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Anni Blog September 1, 2016

Hello to All! Without spilling the beans in this section, I DO need to tell you that I have BIG NEWS to share this month… to find out what’s up, you’ll have to read the Cerebral Wanderings Section. I’ve had a lot of last minute changes on my schedule this time around, so if you highlighted dates in the August News, revisit this current list to see if anything has changed. Speaking of changes… the trees here in Maine are beginning to show their fall colors, little by little now, especially up north. Here comes our special time in New England… such a grand display, not far away. Meanwhile, I have a lot of details & links to share, so I’ll get right to those details & my Cerebral Wanderings in this order:

1. THE SEPT / OCT SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)
2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

1. THE SEPT / OCT SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)

FRI, SEPT 2 / Biddeford-Saco Country Club / Saco ME / 6:30PM
BIG Apologies from the venue (they double booked!)

SAT, SEPT 10 / The Village Coffeehouse / New Gloucester ME / 7:30PM

SAT, SEPT 17 / Swan River House Concerts / West Dennis MA / 5PM
This event has been moved to November 5th
Reservations strongly urged

SAT, SEPT 24 / Colebrook Country Club / Colebrook NH / 7PM
FRI, SEPT 30 / Ocean Pizza / Old Orchard Beach ME / 7PM
SAT, OCT 1 / Elements Book, Beer & Music / Biddeford ME / 8PM
FRI, OCT 7 / JJ’s / Old Orchard Beach ME / 6:30PM
FRI, OCT 21 / Ocean Pizza / Old Orchard Beach ME / 7PM
FRI, OCT 28 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

I’ve been aware of this venue for quite some time but it took a while for me to catch up to the right person to land a gig here. I am certain it’ll be worth the wait. Spacious room with views of the grounds, great food I am told & the patrons sure do like to enjoy life & each other. I was down there for a spell one afternoon & ran into all kinds of people I know… I hope you all come out for this one, my debut here. I got a feeling this is only the beginning. I play 3 sets, 6:30 to 9:30… come early, have dinner, stay late… here’s their [website]. I’LL POST THE SPRING DATE SOON! (No music here Oct. to March.)

SATURDAY / SEPTEMBER 10th / THE VILLAGE COFFEEHOUSE / NEW GLOUCESTER ME / 207-726-3260 / 7:30PM… it’s been way too long since I played here! Seven years to be exact. Guess I got the itch. This is such a sweet, intimate venue, supported & well loved by the community around it. The concerts take place at the First Congregational-Christian Church at 19 Gloucester Hill Road. It’s been renovated & beautifully kept up since I first played there way back when. Oftentimes, they have a wine tasting at The Village Store down the road before the show, starting at 5:30ish. I’ll keep you posted on that. I am honored to be opening their fall/winter season this year (no concerts in the summer.) Tickets at the door are $10… if you want more info, you can call Julie Fralich at the phone number listed above. You can get directions & more at their [website].

THIS DATE HAS CHANGED: SATURDAY / SEPTEMBER 17th is NOW booked for NOVEMBER 5th, same info / SWAN RIVER HOUSE CONCERTS / WEST DENNIS MA / 5PM / 802-233-5319… RESERVATIONS ONLY… there are only 25 seats! OMG, I am so psyched for THIS one! Here’s what $20 includes: Apps at 5:30 (BYOB)… A one hour concert at 6:30… & DINNER at 7:45! This is the creative brainchild of my old friend & fellow songwriter Linda Cullum, who once lived in Yarmouth (my home town) many moons ago. She tells a great story about our coming together back in the 70’s at this [link] that gives you more info & the magic portal to snag a seat. You can call or text Linda as well at the above number. Once you book a seat, she’ll make sure you know how to get there. By the way, I’ve seen many photos taken from Linda’s deck… trust me, you will want to be here… it’ll be a magic night for sure. Oh & Linda will open the show with a few songs of her own!!! SWEET…

SATURDAY / SEPTEMBER 24th / COLEBROOK COUNTRY CLUB / COLEBROOK NH / 7PM / 603-237-9302 or 603-246-8998 for info... This is a Great North Woods Committee for the Arts (GNWCA) Production. I always look forward to getting back here. This will be my third show with these kind folks & per usual, it’ll be up close & personal, with a relaxed coffeehouse vibe. The foliage should be at peak, so I plan on taking my hiking boots. Maybe y’all should consider the same. Last time through, my pal Sarah & I had a wonderful hike up to Table Rock in Dixville Notch… what a view. Reminds me of old times when a lot of us fun lovin’ people worked one way or another at The Balsams. The beauty of this area never ceases to amaze me. Here's the link to The GNWCA. Yippee!

FRIDAY / SEPTEMBER 30th (& OCTOBER 21st) / OCEAN PIZZA / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-2900… one of several close-to-my-home faves; yet THIS ONE has one feature that all the others do not… Pam (the owner, French chef extraordinaire, all around warm & wonderful person & lover of life) will NOT allow any cover tunes to be played here! Yep, you read that right, folks… it’s ALL ANNI TUNES here… which is brilliant in so many ways… but for ME? I get to run through my catalogue of originals, dust off the ones in the library that may be on the back burner of my brain & re-experience all those songs I haven’t been performing in rooms where covers need to be part of the mix. Fabulous idea & so much fun. And the food? Pam stole her Grandma’s recipes before she crossed over from France to the US (& lucky US, in OOB!) If you ain’t tried it, the time is now… here’s their [website].

