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Anni Blog October 2, 2017

Hello to All! I’m writing this ahead of time once AGAIN… & doing so happily, the reason being that Eric (my better half) & I are taking time off to hike the mountains of Maine during my favorite time of year, from Sept 30th through Columbus Day Weekend. You’ll read this as I’m singing the praises of the outdoors, as I so often do. I’ll have stories to share on the flip side, I’m certain. When I get back home, I hit the ground runnin’ with LOTS to do on stage & off. TWO inspiring fundraising events in October folks… Please check out the details in the Target Section for these: October 15th in Falmouth (ME) & October 28th in Brunswick (ME)… the latter being a long awaited “under the song tree” reunion with fellow songwriters Dan Merrill & Lynn Deeves! At the start of November, I return to 2 fave venues not played in a while: Gather (Yarmouth ME) on November 1st & Elements (Biddeford ME) on November 4th. It’s gonna be a fantastic fall… & FYI, I continue to share my music in many Senior Living Centers & Veterans’ Homes in Maine… many of these concerts are for residents only, so I only list the “public” venues below… without furthers, here’s all the news, in this order:

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)


SEPT 30 thru OCT 9: Eric & Anni’s Maine Mountains Adventure!

THURS, OCT 12 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 6PM
     (Bill Umbel’s 60th Birthday! PAHDY!)
FRI, OCT 13 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM
SUN, OCT 15 / Falmouth ME Congregational Church - 2 to 4PM
     Fundraiser Concert for Warrior Songs Creative Arts Retreat
     featuring Anni Clark, The Saccarappa Boys & friends…
     DONATE online if you can't make the concert!
FRI, OCT 27 / Woodfords Club / Portland ME / 7PM
     Open to Public / Suggested Donation $10
SAT, OCT 28 / UU Church / Brunswick ME / 7PM
     An under the song tree Concert Reunion
     featuring Dan Merrill, Anni Clark & Lynn Deeves!
     “Concerts for a Cause” Fundraiser for local charities
     DONATE online if you can't make the concert!
WED, NOV 1 / Gather / Yarmouth ME / 6:30PM
SAT, NOV 4 / Elements Books, Beer & Music / Biddeford ME / 8PM
     (Coffeehouse Vibe… DONATIONS in lieu of door fee)
THURS, NOV 9 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 7PM
FRI, NOV 10 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

THURSDAY / OCTOBER 12th (& NOVEMBER 9th) / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 6PM / 207-591-0117… Lenny’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. October 12th is Bill’s 60th birthday… I’m gonna start at 6PM that night to start celebrating early! (I’ll start at 7PM on November 9th.) So happy to be part of the family here, playing once a month… 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.

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 13th (& NOVEMBER 10th) / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… EVERY TIME I play here we all have such a great time! I play 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 home to me. The food’s great, the view’s inspiring, the people are wicked friendly & my voice floats nicely in this room. You might consider calling in a reservation for dinner… I’ve seen some pretty packed nights in here! Here’s the Toddy Brook website.

SUNDAY / OCTOBER 15th / FUNDRAISER CONCERT FOR WARRIOR SONGS (** / FALMOUTH ME CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH / 2 TO 4PM… featuring Anni Clark, The Saccarappa Boys & Friends… PLEASE DONATE ONLINE if you can’t make the concert! **My good friend & Vietnam Veteran Bob Stakel is coordinating this fundraiser & he is in direct contact with The Warrior Songs project founder, Jason Moon. Jason is a veteran who served in Iraq. He found reintegration into home life a daunting & at times overwhelming task. Having survived a couple attempts to end his life, he found salvation in reaching out to other PTSD Veterans with his music. He writes his own songs & helps other veterans share their own stories through songs, then records these songs & distributes FREE CD’s to ALL veterans who want them! He also helps to raise money to send veterans, free of charge, to healing retreats where some of these songs are born. ALL PROCEEDS from sales & donations at our concert (& those made online with “Maine Fundraiser” noted) will help to send 15 veterans with PTSD to a 4 day creative healing arts retreat in Racine, Wisconsin this December! Learn more about the retreat here. Donations will be matched up to $1,000. I am moved & humbled by Bob’s reaching out to make this happen. I hope to see some of you at this event… PLEASE share the links here to help us pack the church & to encourage others who can’t make it to donate online.

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 27th / WOODFORDS CLUB / PORTLAND ME / 7PM… My 7PM show is open to the pubic, but the dinner prior to the concert is for Woodfords Club members only. Suggested donations for the show are $10. This is a really fun space… the stage & setting remind me of shows in which I performed in the early days in school & local community halls. I am truly looking forward to performing here. New venues are fun to find, for both performer & listeners alike!

