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Anni Blog March 1, 2017

Hello to All! March… I always begin to “let go of winter” in March, even though it’s askin’ for trouble to do so if you live here in Maine. I have vivid recollections of more than a few sizable March & April snow storms… having to pull the shovel back out after storing it away for a hopeful many months. The spring equinox falls on Monday, March 20th & we set our clocks ahead about a week before that, zeroing in on Daylight Savings Time once again… but I still have a winter story to finish… & you can find it in the Cerebral Wanderings Section. You can also find my gig schedule for the next couple months… all the news, in this order:

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

1. THE MARCH / APRIL SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)

SUN, MARCH 5 / Pettingill School Park Benefit Concert/ 1PM
     Franco American Heritage Center / Lewiston ME
     (with Denny Breau, Dave Rowe & many others!)
FRI, MARCH 10 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM
SAT, MARCH 11 / The Cowbell / Biddeford ME / 7PM
THURS, MARCH 16 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 7PM
SUN, MAR 19 / Midcoast U U Fellowship / Damariscotta ME / 10:30AM
WED, MARCH 22 / Gather / Yarmouth ME / 6:30PM
FRI, APRIL 7 / JJ’s / Old Orchard Beach ME / 6:30PM
THURS, APRIL 13 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 7PM
FRI, APRIL 14 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

SUNDAY / MARCH 5th / PETTINGILL SCHOOL PARK BENEFIT CONCERT / FRANCO AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER / LEWISTON ME / 1 to 4PM / Top notch Maine performers unite to raise awareness & funds for the outdoor performance space created in Lewiston to commemorate the late great Lenny Breau... When Lenny’s brother, my friend & fellow performer Denny Breau called me on this one, there was no hesitation. He has chosen a fun musical theme celebrating the music of the 60’s Folk Music Scene… so all performers will be pulling out some familiar gems to share with the audience, hoping to prompt some spontaneous collaboration amongst both audience & performers… sounds like a wonderful way to share a few hours of music & good vibes, doesn’t it? The concert will take place in the downstairs venue at The Franco Center at 46 Cedar Street. Tickets are $15 per person & are available on the Franco Center website here. For more info, you can also contact Bill Maroldo of Friends of Pettingill at 207-795-1386 and/or visit their Facebook page here. If you aren’t able to make the concert, you can still donate to the park on their Facebook page..

FRIDAY / MARCH 10th (& APRIL 14th) / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… EVERY TIME I play here we all have such a great time! In 2017, I’ll be playing EVERY 2nd FRIDAY, every month. I’m a Yarmouth native… this spot is just over the town line in N Yarmouth, but it feels like Yarmouth to me. The food’s great, the view’s inspiring, the people are wicked friendly & my voice floats nicely in this room. FEB. 10th is a FULL MOON, so views will be especially enticing… consider calling in a reservation… I’ve seen some pretty packed nights in here! Here’s the Toddy Brook website.

SATURDAY / MARCH 11th / THE COWBELL / BIDDEFORD ME / 7PM / 207-284-2355… I played here for the first time in December, had a blast, so I’m goin’ back. This place has an immediate aesthetic appeal… lots of wood & open space, the food is awesome & the staff is friendly & funny. They call themselves “The Cowbell Burger Bar” for good reason… specializing in gourmet, design-your-own burgers, they also have vegetarian & GF options. Almost right across from the Happy Dragon, this new addition to Biddeford’s Main Street is easy to find & really worth checking out… Here’s a link to The Cowbell.

THURSDAY / MARCH 16th (& APRIL 13th) / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 7PM / 207-591-0117… ILenny’s is on Rt. 302 at the old Al Hawkes Plaza… you know, with the guy out front swinging a tool box? Bill Umbel created this eclectic, down-to-earth venue, named it in honor of the late, great Lenny Breau & he’s booking a line up of some of the best acoustic players around…. so happy to be joining the family! Remember the old Raoul’s on Forest Ave in Portland? (Heck, I had 3 CD Release parties there… STILL MISS IT!) Well, I told Bill that Lenny’s reminds me of “a small Raoul’s”… the vibe here pulls you in & hugs you… feels like home. Grab some pals & head over… bring your appetite for food & music both. Here’s a link to Lenny’s.

SUNDAY / MARCH 19th / MIDCOAST U U FELLOWSHIP / DAMARISCOTTA ME / 10:30AM… The U U Fellowship meets in the auditorium of the Skidompha Library, entering from the Elm Street entrance (not Main Street.) I’ll be performing music throughout the Sunday worship service, which begins at 10:30AM. Several times during the year, this gathering includes guest songwriters & musicians from a variety of geographical locations. I am honored to share some songs with this community in such a soulful way. People begin to gather around 10AM & they stay after the service for refreshments & conversation. The preacher in attendance that day will be Rev. Mark Glovin. Please refrain from using perfumes & aftershave when you join us here… & let us celebrate the coming of spring!.

