Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES!

Posted by: kathyk

Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/04/08 10:25 AM

Edit: Party will be Sept. 6 at 1 PM in Auburn, ME. PM me for directions and contact information.

This is a feeler to see if I can rustle up interest in a party in Maine for the weekend of August 16 or 23. We are about a half hour up the Turnpike north of Portland - about 2 or 2 1/2 hours north of Boston (depending on how fast you drive ;\) ). I don't have any great lure except for my Seiler 180 which I promise to have freshly tuned and the glory of Maine during the summer months. Oh - and depending on how many people are interested, probably some form of lobster offering. \:D
Posted by: Jack Frost

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/04/08 11:03 AM

I will definitely come!

jf
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/04/08 11:07 AM

;\)
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/04/08 12:33 PM

I would like to cast my vote for the wknd of Aug 16th. We will be at a family wedding in SW MO on the 23rd.
I hope this won't be another wedding that cuts into my piano party agenda!! \:D

KK….. let me know if I can assist with getting the word out for this announcement!

So nice to know that JF plans to join the party!!
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/08/08 10:18 AM

Planning on attending! The Lobster did it!

(just kidding - I live in globstertown, Mass)

I posted on another forum, but maybe we should gather here for our posts, enticing a few to travel to New England?

Can bring food from the garden - pesto etc!
Posted by: John Citron

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/08/08 10:38 AM

I'll be there! Storm chasing season is over, and it's only an 1-1/2 hours for me up Route 95. The 16th is the best for me too. \:D

John
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/08/08 01:32 PM

I haven't been to Maine in years, would love to join you if I'm still in this area then.

And you know I love lobsta!

(as he drags out his old pictures from his offshore lobstering days yet again)...


Not the best line of work if you like to play the piano...



The nearest land is 50 fathoms straight down (we were about 70 miles out to sea). Not sure what that is in the water behind me, hmmmn


Geesh, I was losing my hair even back then.


That's my brother's hand next to the big lobster


For perspective, this guy is 6'1"
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/08/08 05:28 PM

We won't be around the 16- 17th. Not sure about the next weekend.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/08/08 08:34 PM

Hey Frank,

You gonna catch the lobsters for our party?

If so, I want a claw off the big one...I'll bring the butter!

BTW, did you get to eat that sucker or was that like eating the profits?
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/09/08 09:22 AM

Well, now that there's a little bit of interest percolating, I'm going to throw a curve ball. A couple people at WTF have indicated that they can't make the either August date, so I was wondering if September might be better; I'm thinking maybe the 6th or 13th.

I know it's impossible to make it work for everyone, but I want to get a sense of who could/would come when.

Frank, thanks for adding the pictorial. \:D
Posted by: A441

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/09/08 08:17 PM

Hi Kathy
We will try to attend either month. Sounds terrific. We will keep checking. I have alerted some of the Cape folks and will advise them of the possibility of Sept.also.
Best to you and yours!
Jeremy & Linda Gloo
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/10/08 12:49 PM

September 13-14 we will be in Wells, ME for a 2 day chili cook off at Wells Harbor. Of course, that means I would not be able to make the piano party, but you are all welcome to come to Wells on either day to taste some chili, if it is that weekend! It's a great cook off- craft vendors, food, chili, beautiful location right on the water.
Oh, heck, you're all welcome to come to ME for the cook off, even if Kathy's party is NOT that weekend! LOL

As for the party, the weekend of the 6th is open for me.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/10/08 10:11 PM

Either weekend in Sept would work for me.
Posted by: Larry Buck

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/11/08 08:30 PM

I would try to make that one ....

I do love lobsta as well ....

That's a helluva lobsta Frank ....
Posted by: plays88skeys

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/14/08 10:05 AM

Kathy and Jack are great hosts and I would love to attend if I wasn't going on a month-long road trip to the Pacific Northwest.

Kathy's Seiler really sings, too!
Posted by: nancy w

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/18/08 09:18 PM

Hello Maine folks. I am up on Deer Isle until September but after that would love to connect with other Maine piano lovers so if the party is in September, count me in. If not, maybe next time! Thanks. Nancy Mackay
Posted by: cathys

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/19/08 08:26 AM

I would love to head up that way but the 16th is my middle guy's birthday so I don't think I'll be able to get away around that time.

