Bluegrass Festival in Maine – Day 2

Saturday, September 5

Bluegrass Saturday (1)Cerwin wanted me to get a picture of this Mack as we entered Thomas Point Beach..

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Bluegrass Saturday (3)Williamson Branch girls doing a bit of clogging while their parents played the music.

Bluegrass Saturday (4)Larry Stephenson Band

Bluegrass Saturday (5)Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show

Bluegrass Saturday (6)Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa

Bluegrass Saturday (7)The beach is a great place for digging and playing – especially when the tide is out.

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Bluegrass Saturday (12)These young people were having fun on a floating couch.

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Bluegrass Saturday (29)The lady said she walks with him so she get attention. 🙂

Bluegrass Saturday (30)An evening row

Bluegrass Saturday (31)I was looking for this – and found it in the main lodge. The banjo flower arrangement that was given to Pati during the opening program on Friday.

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Bluegrass Saturday (33)Doyle Lawson & Quicksliver always give a great program. I especially like their Gospel songs.

Bluegrass Saturday (34)The closing group for the day was The Earls of Leicester. Oh, my they were good!

It was another relaxing, wonderful day.

Bluegrass Festival – Day 1

Friday, September 4

Thomas Point Beach is a beautiful venue for a bluegrass festival.

Bluegrass day 1 (1)We arrived an hour early on Friday morning – to set up our lawn chairs. We also had chairs for Mark and Diane’s family for Sunday. We put some on the lawn and others under the tent – to protect us from the heat of the afternoon sun.

Bluegrass day 1 (2)This man was testing the sound before the opening ceremony.

Bluegrass day 1 (3)Since I had time, I looked for some photo opportunities.

Bluegrass day 1 (4)There were geraniums in hanging pots under the roof of the main lodge.

Bluegrass day 1 (5)Cerwin liked the side rails on this pickup truck.

Bluegrass day 1 (6)The truck and guitar necks were an advertisement for Bourgeois Guitars.

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Bluegrass day 1 (8)Cerwin enjoyed talking to a staff person from Bourgeois.

Bluegrass day 1 (9)The opening ceremony included “Oh, Canada” and “Star Spangled Banner”.

Bluegrass day 1 (10)There was barely a breeze in the morning (as you can see in the previous photo) so I took another picture of the flags later in the day.

Bluegrass day 1 (11)Pati Crooker Mulligan (center with blue glasses) owner of Thomas Point Beach was honored with a banjo flower arrangement – by her two sisters.

Bluegrass day 1 (12)Opening group: Michelle Canning and Rough Edges

Bluegrass day 1 (13)Williamson Branch is a regular at this festival and a favorite of ours.

Bluegrass day 1 (14)Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa – my favorite group this year.

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After lunch I went for a walk around the campground.

Bluegrass day 1 (16)A broad view of the grounds. Some of our chairs were near the blue umbrella on the left. We had several other chairs under this white tent.

Bluegrass day 1 (17)The tide was coming in.

Bluegrass day 1 (18)This is a great place for clamming.

Bluegrass day 1 (19)Not sure why there was a wagon full of stuffed toys near the beach fence.

Bluegrass day 1 (20)It was a beautiful afternoon.

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Bluegrass day 1 (25)I love the sights, scents, and sounds of the campground.

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Bluegrass day 1 (30)My favorite vendor at this festival. Love the lobster roll and the crab cakes are incredibly delicious.

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Bluegrass day 1 (32)There were two large Jenga games on the grounds.

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Bluegrass day 1 (39)The home of a Maine Osprey.

Bluegrass day 1 (40)One side benefit of being at Thomas Point Beach this past weekend was the air show at Brunswick Naval Base – next door.

Bluegrass day 1 (41)Friday was the best day to see the Blue Angels, because they were practicing for Saturday and Sunday shows – giving us many opportunities to see and hear them.

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Bluegrass day 1 (59)I went for another walk during the dinner break.

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Bluegrass day 1 (67)While walking along the beach I came upon this artist and talked to her a bit.

Bluegrass day 1 (68)She was pleased that I asked to take pictures of her.

