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Anni Blog August 3, 2015

Hello to All! For those of you who read my tribute to David Gagnon in last month’s blog, his story continues this month in section 3. CURRENT CEREBRAL WANDERINGS… I added another picture & shared a link to a very touching video… please read the story & watch the short video… I think you’ll be glad you did. Meanwhile, see all that space between gigs? You can bet I’m hiking or kayaking or visiting with friends & family somewhere exquisite & summer-like. Without furthers, here’s the scoop, in this order:

1. AUG / SEPT SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Town & Time Only)

1. AUG / SEPT SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Town & Time Only)

FRI, AUG 7 - JJ’s Eatery - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM
     (on the patio, weather allowing)
MON, AUG 17 - Lake Pemaquid Campground Damariscotta ME - 7:30PM
FRI, AUG 21 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM
THURS, AUG 27 - Bueno Loco - Falmouth ME - 6PM
FRI, SEPT 11 - Green Landing Lodge - East Boothbay ME - 7PM
FRI, SEPT 18 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM


FRIDAY / AUGUST 7 / JJ's / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-0222... OUTDOORS on the patio, weather permitting… There are maybe only a few better places to spend a summah night in Maine than down at the beach… Great food & drinks & local color combine to make this a fave hang in OOB 12 months of the year... but especially in the summahtime, the beach ROCKS! Come help us get the weekend party started… Here's JJ's [website].

FRIDAY / AUGUST 21st/ OCEAN PIZZA / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-2900... Ocean Pizza sounds like a little diner thing doesn't it? There's a take out spot in the front, sure 'nough... but the dining room is really warm, woody & comfy, with a bar & music on Friday nights... & GET THIS: the only music allowed is... ORIGINAL MUSIC! Totally cool. Pam, the owner, is a petite fiery lady straight outta Italy with some of her Grandma's best recipes tucked up under her sleeve. This is another splendid specimen of a local family run business with something unique to offer. Here's their [website].

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27th / BUENO LOCO / FALMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-619-7057… I heard about this Mexican venue from some fellow musicians, so I checked it out on my way to visit family in Yarmouth… very cool spot. Sharon (the owner) & her staff were friendly, enthusiastic & very open to my performing there. This will be my 4th gig at Bueno Loco… I got a gut feelin’ this will be a regular spot for me. Food’s good & the Ritas are, too! Here’s their [website].

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David & Me the day before we started our Appalachian Trail Hike
(June 1975)
We had just cut off all our hair & holy guacamole…
I look just like my brother Ricky!

If you read last month’s Cerebral Wanderings, you know this: (a quick recap)…

40 years ago I walked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with my at-the-time boyfriend David Gagnon. I had just graduated from the University of Maine at Orono and had little or no experience hiking long distance.

I’ll never forget that first day on the trail, climbing Mt. Katahdin… I confessed to David that I was a little nervous about our undertaking. He said “just take one step at a time and let’s see where we wind up.” We made it up & down that bad boy & a few miles further south to Daicey Pond before we made our first camp on what turned out to be a 5 month trek. We planted our feet one step at a time & set our sights on the next town… we hardly ever thought of the final goal, Springer Mountain in Georgia. “One step at a time” made things seem pretty simple, not so overwhelming. We made Monson in 8 days… 100 miles, not including Katahdin… not bad for newbies.

By the time we got to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we were in pretty good shape & the bugs weren’t quite as obnoxious, so we left the mosquito netting hats behind & borrowed some shorts. From then on, it wasn’t as much a hike from town to town… it was more, state to state in our minds… we had gained enough confidence to think about it that way. Still, every step counted.

(End of recap)…

David died peacefully in his own bed in Richmond, Kentucky on the morning of July 8th after a long, courageous struggle with a rare form of blood cancer. He will always be an inspiration to me (and many!) due to the way he chose to live his life… he & his lovely wife Marcy sailed, hiked, rode horses long distance, went sky diving & experienced a myriad of bucket list adventures together in between treatment after treatment. David also ran marathon after marathon & inspired others to do the same. He is now without pain & free of all treatments of any kind. He asked for his wings & he flew with dignity to the next big adventure. His story has been so amazing to me. I truly believe his determination kept his cancer at bay year after year… that drive to keep taking one step at a time is what kept him moving forward, eyes on his bucket list.

I also truly believe that life happens in cycles… (“for every season, turn, turn, turn…” ) So I would like to bring David’s story full circle in sharing a short but touching video… another suggestion that even when one’s steps are done here on planet earth, there’s another taking small steps to begin a long, beautiful life adventure. Watch the video below to experience a moment of pure joy… I think you might actually wind up watching it several times, just for the joy of it. I am thrilled to share this grand moment with y’all… here’s my grand nephew, Sam Shepard, one year old on June 9th, with his proud Papa, my nephew Walt:

Wishing you all a healthy & happy August… my hope is that you get a chance to catch a show along your way… put it on your summer’s bucket list & take a step.


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27 - Bueno Loco - Falmouth ME - 6PM

11 - Green Landing Lodge - E Boothbay ME - 7PM
18 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900

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