Cathys
Posted by: Bernard

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/19/08 10:11 AM

September would definitely be better for me. I've had 3 invites for the first of August!
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/19/08 12:16 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by cathys:
I would love to head up that way but the 16th is my middle guy's birthday so I don't think I'll be able to get away around that time.

Cathys [/b]
 Quote:
Cathy... KK is working on possible Sept dates of 6th or 13th. Maybe these dates would work better for you???

Bernard... Must be nice to be so popular! :p
Posted by: Thefiredigger

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/20/08 08:35 PM

Wow! a lot of people from Maine here, I doubt I will be able to make it ( i'm off to school in MA in september) but it's great to see so many people from Maine!
Posted by: Numerian

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/21/08 03:39 AM

Frank:

How big was that lobster held in your picture?

I ask because I noted this from a lobster fact site:

The largest (recorded) lobster caught was 42.4 lbs., had a carapace length of 14.9 inches and a total body length of 24.1 inches (two feet!). It was caught in 1934 and was probably at least 100 years old.

I recall reading that in colonial times indentured sailors signed contracts before working on any marine vessel. They were allowed fish or meat two days a week, and on the other five days they were forced to eat lobster. Lobsters were not only extremely plentiful but records indicate they were enormous, many of them over 3 feet. Their flesh was tough as shoe leather, so it's no wonder the sailors hated them.
Posted by: kellwood6

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/21/08 12:51 PM

I would be interested in coming. It would just be a matter of timing as I live in NC but come to Portland nearly every week with work. (pilot) I'll watch for the final date and hope the schedule allows for me to be there. Thanks.
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/26/08 08:57 PM

Hi, Kathy:

Aug 16 is a definite no go for us, we have company from out of state that weekend. Sep would be better, but then we usually take a week of vacation the 1st or 2nd week, though we haven't planned anything yet, so that's also kinda iffy. :rolleyes: I hope we can make it though. I'd enjoy seeing you again and I bet your Seiler is a beauty! Keep us posted on the dates.

Jeanne W
Posted by: LadyDpiano

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 06/27/08 10:41 AM

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Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/03/08 08:57 PM

Alrighty then, since a couple of you have said the 13th isn't good, but I don't recall that anyone has has ruled out the 6th, let's make it September 6th. Can't wait!
Posted by: Larry Buck

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/03/08 11:27 PM

Posted by: A441

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/06/08 09:31 AM

Hi Kathy.......
September 6th sounds like a plan. Looks good for us.
Planning to take some time off and your party will be a wonderful start. Will Peter be there to dazzle us with his artistry?
Looking forward to meeting your grand.
Jeremy & Linda Gloo
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/06/08 09:14 PM

Unfortunatly, Jerry, he won't. He just set off to Tawain where he's teaching English for a year.
Posted by: Ed B

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/07/08 10:31 PM

Hi Kathy,

I just put Sept 6 on my calender. I don't see any conflicts for me, but Roberta will have to check her calender.

What town are you in? Portland, Rockland, Thomaston? Maine is a big place.

Ed
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/08/08 12:18 PM

That would be great if you both could attend, Ed. We're in Auburn which is about 1/2 north of Portland. We're an easy stop off of the turnpike.

Also, you should let Ed Papier know.
Posted by: erad1948

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/08/08 06:12 PM

I will be in Maine (South Casco - on Thomas Lake - near Sebago)but will be gone by Labor Day.
I would have loved to be a part of the party.
My mom lives there but I live in Brooklyn, NY.
I have a new August Forster 215 (7'2"). I would much rather live in Maine but my occupation doesn't pay enough up there - (Church Music Director/organist/choir director). The metropolitan areas pay decent salaries w/benefits and there are many more funerals and weddings due to the population. If I win the Lottery, I'll move immediately and buy a house with a room big enough for my piano! And I would host a piano party for everyone else.
I think it is great to hear other people play your piano.

Have fun at the party. I'm jealous!
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/08/08 08:00 PM

Well, darn, Erad, I'm sorry you won't be able to make it - from one church organist to another. Maybe we'll get a chance to meet at one of the many NYC area parties and events.
Posted by: Ed Papier

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/09/08 11:22 AM

Hi Kathy,

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to Maine, but if the Cape event is still happening in October, I'd love to do those 4 hand works we threatened last year. Do you still have any interest?