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Bluegrass day 1 (74)  Bluegrass day 1 (76)It was a cool evening, and after ordering a cup of decaf coffee to help me stay warm, I also purchased something new for me – fried dough. This was my supper. 🙂

It was a bit like a donut and came with maple syrup. Cerwin ate about half of it.

Bluegrass day 1 (77)Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa were back after supper.

Bluegrass day 1 (78) We went back to Mark and Diane’s house after Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen because it had gotten quite cold.

We did not stay to hear the Del McCoury Band.

It was a most delightful day.

Holiday Concert

Fifth & Sixth Grade Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 9 – Middle School Auditorium – 7:00 PM

1Welcome – Mrs. Debbie Rill, Assistant Principal.

1aOrchestra – Mrs Shenna Shirk, Director

1b (1)Waiting to play A Celtic Christmas Fantasy – Traditional, arr. Brian Balmages

1b (2)Ring, Christmas Bells! – Ukrainian Bell Carol, arr. D.B. Monday

Rockin’ Ol’ St. Nick – Traditional, arr. Michael Story

2 (1)Jazz Band – Mr. Adam Eisenreich, Director

2 (2)Deck The Hall – Traditional, arr. Peter Blair

2 (3)Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Martin & Blane, arr. Lopez

Who Let the Elves Out? – arr. Lopez

2aOur view of the choir from the balcony. Notice the children on the balcony floor. (We sit on the balcony so we can see the percussion section of the band.)

3Choir Director, Ms. Stephanie Shoffner. Piano, Lisa Ginder and Laura Forwood.

DSC_3327Al Shlosha D’varim – Allan E Naplan

DSC_3328Ring the Bells, It’s Christmas! – Douglas E. Wagner

DSC_3334Then it was the band – and the reason we were there, to watch and hear our favorite percussionist – our grandson Ian.

DSC_3338Director – Mr. Adam Eisenreich

DSC_3339Jolly Ol’ Dude – arr. Gary Gilroy

DSC_3340Saxes We Have Heard On High – Traditional French Carol – arr. Story


DSC_3344Jingle Bones – setting by Michael Story



DSC_3350Can Santa Can Can? – Offenbach, arr. Balent


DSC_3360After the concert – Cerwin, Kristen, Ian, Jere, Jared – and Jesse looking out the door.

DSC_3361Another picture – with Jesse joining the photo.

DSC_3362Our favorite drummer boy.


Today, after delivering nine trays of mail to the post office and taking care of some business at Landis Homes, Cerwin and I visited Uncle John, whose wife, Bertha, died on Monday. Then we went to the next building to see Cerwin’s mother.

I noticed on the calendar that Mount Calvary Church was giving a program in East Bethany Chapel.

We asked Mother if she would like to go. She seemed pleased to have something to do, so we wheeled her down the hall and around a few turns.

DSC_2988Imagine my delight and surprise when I realized that my Aunt Hazel (center) and her sisters Pauline and Jean were part of the program.

Hazel is married to my mother’s brother, Lester Hawthorne. Lester was also there, but I did not get a photo of him.

DSC_2992I think the last time I heard them sing was sixty-five years ago – at another aunt and uncle’s wedding – when I was a five-year-old flower girl.

DSC_2995I did not know the others who participated in the Christmas program, but each one did an excellent job.

DSC_2997When this man began playing, Cerwin leaned over toward me and said, “That is how to play guitar.”

DSC_3000He is incredibly talented. Cerwin compared him to Chet Atkins.

I am so glad that we did not miss this program.

Afterwards, Cerwin had an appointment (for new hearing aids), we did a bit of grocery shopping, and then went to Outback for supper.

DSC_3003It seems like it has been quite awhile since we went out together for a nice meal – just the two of us.

It was a cold, rainy day – but my heart was incredibly blessed.

TFC ~ Bucks-Montgomery Dinner Concert

Saturday Evening, September 20

01-DSC_8977The 6:00 PM dinner concert began after the truck/car/cycle show.

02-DSC_8978Franconia Heritage Banquet & Conference Center, Telford, PA, does a great job of creating a beautiful atmosphere.


04-DSC_8998The Fehr Family blessed us with pre-dinner concert.




