What a magnificent summer we have had! Full of friends, family and good times performing, with a few moments of rest and relaxation thrown in here and there! We had the opportunity to perform all over the northwest this year, and really enjoyed meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. Here is a little summary of our summer!
While Kathrina was at Cascadia Irish Fiddle Camp, the rest of us did get some actual vacation in Washington. We enjoyed visiting the Olympic National Park for the first time. I was surprised how much it reminded me of Glacier National Park!
We hiked along the breathtaking Hurricane Ridge and up the trail to Mt. Angelus!
We also managed to join Kathrina for the dance night at camp. We performed the Humors of Bandon during one of the breaks from the group dancing!
We enjoyed performing in Hoodsport on our way home.
Almost immediately we packed up for a musical mini-tour of Idaho and Montana. I always feel accomplished when we open the door and nothing falls out of the van!
Our first stop was Grace Bible Church in Hayden, ID. Amanda S. did a brilliant job of organizing the concert, including baking many yummy treats for everyone!
We enjoyed the hospitality of the D. family, especially getting to ride Elaina’s horse!
I loved how the dog seemed to “pose” for the photos too!
Sophia was so cute trying to catch the butterflies and stomp on the yellow jackets!
Noah had a good time playing Age of Empires and exchanging parkour moves with the boys!
The Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival put us up at Angler’s Lodge in Montana. The sunset was magnificent the evening we arrived, partly due to the smoke from distant fires.
This festival is one of our favorites! We enjoyed fantastic audiences, good sound-men and beautiful weather under the lovely shade trees of the Marcus Daly Mansion.
Sunday’s Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan is another highlight of the weekend. We usually walk into it with very little idea of what we should do – except that Be Thou My Vision will be requested, but we always get the program arranged and everyone is blessed!
Pastor Saunders giving the message
When I think of how the tartan was once illegal in Scotland, and how hard the clans worked to preserve their heritage I am inspired. It is always sends tingles down my spine when the clan chiefs lay their tartans at the front to be blessed.
From Hamilton we traveled up to Kallispell, MT to do a concert hosted by the lovely H. family. They took us to the Flathead river for the afternoon!
Noah decided to take the man challenge and jump about 18 feet off the bridge.
And then some of us girls had to try it too! Here is Kathrina jumping.
And me (Janna)
But we all survived to play at Buffalo Terrace that evening!
David and Amy H. gave a beautiful performance of Schindler’s List
A few days after getting home, we played at the Oregon State Fair for the first time!
This summer marked Noah’s first vocal solo song!
We also performed a 3-hand version of the Irish dance the Fairy Reel.
Labor Day weekend we played at Singer Hill Cafe in Oregon City for the first time! The living wall behind us created a most exceptional backdrop!
We had a great audience, including Homeschool Alumni folks who had come in early for the reunion to go to our concert. Some were from as far away as Florida.
We decided to perform our arrangement of “Concerning Hobbits/In Dreams” from the Lord of the Rings for the Homeschool Alumni Talent show.
We were thrilled to win 2nd place by audience vote! (And the people we voted for won 1st place, so they really were that good.)
In addition to playing with us, Kathrina participated in a spoof on Les Miserables for the talent show. The song was based on One Day More, except it was now One Date More and Kathrina took Eponine’s part as the marriage-minded public schooler who is feeling passed up!
We girls volunteered to play some extra music for the reunion, and were asked if we would be willing to play for part of the English Country Dance.
We were surprised how easy it actually was to play for English Country Dancing – no breakneck speeds like Irish Ceili dancing!
It was a lovely evening and a fantastic way to end the summer. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t performing more this winter!