Volume 2 No. 43 |October 29, 2020
Sharing our wealth of arts and culture. We're having an ARTS BLAST!

Promoting The Arts & Arts Councils Everywhere
In This Issue

Soup Bowl Potter Heidi Hill
New Digs for Vero Beach Art Club
Terry Barber Sings Mercury
Learn All About It! with Riverside Theatre
Gallery Stroll Schedule in Downtown VB
Auction for Creek District
November at Keeping the Arts Alive
How to Get Your Event on the CCIRC Calendar
Special Needs at the Lighthouse ArtCenter
Words of Wisdom from Facebook

Updates from Area Arts Councils
Bits & Pieces from Around the Area & Around the Web

*If you don't scroll all the way to the end, you're missing a lot of good stuff!

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This will be a week of ups and downs, I think. Halloween, hello to a new month, farewell to daylight saving time, election day, Soup Bowl, gallery strolls and art walks, new classes and exhibitions, theater events. With the spikes in COVID news, it's more important than ever to double check for event updates before venturing out. Stay safe, stay calm, shop local.
Soup Bowl Maker Heidi Hill
Continuing an Arts Blast series featuring the dedicated, talented, and generous clay artists at Indian River Clay who have been working the clay for many weeks to keep a tradition alive — meet artist Heidi Hill.
In the artist's words:

I was a Language major in college, French and German, when I took my first Ceramics class to break up the monotony and have some fun. Ten years later, when my husband Geoff and I moved to Vero  Beach, I revisited that fun distraction at The Vero Beach Museum of Art. As life got busy, I had to stop.  When my boys were 2 and 4, it’s what I wanted for Christmas; one night of fun distraction.  

I was a hand- builder, leaning towards sculptures. I hated the wheel because I had no idea why sometimes things turned out and other times they went flying; but for a good cause, I was in! My first soup bowls were flawed, but I figured I could paint designs with wax resist as a diversionary tactic.  Over the next 15 years or so, I continued with the wax resist designs as my bowls improved, thanks to the Soup Bowl and friendly competition between the potters. I usually throw at least 100; personal record is 166. I’ve also made 4 or 5 soup tureens for the raffle. 
Over the last 40 years, my distraction became my passion, and I quit my real job 5 years ago to pursue it full time. Art is a most wonderful form of therapy; a mini mental vacation. I like to say I’m on a permanent one!

I am a resident artist at Flametree Clay Art Gallery and regular at the Farmers Market on Ocean Drive.
No soup will be served at the Soup Bowl this year. Covid-19 strikes again. It's an Empty Bowl - Full Heart event benefiting the Samaritan Center.

Hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Heritage Center on 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach.
From Katy Ryan, director of Samaritan Center and the Soup Bowl:

We have asked our usual Soup Bowl locations to have a reverse soup bowl this year — Bring a can of soup and a $5 donation to a participating location and the donated soup will go to a local food bank. First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach are two of the paticipants.
Play For the Vote! with Mike Block
(Vero Beach International Music Festival)
In a recent email from cellist Mike Block he talked about an idea he had and has implemented in his own town in Massachusetts with hopes of getting it to go viral. It's Play for the Vote, and the reasoning behind it makes sense.
Block said, "After the first Presidential debate, I was practicing music the next morning as the stressful discussion surrounding the act of voting replayed in my head. I realized that playing music was helping me stay calm and centered, and maybe I should just go to my polling station on Election Day to share the music with my neighboring community."

Then he thought, "How great would it be if every musician I knew would do the same thing?" And that's how Play for the Vote came to be, a way for any musician in the country "to share music and help bring people together on what might be a stressful day on Nov 3."

Block played at two polling places last weekend and is considering Halloween weekend as well. And so far, the reactions have all been positive.
A poll worker requested a Led Zeppelin song, "and I was able to immediately launch into the classic string parts from Kashmir. It was an instant connection to feel like I was really playing FOR people, and not just AT people."

It isn't an every day thing for Block, with so many days of early voting. "We're focusing our efforts on Nov. 3, but were able to organize concerts in a dozen cities for Vote Early Day on Oct 24." He hasn't had any takers on the Treasure Coast yet, but he's still hoping his music friends here will step up. Jacob Craig? Matt Stott? Anybody listening?