Ed Papier
office)212-697-3930
home) 212-580-5739
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/09/08 03:40 PM

Sure, I'd love to. Sorry you won't be able to make it up.
Posted by: nancy w

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/11/08 09:46 AM

Kathy! - I would love to come to your party. I live in South Portland and will be in town after labor day. Keeo us all posted!! best, Nancy
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/11/08 04:27 PM

Excellent! You will be the first Piano Forum member from Maine that I've met.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/11/08 09:11 PM

Yippee!!! Sept 6th for a Maine Piano Gathering has been reserved on my calendar.
Posted by: A441

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/12/08 11:15 PM

Hi Terrytunes....
Will be nice to see you in Maine. Please don't forget to bring my music.
We will also need your GPS! \:\)
Can't wait to try Kathy's grand.
Will be a fun time.
Posted by: Robbi

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/14/08 02:23 PM

I have just joined this group and live in Rockport, Maine. I would love to participate in (enjoy) the Maine gathering. I am available just about anytime in August, but the 6th of September is probably not possible. I do not have an address (even a town), so it may depend on how long a trip it is from here. If it is on the coast it shouldn't be more than an hour. Please let me know the place and time.

I am an intermediate player, have a Bosie grand (just a year old this month!), and am passionate about playing and listening to piano. Thanks....CBS
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/14/08 05:39 PM

A Bosie grand! Lucky. I'm in Auburn. Rockport is about a 1 1/2 hour drive. You would head to Augusta, and from there take the turnpike south which is about 1/2 hour drive.

I haven't set a time yet, other than the Sept 6 date, but I'm thinking probably 1 pm or so. I hope you can make it.

Terry, so glad to see that you'll be coming!
Posted by: novelinda

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/21/08 03:35 PM

Kathy, I'm trying to plan ahead for this trip. Can you give us the names of some motels in your area that would be reasonably priced? Jerry and I are really looking forward to seeing you again
and hearing some great piano music.

Linda
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 07/22/08 08:43 AM

Linda, here are a few suggestions.

In Auburn, we have a fairly new Hilton.
Hilton Gardens River Watch

There's also the Ramada Inn in Lewiston - 10 minutes from us.
Ramada Inn

And Fireside Inn which is just off the turnpike in Auburn.

And also near the Auburn Turnpike exit is Sleepy Time Motel

Across the River just 5 minutes away, in the Bates College area is a nice bed and breakfast

Ware Street Inn

A 15 minute drive from us is another really nice sounding B&B on one of the local lakes - Wolf Cove Inn

And if you want to be near the coast, Freeport is your best bet, which is about 1/2 drive from us
Freeport B&Bs
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 08/27/08 07:40 AM

Whoopee! The party is coming up soon. I'm hoping to get a fairly accurate head count by early next week. I'll PM everyone directions when you confirm.

There should be a lot of good playing. I looped in an oboe player I met recently when we played together at a wedding a few weeks ago. She's Julliard trained, but out of the professional loop at the moment and itching to play. Bernard and I are both doing pieces with her, so it will add a little non-piano texture to the afternoon.

So, here's who I've tallied up so far.

Bernard
Beelady
Roberta
Quirt (+2 Quirtlets maybe)
Terrytunes (+?)
Frank Baxter
Larry Buck(+1 maybe)
Jeremy & Linda Gloo
John Citron
Ed B
Billy Jo (oboe)
Nancyw (maybe)
JeanneW (maybe)
Irishmark (maybe)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 08/28/08 03:29 AM

Kathy,

I wish I could make it, unfortunately it's now a bit more of a drive for me.

See this thread:
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/23557.html

Please take/post lots of pictures.
Have a great time everyone, I'll be thinking about you.
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 08/28/08 04:04 AM

Aw darn, Frank! I missed that. Not only don't I get to have the grand master grace my party, but we're not neighbors anymore. Waaaaaa! But, looking beyond my selfish motives, it sounds like a good move for you, and I wish you the best in your new endeavors.
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/02/08 03:28 PM

I can't make it, either. I have family coming up that weekend, and it will be the first time the great-grandparents (and a couple of great-aunts!) have met our now 6 month old grandson. Sorry, really wish I could be there.
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/02/08 03:40 PM

Too bad, Mak. I was looking forward to meeting you, but that sounds like a pretty big event. Have fun.
Posted by: A441

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/02/08 06:05 PM

Jeremy and Linda will be there on Sat. Can't wait for all the good music and to see you all again.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/02/08 09:18 PM

Stevetunes and I will be in attendance, also!

