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Anni Blog June 1, 2017

I am writing this on May 22nd, as my webmaster will be in Europe during the start of June… so we’re posting the “Jumpin’ June News” ahead of time so you’ll be up to date.

Hello to All! June is bubbling over with lots of shows… favorites coming up in June include Elements in Biddeford (ME) on Sat, 6/10 & The Noble House Inn in Bridgton (ME) on Thurs, 6/15. These two shows alone have me pumped for June in a big way… I only play Elements a couple times a year & my February show got snowed out, so I’m way overdue to play this sweet spot again… and check out the promo link in the Targets Section under June 15th… the folks at Lake Region TV & I created this fun video to get folks psyched about the Noble House Inn Concert. We even went back to my LIVE CD Concert & grabbed a clip of me singing “Bill Shepard’s Van” in 2004, when Dan Merrill recorded my CD on a HOT 100 degree day at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison (ME)… check out the frizzy hair… I was dripping’ with sweat. We also captured a newer version of a tune that I had debuted at that 2004 concert… “Between the Rungs”… a song about transition. Life’s changes keep comin’… this song means more to me as the years tick by.

Anyway, in addition to listed public performances, I continue to share my music in many Senior Living Centers in southern & mid-Maine… many of these concerts are for residents only, so I only list the “public” venues… without furthers, here’s all the news, in this order:

1. THE JUNE / JULY SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)
2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

1. THE JUNE / JULY SHORT LIST (Date, Venue, Time Only)

FRI, JUNE 2 / JJ’s / Old Orchard Beach ME / 6:30PM
FRI, JUNE 9 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM
SAT, JUNE 10 / Elements / Biddeford ME / 8PM
THURS , JUNE 15 / Noble House Inn / Bridgton ME / 6:30PM
     (outdoors, weather allowing… bring a chair or blanket!)
FRI, JUNE 16 / Ocean Pizza / Old Orchard Beach ME / 7PM
JUNE 19 thru 23: Sentimental Journey to Nantucket!!!
THURS, JUNE 29 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 7PM
FRI, JUNE 30 / Biddeford-Saco Country Club / Saco ME / 6:30PM
MON, JULY 10 / Poland Spring Resort / Poland Spring ME / 6:30PM
     (outdoors at the gazebo, weather permitting)
FRI, JULY 14 / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM
THURS, JULY 20 / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 7PM
FRI, JULY 21 / Private Function / N Yarmouth ME
SUN, JULY 23 / Yarmouth Clam Festival / Yarmouth ME / 1:15PM
THURS, JULY 27 / Greenville Gazebo Concerts / Greenville ME / 7PM
     (rain site to be announced, if needed)

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

FRIDAY / JUNE 2nd / JJ’S EATERY / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 6:30PM / 207-934-0222… have you BEEN HERE yet? This is a fave year round hang for the locals, including yours truly. I play every other 1st Friday & I always arrive with bells on, as they say. It’s an all ages friendly venue with great food & beverages… a fun spot to celebrate anything, everything or nothing at all! I suggest y’all come early & stay late… Here’s their website.

FRIDAY / JUNE 9th (& JULY 14th / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… EVERY TIME I play here we all have such a great time! I’ll be playing every 2nd FRIDAY, every month. (That’s a lot of everys.) I’m a Yarmouth native… this spot is just over the town line in N Yarmouth, but it feels like home to me. The food’s great, the view’s inspiring, the people are wicked friendly & my voice floats nicely in this room. You might consider calling in a reservation… I’ve seen some pretty packed nights in here! Here’s the Toddy Brook website.

SATURDAY / JUNE 10th / ELEMENTS / BIDDEFORD ME / 8PM / 207-710-2011… If you’re a fan of intimate spaces where artist & audience can easily connect, this is the place for you. It is DEFINITELY the place for ME… it’s like performing in a familiar living room with added perks…the food offerings are eclectic & healthy & YES, they have beer & wine. Performers are paid by tips & a percentage of food & bar sales… so bring your friends, eat, drink, sing along & make our collaborative evening a big success… I had to cancel a February show here due to snow, so this one counts DOUBLE! Here’s their website.