Block is founder of the Vero Beach International Music Festival and the string camp that's held here every summer. Not this one, of course, but he still stays in touch.
The cellist has been busy aside from this project. His new album, The Edge of the Atmosphere, was released last week.
Add November 8 and 22 to this list!
Terry Barber Channels Freddie Mercury
I mentioned Terry Barber recently, remembering long-ago interviews with him for my now-retired radio show on WQCS. He had moved to the Stuart area to be near family after his mother passed away at a young age. He said, "Noticing the strong interest in the arts in the area, I settled in pretty quickly making lifelong friends, collaborators and eventually founding Artists for a Cause."
Barber easily caught my attention then, probably because I had never met a countertenor. He reminded me, "Countertenors are men who use their headvoice predominately, typically like a female classical singer. In popular music we hear men like Sam Smith, Barry Gibb, Frankie Vallie sing in this same register."
This isn't a new thing. "Hundreds of years ago men and women didn’t sing together (the church didn’t allow it) so men and boys sang all the parts in choruses, and great composers like Handel wrote lead male and female parts for Castrati to sing," he explained. "Now in modern performances Countertenors can cover this same range in historically informed performances."
We hear it in music from Broadway to pop, and rock to opera, Barber said, but "we are more used to the sounds that don’t involve the classical technique with vibrato."
I associate Barber more with Phantom of the Opera than Queen, whose music the audience will hear at his drive-in concert at the Stuart Fairgrounds in November, but it seems that there's a strong connection between Barber and Freddie Mercury. "Freddie and I both lived and worked extensively in London, NYC, Germany. Both of us care(d) about being considered 'a musician of some worth and substance,' both have an affinity for classical music, and we have (ahem) a few other things in common."
He's always been a Queen fan, considering the songwriting some of the strongest in the genre. "According to a poll Sony took of people from 66 countries, 'We Are The Champions' is the world’s favorite song."

Mercury: The Music & Story of QUEEN'S Lead Singer is a drive-in concert, with tickets sold per car. Unlike some outdoor concerts that offer streaming performances, this will be a live show. Joining Barber will be "the lead guitarist from the Oakridge Boys (Don Carr) a recent Tony winner (Grace Field), two of the Treasure Coast’s best musicians (Jonathan Cummings and Val Shaffer)
Barber's most recent single, “When the World Falls Apart”, is currently being consideration for a Grammy. "Check out the video on YouTube free or you can stream it anywhere you listen. His “Reimagined: Mercury” album was considered for 8 Grammy nominations, he said.
About Terry Barber
Past member of Grammy-winning Chanticleer, Terry Barber has been a soloist at venues from the Metropolitan Opera to Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall and can be heard on recordings with artists from Madonna, Jewel, Chaka Khan and Cyndi Lauper, as well as the London Philharmonic. For more information visit www.terrybarber.com.

This is How We Get It Done at Riverside Theatre
The long-awaited video series from Riverside Theatre has arrived on a computer screen near you!

The videos are short — about 10 minutes — but will give viewers a glimpse of how the magic happens in a typical Riverside year. Okay, not 2020, but soon, we all hope.
The series will continue through the week before Christmas. If you miss one or want to see them again, they'll be archived on the Riverside website.

The first episode, Learn How We Produce Shows, is up now. Beginning next Thursday, look for The Scene Shop, The Paint Shop, Costume Wardrobe; Music Director; Lighting Engineer; Sound Engineer; Production Manager. Thanks to PNC Wealth Management for sponsoring the series.
Keeping The Arts Alive, the new kids in town, at least in this context, have a big November planned. Camy De Mario, Judy Burgarella, and Beth Seibert are launching their big adventure with a fine-art show at the Raw Space Gallery, 1795 Old Dixie Hwy., Vero Beach.

The show will feature artists from Floria and beyond and runs from Nov. 6 through Nov. 29. Burgarella said, "With this ambitious effort we hope to give back to the community, help artists show and sell their work, support a deserving charity (Little Birthday Angels for November) and pay tribute to those who have helped get us through this pandemic—our First Responders, Medical heroes, our Military and Civic Leaders."

