Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Raise the Roof

Out little town of Cottonwood is pulling together this weekend. The mission? Raise $14,000 to fix the weather-damaged roof on the Community Center. The building is dear to my heart -- it's where my kids first learned to dance - and they ALL live to dance now.

Cottonwood is dear to my heart because we fell in love with this place - the old-west landscape, the generous people and the can-do spirit -- when we moved here thirteen years ago.

The event gets underway on Friday at 1 PM, when Shasta County Supervisor Les Baugh and Cottonwood Mayor Mary O'Keeffe begin a 24-hour stint on the Community Center roof. Trip-tip barbecue starts at 5 -- $15 for adults, $5 for kids.

Craig and I - Still Married - will play original Shasta County tunes from 5:30 - 6.

Other entertainment will be provided by Ronnie Brackett, Donna White-Frampton and Richard Horner. The evenings' activities include a live auction, silent auction and raffle. The festivities continue on Saturday with a pancake breakfast and Kids Fun Day including free hot dogs for the first 200 kids, compliments of Wallner Plumbing.

If you can't make it and would like to help out, our little town would sincerely appreciate your donation. Checks can be mailed to:

Cottonwood Community Center
PO Box 1909
Cottonwood, CA 96022

Exceptional Coffee and Original Tunes

My word for 2011 is "FORGE" (see New Year's blog post) and when I picked that word, I made a few promises to myself. One thing I vowed to do was participate in more Open Mic events. Sharing songs in a casual setting is perfect for networking, trying out new material, and honing skills that can ONLY be developed in front of an audience.

So -- how perfect is this? My buddy Nick Ciampi has organized a Songwriters Open Mic at Barista's Coffee ROASTING. Roast....Forge. Can you see how I might take that as an omen?

Nick is hoping the event will become a Thursday evening tradition at Barista's.

If you're a fan of original music, come on out on June 23rd. If you're a songwriter, please join us and share what you're working on. Sing a little bit and enjoy a cup of exceptional specialty coffee.

Songwriters Open Mic
June 23, 6-8 PM

at Barista's Coffee Roasting
1007 Dana Dr

Presented by the North State Songwriters Group. If you'd like info on the North State Songwriters, please email me.