I'm looking forward to this gathering and meeting up and sharing good times with good friends! :3hearts:

I'm trying to convince my lil' sissy, Marytunes into coming along. She took piano lessons for a fair amount of time because of my good influence!!! \:D

KK.. other than a fruit tart, please give me some other suggestions for contributions to the food table.
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/03/08 03:59 PM

This is shaping up to be a really nice gathering. So far, for confirmed attendees we have:

Terrytunes & Steve
Beelady
Bernard
Lilylady
Quirt Evans (and maybe some Quirtlets)
Jeremy and Linda
John Citron
Larry Buck (who has so graciously offered to prep the piano)
Axtremus and family
Bobbi Jo (the oboe player)
Jackfrost and Puffin

Party will start around 1PM. They'll be refreshments to gnosh on and then a light supper around 5. Party will go as long as we want to keep it going. \:\)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/03/08 04:19 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by kathyk:
This is shaping up to be a really nice gathering. So far, for confirmed attendees we have:

Terrytunes & Steve
Beelady
Bernard
Lilylady
Quirt Evans (and maybe some Quirtlets)
Jeremy and Linda
John Citron
Larry Buck (who has so graciously offered to prep the piano)
Axtremus and family
Bobbi Jo (the oboe player)
Jackfrost and Puffin

Party will start around 1PM. They'll be refreshments to gnosh on and then a light supper around 5. Party will go as long as we want to keep it going. \:\) [/b]
I'm jealous, sorry I had to miss this one.
Remember the pictures and the posts folks, and have fun.

I'll be hanging out down here with Hanna, Ike, and Josephine :-(
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/03/08 05:49 PM

We're gonna miss you too. \:\( But, we will be sure to get lots of pics.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/04/08 08:36 AM

Hi Kathyk,

Terry just pm'd me about this gathering. I am so close... only in Brunswick. Only problem is my wife has taken off for a wedding and I'm home with kids and animals. One of our horses has gone badly lame and I need to be close by and keep soaking his hoof. All that said... if I can I would like to at least drop by and say hi (and listen to some piana playin:) ) could you PM me directions?

Peyton
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/04/08 08:53 AM

It would wonderful if you could stop by - even if just for a bit. As I said earlier, I've yet to meet another Maine PW member. Directions will follow in a PM shortly.
Posted by: Eric Gloo

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/04/08 08:18 PM

Sounds like a great day. Have fun everyone!
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/06/08 10:02 AM

Kathy, I sent you a PM.
Posted by: nancy w

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/06/08 12:17 PM

Kathy- so sorry I can't make it today. I'm stuck in Deer Isle and won't be back until Monday. Hope the storm doesn't mess things up. Please keep me on your list- I'd love to meet some other piano lovers from Maine. Thanks again!! Best, Nancy
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/06/08 12:32 PM

Well, at least Deer Isle isn't too bad a place to be stuck. Hopefully next time.

Larry Buck is currently working wonders on the piano, and I'm just taking a break from sous chef duties before others start to arrive.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/06/08 12:38 PM

Rats !

.... can't make it. Gotta stay home with the horse. I'm so close too.
So sorry but many thanks for the invite.
Posted by: Eric Gloo

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 11:52 AM

Is the party still going on?
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 04:30 PM

It's formally done now. JF, Puffin and I just got back from Portland after spending a fun afternoon roaming the Old Port with Bernard, Lilylady and Beelady. We saw your parents (and everyone else) off last night. They were headed to the Rangely area for what sounds to be a great continuation of their adventures. All in all, turned out to be an absolutely perfect party. What a fantastic group!

Pictures to come.
Posted by: Larry Buck

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 05:20 PM

Kathy and John,

Thank You for such a wonderful time. The food was great ... including Maine fresh lobster rolls and the company best of all...!!!

It's official, everyone has been practicing their brains out, everyone sounded great on the piano ... and ... Kathy's friend on the oboe and Kathy's daughter on the violin. Yes, trio with mom daughter and friend.

It was very nice to see everyone.
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 07:06 PM

What a great party this turned out to be. I was a little worried about how many/few people would make the trek, although I knew that even a handful of you wonderful people would make a memorable and fun packed party. Well, suffice it to say, this party exceeded my expectations. There were a few last minutes sign-ups, like Ax and his family and Rusty Fingers and hers. The surprise of their arrivals made their arrivals all the more exciting.

