ART AND LIT

Bringing Beauty to the Community: Lake County’s Youth Poet Laureate

The late spring sun still sits high in the sky when people begin showing up, parking their cars in the walnut orchard, and walking towards Gary and Pam Mae’s barn. Outside, people sip on glasses of wine and chat with old friends. There’s a hint of anticipation in the air. Georgina Marie, Lake County’s current Poet Laureate, makes her way through the crowd, talking with people and sharing in their excitement. Lake County’s about to get something new: A Youth Poet Laureate.

Lake County Music Guide – 5.19.22

This week’s activities should run the gamut between Shredding and a Car Show, with lots of live music events scrunched up in between. With Friday, Saturday and Sunday predicting good weather, the outdoor events are stacking up, while the indoor ones are gonna be just as busy. Enough prattle – here’s the live music schedule for the week of May 19th through May 23rd…

Lake County Music Guide – 5.12.22

This week’s activities should run the gamut between Shredding and a Car Show, with lots of live music events scrunched up in between. With Friday, Saturday and Sunday predicting good weather, the outdoor events are stacking up, while the indoor ones are gonna be just as busy. Enough prattle – here’s the live music schedule for the week of May 12th through May 16th…

Lake County Music Guide 5.4.22

It’s the week of Cinco de Mayo and I just uncorked a bottle of Smiling Dogs’s 2017 Zin and I’m all ready to create and post this week’s live music guide. Whoa – good stuff, Maynard! I’m still buzzin’ from the Big Jam that happened at The Riv this last Sunday night – some over the top jam sessions that completely highlighted an evening of great performances. By the end of the night, nobody was sitting… Dayaaaaamn! Anyways, this next week is gonna prove to be another excellent week to get out and check out our local live music, (be sure to bring a small empty wrinkled lunch bag in case of sudden bouts with hyperventilating…). Here’s the live music schedule for the week of 5/4 through 5/9…

Small Town Ceramics: Take a Break from it All

Small Town Ceramics is a small, local business where people can paint pre-made ceramics and they do the firing. A person can come in, look around the shelves, find something that speaks to them, paint it then have it fired. I did that exact thing, still looking through the overwhelmingly many choices ranging from ceramic animals, bowls, platters, mugs, and more, waiting for an unpainted ceramic to speak to me. After some time searching, I found it: two little turtles. 

Lake County Music Guide 4.28.22

I watched The Bee Gees special on PBS the other night. When it comes to vocal harmonies, they rank up with some of the best; Everly Bros, Beach Boys, Beatles, Hollies and CSN, just to name a few – pretty much the top shelf… Even if you eliminate all their Disco era hits, they still have quite an extensive music catalogue, all written by the band. During a career that has spanned the better part of seven decades, they have accumulated seventeen #1 hits in the US alone. Pretty good stuff, Maynard… Anyways, we’ve got some pretty impressive music going on also this week in The LC and Mendo Co. Here’s the live music schedule for the week of 4/28 through 5/2…

A Rural Calling for Womanhood: In Honor of Women’s History Month

On March 1st, 2022, I was appointed for my second term as Lake County’s Poet Laureate. It just so happened to be the first day of Women’s History Month, and every day since my proclamation I have been reflecting on my voice and presence in this position. I’ve repeatedly expressed how rich of a literary community we have here in Lake County and when I say this, it includes writers of all genders, race and ethnicities, ages, and more. But if you attend a virtual or in-person writing gathering, you may notice there are more women present than men. It has become inevitable that countless, nameless women inspire me, and support me in return. Sure, there are some who criticize me, however, the genuine encouragement and kindness outweigh the negative.

Weaving Together the MAC and the Community

It’s a bright early Spring Saturday morning in Middletown. The warmish-cool breeze blows through the open doors of the MAC. Inside, the bright white-washed walls hold ever-changing themed art. The floor’s filled with chairs and people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s what art in any community does; it brings people together. David and I quietly find a seat in the back of the room and settle in. There’s a spirit of anticipation and expectation, but not like you would find at an art show. No, this is different. This is a calling to learn something both new and ancient, holy and practical. Quiet expectation fills the room.

Some Great News: The First Sunday Jam is Back!

Technically, the First Sunday Jam is an open mic, but don’t for a second think it’s the kind with poorly played guitar riffs sung by tone-deaf singers. Nope. This jam is made for musicians. John wanted a chance to play more with his friends, so he decided to schedule it on Sunday, the one day of the week that hardly ever has music scheduled. And every musician in the county knows about it. In one night, the ever-changing band will play classic rock, blues, jazz, a bit of reggae, fusion, and original tunes. It’s like visiting every musical event in Lake County at once.

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