Sylvia Woods Harp Center 
October 2018 Newsletter
PersonalA personal note from Sylvia
This newsletter has been ready to go for a few weeks. I've been holding on to it, waiting to get one particular piece of news, which finally showed up today.

The January, February, and July newsletters this year all included information about Caitriona Rowsome's definitive harp book and CD set: The Complete Carolan Songs & Airs.
In July, I received 150 copies.  After filling all the back-orders, I had 88 copies left.  I mentioned this in the July newsletter, and I sold them all within a week!   I haven't been able to get any more copies until today.  So, I'm happy to announce that this great book is now available again . . . at least for a little while. If you want a copy, order it NOW, and it will be shipped to you directly from Hal Leonard, the distributor in Minnesota. We currently have about 50 copies available.

  poemAn original poem by Sylvia Woods
'Twas two months before Christmas, and all through the land
The harpists were scrambling to meet the demand
Of music for Christmas. They needed to know
New noels and carols before there was snow.
They went to the website HarpCenter dot com
For music to showcase the Christmastime calm.
They practiced and practiced and practiced with glee
Until they were ready to play 'neath the tree.
So if you need music, you know where to look
For Christmas sheet music, and maybe a book.

You'll find all of our Christmas music books and PDFs here.
(Two Christmas books by Suzanne Guldimann are part of this month's sale,  
but none of the other Christmas books and PDFs are discounted.)
PDFs Extravaganza RobinMore new music PDFs
Here are the most recent PDFs added to my site.  Check them out!    
Celtic Psalms by Sunita Staneslow - for lever or pedal harp  
Vivaldi's Winter for 2-harp duo or ensemble by Ellie Choate - for lever or pedal harp
The Lively Bard by Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher - Welsh airs for lever or pedal harp and flute or violin  
What Child is This? by Kathryn Cater - for lever or pedal harp and flute
Three publications arranged by Rhett Barnwell
A Simple Noel (The First Noel) - for lever or pedal harp
Aria in Classic Style by Marcel Grandjany - for lever or pedal harp
Bach's Air on the G String (from Suite No. 3, BWV 1068) - for lever or pedal harp 