Larry Buck (my hero) volunteered to prep the piano. He arrived at around 9 am and spent a good 3 hours. It's so much smoother now and the bass is crunchier - it's just great. I can't wait to sit and play for awhile to really take in the full effect. I can't thank him enough for his time and expertise.

The kids were all animated but well behaved. They added that zip to the party that only kids can do. They gave the pets a run for their money, but Polly the dog for one, did not tire of the attention.

Whenever I do photos at these parties, I always manage to miss snapping one of someone at the piano. This time it was John Citron, who played better than I've ever heard him, but also brought his cool gadget that plays the other parts of ensemble pieces so he can fill in the piano part. Hopefully someone else got a good shot of him playing.

As always, the music was continuous and wonderful. Thank you all for making this a smash success of a party.





The food was amazing. It was sort of like the fish and loaves story. I had heard of Terry's famous fruit tart, but it blew me away. It was a visual and gustatory work of art.By the time everyone arrived, the refrigerator was bursting. OMG, did we eat well, and JF, Puffin and I will continue to do so throughout the week. [insert piggy smiley].





Billy Jo to the left, Beelady and John Citron, with Rustyfingers daughter in front. Billy Jo is the local oboist I had mentioned. She did a piece with me - can't remember the name - a very showy, oboe solo, standard repertoire . She blew everyone away. We also did the Gabriel's Horn from the movie the Mission - the piece that she and I played at a wedding last month, when we first met. Then, as mentioned Puffin, she and I did an impromptu Taco Bell Canon.



Axtremus playing a rousing set of variations on a Chinese folk song



Bernard and Rusty Fingers

Choochyfingers (did I get that right?) wins the prize for the coolest shoes. Although, notice how Jeremy's shoes are glowing in every single picture in which you can see his feet.



Jeremy Gloo here wowing us with his old chestnuts. Look at those shoes!
Oh, yeah, if you noticed the glass on the piano, (gasp!) no, it wasn't someone's soda. Larry Buck plopped it on the piano for tips because Jeremy playing his old standards like a pro.



Larry Buck and Axtremus
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 07:07 PM



Quirts girls are both so cute, personable and talented. What a pair!



Linda is doing an amazing job having just started piano lessons less than a year ago.





Lilylady at the piano with Terrytunes giving her tips



Quirt with one of his twins and Rusty's daughter. The pets provided ongoing non-musical entertainment.



Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 07:08 PM





LL, Bernard and Beelady spent the night. The following morning LL played her heart out and sounded brilliant.



Relaxing while listening to LL



Here we are at the Portland seafood place with lobsties in hand. They went off,blinking and vibrating when our food was ready to pick up. Puffin didn't think it was funny when I told her this is how real lobsters act right before they get thrown into the pot.



Our final goodbyes. What a great weekend
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 08:25 PM

More pics and notes will be posted here from me, but in the meantime you might want to check over for some pics and notes starting to be posted on the Well Tempered Forum (part of the old coffee room group from this Piano Forum) about this fabulous piano party (THE MAINE EVENT)

http://well-temperedforum.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9130004433/m/6010061175

Many of the members attending are very active here on several PW Forums!

LL
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 10:33 PM

What a fantastic and memorable gathering at KathyK and Jack Frost's beautiful home!

My piano gathering adventure started with a delightful tour of downtown Portsmouth NH hosted by our informative tour guide, Lilylady; who grew up in this area.






Having our appetite sparked by the luring aromas of the local eateries, we stopped for a quick bite at a local bakery. After placing our order we were surprised to meet up with Beelady and Bernard whom we weren't expecting to meet until our arrival a couple hours further north into Maine!


(OK, so they looked the wrong way when I took the pic!)

Then it was over the Piscataqua River bridge and onward to the great state of Maine!
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 10:40 PM

Kathy and JF already had the first course selection of food laid out upon our arrival.



A few additional pics from an afternoon of delightful entertainment:










The crowd became a bit rowdy when the lobsta sandwiches were placed on the table...

but there was plenty to go around!


I can't express enough my delight in meeting with the very special people who attend (and host) these gatherings and the joy they have added to my life with their bond of music and friendship.


