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A long day in Irvington!

Sometimes we do nutty things like accept two gigs for a single date. And then months later, when that date rolls around, we look at each other and say: "This is insane. What were we thinking?"

So Saturday, Sept. 4…

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American Roots Music Concert

We were honored to be one of five musical acts selected this year to play as part of the American Roots Music Concert Series at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. 


Karen Jonas is my local indie singer/songwriter idol…

Pettigrew State Park

When I started writing this post, it was about 8:30 Saturday night, I was sitting in front of a campfire, a screech owl was whinnying very close by, the katydids were chirping, and I was kinda drunk off a beer…

Tour de Dads, part 6: Homeward Bound

On the way from Brattleboro, VT to Yorktown Heights, NY to see my godparents, we stopped in Northampton, MA to have lunch with my sister Elizabeth. We had not managed to overlap in our visits with Dad, but at least…

Tour de Dads, part 5: Brattleboro, VT

From my dad's place in Cumberland, ME, we drove to Brattleboro, VT. John had planned this segment of the trip because he wanted to see one of his favorite bands, NRBQ, in concert at the Stone Church. In the early…

Tour de Dads, part 4: southern Maine

Our goal was to leave New Paltz by 10 am, because we had at least 5.5 hours ahead of us to get to our next destination: Bradbury Mountain State Park, where we would be camping just north of my dad's…

Tour de Dads, part 3: New Paltz, NY

On Tuesday, June 29, we picked up breakfast sandwiches to go, and hit the road from Milford, PA to New Paltz, NY. Before leaving Milford, I snapped a pic of this festival poster on which the designer seemed to have…

Hammock camping for the first time

John took his son to the Outer Banks for the weekend, to celebrate his graduation from college. It seemed like a good time for me to try out hammock camping, in which John has no interest. But I have this…

Tour de Dads, part 2: Leesburg VA to Milford PA

Monday morning, June 28, we woke up after not a great night on not a great bed, noting to ourselves not to stay in that hotel again. I was hungry and scarfed down the cold pizza from the night before…

Tour de Dads, part 1: Richmond to Leesburg

Neither of us had been able to see our dads in over a year and a half. So we picked a week when we could make the long drive from Virginia to Maine via New York to see them both…

Farm to Garden

For Father's Day, we were hired to play for the brunch guests at Ditchley Cider Works near Kilmarnock. It's an hour and a half away, and we had to start playing at 11 am, so we left at 8:30 in…

Maiden voyage at Merchants Millpond

Last summer, I decided to get John a kayak for his birthday, which is in August. What better way to social distance during a pandemic than to get out on the water? But, I guess everyone else had the same…