The opening reception and awards ceremony for this “Out-of-the-Box” show will coincide with this month's First Friday Gallery Stroll. The entire month has been filled with 23 different events that are free and open to all. They include classes and demonstrations, lectures, poetry readings, music, and more. Masks and sanitizer will be available for visitors in this large gallery space which easily accommodates social distancing.
Isabel Garret
Peni Baker
Elise Geary
Vero Beach Museum of Art is offering a Zoom presentation by sculptor Karen LaMonte Nov. 5 at noon. The artist will offer insight into her "career, oeuvre, and aspects of her artistic process. ... Known for figurative sculpture in glass, bronze and iron, recently LaMonte has begun working with Italian marble." To find out more about the Museum or to register visit www.vbmuseum.org or call (772) 231 0707 ext 136. $25 Non-Member, ($20 Museum Members). *Lecture is not recorded.

Photo: Reclining Dress Absence - Karen LaMonte
Mark these dates for this season's First Friday Gallery Stroll in Downtown Vero Beach. The receptions are 5-8 p.m. Transportation from the parking lot will not be offered this year.

November 6
December 4
January 1 (Yes, this is New Years Day.)
February 5
March 5
April 2
May 7
June 4
July 2
August 6
September 3
Lighthouse ArtCenter Offers Special Needs Art Classes
Olivia Palumbo Adult Special Needs Class - Virtual and In-Person
On the first Saturday of every month, special needs students, ages 16 to adult, work on art projects which encourage creativity, social skills, and communication, as well as build confidence and self-esteem.

FREE - Registration required.
First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach will present a concert featuring three local musical favorites, Mark Shuping, Matt Stott, and Dr. Jacob Craig. The performance will take place in the sanctuary on Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 3:00pm. The church is located at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Admission is free; a $10 donation is suggested. Masks and social distancing will be required, and seating is limited to the first 100 concertgoers.
An Update from Treasure Coast Theatre:

We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during these difficult times. Unfortunately, because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, we felt that it was best to cancel the rest of the 2020 season, and have moved most of this year's shows to next season. 
So, we are looking forward to 2021!
We encourage you to look over our phenomenal 2021 season and consider buying tickets to a particular show or a season ticket package. If you are not certain on which shows you wish to attend, consider buying an E-gift card, which have no expiration date.

Vero Beach Art Club
Annex Has Digs
From the Vero Beach Art Club:

The Vero Beach Art Club is upping its Gallery game and is moving its Annex to the Historic Downtown Vero Beach Arts District. The new site will be known as the Art Club Annex & Gallery and is 2 ½ times larger than the current Annex. The Club will run a permanent Gallery in the front room of the space, the former home of Tiger Lily Gallery, where it will host monthly rotating exhibits, the openings of which will coincide with the First Friday Gallery Strolls. The permanent gallery will be named the Jeanette Beach Gallery, in honor of the founder of the 84-year-old Club, and its’ formal opening will take place in February. 

Due to the preparations necessary for the move, the Pandemic Art show that was scheduled to take place in November, will now be postponed to March, and will take place in the Jeanette Beach Gallery.
Art in the Park 2020-2021 began the season last week and continues Nov. 8 at Humiston Park on Ocean Drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Vero Beach Art Club's first ever Holiday Showcase will open on December 4 as a joint fundraiser for the Club and Riverside Theatre. It will feature a mini-Festival of Trees, with four fully decorated 4-foot trees to be auctioned off to benefit the Riverside Theatre, since COVID forced the cancellation of the Riverside's annual Festival of Trees event. The show will open at 5 p.m. on December 4 as part of the First Friday Gallery Stroll in the 14th Avenue Arts District in Vero Beach. Show hours will be from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday through December 23, with the auction ending Tuesday, December 8 at 3 PM.
Holiday Showcase - Art Club Annex & Gallery
1903 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida 32960
The much-anticipated annual car show at McKee Botanical Garden has been cancelled for 2021 but will be back in 2022.
From Florida Humanities:

******* Florida Talks Applications are Now Live.
Submit your application today for up to $1,000 in funding to host thought-provoking presentations in your community (or virtually) through our 2021 Florida Talks program. The deadline to apply is November 13th.