Thank you so much, Kathy, JF and Puffin for your efforts and hospitality in making this a memorable gathering.
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 10:51 PM


Lilylady at the piano with Terrytunes giving her tips[/b]


OMG.. Lilylady will get a good laugh at this caption!! \:D
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 11:22 PM

Bernard... It's always so much fun meeting up with you at these events! I'm so glad you were able to join us!



Uhmmm.... Uhmmmm...
Rustyfingers and Terrytunes planning/discussing a DUET[/b] for a future event!!
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/07/08 11:32 PM

Oh, what a beautiful party!

Thanks kathyk and family for a wonderful time, and to all the accomplished musicians for the entertainment.

And these pix are terrific. I think my favorite is the one of TT and LL at the piano. Awesome.

Definitely worth a drive through hurricane Hanna!
Posted by: John Citron

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/08/08 02:21 PM

Kathy and Jon,

I want to thank you again for the really great time on Saturday. I really enjoyed the delicious food, and your wonderful Seiler grand.

John
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 07:34 AM

Impressions of the piano and musicians -

I was anxious to try out Kathy's Seiler grand since during my search Seiler was about the only brand that I didn't find to play. Nice. I was expecting it to be bright for some reason, and it wasn't so. Nice rich bass, and the melodies could be brought out ever so much. The action is different than mine but I can't explain why. I could feel some resistance but always want 'some' as when pianos are too easy to play, keys are as easily played cleanly. There was plenty of umph when needed yet it also played quietly. It must be a joy to play on a daily basis Kathy!

Kathy and an oboist started off and played so beautifully that it inspired the rest of us to have a go at it!

Rustyfingers was a surprise to see at the party and I was so glad that she shared her Rootbeer Rag with us. I giggled as she played it...it is that type of piece. Oh she'll say she made a few mistakes but it didn't matter - it was fast and furious and funny! I hope she keeps it up, as I am going to ask to hear it again and again! Number 20 here:
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/32/7029.html

Jerry Gloo is always such a joy to listen to. Smooth classic oldies, lots of improv. Think better/best nightclub music. Which is why it was so funny when LB put a tip jar on the piano!!! We burst out laughing!

Linda Gloo - well my goodness, to only have had lessons for about 7 months and she got up and shared a couple of pieces. I looked at her book and saw the pages covered with gold stars - no wonder!!!

John Citron sparkled playing some Mozart pieces. Now several times I have heard John play, many times Chopin pieces and I would have loved to hear them again, but nope, he surprised us with Mozart and then later with showing us his new toy - the play along with the orchestra CD. That is going to keep him busy for awhile.

Bernard's style can always be detected, even if you are in the other room. He has a touch and feeling when he plays like no other. It is like he caresses the piano. Beautiful, as always Bernard.

I always have to make Terrytunes get up and play. Shyly she would like to be the last one, when everyone else is a little bit tipsy and half have gone home. But no way girl...not with the progress that you have made! In the style of Jerry, she played As Time Goes By, which I love her arrangment of, and then some Liszt. Nicely done, TT!

Axtremus played, well, like Axtremus! We always know that we are in for a treat when he sits at the piano. From strict classical to improv. This time on unknown melodies (I think at least one was his), he is always someone to look forward to showing off his virtuosity. One other thing to note, whenever Ax gets up to play, the music rack goes down. I asked him about it once and his reply is that the player 'hears' the piano much better when there isn't a board in the way.

Kathy also played a couple of other wonderful pieces for us (she is an advanced player) and the following morning she introduced us to a Poulenc piece that she 'forgot' to play the day before. Hope she does it in Nov at Jeffrey's for all of you. Kathy also 'almost' forgot the 2 blueberry pies she made and now I see she forgot the bagels for breakfast. Kathy is getting older you know!

Puffin as you read above, surprised us with playing the violin! Lovely variations of Pachabel's Canon, along with the oboist and KK at the piano.

Then the 2 Quirtlets delighted us with their playing. Both played the piano, and then we were serenaded with Aura Lee and MaryAnne with a guitar accompanying (she is just starting). Talented 'lets' Quirt!

I played 2 pieces that I have been working on all summer. Schubert's Standchen (Serenade) and with all too much effort, Rach's Elegie which wasn't ready. The audience was mean. They wouldn't take any excuse...although I tried. The bench was too low, I couldn't read through my bifocals, somebody left me with sweaty keys, my knees were shaking etc.
Hopefully I redeemed myself later with Rach's Vocalise and Schumann's Arabeske.