08-DSC_9004Chaplain Allan Graham gave the invocation.

He serves on the chapel at the TA near Elkton, Maryland.

09-DSC_9007Following the meal Gospel Harmony Echoes presented a delightful concert.


12-DSC_9011I love their arrangements of good old Gospel music.

14-DSC_9013The two ladies have great harmony.

15-DSC_9016Chaplain Bunny O’Hare gave a ministry update (I forgot to take a picture) between their two sets of singing.

I enjoy visiting with our friends from this area, and it was nice to stay at Sam and Alice Rittenhouse’s house overnight – meaning we didn’t have to make the two-hour trip home late at night.

Look for pictures of Sam’s orchard tomorrow night.

Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass ~ Sunday

Sunday, August 31

01-DSC_8534The concert began with an extremely emotional, mostly gospel program by White Mountain Bluegrass as it was the last performance by the parents.

02-DSC_8535The New England Bluegrass Band

03-DSC_8541Lydia (our granddaughter) and Diane (our daughter) made us the neatest lunch! We each had our own jar of salad and dessert.

04-DSC_8543I felt so “cool” eating lunch from a jar.

05-DSC_8549You are always guaranteed a fun-filled concert when The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band With Leroy Troy is on stage.

06-DSC_8560Balsam Range

07-DSC_8565Twisted Pine was the winner of Thomas Point Beach Showcase Band Contest on Thursday.

08-DSC_8567Thomas Point Beach Children of Bluegrass with Williamson Branch

09-DSC_8569The weather forecast predicted rain by 5:00 PM ~ and it was accurate!

10-DSC_8572We quickly decided to go back to the tent while there was still room.

12-DSC_8576We were surprised at how many people stayed in the open with umbrellas.


14-DSC_8580Anyone who knows anything about bluegrass is familiar with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys.

15-DSC_8582He is 87 years old, and this summer was supposed to be his farewell tour – but he changed his mind. He is going to keep going. 🙂


17-DSC_8592I walked toward the front to get a picture of the group when this band member played this ram’s horn shofar.

It was amazing. I stood there almost expecting the Lord to return.

18-DSC_8594This is what the tent looked like as I approached our seats.

19-DSC_8600The final performance for this year’s festival was Dailey & Vincent. There is a reason that they are last. They are the best and have won many awards.

I liked the way the stage was framed by the people and tent in front of me.

Shortly after I took this picture (about halfway through their concert) a thunder storm approached and a flash of lightening lit up the audience, and within seconds Pati (owner of the campground) wisely stopped the concert.

We picked up our chairs and headed home – satisfied that we had a fabulous weekend.

Some of our grandchildren stayed and enjoyed music under the tent, and I think there was some singing in the Snack Bar.

Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival ~ Sunday Morning Worship

Sunday, August 31

1 (1)We have never attended the 9:00 AM worship service on the beach ~ because we like to stay in touch with the church friends where Mark and Diane and their family attend.

But this year we decided that we were going to join the beach fellowship ~ and we were glad we did.

1 (2)We were excited to see so many people at the service.

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1 (4)Pastor Mike and Mary Robinson spend most of the year in their motor home traveling up and down the east coat to bluegrass festivals sharing the message of faith and music.

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1 (6)This man was gathering clams, and got to enjoy the music as he worked.

1 (7)There was a cross for a backdrop.

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1 (9)Preparing to sing Amazing Grace


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3 (2)It was nice that the morning clouds hid the sun as the crowd was facing east.

3 (3)They led us in singing several songs, every now and then featuring some of the people who practiced with them the day before.

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3 (9)After about half an hour of singing, Mike shared a challenging message on creation.

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3 (5)They closed the service about 9:45 so we could get to the festival music which was starting at 10:00 AM.

I’ll tell you about that tomorrow night.

Thomas Point Beach ~ Bluegrass ~ Day 2

Saturday, August 30

01-DSC_8430Heze was working on “Old Moxie” when we left for the bluegrass concert on Saturday morning. I don’t think he had a name for her the day before.

02-DSC_8437The Spinney Brothers

Some of the groups were repeats of the day before, so I only took a few pictures – of the groups I had not previously photographed.

