DSC_0388DSC_0391

Peter Rowan joining DTB

Fun Stuff

We have lined up a few good shows over the next month.  Starting off with a girls outing to see  The Phantom of the Opera at the Kennedy Center for a matinee performance this weekend.  Here is a link to WashPo’s review.  I have never seen it so am excited!  We are having lunch at District Commons, another first for me.

We will head to the beach for a long weekend and return in time to deposit son back at school.  I hate to say it but I am ready for him to be back in college.

In September, we will see Little Feat at the Warner Theatre, I really like this venue for a show and we have pretty good seats.

And then in the same week, on to Celebrate Virginia in Fredericksburg for ZZ Top and Govt Mule.

Today we are headed to the ballpark to see the Nationals face the Giants again.

Fun times!



Bright Star

Yesterday, I went with a gaggle of girlfriends to see Bright Star at the Kennedy Center.  We had lunch at Clydes of Georgetown, crab cakes again!

I have been anticipating this musical for a few months, as it combines two favorites of mine, bluegrass and a musical.  Steve Martin and Edie Brickwell wrote the story and all the music and lyrics.  I LOVE Steve Martin, and have seen him play bluegrass with the Steep Canyon Rangers.  His talents are amazing, a comedian, actor, musician, writer…  seems he hit the motherlode.

And I absolutely loved it!  The music, the sets, the actors, the story = a musical that exceeded my expectations.  I read the Wash Post’s review here and so was not expecting to be wowed.  Act 1 ended with a stunning scene that left me feeling sad and upset, even though I had figured out the ending.  No spoiler here, you will have to go see it!

One of my favorite parts was the cabin set holding the musicians that whirled around the stage with actors dancing and singing through it.  I admired the musicians and their ability to NOT be dizzy.

Bright Star closes at Kennedy Center today and moves on to Broadway.  Vanity Fair has an article on it this month here.  Enjoy!

New beginnings

I woke up Monday morning, the first working day of 2016 and didn’t have to get up and go.  An unusual feeling for me still.  With 10 months of retirement down, I have drifted into somewhat of a schedule that includes working out, pursuing hobbies, lots of reading, and consulting work.

Not being big on New Year resolutions, I haven’t made many as my resolve doesn’t seem to stick much beyond mid-January.  In the past, I found energy in the idea of new beginnings at the first of the year and often spent time on setting my house, literally and figuratively, in order over the holiday break.  I experienced that same energy again this year and have a great list of things to work on in 2016!

One thing I am doing is letting go of one consulting job that has not met my expectations as planned and picking up another one.  Developing my consulting company became one HUGE opportunity to learn new things in 2015 and hopefully will continue in 2016.  I find myself doing things and facing situations where I have no experience, and casting about for answers, guidance and resolve!


Speaking of new beginnings, we went to the Dead and Co show at Verizon Center back in November.  We had a stellar time, one of the best shows of 2015.

Stepping out

For the first time in several years, we went out on New Years Eve.  For Christmas, I gave hubby tickets to the Infamous Stringdusters at RamsHeadLive in Baltimore, booked a room at the Marriott Renaissance.  Turned out to be such a fun night.  We met some friends for dinner at Peter’s Pour House and then on to hear some great music.  The crab cakes were delicious as to be expected in “Bawltimere.  Cabinet opened the show.IMG_2971Obligtory “selfie”!

And not a bad view in the venue!  We traversed between the main floor and  the general admission balcony, ending up the evening in VIP balcony.  What a great show, I have not located a setlist, still looking, and I am lousy at remembering.

So we rung in 2016 in a fun way, and I have lots in the plan for 2016.