SATURDAY / OCTOBER 28th / UU CHURCH / BRUNSWICK ME / “UNDER THE SONG TREE” REUNION SHOW for “CONCERTS FOR A CAUSE” / 7:30PM… (“under the song tree” is the Dan Merrill, Anni Clark & Lynn Deeves Trio… we haven’t performed together in more than 10 years!!!) THIS will be a stellar evening for a stellar cause… ink it on your calendars! It’s a fundraiser for local charities…( if you can’t make the show, click the link & donate via the UU Church anyway!) We 3 are REALLY psyched to put our voices & instruments back together for this one. Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door / $6 for students & kids. You can purchase tickets by phone at 207-729-8515, buy them in person at Gulf of Maine Books OR purchase online right here. So, a big shout out to all you under the song tree fans… let’s unite to make this one for the history books.

WEDNESDAY / NOVEMBER 1st / GATHER / YARMOUTH ME / 6:30PM / 207-847-3250… an upscale yet laid back & earthy place to gather, eat & imbibe in local fare, inclusive of the music they offer. Acoustic nights only happen on the 1st Wednesday of the month now… your support helps to keep the music happening. (Bluegrass Sunday Brunch is still a weekly event, last I heard.) 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… trust me, this place is always busy… so if you don’t score a reservation, come early to be guaranteed a seat. Here’s the website.

SATURDAY / NOVEMBER 4th / ELEMENTS BOOKS, BEER & MUSIC / BIDDEFORD ME / 8PM / 207-710-2011… If you’re a fan of intimate spaces where artist & audience can easily connect, this is the place for you. It is DEFINITELY the place for ME… it feels like performing in a familiar living room with added perks…the food offerings are eclectic & healthy & YES, they have beer & wine. Performers are paid by donations & a percentage of food & bar sales… so bring your friends, eat, drink, sing along & make our collaborative evening a big success… I ALWAYS look forward to this one! Here’s their website.

THURSDAY / NOVEMBER 9th / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 6PM / 207-591-0117… (see October 12th for details.)

FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 10th / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… (see October 13th for details)

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I can’t pretend that there aren’t events close to home & around the globe that are heavy on my mind in recent months. My natural tendency is to look for the silver lining, think positive, keep a stiff upper lip & move steady on… while reaching out to those in need in any way I can whenever, wherever I can. I admit to feeling helpless to help at times… I see pictures of Puerto Rico & the islands all through the Caribbean… I cry & I pray. When communication allows, I check in with friends in these places… also in Texas, Florida & along the Atlantic seaboard, where hurricanes have wrecked havoc for far too many. I see wildfires changing & taking lives in parts of our country & I see horrifying pictures of earthquake victims in Mexico… & I think, what can I do? Then there’s that BIG question of “what’s happening in North Korea?” In all those war torn areas in too many countries? AND…

I don’t sleep well when I can’t stop seeing & thinking things in my head… then I remind myself if I don’t take care of ME, I can’t be good for anybody else anyway… so I try to keep doing those things that make me healthy & happy… which, luckily, includes sharing my music & my stories with people. Often, I get to share my musical & story telling gifts with people who ARE in need… like Maine Veterans & Senior Citizens who are lonely, scared, in pain, or maybe dying soon. I feel a little less helpless to help when I share myself in this way. The fact that I am part of 2 big fundraising concerts in the month of October also brings me a little bit of peace; more importantly, I hope it brings some peace to those who need it more than I.

One of the things I do to keep myself healthy & happy is to spend a lot of time outdoors. As messed up as things seem to be at times, just taking a walk, climbing a mountain or riding my bike allows me the chance to see that our planet can still be beautiful & the soul can still find moments for rejuvenation. I will embark on my fall hiking adventure with Eric with my heart open to resilience & ready to rejoice in witnessing the wonder of the outdoors.. I will sing one for ALL people from the top of each mountain & I will carry those in need with me in my heart as I climb.

Here’s hoping I see many of you during my “Roctober Ramblings”… be the best that you can be, keep a stiff upper lip & share a song & a story when you can. I’ll watch for y’all along the way. Thanks for staying tuned…


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27 - Woodfords Club - Portland ME - 7PM
     open to public: suggested donation $10
28 - "Under the Song Tree" Reunion Concert! - UU Church - Brunswick ME - 7:30PM
     Dan Merrill, Anni Clark & Lynn Deeves reunite after more than 10 years!
     This is a fundraiser for local charities, a “Concerts for a Cause” Event
     Tix are $12 advance / $15 @ door / $6 students & kids
     Tix by phone @ 207-729-8515 or @ Gulf of Maine Books
     OR online here

1 - Gather - Yarmouth ME - 6:30PM - 207-847-3250
4 - Elements - Biddeford ME - 8PM - 207-710-2011
9 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0117
20 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100

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