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Readying for holiday ventures

Posted by Sharon Porter on Friday, November 13, 2015, In : Playing Music 
Having a great time getting ready for holiday dances, volunteer playing at care and retirement residences, and playing at jams in the nearby towns. I have been less interested in booking bands that I "front." It is more fun to play instruments than stand up there and just sing. Porter and the Pale Ales is different because I get to play and sing in that one. I remember the days of standing there is some sexy dress and crooning away happily. Those days are past and I have many memories of all ...
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Blue Plate Special played for Cycle Oregon

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, September 20, 2015, In : Playing Music 
I walk my dogs daily at Pioneer Park but I did not recognize the place with all the "city" of Cycle Oregon moved in! What an operation. It is astounding at the support activities that help these cyclists recreate. We played for our set on Friday and then the Fiddle Club from Central School joined us and we accompanied them. Nothing cuter than dogs and kids! They played so well! Kudos to Carla Arnold for her hard work in making them our future players!

I had to jump in the car, change instrumen...
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Dulcimer Jam at the Maryhill Museum

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, September 20, 2015, In : Playing Music 
Wow. . .did I have fun jamming with at least three dulcimer groups at the Maryhill Museum yesterday in the magnificentColumbia Gorge area. It is a lovely museum and we played in the rotunda of the Native American exhibit. I learned many new tunes and met some awesome people! Some were friends from the Dulcimer Week in t he Wallowas band camp. . . others are now new friends! The power of music to build community!
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Wonderful weekend with friends!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, September 19, 2010, In : Playing Music 
We just had a wonderful weekend with friends Deb and Anne, here from Portland with good dog, Sydney. After a leisure lunch at Mamacita's after we played at Saturday Market, we attended the Gala at the Union County Center for Arts and Culture. We got outbid on every item but had fun anyway. The food was fab and I learned how to bid at an auction. Deb and Anne are excellent coaches. Too bad my pockets aren't as deep as some attendees. This morning we had breakfast with our mutual friends, Pat a...
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Velotones had a great time at Cycle Oregon!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : Playing Music 
Despite the intense sunshine in the afternoon, the Velotones had a great time in Wallowa, Oregon cheering the troops of cyclists for their lunch stop. We passed 2,000 cyclists through the narrow canyons doing our best to not run head-on with approaching cars as the cyclists often took over the lanes for the cars to use. It was scary business. Luckily, we arrived with barely time to get set up-even though we had left home at 7:30 AM. The site organizer said incredulously, "You need power? Didn...
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CU-CU is launched!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Saturday, September 4, 2010, In : Playing Music 
Fourteen brave souls began our first CU-CU ensemble last night. There are at least three more people who could not make the first meeting. I will work at getting them caught up. I was in an apoplexy of delight! The members were intuitively reading music and we learned C, C7, G, G7, D and F all in one night. They played in rounds and are learning the C scale. I will be writing more about this group but I have such hopes for part-reading now! That will be in October when we start that. I also a...
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Abiyoyo

Posted by Sharon Porter on Saturday, September 4, 2010, In : Playing Music 
One of my favorite stories is one where a young boy saves his town with his little ukulele. I love it! Check out this version by Pete Seeger!

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Today, setting up a practice schedule!

Posted by Sharon Porter on Sunday, July 11, 2010, In : Playing Music 
At the James Hill Ukulele Initiative training this week, we were taught that we HAVE to increase our own playing skills in order to be effective int he classroom. No-brainer, eh? So, I am working on a time to carve out so that I get to it everyday and that is efficient and fun. I am thinking that lunchtime is the next protected time I can use. I already have the 5 am slot filled with exercising at the gym. We will see how that goes.

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Sharon Porter
La Grande, Oregon
Sharon Porter