Free Emergency Planning Workshops
Florida Humanities and the Florida Association of Museums Foundation are partnering to offer cultural organizations free webinars and trainings to prepare their institutions and collections for any disaster
From Gallery 14:
Through November 27, Gallery 14 presents CALMING INFLUENCES: Work by Gallery 14 Artists. In November, the Gallery will return to regular on-season hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. There will also be a special wall of art work offered by the owner-artists called 'Support the Gallery.' All proceeds from those sales will go to help the Gallery during these difficult times.

There will be a reception to coincide with the First Friday Gallery Stroll on November 6, 5-8pm. All are invited. Please note that masks are required to be worn at Gallery 14.

Featured will be Gallery 14 artist-owners: Lila Blakeslee, Barbara du Pont, Barbara Landry, Mary Ann Hall, Beth-Anne Fairchild, George Pillorgé, Deborah Polackwich, and Dorothy Napp Schindel, as well as work by Walford Campbell, Joan Earnhart, Terry Green, Viola Pace Knudsen, Mia Lindberg, Francis Mesaros, Michael Robinson, Carol Staub and sales associate-artist Jo Zaza.
The Cemetery Club is the second show on The Barn Theatre's 50th season. The comedy runs Nov. 5-22. "If you liked The Golden Girls, you'll love The Cemetery Club."
Vero Beach Theatre Guild has auditions scheduled for A Shot in the Dark, directed by Jon Putzke, Nov. 7-9. Performance dates March 10-21, 2021.
Cultural Council of Indian River County's hot-off-the-presses Arts & Culture Guide is not only in hard copy, but now has a digital version! Alicia Quinn, chairman of the CCIRC board, said about this 16th edition, "For the first time, the Guide can be found on the Cultural Council’s website, www.Cultural-Council.org , in flipbook format and can be downloaded as a PDF file. A companion piece to the Guide is an online calendar at www.culturalcalendar.org that is updated daily." Print copies are available at the cultural Council office on 14th Avenue and quite a few spots around the county. Learn more on the website.
Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. - Phantom of the Opera silent film and organ concert in the Sanctuary at Community Church of Vero Beach.

Oct. 31, 10 a.m. - City of Vero Beach Recreation Department’s Halloween Car Parade. Visit the recreation page at www.covb.org for parade application and flyer. Going east on Beachland Blvd. to Sexton Plaza.

Oct. 31, 6 p.m. - The Treasure Coast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents a Halloween concert, Phantasies and Phugues. Live-streamed on the TCCAGO Facebook page, as well as the website for Community Church of Vero Beach (www.CCOVB.org). Links to the concert will be available on the chapter’s website, www.TCCAGO.org
To add an event to the online calendar published by the Cultural Council of Indian River County, you'll now have to be a DIYer.

Details from Elise Mahovlich at CCIRC:

You may upload the event details directly to our calendar. That will also ensure inclusion in our weekly newsletters.
Here’s the page link:
Click on Submit Your Event and follow the prompts.
Should you need to make changes to a posted event (i.e. cancellations), or to include an image (i.e., logo) submit toCalendar@cultural-council.org
Press releases and news may be sent to Info@Cultural-Council.org.
Join us for a special evening at the following locations to pick up your copy of the Arts & Cultural Guide
Thursday, Nov. 5, 4-6pm
American Icon Brewery, 1133 19th Place
Happy Hour - Beer, Wine and Cocktail specials
15% off food tab for Cultural Council Members

This much anticipated and appreciated resource for all fine arts, literary, children’s, music and performing arts events programming from 
October 2020 through September 2021, is now available.

The Arts & Cultural Guide 2020-2021 is available at the
Cultural Council office located in the 
Flametree Clay Art Gallery, 2041 14th Avenue
or around town at various locations including;
  • Vero Beach Museum of Art
  • Riverside Theatre
  • J. M. Stringer Gallery
  • McKee Botanical Gardens
  • Environmental Learning Center
  • Vero Heritage Center and Citrus Museum 
  • Vero Beach Art Club Annex

Now on the Cultural Council website as a flipbook!
Nov. 1 Deadline for nominations of an artist or art student for a mARTies Award from the Arts Foundation for Martin County.