THURSDAY / JUNE 15th / NOBLE HOUSE INN CONCERT SERIES / BRIDGTON ME / 6:30PM (doors at 6PM) 207-647-3733… Check out this Lake Region TV promo created to get the word out about this concert. This is my 3rd annual here & the weather Gods have favored me at this outdoor concert setting, high on a hill overlooking Highland Lake. I encourage y’all to CALL AHEAD if the weather looks “iffy” & we have to move the show inside… these shows sell out frequently; however, if weather permits, I’ll set up on the front porch of the Inn which allows for a lot more people. So, if it’s a warm & dry, bring a chair or a blanket & 2 or more of your best friends. Cindi Hooper (owner & hostess extraordinaire) sets up a big table offering tasty treats, beer, wine & other beverages pre-concert & during the intermission. You CAN bring a picnic, but bring no alcohol, as Cindi’s license doesn’t allow for that. Suggested donations are $15 for the artist (yours truly)… but donate what you wish… just BE THERE! Here’s Cindi’s website. You can e-mail her directly right here.

FRIDAY / JUNE 16th / OCEAN PIZZA / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 7PM / 207-934-2900… one of several close-to-my-home faves; yet THIS ONE has one feature that all the others do not… Pam (the owner & French chef extraordinaire) will NOT allow any cover tunes to be played here! Yep, you read that right, folks… it’s ALL ANNI TUNES here… which is brilliant in so many ways… but for ME? I get to run through my catalogue of originals, dust off the ones in the library that may be on the back burner of my brain & re-experience all those songs I haven’t been performing in rooms where covers need to be part of the mix. Fabulous idea & so much fun. And the food? Pam stole her Grandma’s recipes before she crossed over from Italy to the US (lucky us in OOB!) If you ain’t tried it, the time is now… here’s their website.

JUNE 19 thru 23 - Gonna Take a Sentimental Journey to Nantucket Island to renew my spirit & revisit some old friendships… I performed out here twice a year for 2 weeks at a time for 20 years! Wonderful memories… psyched!

THURSDAY / JUNE 29th (& JULY 20th) / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 7PM / 207-591-0117… Lenny’s is on Rt. 302 at the old Al Hawkes Plaza… you know, with the guy out front swinging a tool box? Bill Umbel created this eclectic, down-to-earth venue, named it in honor of the late, great Lenny Breau & he’s booking a line up of some of the best acoustic players around…. so happy to be part of the family! The vibe here pulls you in & hugs you… feels like home. Grab some pals & head over… bring your appetite for food & music both. Here’s a link to Lenny’s.

FRIDAY / JUNE 30th / BIDDEFORD-SACO COUNTRY CLUB / SACO ME / 6:30PM / 207-282-9892… I’ve been aware of this venue for quite some time but it took a while for me to catch up to the right person to land a gig here. My debut in May was flat out fun as all get out! This is a spacious room with views of the grounds, great food & gregarious, life lovin’ patrons. Never been? You’ll probably run into all kinds of people you know if you come out for this one… I play 3 sets, 6:30 to 9:30… come early, have dinner, stay late… here’s their website.

MONDAY / JULY 10th / POLAND SPRING RESORT / SUNSET CONCERT SERIES / POLAND SPRING ME / 6:30PM / 207-998-4142… for the first time ever, concerts this year will be outdoors at the gazebo, with the White Mountains in view as a backdrop… gorgeous! If weather dictates we move inside, I’ll perform in the All Souls Chapel, one of my fave places to sing. This is a concert series produced by & created to support The Preservation Society at Poland Spring. I love singing here & helping to preserve the history of Poland Spring. Bring the family to enjoy a concert with a grand view & a special mission. Here's the link to the Preservation Society, where donations are always appreciated.

FRIDAY / JULY 14th / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… (see JUNE 9th for details.)

THURSDAY / JULY 20th / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 7PM / 207-591-0117… (see JUNE 29th for details.)

