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April Rose was my teacher in Los Angeles and the leader of the Nautch Project.
Here is her solo from Tribal Fest last week. So beautiful! I am amazed that she can have such control and exude such wild abandon and joy at the same time. Love it!
For more info about April Rose, visit her website.
This morning’s porch view out the front door. The woods are dense and green. We lost our mountain view, but now we are in a chlorophyll cocoon. lush!
In 2008, my pal invited me to go to a square dance that was happening at an art gallery in Los Angeles. Michael Ismerio called the dance and Triple Chicken Foot played. I hadn’t square danced since childhood and didn’t know what Old Time music was, but by the evening’s end, I was hooked! Michael’s charisma and teaching style, along with the rip roaring tunes of the band won me over. I saw how the dancing and music could bring all types of people together in a personal way. Because of that night, I became a square dance die-hard, eventually learning to call. I met Bob Dalsemer at Dare to Be Square West in Seattle and that’s how I found out about the Folk School. And now everything has come full circle because just last week Michael came to the Folk School to teach fiddle, call a dance and play the concert.
Michael taught old time fiddle at the Folk School and capped off the week with treating us to a Friday Night Concert on March 8th 2013. What a wonderful night filled with old time tunes, ballads, and fiddlin’! Here is a sample snippet from a wonderful evening. The tune is “Chased Old Satan (Starry Crown)” with Michael on fiddle, Géraud on bass, Annie Fain on banjo, and Sandy on guitar.
1. Snow Day!
2. Three-layer Cherry cake Julie made from scratch
3. Candice’s secret message pen
4. Personal strength
5. Speaking of strength, I got my photo on Crossfit Murphy’s blog- woo hoo!
6. Square Dance ONLY at the Folk School with Michael Ismerio
7. A new pretty blue yoga mat that is for tall people! I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years and have never invested in a mat that fits my body – it is revolutionary!!!!
8. Sleeping Charlie
9. Three weeks sticking to giving stuff up for Lent.
10. Test driving sewing machines like cars.
Meet my awesome roomie Charlotte! Here are 10 things about her: she works at the Yarn Circle (pictured above), she made that green sweater, she loves butter, she can play the guitar and sing real well, she is a fancy-pants Contra Dance caller and has called all across the South, she’s a dancer on Sticks-in-the-Mud Border Morris, she often assists in the Cheesemaking classes at the Folk School, she loves to chop wood, she’s from Virginia, she loves Almond Butter from Trader Joe’s. She’s rad. I am really enjoying living with her and Julie.
1. Housesitting and exploring other people’s spaces.
2. Walking with dogs
3. Sticking with it
5. Tiny cute felted animals from Japan
6. A yoga mat that is for tall people! It’s gonna change life!!
7. Talking to Joe
8. Rachel Brice coming to Chattanooga
9. Bonfires and banjos and Charlotte’s guitar
10. Late Valentines coming in the mail
We had a snow day a couple of weekends ago. Julie brilliantly suggested we go for a walk while it was snowing, It was a beautiful winter wonderland.
Chattanooga is a great city! Julie, Crissy, and I left Brasstown one Saturday in January and followed the Ocoee River west through TN and ended up in Chattanooga – our super-fun destination for a Julie b-day celebration! Chattanooga is just two hours west of Murphy. Upon arrival, we went to the south side of the city to check into our lodging – a fantastic upscale hostel called the Crash Pad. Julie’s friend, Dan owns the Crash Pad, so we got the grand tour and first class treatment. The Crash Pad caters to outdoors adventurers especially rock climbers so there were young hotties in abundance on the premises.
After getting settled in we headed over the Champy’s an eatery dedicated to sipping 40z and fried chicken. Amazingly enough we read the local paper and found out there was a squaredance in the basement of a local bar – what are the chances of that?! Te Claw had booked the night and Jennifer (who I met at Dare to Be Square in Riner) was calling. The band was from Vermont and the were called something like the Apocalyptians or something like that. They wore animal skin hats and drove in an ambulance. The dance was such a treat!
After the dance we headed over to a fancy schmancy cocktail bar called the Easy Bistro. It was in the old Coca Cola Bottling Factory building. I had a $12 cocktail called the billionaire which had bourbon and absinthe among other things. It was yummy, but left me hankering for a sidecar, which I might call the Cory Marie signature drink… if you don’t count the Shirley Temple.
The next day we had a decadent brunch at the Knitting Factory and then took a wonderful walk to the Coolidge Park Carousel, across the pedestrian bridge, to the art museum and around downtown. Chattanooga has a 1/4 mile pedestrian bridge crossing the river… It’s the width of a car bridge. So many folks were out and about on Sunday on the bridge. I thought it was very cool city planning to allocate the space for pedestrians. The bridge ended at the art museum – Chattanooga has a lot of great public art. By the Crash Pad, there were murals everywhere. It is also a city with great graphic design sensibilities – many businesses had beautiful logos!
All in all Chattanooga is alright by me. I loved it and Julie and Crissy were great tour guides! I can’t wait to spend more time there!
We got a cat! I’d like to introduce Charlie/Charley/Charles to you. He is such a cute little kitten with tons of energy. He strangely looks a lot like Drusilla! Hope he will be a good mouser.