From the Editor
As the dog
days of summer endure, it’s hard to choose from the
myriad activities that abound. Some days, you must decide between three
or more family or community events. For instance, on Aug. 21, I can
either be at the beach, a family reunion or the Cascade Blues Association
picnic. What I probably will do is cut the beach trip short and attend
the family party, even though I hate to miss the fun at the picnic.
weekend, I was going to attend three functions on Sunday: Mass
Cecilia’s with my friend Jeannine and the barbecue at Our Lady of Peace
retreat house; my friend and PE writer Nico Wind’s new house warming/summer
party in Milwaukie; and the Joni Harms Canby park concert with friend new friend
Darla. The morning Mass was inspiring with new Irish priest Father Peter. The
annual barbecue was delicious, with delightful entertainment by Philippine
dancers and a police dog demonstration.
I then called
Nico to get directions to her new house from Beaverton. I proceeded
to get lost, stopped to get directions, got lost
again. Since I was running
late to get to Canby before 5:30, I decided to go to Nico’s after the concert
at 8. Country singer Joni Harms packed the park with eager fans who awaited the
performance in lawn chairs. Joni had her whole family in tow, including her young
son and daughter. They both did vocal solos, to the delight of the crowd. I went
back to Darla’s place, tried to call Nico, but no answer, so I just
went home. Needless to say, it was a long day anyway!
My girlfriend Mary was in town this week from New York with her
musician boyfriend John. I took them to Beale Street NW for
some great barbecue and
tunes by Katherine
Grimm, a band from LA. I must say, most of our local bands are better.
The barbecued spare ribs and cornbread were the best though!
Since John wanted
to sing, we
decided to go to the Farm House for some Karaoke. The music didn’t start ‘til
9, so I decided to take them to the Tillicum, where Norman Sylvester was performing.
You certainly can’t miss with Norman and his band! And tonight was no exception.
In fact, he invited John up to sing Mustang Sally! John was in seventh heaven
and is a fabulous singer.
Dean and I were anxious to check out the 24th Annual Mt. Hood Jazz
Fest, a free event this year. In a new spot this year, where
the Gresham Center
will be built, we found a shady spot near one lone tree. A tribute to
Eddie Wied featured Richard Applegate, Pat George, Herbie Hall
and Jean Ronne
was a pleasant
listening experience. My favorite though was Annette Lowman, with her
deep sultry vocals.
KT, Carrie and I trekked out to Tippy Canoe for Shirley Sanders’ farewell
party. Sunset Red was in top form with Shirley at the helm with her powerful,
fine vocals. We are all sorry to see her leave!
Another top entertainer that’s leaving town is my favorite big band singer
Lily Wilde. She got a gig in Munich, Germany for four months! Then she and husband
Tom (also band arranger and keyboardist) are moving to Texas! Boo-hoo.
Don’t miss Barbara Cecil’s CD release party Sept. 9 at Jubitz. I
just heard that the lounge is now smoke-free. The pool room is glassed in, so
smokers are allowed to light up there. See you there!
time....................Bonnie Carter, ed