One of these days we are going to get Quirt and Beelady playing. I know they both do. How 'bout next time, guys?

There was a time when I would have said you're nuts if you think I am getting together with other pianists and actually play something. (and didn't for the first few gatherings) but now I really look forward to them. I love that each and everyone shares their music with us, and I love getting exposed to music that I get inspired to learn. Great group of musicians we have on these forums!
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 07:43 AM

I hope that I have some pics to share that have not been already seen above...

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CHECK OUT THESE FANCY PIANO PARTY SHOES!:

Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 07:59 AM

RUSTYFINGERS anything but rusty!



THE TIP JAR!



TERRYTUNES TART!



BLUEBERRY PIE FOR BREAKFAST!



WINDOW SHOPPING IN OLD TOWN PORTLAND (on the waterfront)



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We missed you Frank B, but did you notice the Piano World Forum mugs on the breakfast table?
Posted by: nutchai

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 08:08 AM

Sounds like you guys had awesome fun!

I envy you guys
Posted by: mozart250

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 09:31 AM

Hi Kathyk:

I am a new poster here, but might have been interested.

I come from Rumford Maine. To namedrop, my parents used to take me to Brunswick Maine every week for my piano lessons with Mr. William Eves.

I now work with computers and live in Vermont, but am still a passionate amateur pianist (2007 Boston Amateur Piano Competition alumnus).

Anyway, sounds like a fun time was had by all.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 09:41 AM

Fantastic!! Really sorry I had to miss it.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 12:45 PM

We were hoping that you might show up Peyton!

Ed B, we were looking for you as well. ;-)

Mozart, hope that you will watch for some of the other parties coming up in New England. There is usually something during the winter and then another in May after the Mason Hamlin Tour.

Check out the past posts in this section about that tour and sign up as soon as Frank posts..it is always a sell out!

Then there may be a party or two in NYC and Long Island that some of us New Englanders travel down to (together)

There is also the Fredericks Museum Recitals (see under Terrytunes post - she usually has a blurb about that for their website)
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 04:02 PM

Mozart, it sounds like you would have a great time at these parties and Peyton, I was sorry you weren't able to make it.

One other thing I wanted to mention is how people seem to have progressed. I'm not surely that their playing has necessarily improved as much as the performance anxiety has diminished. And everyone knows how bad nerves can completely muck up one's performance. I've noticed that a number of us have become much more relaxed when playing. Terrytunes, for example, blew me away this time with her Lizst Consolation. I've never heard her play more beautifully.

So, one more important reason to attend piano parties - facing off with those annoying performance jitters.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 05:45 PM

Lilylady I noticed you tilt your head back when reading the music at the piano. Do you wear progressive or bi-tri focal glasses.

I was doing the same thing until I bought piano glasses and they make playing much easier...
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/09/08 10:56 PM

Hi Mark,

Awful things, those bifocals!!! New perscription is trifocals, which are worse and I can't wear them while playing as each 'space' is too small.

I have computer glasses (of the bifocal) but can't wear them as the distance from eye to music is not the same as from eye to someplace on the keyboard. The same if looking for middle C but not for the ends of the piano, which is more likely where I need to look! So I get dizzy when I use them.

At home the piano bench is higher and I can manage better but at the party the bench would not go up as high.

Thanks for the suggestion though - will keep trying something else. I would love for something else to work better than straining my neck!!!
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/10/08 02:15 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by lilylady:
Hi Mark,

Awful things, those bifocals!!! New perscription is trifocals, which are worse and I can't wear them while playing as each 'space' is too small.

I have computer glasses (of the bifocal) but can't wear them as the distance from eye to music is not the same as from eye to someplace on the keyboard. The same if looking for middle C but not for the ends of the piano, which is more likely where I need to look! So I get dizzy when I use them.

At home the piano bench is higher and I can manage better but at the party the bench would not go up as high.

Thanks for the suggestion though - will keep trying something else. I would love for something else to work better than straining my neck!!! [/b]
During my annual eye check up I brought some sheet music. Gave the eye doctor the distances I view and for $100 I picked up a cheap pain of piano glasses.

I can't tell you how much it has helped...

Mark...
Posted by: novelinda

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/10/08 09:23 PM

Found a computer at the motel here in Rockland and A441 and I just had the greatest time reading all your comments and looking at the pics. Thanks Kathy and Jonathan and Sophie for hosting the "best ever piano party". Of course now that I'm taking lessons , I enjoyed all the playing so much more. Thanks to all of you or I never would have started, even though I managed to use the middle pedal while I was playing. What a hoot!

