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Pemaquid Point Lighthouse – The End of the World

Anyone who has spent more than twenty minutes with me knows that I draw much of my creative energy from my experiences in Maine. They also know that I have a passion for the ukulele.

More than once I’ve toyed with the idea of bringing these two things together and holding a MidWest UkeFest style ukulele retreat in Maine. At various times I’ve reached out to inns, resorts and even windjammers, but there’s always something that I can’t work around.

This week I’ve stayed at a delightful old Inn — The Hawks House. It’s a perfect spot for a retreat. There are 3 instructional areas (two large common rooms and a barn) and 12 charming guest rooms. It’s located on a state highway (easy to find) on a neck that ends in a small village (not much traffic). It’s ten minutes from U.S. Route 1 and all the comforts of home and tacky


Hawk House Inn – Walpole, Maine – Twelve Guest Rooms, Two Large Common Areas with Fireplaces, Many Smaller Common Spaces and a Community Kitchen

tourism of the Maine coast. It’s also minutes from some of the best coastal access in the state including Rachel Carson Salt Pond and Pemaquid Point Light.

This is the kind of place that groups will gather around fireplaces and play and sing and laugh into the morning.

The one element that makes this proposal look possible is the innkeeper, _MG_0004Steve Hawks is the most enthusiastic and accommodating host that I’ve stayed with. I asked about sitting at a table and drawing and he moved a desk into my room. He’s the kind of guy that could make this idea work.

I’m thinking out loud. I’ve done this before. It’s time to do it again.

What I’m looking for is interest. Is there an interest? What would you like to see?



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imageAre look for a great holiday gift? Perhaps a great family activity? Consider taking ukulele lessons on the Palladium stage at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. For just $27.50 you can enjoy 3 one hour lessons filled with great information, music and fun. Dozens of folks have attended and they just keep coming! Beginning Monday, December 2 we will meet for three Mondays. Ukulele 101 (beginner) will meet at 6:00 and Ukulele 103 (advanced beginners) at 7:15. You will need to bring your own uke. This class is offered for mid teens and adults. For more information email 50littlebirds@gmail.com

Registration information is available at http://www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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From the current issue of TravelIN.

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A contingent of Hamilton County nature artists are converging on tiny Linton, Indiana to support the good work of the Friends of Goose Pond and share our art and music with this great festival.  Goose Pond is an emerging birding destination and well worth the trip.

Learn more about the artists involved here.

Learn more about the festival here.

The Greene County Marsh Madness Festival will be a destination for visitors from across the Midwest by celebrating the county’s richly abundant and inherently beautiful natural areas, the centerpiece of which will be the spring migration of waterfowl and cranes to Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.  Interpretive programs, educational material and artistic displays will inspire festival goers while instilling in them a strong conservation ethic.

Join us in Linton, Indiana, for the 3nd annual Greene County Marsh Madness Festival on March 2nd, 3rd & 4th to see thousands of waterfowl and sandhill cranes during their annual Spring migration through Greene County.

Events will include bus tours of the Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, Silent Auction and Wine Tasting, Photography Workshop, Hardy Lake Bird Rehab Program with live birds of prey on display, Kids Activities, Speakers, Workshops, Arts & Crafts exhibit and sales.

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Friday, March 2, 6 to 10

Put A Bird On It

artist reception and open studio night

In the Harrison Gallery, Annex, Gallery No. 2 and Hank & Dolly’s – group show featuring work from over 75 artists!  In the City Gallery – new work by Erin Drew.  In the gym – demonstrations by Rock Steady Boxing.  Throughout the building – 24 open artist studios.

I’m pretty pumped about this show.  Over 75 artists exhibiting bird related works including several of mine.  This will be the first showing of “Cardinals are Big in Indiana” my stick-on-frame bird.

Harrison Center for the Arts is located at the corner of Delaware Street and 16th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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When my daughters were much younger we spent a few spent a few springs following and participating in poultry shows.

It was on one of these trips that we discovered Greenville, Ohio. We found it charming and have revisited often.  It has the elements that these road trip/day trip junkies enjoy — good food, interesting architecture, a nice garden center (Hannah’s), quirky local heroes (Lowell Thomas and Annie Oakley) and a working mill.

Another attraction, alone worth the drive, is the KitchenAid Experience.  The Experience — part factory outlet, part museum, part visitors’ center — is housed in a large storefront in the heart of Greenville.  This is where Phoebe sneaked a quick touch of Julia Child’s KitchenAid Mixer. (Phoebe also once sneaked a quick touch of a famous painting in Chicago.  It’s now under glass.  We’re not sure about Julia’s  mixer.)

While participating in the Indiana Artisan Marketplace in April I was delighted by a visited from a group from Greenville.  They shared their thoughts about a new show, Gathering at Garst, they planned for this summer and encouraged me to become involved.  I jumped right on board and cannot wait to be part of what promises to become a strong tradition.

In the meantime I’ve had another opportunity to connect with Greenville.  Bruce Neckar and I will be mounting “The Bird Show” (A show we recently presented at Big Hat Books and Art in Broad Ripple) at Bear’s Mill sometime next season.

Please visit the Gathering’s website, or better visit Greenville next weekend (If you show up on Friday, I’ll let you help unload the van!)

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The Bird Show Gala and Broad Ripple Gallery Walk
Friday, May 13, 2011
5:00 - 9:00
Big Hat Books and Art
6510 Cornell Ave Indianapolis, Indiana 46220-1144
(317) 202-0203

Last week my friend, Bruce Neckar and myself, opened The Bird Show at Big Hat Books and Art in Broad Ripple (Indianapolis).  It was a small reception for patrons, friends and family.  It was a success.  Great fun was had by all and we sold a good bit of art.

This Friday we are hosting a second (and bigger) opening reception conjunction with the Broad Ripple Gallery Walk.  We stepping things up a notch!

We guarantee a great time.  There will be great refreshments, great music, great art and great books!

Bruce and I will be on hand to talk bird and bird art.  We may even be coaxed to play a bit of music.

Most exciting — Allis Chalmers and the Stick-a-cork-in-it Jug Band will be performing beginning at 6:30!  this is a special teat that is not to be missed.

Please make an effort to attend!

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