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Anni Blog June 1, 2016

Hello to All! Memorial Day Weekend is often considered the unofficial start of summer. I spent some time on Moosehead Lake & can happily report that the dock is in, the peepers were full tilt ON in the frog pond at sunset & for a day & 1/2, (Saturday, Monday afternoon) it DID feel like summer. We needed rain here in Maine, so I don’t begrudge the fact that clouds, drizzle, a bit of hard rain & at times thunder & lightening were part of our weekend. As I flip my calendar to June, I see that my teaching days are ticking down toward the single numbers… so I am certain that summer is near. I also note with big smiles that my gig numbers are on the rise… another sure sign that the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are close at hand. I have some new venues to play this month (Elements in Biddeford ME on Saturday, June 11th) & some real sweet spots to revisit (for example, The Noble House Inn in Bridgton ME on Thursday, June 16th.) I can hardly contain my excitement… without furthers, then, here’s the current news in this order:

1. THE JUNE / JULY SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)
2. TARGET GIGS FOR JUNE (Full Details)

1. THE JUNE / JULY SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)

FRI, JUNE 3 / JJ’s / Old Orchard Beach ME / 6:30PM
FRI, JUNE 10 / Ocean Pizza / Old Orchard Beach ME / 7PM
SAT, JUNE 11 / Elements Books & Music / Biddeford ME / 8PM
THURS, JUNE 16 / Noble House Inn / Bridgton ME / 6:30PM
FRI, JULY 1 / Ocean Pizza / Old Orchard Beach ME / 7PM
WED, JULY 6 / Gather / Yarmouth ME / 6:30PM
MON, JULY 11 / Poland Spring Resort’s All Souls Chapel / 7PM
(Concert fundraiser… door fees keep this chapel alive & well!)
THURS, JULY 14 / Gazebo Summer Concerts / Greenville ME / 7PM
FRI, JULY 22 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM

2. TARGET GIGS FOR JUNE (Full Details)

FRIDAY / JUNE 3rd / JJ’S EATERY / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 6:30PM / 207-934-0222… This is one of my fave local gigs. I used to play every 1st Friday, but now I’m playin’ every OTHER 1st Friday. Jeannie (the owner) has a lot of very special performers playing here & her calendar needs to make room for all. If I’m not playin’ somewhere, I try to get down to JJ’s to check out the other players. I got snowed out once this winter & rebooked… so the consistency of our scheduling got a bit confusing… I’ll be here on the 1st Fridays of BOTH May & June, then we’ll get back to the every other month strategy. If you’ve not been here yet, I’m scratchin’ my head & shakin’ my finger at you! This is an all ages hang with great food & beverages & a fun, dedicated staff. I suggest y’all come early & stay late! Here’s their [website].

FRIDAY / JUNE 10th / OCEAN PIZZA / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-2900... when the temps begin to warm here at the seashore, it’s time to get back to playin’ at Ocean Pizza! It sounds like a little diner thing doesn't it? Yes, there's a take out spot in the front... but the dining room is really warm, woody & comfy, with a bar & music on Friday nights... & GET THIS: the only music allowed is... ORIGINAL MUSIC! Totally cool. Pam, the owner, is a petite fiery lady straight outta Italy with some of her Grandma's best recipes tucked up under her sleeve. This is another splendid specimen of a local family run business with something unique to offer. Here's their [website].

SATURDAY / JUNE 11th / ELEMENTS / BIDDEFORD ME / 8PM / 207-710-2011… I had heard wonderful things about this Bookstore / Cafe / Concert Venue, so I went to check it out when my pal Jim Gallant was performing on a recent Saturday night. LOVED IT, so I made contact with the gal who books the shows & we found a date that works. If you’re a fan of intimate spaces where artist & audience can easily connect, this is the place for you. The food offerings are eclectic & healthy & YES, they have beer & wine. Performers are paid by tips & a percentage of food & bar sales… so bring your friends, eat, drink, sing along & make my debut a big success…. really looking forward to this one! Here’s their [website].