We are having the best of times in Maine. Spent 2 days in Rangeley and now we are in Rockland for 4 nights. What a view from our 4th floor motel room of the harbor.

Still talking about the party and all the wonderful and amusing things that went on. Hope to find a way to post some of my pictures when we get back to the Cape.

Keep playing everyone.

Linda and Jerry
Posted by: Jeanne W

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/10/08 09:27 PM

Hi, Kathy:

I just tried sending you a private message through PW but your mailbox is full! Sorry to be following up so late. Things have been so hectic the last month or so and last week my husband and I were away on vacation. I just opened your email! I only check my email once a week, if that.

Wow! Sounds like everyone had a great time at your get together, I'm sorry to have missed it, and your piano and house are beautiful! Lots of good music and good company!

What a nice thing it is to get together with friends!

\:\)

Jeanne
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/11/08 10:56 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by kathyk:
Terrytunes, for example, blew me away this time with her Lizst Consolation. I've never heard her play more beautifully.
You are way too kind! Most of it was due to you piano sounding wonderful; plus, it was very enjoyable to play.

I gave myself credit for making it all the way through the entire 3 pages of this piece!! Even though it didn't flow smoothly and I flubbed up the 2nd to the last line, I made it to the final note without wanting to cry!! \:D

Jeanne, missed you and all the others who were unable to attend. \:\(

Linda & Jerry... thanks for checking in and letting us know you are enjoying your travels. Have a safe journey back over the CC bridge!
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/12/08 08:03 PM

Thanks to Kathy and her family for hosting (and putting us up!). What a wonderful weekend.

Linda you played so well!!! I am so impressed that you are taking lessons! You go girl!

Jeanne, we missed you but as consolation, while we were on the highway I pointed out the exit to your place for Bernard! :p

Only thing missing was Frank! \:\)
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/13/08 05:32 PM

I just finished cleaning the house. I came across the tip jar on the piano. Jerry, I owe you $3.38.

I know BL, I missed Frank too. But, I expect to see a lot of Florida parties popping up.
Posted by: SAnnM AB-2001

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/15/08 07:49 AM

I live in Nova Scotia but attend SummerKeys when I can. If there's a party in Maine next year I'd love to tie it in with my trip to Lubec. When/where are dates posted for these parties.
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/15/08 04:12 PM

Sandy, the party notices are generally in this room of Pianoworld - Forum Members Parties, Cruises, Meetings . . Just keep your eye out. ;\)
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/15/08 05:40 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Mark...:

During my annual eye check up I brought some sheet music. Gave the eye doctor the distances I view and for $100 I picked up a cheap pain of piano glasses.

I can't tell you how much it has helped...

Mark...
I need piano glasses for my fingers \:D
Posted by: leebea

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/26/08 01:15 PM

Kathy, I love the weather and my new life out here, but I sure do miss the New England gatherings. Wish I could make it but unfortunately...
(and it's hard to find a good New England lobster out here in the desert) \:\( Nice pictures, Frank.
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 09/26/08 01:30 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by leebea:
Kathy, I love the weather and my new life out here, but I sure do miss the New England gatherings. Wish I could make it but unfortunately...
(and it's hard to find a good New England lobster out here in the desert) \:\( Nice pictures, Frank. [/b]
It's hard to find them down here in Florida too leebea.
I guess we'll just have to both make a trek to a New England piano party, and get some lobster while we're at it :-)
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 10/01/08 11:42 AM

I was trying to send a message to Linda and Jerry to see where their pictures are...do you have any to share?

But novalinda's PM seems to be deactivated.

???

Anyway...hope you both enjoyed the pics we shared of you two and that you had a grand time in Maine!

I am so proud of you Linda - learning to play now and even playing for friends!

And Jerry, well, you KNOW how much I love your playing!

Are you still thinking of attending NYC on Nov 1st? More info on that is over on WTF. Noontime at Jeffrey's. Center of Greenwich Village, a few blocks north from Washington Square Park.
Posted by: YourGuide

Re: Party on in Maine Sept. 6 - NOW WITH PICTURES! - 04/28/11 01:50 AM

A lobster almost 4 feets? the largest i have seen is about 1 foot long..