FRIDAY / JULY 21st / PRIVATE FUNCTION / N YARMOUTH ME (The 45th YHS High School Reunion at Toddy Brook! THAT should be a blast…)

SUNDAY / JULY 23rd / YARMOUTH CLAM FESTIVAL / YARMOUTH ME (Memorial Green) / 1:15PM… I used to play at this spot annually, after the Friday night parade, for about 20 years! This will be the first time I’ve played here on a Sunday… my set begins right after the Diaper Derby… perhaps I’ll draw a really YOUNG crowd this year?? Certainly, I hope to see the “locals” that I grew up with in this beautiful seaside town… (not that we’ve really grown up yet… God forbid.) The Clam Fest takes over the whole town & folks come from far & wide to partake of all it offers. Great food & fun, races & rides, music & magic, clothing & crafts, fireworks… & the biggest parade EVER, still on Fridays… I am always ecstatic to be part of the BIG HOMETOWN PARTY… Check out the Festival Schedule here.

THURSDAY / JULY 27th / GREENVILLE GAZEBO SERIES / GREENVILLE ME / 7PM / 207-695-2702… I have always loved playing here beside Moosehead Lake with the sun setting ever so sweetly on the water & over the surrounding mountains. This scene could be a summer postcard enticing enough to make one drive the extra miles to be part of it. I am psyched to be part of it again in 2017! If it rains (NOT!) we move inside, venue to be announced. (If you’re in town, go to the gazebo & check for signs announcing the rain site.) If it’s a nice evening, bring chairs or a blanket, a cooler with some summer snacks & bevies & be ready to sing one, dance to one, or both. Call the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce (above) for furthers.

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I’m having a wild time trying to write this a week prior to Memorial Day, knowing that it will be posted on the website in current tense, but the folks who get the A List News via e-mail won’t get it until June 1st. (If you’re reading this on the web, sign up for the A List News at the top of the page you are now on!) It’s a time trick in my already too busy, sometimes forgetful mind… & those who know me well realize that I don’t need extra help being confused.

One thing that sort of helps me to define time is the recent letting go of people that I’ve known for a large part of my life. I wonder aloud with friends how this could be happening… people my own age & younger leaving this world for whatever comes next. Many friends remind me that “we are getting older Anni… this is going to happen more often now.” I suppose this is true, yet I can’t begin to really digest that way of thinking… mostly because I still feel like I’m in college most days… like the whole world & this crazy wonderful life of mine is still wide open & amazing things are just around the corner. I DO believe each day I wake up is an opportunity to be kind, to learn something new, to soak in with all 5 senses everything around me. I’m pretty sure I’ve always felt like that… but maybe I am more conscious of this attitude even more NOW because I’m having to let go of people I love.

So there it is… time ticks long, we transition from one phase of life to the next, hopefully moving through changes & challenges with some grace & dignity… & ALWAYS with a good sense of humor. (I say I feel like a college kid most days… mindfully perhaps, physically, not always… I get it now about “aging ain’t for sissies.”) Hence, re-recording my tune “Between the Rungs” for my June 15th concert promo made perfect sense… it’s a song about trusting the moment, learning to dance through change & challenge.

As I move through spring into summer, I maintain awareness that this life is what we make it. I will celebrate moments of quiet appreciation of the small things. I will reach out to others who need support, knowing support will be there for me when & if I need it. I will continue to share this gift of music that came so sweetly to me & moves through me, making life that much richer… & before, on & after Memorial Day, I’ll remember those I love who have transitioned beyond this life to the new frontier… I’m sure they’re dancing.


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29 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0177
30 - Biddeford-Saco Country Club - Saco ME - 6:30PM - 207-282-9892

10 - Poland Spring Summer Concerts - Poland Spring ME - 6:30PM - 207-998-4142
     (Weather permitting, outside at the gazebo! Rain site: All Souls Chapel)
14 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-289-5100
20 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0177
21 - Private Function - N Yarmouth ME
23 - Yarmouth Clam Festival - Yarmouth ME - 1:15PM - Town Green
27 - Greenville Gazebo Concerts - Greenville ME - 7PM - 207-695-2702

4 - JJ’s - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-0222
9 - Colby College - Waterville ME - 8PM
     (@ the Annual Appalachian Trail National Conference!)
11 - Toddy Brook - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-289-5100
14 - Lake Pemaquid Campground - Damariscotta ME - 7:30PM
     (sorry, campers only)
15 - Drummore Bay Concert Hall - Phippsburg ME - 7PM - 207-446-7199
17 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 7PM - 207-591-0177
18 - Ocean Pizza - Old Orchard Beach ME - 7PM - 207-934-2900

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