30th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show 
Featuring all Florida Artists in All Media
Juror: Lisa Rockford, Rockford Projects
Exhibition Dates: Through December 12    
Visit MartinArts.org for more details including Artist Panel Discussion and Closing Reception. Events subject to change due to current COVID-19 safety guidelines.
*Preregistration required.
Gallery Hours:
Tues. 10am - 6pm | Wed. - Sat. 10am - 4pm
Court House Cultural Center | 80 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL
From Martin Artisans Guild:

Art in the Palm Room Nov. 4-28
We are following safety protocols including masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing. If you are uncomfortable attending the reception please come see us during our regular store hours.

The Palm Room is open Wednesday through Saturday 12 to 6pm
in Harbour Bay Plaza
3778 SE Ocean Blvd
Sewall's Point
From Martin Artisans Guild:
Join the Creek District of Arts & Entertainment Nov. 6 for an evening of fine art and mingling at the Stuart Auction house, located at 712 SE Dixie Highway in Stuart. The event kicks off with a silent auction from 5 p.m. to 6:30p.m. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. before the live auction begins! Art lovers and collectors will be able to bid on five, original paintings and photographs from local artists: 100% of proceeds will be going to The Creek District of Arts & Entertainment, to aid in this season's upcoming events for local artists and businesses.

Guests will be treated to light refreshments, musical entertainment and a live painting demonstration by artist Katie Gianni.

We ask that all attendees practice social distancing. We will be providing a hand sanitizing station and masks for those who need them.

For updates on gallery openings and classes in Melbourne and surrounding Brevard County, check the Brevard Cultural Alliance website and individual gallery social media.

Calls for artists and gallery openings are listed.

Check this page for a list of reopenings in Brevard county.
Grease runs Oct. 23 - Nov. 8 at the Henegar in Melbourne for a three weekend run. There's a new parking lot with lighted walkway to the theatre on Melbourne Avenue.
Updates from the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance!

Support our mission to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to St. Lucie County - become a memberdonate, or join our ART SOS volunteer program, and support local artists
Help with small gestures, such as liking and sharing our social media posts and leave us a 5-Star review on Google.
Our first cultural networking event of the season is drawing near! Join us and fellow creatives on November 9 at 5:30 pm!
  • Learn about new opportunities
  • Meet fellow artists & the Alliance team
  • Complimentary munchies by Deli-Cious!
Through November 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - The Cultural Alliance Art League Inaugural Exhibition. www.artstlucie.org/event/inaugural-exhibition
Nov. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Connecting All Creatives - St.Lucie Cultural Alliance networking evant at Lisa Jill Allison Gallery, Fort Pierce.
Through Nov. 13 - The Best of the Best Juried Exhibition at Backus Museum & Gallery
*****DEADLINE EXTENDED ! NOVEMBER 30 - Deadline to apply for a spot as an Artist or Fine Craft Vendor in the 2nd Annual Art Show in The Gardens. PORT ST. LUCIE BOTANICAL GARDENS
From the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County:
In addition to following state guidelines, Palm Beach County has a local ordinance requiring facial coverings in public places – indoors or outdoors – wherever social distancing cannot be maintained. Additionally, local venues also have specific guidelines in place, so be sure to visit each organization's website for complete details, hours and possible updates before you go.
Find wonderful deals at cultural venues in The Palm Beaches by signing up at MOSAICPBC.com. MOSAIC 2020 (Months of Shows, Art, Ideas, and Culture)

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County invites you to restart with the arts this fall as cultural organizations welcome visitors back to The Palm Beaches. For insights on upcoming events, subscribe to our monthly Events Calendar emails and you’ll be the first to know about special offers and discounts as soon as they’re available.
At Arts Warehouse


A group exhibition showcasing the persistent changes to nature and humanity’s inevitable connection to them. 
Find all 10 art works in downtown Delray Beach
(location guide below)
Life's A Beach: Virtual Exhibit - Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum Through April 2021
The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County's popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS kicks off November 9. The fun theme of this season’s series of “Conversations” is Cool People Doing Neat Stuff!

