|Great Dorset Steam
|Another fabulous year of GDSF! This time I rented a
caravan and stayed for the whole five days. What a
great way to see the show. Exhausting, but
wonderful. Click here to see the
photo gallery. Pictures were more limited this year because I forgot
part of my battery charger, so I was out of luck when the battery died.
(You didn't want to see the rain and mud anyway!)
COAA Crossroads Village
Crossroads Village Michigan is a very nice ca 1900 "living
history" village that features a steam railroad, vintage carousel and
Ferris wheel and a number of other nicely restored buildings. About 80
COAA members turned out for the rally, bringing more than twenty large
organs and an equal number of small organs.
of the most fun features of COAA rallies has become the "play-along"
concert, where a group of us accompany Trudy, Dave Wasson's 98 key
concert band organ in a selection of turn-of-the-last-century band
music, including a nice selection of Karl King marches and waltzes.
(That's me hiding behind the tuba on the end, and Dave
on Euphonium) Click
here or on the picture to see a number of other photos.
|Is that a hurdy-gurdy you got there?
|In one of the least likely musical combinations ever,
I recently had the chance to play a duet with a real hurdy-gurdy! At the
most recent New England Folk Festival
I was playing my Castlewood organ in the hallway when I was approached
by an extremely nice person who complained that people always thought my
instrument was a "hurdy-gurdy". I assured her that I knew better, and we
proceeded to play a couple of tunes!
folks were most receptive to my slightly-less-than-traditional "folk"
instrument, and we had a great time. I often had a half dozen kids
standing in line waiting for their turn to turn the crank. The "Gay
Gordon Medley" from Ed Gaida turned out to be the perfect roll for this
occasion, with impromptu dances taking place as I played.
Collection, May 2006
||The Mid-America and Lake Michigan
chapters of the MBSI held their May meeting in Chicago, with a visit to
the collection of Marian and Jasper Sanfilippo as the highlight. Here
are photos of most of the large organs in the collection, as well as a
few other tidbits. New for me were the fully refurbished locomotive,
tower clock, Victorian rail car, and, highlight of the day for me, a
fabulous new Verbeeck Dutch street organ (pictured left). What a
Pictures from the 1979 Great Dorset Steam Fair
||I finally bit the bullet and had many boxed of old
slides digitized. Here are some of the pictures I took during my first
visit to what was, at the time "The Great Working of Steam Engines at
Stourpaine Bushes". Aside from being completely astonished at the show,
the trip was memorable because being a young, broke postdoc at the time
I had not planned the trip at all and ended up sleeping in my rented
Mini Cooper in the car park and absolutely freezing! I was completely
not ready for weather reminiscent of Boston Mud Season in September in
the south of England. If you recognize anyone I'm happy to add
annotation to the pictures. Higher resolution copies are available on
Pictures from the 2005
Lincoln Steam Fair
||The Lincoln fair was a great and wonderful surprise.
Not as large as Dorset, it was still all I could do to get around and
hear what I wanted to hear and talk with the interesting people in two
days. There were about a dozen large organs, many smaller ones, and
hundreds of steam engines in attendance. It was reminiscent in spirit of
the Dorset Fair when I first attended it in 1979. More relaxed and less
frenetic than Dorset, but plenty to see and hear. The show grounds are
spectacular--paved roads and lawn. Don't come here if you like to wallow
in the mud! Be warned if you stay for Saturday evening-- they lock the
gates to the grounds and you can wander for miles in the dark to get
back to the car park from the one gate that stays open (do you need to
ask how I know this?). Camping on site is highly recommended.
The 2005 Waldkirch Organ Festival and Bumbling Bruder
||We finally made it to Waldkirch! What a great trip.
Ron and Mary Jo Bopp are superb (and patient) tour leaders. Ron's
article in the COAA journal is superb, I'd refer you there for a great
summary of the trip. These are a few of the hundreds of pictures I took,
I apologize to all that I have no organized way of tracking what is
what, so if you want to know if a particular organ is a Ruth 37 or 38
I'm not going to be much help.
Pictures from the 2004
Great Dorset Steam Fair!