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Hillsborough parlor concert

Posted January 16, 2009

My wife took off for the Florida Keys this morning for a long weekend. Only trouble, she didn’t take me with her! But that’s okay. It’s not going to get THAT cold tonight is it? Oh, maybe it is.

You could say I’m stuck in cold Cary this weekend but I’ve really got something to look forward to. I’ve got a solo performance at 4:00PM Sunday in Hillsborough. It’s part of the Hillsborough Art Council’s Parlor Concert Series. Three times each year the Art Council organizes and sponsors three concerts in private historic homes. They’ve been doing this for 11 years so they’ve got it done pat. The concerts consist of musical performances and readings by local musicians and authors.

The address for Sunday’s concert in Hillsborough is 153 West Margaret Lane. I love the rich history and lively arts scene in Hillsborough. The town is full of interesting characters and the atmosphere reminds me of Morganton where I grew up. The advance tickets are sold out but there will be some available at the door. Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner may bring her family. If she does I will sing the lullaby that I wrote for her daughter Reese. It’s a two hour gig with a brief intermission and a reception.

I love the thought of performing in the parlor of a historic home. My grandmother, Annie McKesson, had a beautiful parlor where friends gathered, tales were spun and songs were sung. What a warm, intimate and acoustically pleasing environment! Maybe I’ll see you there Sunday in Hillsborough.

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