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Fairy Dances, Standing Stones and Prayer Trees in the US

July 2, 2016

Well the touring season has started off splendidly hot! It's always a challenge to keep your wits about you in the blazing sun. We started off in Toledo and had a wonderful evening at the Point Place Library. As we played children danced while parents and grandparents kept cool in the shade of the trees. Every little girl wore pink so we had the Pink Dance Team and the Pink Acrobats. Very cute.

Next up was the Lily Dale Assembly summer concert on their floating stage near Fredonia NY. Lily Dale is a very interesting community founded by Spiritualists. A very beautiful settlement of clapboard houses and shops with frilly gingerbread trim. Lovely generous people who spoiled us rotten! Here is a link to Lily Dale's website

 

This photo is of the Lily Dale " Prayer Tree. Each summer ribbons of healing and prayer are tied on the tree in chains to offer continuous remembrances for loved ones. It reminds me of the ribbons and trinkets left in the sacred trees near the standing stones in Avebury England. I think it's a really lovely thing to do. 

This week brought us to Stayner Ontario, one of our favourite places to play in our neck of the woods. It's a Music, Market and Park It event which pretty much explains itself. The "Park It" part of the night was the vintage car and tractor show. Sigh! Great stuff. This whole evening has gotten to be a big event with big crowds! Our buddy Joe was on hand to do a little "announcing" and shouting encouraging words throughout our performance. We also finally got a chance to meet Paul's mom to whom Sandra exclaimed "You are far too elegant to be Paul's mom!", haha. Oh dear.

Next week brings a mini tour of Elliotcottville NY, Western Pennsylvania where we play the hometown of Jimmy Stewart and West Virginia to a place that captured our wacky hearts immediately: Berkeley Springs.

Lots of adventures to come this summer, hope to see you out there!

Sandra, Terry & Paul

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