I got into Kim’s place in Mount Hope, PA, early yesterday afternoon, after a short hour-and-a-half drive from Allentown, where I’d spent yesterday and last night at the home of Sandra Eckert and Peter Bourdelle. They put out the word to their circle of friends-many of whom I already know-and a couple dozen people showed up for a delightful evening of scrumptious pot-luck yummies, wine, conversation and music. Several of the folks were musicians, and Sue Wolfsong and Arthur Louis Benson II are also songwriters, so we had original music with moving lyrics. I wish Sue’s songs were available on CD; her “Butterfly” and “Gypsy Blessing” were awesome, and I want the lyrics!
Sue and Jonny
Sue and her partner Jonny Lee Rosenblatt, along with David Donohue and Dar, announced their engagements and intention to have a double wedding this summer! Huzzah! I’ve known Sue and David (identical twin brother of my dear longtime friend in California, Tom Donohue) for decades, and this was wonderful news.
David, Jonny and Sue
Sandy and Peter were gracious hosts, with family histories of famous artists, whose works are displayed around the house. Peter’s grandfather was Emile Antoine Bourdelle, and he worked with August Rodin! Antoine created the “Heracles” sculpture that can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a few other major museums, and there is a Musee Bourdelle in Paris. Some of the art on the walls were by Peter’s father, Pierre Bourdelle; and other lovely artworks throughout the house are by Sandy.
The night before, Tues. the 5th, I got to Anthony & Xenia’s pretty late, after an afternoon of recording at Joey’s basement studio with Jimmy Clark and Liz Tapria, who is a trained opera singer. After they were done, I did a one-hour podcast with Erich Terry, but I don’t know when he plans to broadcast it.
Recording in studio with Francine, Jimmy, Joey and Liz
This afternoon I did a 90-minute phone interview for the radio show “Up Close and Personal with Rev. Alfred Willowhawk.” It will be broadcast later in the month.
Tomorrow is the first of several local gigs I’ll be doing in Eastern PA for the next few days I’ll be staying here with Kim and Shawn:
9 Sat 2:00pm-Book-signing and talk at Twisted by Nature, 207 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA.
10 Sun 2:00pm-Book-signing and talk at Moon Raven Alley, 1398 Oregon Rd, Leola, PA. https://www.facebook.com/events/287385618874257/
11 Mon Tree of Life Metaphysical Shoppe & Holistic Arts Center, 392 W. Apple St. Ste 3, Ringtown, PA. http://www.tree-of-life-shop.com/
On Tues. the 12th and/or Thurs. the 13th, Kim has arranged a special VIP package: a private 1-hr. lunch with OZ at Bube’s Brewery: lunch, 2 cocktails, dessert, autographed book, autographed photo.
And then on Thursday the 14th I’m driving down to New Carrollton, MD, to visit Orion Foxwood and Sethlin.