WEDNESDAY / MARCH 22nd / GATHER / YARMOUTH ME / 6:30PM / 207-847-3250… an upscale yet laid back place to imbibe in local fare, inclusive of the music they offer. Gather is set in my home town, right there on Main Street near the Rt 1 overpass. This used to be the Masonic Hall way back when… the stage where I performed several times as a much younger self is now an open air kitchen, where tasty, eye appealing menus are created 6 days a week. Reservations can be taken for parties of 6 or more… I recommend you “Gather” your friends mid-week to celebrate hump day & to support local foods & local music. I LOVE singing here… you can help to keep the Wednesday music nights alive & well by stepping out for a mid-week adventure. They DO take reservations, but only for parties of 6 or more. Here’s the website.

FRIDAY / APRIL 7th / JJ’S EATERY / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 6:30PM / 207-934-0222… have you BEEN HERE yet? This is a fave year round hang for the locals, including yours truly. I play every other 1st Friday & I always arrive with bells on, as they say. It’s an all ages friendly venue with great food & beverages… a fun spot to celebrate anything, everything or nothing at all! I suggest y’all come early & stay late… Here’s their website.

THURSDAY / APRIL 13th / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK / 7PM / 207-591-0117… (see MARCH 16th for details.)

FRIDAY / APRIL 14th / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… (see MARCH 10th for details.)

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On December 30th, 2016, I walked through an Enchanted Forest behind my condo in Old Orchard Beach after a real good snow… I was mesmerized, almost breathless at the quiet beauty. I captured the morning light reaching like fingers through endless rows of trees laden with fresh snow in a 33 second video. I posted a link to the video at the top of the January & February News that goes out to my “A List” subscribers. The link did not appear on the home page of the website… until now.

I am hearing that some of my A List folks missed the link or just didn’t find time to check it out… here it is:


Today, looking back, I am feeling like an inner voice directed me to shoot that video on December 30th. About 6 weeks later, I snowshoed back there after another big snow storm. I had visions of another sparkling white winter wonderland… instead, I found a huge clear cut where my magic kingdom existed only weeks before. I was devastated. I’ve been walking, biking, snowshoeing & cross country skiing out there for 26 years. Now, another development will replace what was once a source of solace & joy for me & my neighbors. No, it’s not my land… yes, I knew that most probably someday this would happen. I’ve been lucky to have this in my backyard all these years… but ultimately, something special is now gone… forever. Here’s what I saw 6 weeks after I shot my little video:

"February Clearcut”

“Where Once I Walked Through Maine’s Winter Wonderland”

Some call new development a sign of progress… I agree with that up to an extent. So why do I keep hearing Joni Mitchell in my head? “They paved paradise & put up a parking lot…” & “They took all the trees & put ‘em in a tree museum…” & I hear Pete Seeger singing “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” Maybe I’m hearing these songs because I’m singing them on March 5th as part of a “Blowin’ in the Wind Benefit Concert” with Denny Breau & the gang… we’re fundraising to keep outdoor space alive & well at Pettingill School Park in Lewiston. All those 60’s & 70’s songwriters were looking ahead, warning us to value & protect Ma Nature. Private land & public land debates aside, it’s a sad day when you lose a forest… in my case, I’ve lost a long time friend.

There’s a NEW song I’m hearing in my head, too… it started bubbling up the day I shot my video… a tentative title is “When Winter Comes.” I know now I have to finish writing it. Songs can take us back when we’re missing something or someone & I know in my heart I’ll need to take that walk again. I want to remember that magical day in the woods behind my home. Life will always bring change, but it’s up to each us to make choices as to what we hold onto moving forward. I won’t forget.

Please don’t y’all forget that I continue to be thankful for your support. I appreciate your staying tuned in to my ramblings… I am always hoping to see you, connect with you along the way.


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22 - POSTPONED / New date TBA - Gather - Yarmouth ME - 6:30PM - 207-847-3250

7 - JJ’s - Old Orchard Beach ME - 6:30PM - 207-934-0222
13 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0177
14 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100

12 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100
18 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0177
19 - Biddeford Saco Country Club - 6:30PM - 207-282-9892

9 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100
10 - Elements - Biddeford ME - 8PM - 207-710-2011
15 - Noble House Inn - Bridgton ME - 6:30PM - 207-647-3733
     (Outdoors, weather permitting… bring a chair! Doors @ 6PM)
29 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0177
30 - Biddeford-Saco Country Club - Saco ME - 6:30PM - 207-282-9892

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