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The dog days of summer are upon us here in the Northeast – cold nights and warm, muggy days, summer’s last gasp before the equinox and the return of nights that are longer than days.  It’s an inspiring time – my lyric and poetry notebooks have been open a lot recently and melodies are swimming in my brain.  You know me – there’s always something new cooking!  🙂

This week is a bit quieter for once.  After such a busy summer, it’s about time I stopped and took a breath, eh?  There are still some fun things in store for the weekend, so here’s the scoop:

Thursday, September 15th

The plan at this point is to attend open mic at the 302 in Fryeburg – hosted by the fabulous Ed and Linda Cooper – with my very talented friend Davy Sturtevant.  The festivities get started around 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 16th

I’ll be playing solo in the dining room of the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway from 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 17th

Kristen Short, Rusty Wiltjer and I will perform live in a benefit concert at 8 p.m. for the Dempsey Challenge at Gritty McDuff‘s in Auburn, ME. There will be a big mixture of music, from folk rock originals, as well as blues, jazz, rock and a little country.  Little something for just about everyone.  There will be raffles, give-a-ways and more!  This will be a night to remember and help a fantastic local charity! From the Gritty’s newsletter: “Songwriter Kristen Short has been writing, performing and producing heartfelt, multi-genre original music for the past 20 years. Although diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2010 and having undergone aggressive treatment in the ten months following, Kristen has continued to perform music, singing the National Anthem for The Dempsey Challenge in October 2010 and for the Portland Sea Dogs for their Mother’s Day/Breast Cancer Awareness game in May 2011. Currently in remission and journeying to wellness, Kristen Short is back to writing and performing her original music.”  I’m so proud of my friend Kristen and psyched to be a part of what promises to be a really great night!

Next week is a bit busier but I’ll fill you in on that in a few days.  Get out there and enjoy yourselves and thanks as always for your love, enthusiasm and support!