After Saturday night’s concert, the party back at the hotel lasted well into the wee hours. I don’t remember going to bed or getting up – I only remember inexplicably finding myself at the crack of dawn attempting to give a 90 minute workshop.
We had 4 workshops planned this year, but Stacy Hobbs had to bow out at the last minute – once again due to Florida hurricane activity and his required presence for his insurance company job. See ya this October, pal! Meanwhile, our own hurricane-level activities began with back-to-back classes by Andy Wahlberg and Claude Laflamme. I overlapped these gentlemen in a second room. Here we are, bright eyed and bushy tailed, dispensing obvious wisdom:
And rapt attendees:
After lunch out and about in the charming town of Milford, we convened back at the church for our Sunday afternoon concert. We call it a “recital” as it is more casual and less structured, with many new and seasoned players asked to perform. Besides last night’s features (shown last blog), we were treated to:
We were thrilled that Muriel Anderson (who had a Fri/Sat commitment) could join us for the day. I love that our photographer, CHGP Chuck Thompson managed to catch her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it mid-song lever-flip.
I love it when we include a spur-of-the-moment, unrehearsed duet. This year, Stephen Bennett joined Kinloch Nelson in his wonderful “Oops, I played the 45 record at slow speed, but it’s cool!” arrangement of “Apache.”
You do not want to miss the Harp Guitar Gathering’s 15th Anniversary in Southern California.
We have epic plans in the works.
In fact, folks are starting to plan one and two week California vacations around it…
…with the whole family!
(we’re working on the pets part…)
I’d like to continue now with the close of HGG14, so I can emotionally move on (again, seriously!):
And so, we cleaned up after the concert (thanks for all who helped), sped back to the hotel and enjoyed our final banquet. We didn’t get many photos of evening (we were all too pooped, hungry and thirsty!) – but again, much merriment and music ensued on the group’s final night.
(Above photos were all by Chuck Thompson, the following are all from Linda and/or Joe Morgan)
After Monday’s breakfast (with some attendees having disappeared during the night back to their humdrum lives), those long and painful goodbyes began and never seemed to end. Here’s Steve & Vickie Farmer, Bob & Carol Hartman, Bets & Dan, Ed & Sally Dowling, with Linda Morgan in front.
After an even longer (and painful) Board Meeting (sadly, this Gathering and non-profit doesn’t run itself), the stragglers did various errands and ended up at the Bennett’s for some well-earned rest.
Tuesday morning, having said our farewells to Frank and Benoit, we had a final day for something special. The Bennetts had offered to take us to see the new home they’re building near Litchfield, an hour or so north – seemingly in the middle of nowhere, or in this case, a little slice of heaven.
The Bennetts, Morgans and Jaci & I – and a cast of thousands – will hopefully see you in October for another milestone!