November 9 – 6 to 7 pm (via YouTube)
Hollywood Historian Scott Eyman

CULTURE & COCKTAILS will be streamed live online and is FREE for all attendees, both Cultural Council members and nonmembers. RSVP ASAP with Debbie Calabria at 561.472.3330, who will email instructions on how to connect live.
From Edison and Ford Winter Estates:

Registration and prepayment for Edison Ford Digital Discussions is required at EdisonFord.org. Registration will end one hour before the presentation. Each presentation is $5 (free for members). Limited to 100 participants.

November 4, 11 a.m.: Calusa 
Pay tribute to the people who ruled much of south Florida.
From the Flagler Museum:

Organ & Piano Demonstrations, select Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
At 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday through November 10th, professional musicians will be exercising two instruments original to the home. As visitors tour Whitehall, period music will be performed on the J.H. & C.S. Odell Co. organ in the Music Room or on Mary Lily Flagler's custom Steinway art case Model B grand piano in the Drawing Room. Each Tuesday's demonstration will be different from the last! The instrument demonstrations will span both the 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. general admission timed entry periods. Due to limited availability, visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets for those timed entry periods in advance. For safety, visitors will move along the fixed route during the demonstrations, enjoying the glorious volume of music echoing throughout the first floor.
Around the Web

INTRODUCING BSONOW - Donation for some events required.

Newly recorded hour-long video performances by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and BSO musicians in chamber music Along with behind-the-scenes storytelling with conductors, composers, and musicians, plus much more.
Each video will launch on select Thursdays at noon, November 19 through April 29 and will be available for viewing for 30 days after each initial release date.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra video performances, Music in Changing Times, recorded at Symphony Hall, will be the first of 15 new BSO videos launched on November 19.
Holiday Pops online offerings—under the direction of Keith Lockhart—featuring favorite seasonal classics newly recorded from two iconic Boston venues—Fenway Park and Symphony Hall; Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Boston Symphony Children’s Choir to join the Holiday Pops online festivities with virtual performances to piano accompaniment, released on December 10.

Holiday Pops will be available for purchase separately for $30 beginning November 9 at 10am.
The American military in the 21st century is diverse and reflects the complexities of the country and the current times. “100 Faces of War,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, presents the stories of those who served the U.S. in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The exhibition will be on view at the Coral Springs Museum of Art from October 10 – December 30, 2020. Tickets to "100 Faces of War" are free, but due to COVID-19, visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance of visiting the Museum.

The Metropolitan Opera site has free streaming of full operas, ticketed streams, and many short performance videos.

Each stream becomes available at 7:30PM ET and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30PM ET the following day.
Halloween With WQXR
On Friday, October 30 at 7 pm ET, watch To America — Death of Classical’s latest program in Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery. The evening features performances inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried at Green-Wood and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Curated by Death of Classical and Green-Wood, it will blend music, history, literature, and dance into a single sweeping, shuddering cry into the night.
Featuring poetry by Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes and Terrance Hayes; stories from the lives of Margaret Pine, the last enslaved person in New York State, a young drummer boy killed in the Civil War, former NY Governor DeWitt Clinton, and others; and music by The Harlem Chamber Players, violinist Lady Jess, singers Danielle Buonaiuto, Shala Hughes and many more talented souls. It is a lament, a love song, a prayer, and a plea to America in a time of deep uncertainty, in remembrance of all that this nation has been, and all that it can be.
How would you have us, as we are?
Or sinking ‘neath the load we bear?
– James Weldon Johnson, To America
Words of Wisdom from Facebook:

When I was 15 I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.  
And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.” 
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”
And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.

Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores is a piano performance graduate from The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico B.M., The Eastman School of Music M. M., and Arizona State University where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Flores is an active performer as well as an experienced and inspirational piano teacher.

Brandon Putzke's TC Percussion and TC Percussion Camp
Piano for Kids
Event schedules can change, often at almost the last minute. Verify, double check, and then do it again before you head out the door. And when you do go out, take a mask. Without one, you risk being turned away.
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