THURSDAY / JUNE 16th / THE NOBLE HOUSE INN CONCERT SERIES / BRIDGTON ME / 6:30PM / 207-647-3733… This is my 2nd (hopefully annual) concert here… we had such a ball last year that I asked to come back. This year’s show falls on what would have been my Mom’s 94th birthday. Her presence will be felt & some song choices will most likely pay tribute to “Lovely Lu.” Cindi Hooper has been doing a fine job of finding an impressive roster of artists from all over the country to perform at this concert series. Word of mouth has spread like wild fire, so I encourage y’all to CALL AHEAD TO BOOK SEATS… the shows sell out frequently. If weather allows (It did last year!) I’ll set up outside on the front porch of the Inn… this allows for more people. So, if it’s a warm & dry June 16th, bring a chair or a blanket, maybe some bug dope & 2 or more of your best friends. Cindi sets up a big table offering tasty treats, beer, wine & other beverages during the concert intermission. Suggested donations are $10 to $15… & here’s Cindi’s [website]. You can e-mail her directly right [here]

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One Big Happy Crowd at my 2015
Noble House Inn Concert (Bridgton ME)

As I said above, I can hardly contain my excitement… June begins the potential for many outdoor music events for which I am always pumped. Everyone in the crowd last June at the Noble House was just TICKLED to be outdoors, basking in the long-fingered, late rays of the day’s sun. This year’s concert lands on June 16th, 4 days before the first official day of summer. What better way to kick things off! I want y’all to PLEASE send out good vibes to the universe for a lovely Thursday so we can all celebrate the coming of the season together outside there. Fear not, if Ma Nature has different ideas, Plan B Is grand as well. I’ve been privy to some awesome tunes inside the Inn, where all is done up with a fine touch. Either way, I am picking this date as MY official start to summer… my last day of work at my school job lands on June 15th, the day before this show… NEED I SAY MORE? I’ll be there with bells on, RAIN OR SHINE.

I want to share with y’all that I’ve been reaching out for new ideas, including thoughts of new venues to play… & what I’ve found is that the reaching is finding firm footing in some pretty funky & fun new spots to share my songs & my stories. It comes as no surprise to me that this has bred an innate re-awakening of the lyricist in me. As lilacs bloom & trilliums poke their heads up in the world about me, I, too, seem to be blossoming. My head is swimming with rhythmic rhyme schemes & I can hardly turn it off when I lay down at night. This is a happy problem, one that I welcome. For the first time in many years, I have a desire to consider a new recording project. I don’t know how, when, where… I just know if this keeps up, the flood of urgency will need to be met with a plan to bring things to fruition. It’s been a long time since I visited a studio & made it my home for a spell. Writers out there… is this happening to YOU?

Here’s an immediate wish: I wish to see as many of you this summer as is possible, be it at a gig, walking a beach, hiking up a sweet, soothing mountain trail, maybe picking out a 2 pound lobster at a lobster pound… whatever, whenever… I am always so grateful that y’all continue to stay tuned to my ramblings. Please remember the sunscreen in the months ahead… I am fully awake & watching for you.


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1 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900
6 - Gather - Yarmouth ME - 6:30PM - 207-847-3250
11 - All Souls Chapel - Poland Spring Resort ME - 7PM - (Summer Series)
     (Door Fees help The Preservation Society to keep this historic Chapel alive & well…
     Natural reverb, stained glass & magic makes this one of my fave places to sing!!)

14 - Gazebo Music Series - Greenville ME - 7PM - 207-695-2702
22 - Toddy Brook Golf Course - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100

5 - JJ’s Eatery - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-0222
12 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900
15 - Lake Pemaquid Campground - Damariscotta ME - 7:30PM
     (Note: for Campers Only)
16 - Drummore Bay Concert Hall - Phippsburg ME - 7PM
     (Reservations Encouraged… NOT been here yet? OMG! Great Spot!)
19 - Toddy Brook Golf Course - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100
26 - The Birches Resort - Rockwood ME - 7PM - 800-825-9453

10 - The Village Coffeehouse - New Gloucester ME - 7:30PM
17 - Swan River House Concerts - W Dennis MA (Cape Cod) - 5:30PM
     RESERVATIONS URGED! ONLY 25 SEATS… $20 includes:
     Apps on the deck @ 5:30; Music 7 to 8:15; Dinner at 8:15… BYOB.
     A Secure Order Page will be set up soon… PayPal, Credit (Cash, Check @ door)
     This is at my friend Linda Cullum’s home; Linda will open with a few songs!

24 - Tillotson Center - Colebrook NH - 7PM
     For tix & info call 603-237-9302 or 603-246-8998
30 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900

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