03-DSC_8440Sisters of Williamson Branch playing the same fiddle.

04-DSC_8443It was an emotional weekend for White Mountain Bluegrass as this was the final concert for the parents, Hazel (sitting) and Herman (back right).

05-DSC_8447Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

06-DSC_8454Someone was usually at the Jenga when I took my camera for a walk.

07-DSC_8458Enjoying the beach.





12-DSC_8476On my way back to the concert a new person was at the Jenga game.

13-DSC_8479Balsam Range

14-DSC_8481A beautiful sky after supper.



17-DSC_8487The closing concert of the day was The Del McCoury Band.


It was another delightful day of relaxing music.

Food & Bluegrass

Saturday, July 12 ~ At Jakey & Crystal’s (our niece) new house.

Bluegrass and Food (1)I took only a few pictures of the delicious food.

Bluegrass and Food (2)Every couple brought a dish or two.

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Bluegrass and Food (6)There was a light rain after supper, so they began pickin’ and singin’ in the garage.

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Bluegrass and Food (11)We all enjoyed watching Bryson crawling on his hands and feet.

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Bluegrass and Food (13)I don’t think this is the first time he helped his daddy (our nephew Bryan) play guitar. 🙂

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Bluegrass and Food (15)Mamma Leslie was nearby to make sure he was okay.

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Bluegrass and Food (17)Bryan surprised his dad (Cerwin’s brother) and went to Virginia to bring Elvin’s friend Luther to this special evening. Luther is blind, and an amazing guitar player and singer.

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Bluegrass and Food (26)Elvin was also surprised to see two of his bluegrass friends from New Jersey (center – banjo and guitar).

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Bluegrass and Food (25)Cerwin and his brother, Elvin, singing.

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Bluegrass and Food (31)It was a delightful, relaxing evening.

Bluegrass and Food (32)Super moon was coming over the horizon as we prepared to go home.

York-Adams Chapter ~ TFC Dinner Concert

Saturday Evening, April 12

1 (1)We arrived early to set up the projector and display table.

When we were finished with the setup, I had opportunity to photograph the pretty flowers on each table.

1 (4)They were donated by Cremer Florist, Hanover, Pennsylvania.

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1 (5)Then I checked out the silent auction ~ and did some bidding of my own. However, I was outbid on every item on which I placed a price. 🙂

1 (6)There were delicious-looking baked goods. Cerwin thought he wanted the apple pie (third from right) ~ and bid on it several times ~ but somebody wanted it more than him and kept bidding higher. I think it went for $30.00!

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1 (8)Marie and Grace were in charge of the silent auction and pleased that its benefit to TFC was $574.00.

2 (1)Bill ~ the chapter’s contact person ~ welcomed the 190 people in attendance just before the meal.

2 (2)He mentioned that the evening was a special honor to Jim (photo left) the former contact person who was killed last fall when his ultra-light plane crashed.

2 (3)Pastor Larry from East Berlin gave the invocation.

2 (4)The Dover Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary cooked and served an incredibly delicious ham and roast beef meal.

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3 (1)Following the meal we were blessed by delightful gospel music by Choraliers & Pearl.

3 (2)Left to right, Carol, Kim, Dorothy, and Pearl.

Carol and Dorothy are sisters. Pearl is their mother. Kim is a family friend.

3 (3)Mark (brother to Carol and Dorothy) and his wife Jamie.

3 (4)Carol and Tim’s daughter, Hannah, was on stage for one song. Tim was in back of the room running the sound system.

3 (5)Brian presented a challenging message ~ reminding us that we (the church) are the “bride of Christ.”

He gave a visual that has stayed with me ~ of a careless bride with uncombed hair and a tattered dress ~ saying there isn’t a bride in the world who would stand before her groom like that.

Yet we are often careless about our soul and spiritual appearance, wanting only to be coddled and entertained, and instead of serving the King of Kings with dedication, faithfulness, and humility, we allow bitterness, jealously, and all kinds of other emotions to take over our lives.

3 (6)Pastor Larry and his son played two songs before the Choraliers came back on stage for the closing songs.

3 (7)It was a delicious, delightful, refreshing, and challenging evening.