Plu s even more publications by Ray Pool  
Ray Pool

Carols from Around the World, Vol. 1 - for lever or pedal harp  
Carols from Around the World, Vol. 2 - for lever or pedal harp   
3 Christmas Medleys - 2 versions, one for lever harp, and one for pedal harp  
The Crystal Spring - 15 English folk songs for lever or pedal harp  
Come, Come Ye Saints - hymns from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon faith) in lead sheet (fake book) format   
"Hymn Accompaniments" designed for congregational singing.  Arranged by Ray Pool for lever or pedal harp and organ, with optional parts for handbells and guitar. 
These products are NOT part of this month's sale. 
HuellHarp Center on PBS
Huell and Sylvia
Huell Howser was a popular celebrity on California PBS television stations. His "California's Gold" and "Visiting" shows were favorites of many viewers. Sadly, he passed away in 2013. 
In June 2000, Huell came to my Harp Center store in Glendale and filmed a 30-minute "Visiting" episode for the Los Angeles PBS station KCET. 
Recently, KCET has been re-running some of Huell's past episodes.  I'm aware of this because I've been getting a lot of calls from people who saw our episode and wanted to come visit. Since my store is no longer there, I've been referring them to my website, and to " Harp In LA," a harp store owned by two of my former employees, Heidi Spiegel and Paul Baker.
You can watch the entire 30-minute harp "Visiting" episode from 2000 on the Chapman University site, which houses Huell's archives.  
Here's what you'll see.
* Sylvia's short history of the harp and how harps work
* Paul Baker talking about pedal harps and playing a jazz tune
* Lisa Lynne Franco playing one of her own compositions and discussing how everybody loves the sound of the harp 
* Twelve-year-old Gelsey Hughes playing one of her own compositions and talking about her  Midnight Fairies book (now on PDF)   
* Huell playing glissandos and learning one phrase of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 
* Huell interviewing Sylvia's father and her friend, Patti Strout, who had originally submitted this show idea to Huell
* A harp ensemble of Sylvia, her employees, and all the harpists featured in the episode playing Greensleeves.   
We paused the taping of the show near the end, to set up all the harps for the ensemble. But everything before then was done in "one take."  I remember Huell and Luis, his cameraman, saying that this was the first time that they had ever done an entire show without having to re-tape something.  I was very proud that we all did so well. And I'm so happy that we have this documentation of a great day at the Glendale Sylvia Woods Harp Center.
Here are the people who were involved in this Harp Center "Visiting" episode.
Huell at Harp Center
Shown from left: Mr. Hughes (Gelsey's father), Heidi Spiegel (SWHC employee), Gil (Lisa Lynne's musical partner), Lisa Lynne Franco (performer), Gelsey Hughes (performer), Huell Howser (TV personality), Sylvia Woods (SWHC owner and performer), Patti Strout (friend of Sylvia's), Terri Skeoch (SWHC employee), Conway Snyder (Sylvia's father), Suzanne Guldimann (SWHC employee), Paul Baker (performer and SWHC teacher), Chanel Pease (SWHC employee).
This month's sale features music by Paul Baker, Lisa Lynne, and Gelsey Hughes, who were interviewed in the episode.  I've also included three PDFs by Suzanne Guldimann, one of my employees who was part of the harp ensemble.  
Both Gelsey and Suzanne wrote articles for previous issues of this email newsletter. You'll find Suzanne's article in the October 2016 newsletter , and Gelsey's in the July 2017 newsletter.  
MonthSaleThis month's "silver lining" sale
This month's sale features harpists who were part of our Huell Howser PBS show in 2000. The discount code is PBS.     
To get the 15% discount on the products below, enter the code word PBS in the Promo Code box on your shopping cart page and click "Enter Code" by November 12, 2018. For more information, see the 15% Off section at the bottom of this newsletter.       
Peaceful 1
by Lisa Lynne 
15% off with PBS code
Peaceful 2
by Lisa Lynne 
15% off with PBS code
Self-Produced Concerts
by Lisa Lynne Franco 
15% off with PBS code
Cold December Winds
by Suzanne Guldimann 
15% off with PBS code
Green Grows the Holly
by Suzanne Guldimann  
15% off with PBS code
Netherfield Ball
by Suzanne Guldimann  
15% off with PBS code
Midnight Fairies
by Gelsey Hughes 
15% off with PBS code
Angel sheet music
by Sarah McLachlin
arranged by Paul Baker 
15% off with PBS code
Paul Baker mp3s
15% off with PBS code
KauaiKauai Restaurants
This article is part of my ongoing series about living on Kauai.
Many of the condos in my complex are Airbnbs or other vacation rentals.  I often talk to the visitors in our parking lot, asking if they need help with anything.  This summer I met Sue and Ed from San Diego.  They had recently graduated from college and were here on their honeymoon.  Our conversation went something like this.
Sue: Can you tell us how to get to McDonalds?
Me: The closest McDonalds is in Kapa'a, about a 35 minute drive from here.
Sue: Really?  How about Burger King?
Me: That's also in Kapa'a. It's a tiny bit closer . . . about 30 minutes. The only national fast food chain here on the north shore is a Subway in Kilauea, about 10 minutes from here.
Sue: Really?  How about Arby's, In-N-Out, Wendy's, Carls' Jr, Chick-fil-A?
(I kept shaking my head while she asked about these.) 
Me: We don't have any of those anywhere on Kauai.   
Sue:  OMG!  Where do you guys eat?!?!?!?!
I explained that we have great restaurants here, including some that could be considered "fast food," but are not national chains.  I recommended several places close by in Princeville, Hanalei, and Kilauea.  I also suggested that since they are here in Kauai, they might try some food that is different from what they usually eat at home. 
They looked at each other and rolled their eyes. "So, can you tell us how to get to the McDonalds?"
That conversation got me thinking about dining on Kauai.  For example, here are all the fast food restaurants on the island: 7 Subways, 4 McDonald's, 2 Taco Bell / Pizza Huts, 2 Burger Kings, 2 Panda Express, 1 Kentucky Fried Chicken, and a new Jack in the Box that opened in 2015. That's it. But the great news is that we have a lot of amazing fast-food restaurants and food trucks that are local, and are NOT chains.  One of the favorite fast foods here is fish tacos. Yummy!  
McDonalds local
It wasn't until I moved to Kauai that I discovered that the major fast food chains have local menus in some locations.  I'll bet that your local McDonald's doesn't offer a breakfast platter with eggs, white rice, Portuguese sausage, and SPAM.  And it probably doesn't s ell taro pie or haupia (coconut pudding) pie desserts.
And does your Jack in the Box offer a fried rice bowl with Portuguese sausage and SPAM? Ours does! 
Spam can
Speaking of SPAM, it is found on the menus of many regular restaurants here in Hawaii.  One of my favorite Princeville restaurants is called Tiki Iniki. It is owned by 1960's rocker Todd Rundgren and his wife Michele. (One of Todd's biggest hits was "Hello It's Me.") Personally, I always order their fish and chips.  But the ingredients in their Iniki Burger are "beef, spam, topped w/ onion compote, pickled jalapeno, provolone, cabbage slaw, and shoyu mayo."  And, no matter what you order, when they bring your bill to the table it comes in an empty SPAM can!  

Lava Lava
Another one of my favorite restaurants is the Lava Lava Beach Club in Kapa'a.  It is right on the beach, and the view is spectacular.  As they say on their website, "Get some sand between your toes!"    
And . . . I know this will sound very strange . . . but I love the unique way they designate their men's and women's bathrooms. Surfing Ken and Barbie dolls are in shadow boxes on the doors.    
As far as sit-down coffee shops or restaurants go, we don't have ANY national chains on Kauai. All of our restaurants are local.  And we love it that way.  Our restaurants are fantastic!  Although we still see their commercials on TV, we have no Applebee's, Chili's, Cheesecake Factory, IHOP, Denny's, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday's, or any other chains.  These restaurants are found on other Hawaiian islands, but not here on Kauai. 
So, if (or when) you come to Kauai you'll get to eat lots of wonderful food from locally owned island restaurants.  We have Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Italian, French, Mexican, vegetarian, vegan, and good old American cuisines, and more!   

promocodes15% off select sale items when you use the code word: PBS

Our newsletter promo codes are only redeemable online and can only be used for the items featured in the sale section of this newsletter. They are not valid for phone or e-mail orders. This month's code word is PBS, and it is good for 15% off the select sheet music, PDFs, and mp3s in the sale section above. Just because an item is mentioned somewhere in this newsletter doesn't mean that it is on sale. It must be listed in the sale section.   
Here's how to get your newsletter discount at : 
#1. Put the items you want to purchase in your cart. 
#2. On the page where you view the items in your cart, type this month's code word PBS in the "Promo Code" box, and click on "Enter Code."
The actual price of the featured sale products on this page will then automatically change to reflect the discount. You'll also see a note below the Promo Code box saying the name of the promo code you entered, and the percentage amount of the discount.  
REMEMBER:  you must enter this month's code word PBS in the Promo Code box
and click "Enter Code" on your shopping cart page by November 12
to get the discount!
If you forget, or if you have trouble adding it to your order,
email Sylvia immediately.   

Offer expires at the end of the day on 11/12/2018.
Sylvia Woods Harp Center
  (808) 212-9525

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