SATURDAY / OCTOBER 1st / ELEMENTS / BIDDEFORD ME / 8PM / 207-710-2011… I had heard wonderful things about this Bookstore / Cafe / Concert Venue, so I went to check it out when my pal Jim Gallant was performing… LOVED IT, so I made contact with the gal who books the shows & we booked my debut in June (this past June.) October 1st will be my 2nd time performing here & I can’t wait! If you’re a fan of intimate spaces where artist & audience can easily connect, this is the place for you. The food offerings are eclectic & healthy & YES, they have beer & wine. Performers are paid by tips & a percentage of food & bar sales… so bring your friends, eat, drink, sing along & maybe find “The Heart of Saturday Night” (that’s a song, by the way)… Here’s their [website].

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 7th / JJ’S EATERY / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 6:30PM / 207-934-0222… this is a fave hang for the locals, including yours truly. I play every OTHER 1st Friday & I always arrive with bells on, as they say. (I actually DID pick somebody up at the airport once with bells on, cos I told ‘im I’d do that… I’ve been known to do weirder things. Yet, I digress…) If you’ve not been to JJ’s yet, I’m scratchin’ my head & shakin’ my finger at you! This is an all ages hang with great food & beverages & a fun, dedicated staff. I suggest y’all come early & stay late! Here’s their [website].

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 21st / OCEAN PIZZA / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-2900… (see SEPTEMBER 30th for details.)

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 28th / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… This is a Golf Club Venue & Restaurant with a small bar area & lots of windows in the room where I’ll be singin’. EVERY TIME I play here is such a great time! So Chris (the owner) & I have decided we need to keep doing it. I’m a Yarmouth native… this spot is just over the town line in N Yarmouth, but it feels like home to me. The food’s great, the view’s inspiring, the people are wicked friendly & my voice floats nicely in this room… Check out Toddy Brook [here].

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I am writing on the first day of school for many. It feels a little weird to be sitting here writing… After 12 years of teaching school, 11 of those years in the Saco School District, I have decided it’s time to move into Act 3 of my life! I was officially retired in July. There are many things about school that I will miss, many that I won’t (like having to get up at 5AM every day.) BUT, there are soooo many things that I have missed doing during the 12 years I’ve been teaching… so it’ll all even out in the coming months as I find my way into my new open ended life. I feel a bit like I’m flying, looking around, seeing things in a new light. The view is inspiring.

It’s been a fun summer, knowing that come today I would have the option to do whatever felt good, instead of getting the school bags ready & the school clothes back on. I plan on spending the afternoon with 3 other retired teacher friends who really “get it” & understand that feeling of… freedom to think outside the box, freedom to get back to a self that, for me, lay dormant in some ways. I realize that the muse inside me has been sleeping & is now fully awake. I’ve been writing more lyrics & feeling more connected to the creative parts of me. I am bursting with ideas of what I might like to do, where I might like to go, who I want to go visit! The sky’s the limit, as they say. I can definitely say that there’s been a giddiness bubbling within (more than usual, that is)… & I can share that there are times of sharing bubbly libations when the mood strikes… here’s a picture of me popping some bubbly on the steps of the home I shared with my family during the last week of July… some of them had yet to learn the news that I had retired, so it was a perfect time & place to celebrate…

I am singing “Hallelujah! No More Schooljah!” Can you see that?

I have a lot of great shows lined up that will take me to places I haven’t been in a while… in between singing & playing my guitar, I will visit friends in VT, NH, ME, on Nantucket & maybe in the Berkshires. I’ll be hiking a lot more this fall, a season I have missed… having been inside 5 days a week during September & October… my favorite months of the year here. The beautiful thing is that I don’t have to know everything today. I am learning to be open, flexible, spontaneous. I am quiet & on fire at the same time… a nice combination of me-ness. I’ll take it.

So, as the months unfold, I hope to see many of you along the way… either at a show, on a mountaintop, wherever… as always, I am truly appreciative of your continued tuning in to my ramblings, cerebral & otherwise. Send me a thumbs up as I venture into Act 3 of this crazy & wonderful life of mine. I’ll watch for you along the way.


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30 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900

1 - Elements (Books Beer & Music) - Biddeford ME - 8PM - 207-710-2011
7 - JJ’s Eatery - Old Orchard Beach ME - 6:30PM - 207-934-0222
21 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900
28 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100

5 - Swan River House Concerts - W Dennis MA (Cape Cod) - 5:00PM
     RESERVATIONS ONLY! ONLY 25 SEATS… $20 includes:
     Apps on the deck @ 5:30, One Hour Concert @ 6:30, Dinner @ 7:45!
     BYOB… Click [here] for more info & reservations
     This is at my songwriter friend Linda Cullum’s house… she will open the show!

18 - Ocean Pizza - 7PM - 207-934-2900

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