Dear Chapter Members, I hope everyone is savoring their summer as we teeter at the midway point, August 1st. I love summer — perusing the local farmer’s market and coming home brimming with fresh produce to grill out; long bike rides, hikes in the fresh mountain air, or kayaking off the Islands. I also love it because it is filled with music festivals, outdoor concerts, and time to linger at the harp. Suspended time to fiddle around on the harp, whether it is maintenance I’ve been meaning to do, or just practicing. I find myself arranging songs or going back to basics in technic, when I’m not playing for weddings and church services, but it all seems more relaxed with the sun shining above (a little too much lately!). So enjoy your summer — break out the technic books; arrange a song or compose one; go to concerts like the Tristan Le Govic concert at the end of the month. Savor the moment. Robin
Wednesday, August 8 The Eastside harp circle meets the second Wednesday of the month from 11 am until 2 pm. For directions or more information, please contact Anna Jenkins email@example.com or Maria Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday, August 8 As I told you in my recent email, Martha Gallagher’s Seasons of the Harp online retreat begins. http://www.adkharper.com Saturday, August 11 The Olympia area harp circle meets from 2-4:30 on second Saturdays at the Tumwater Timberland Library. Please contact Jean at email@example.com for details and directions. Sunday, August 19 The Third Sunday Harp Circle meets at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 2- 4:30 pm. All styles of harps and ages of harpers welcome. Solo playing is encouraged but never required. For details contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org. August 20-24, Island Mountain Arts Harp & Cello School in Wells, British Columbia, Canada.Tristan LeGovic Sharlene Wallace. http://sharlenewallace.com/event/http-support-imarts-com-2018-summer-program/. Tuesday, August 28 8 PM House concert at Arborea Falls in Woodinville by Breton harperTristan Le Govic. You can arrive as early as 7 and picnic on the grounds! Originally from Brittany, Tristan Le Govic is one of the leading Celtic harpers today. During his time living in Ireland, then in Scotland, he developed a deep feeling for Celtic music. Singer, storyteller, virtuoso musician, his repertoire is both traditional and original. He regularly works with Celtic harpists such as Corrina Hewat, Rachel Hair, Ailie Robertson and Nikolaz Cadoret, as well as with singers, jazz musicians, bass and drums. Tristan is also the publisher of The Breton Harp Anthology, a unique collection of three music books featuring the best harpists in Brittany. $15 check or cash only. Please put the concert on your calendar. Please let me know you’re coming at email@example.com so we have enough chairs.