Tuesday, July 19, 2016

There’s music in ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’

There’s music in ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’: “Lights! Camera! Action!” Ah, those words are music to my ears whenever I hear them, or say them, or even think them in my head. And this week they happen all over again with a completely new group of kids…and Jonah.

The cast and crew of The Perilous Carnival!!

Jonah is doing what all directors do...telling the audience to shut off their cell phones!

Back stage at the Tibbits Theatre.

This theatre production was certainly a labor of love for me. It was a whirlwind of work which I now call...from Script to Show in four days.  I love taking this on the road and this was one was very special to me with Jonah as the student director. I hope you enjoy the column. Maybe you will want to bring Script to Show to your town! As always, just click on the top link.

Lou Ann 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Experiencing Balloons Aloft

Experiencing Balloons Aloft: With my red glitter shoes tucked inside my bag and two little sleepy girls tagging along beside me, I made my way to the Balloons Aloft. I am not exactly the early bird as I knew the fog was as deep and thick as, well, as pea soup. I let the girls sleep as long as they could and then I frantically woke them up, “Hurry, the balloons, hurry.” I don’t like to wake them in such a fashion, but on this day I did.

Photo courtesy of Bill Eyster and the Steuben County Tourism Board

Here is the link to last week's column. No, I never got to go so the photo is from Bill Eyster. The column has a bit of a different twist...I believe it is my response to the events our nation experienced last week. I appreciate you reading this piece...two of friends really loved it. I must say that I could barely see to edit it as I was crying so hard.

As always.
Lou Ann

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Two little girls make Nannie feel like a kid again...

Two little girls make Nannie feel like a kid again: Not that I follow the advice of T.C. Steele to rise every morning at 4, there is something fiercely wonderful to rise before the sun each morning, even on these summer mornings. Sometimes it is simply to get the “morning work” done before the day begins or it is the way the day arrives with coffee in the garden or out on the porch.

Already best friends! Holly and Brianna with the Katie and Lily
having their first tea party in the play house!

I always try to live my life full of adventure and fun. I am so happy to pass this on to my little granddaughters as they visit me for nine full days without their parents. Bedtime at midnight...campfires...tea parties...theatre...stories...music...and well, everything in between including the stars every night.

Yes, my house is a wreck, cookie crumbs fill the cracks in the old floors, and everything is a bit in chaos...and it is wonderful.

Please enjoy the above column. Just click on the above site.

As always, thank yo for reading!

Lou Ann

Saturday, June 25, 2016

‘Wouldn’t it be great’ is a great number...

‘Wouldn’t it be great’ is a great number: The words “music” and “northern Indiana” appear to be one and the same this summer. As soon as the calendar turned over to announce summer nights, campfires and fireflies, someone shouted from the heavens, “Get on your mark, get set, go!”

John Getz starts off the event with his marvelous playing!

It was a beautiful day to stroll around the park.

Here is the link to this week's column. It was a marvelous event and a beautiful day. There is so much more music yet to come this summer. Why don't you join us for the next one?

Just click on the above link and there you have it. As always, thank you for reading!

Lou Ann

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sara Teasdale

I thought I had forgotten, 
But it all came back again 
To-night with the first spring thunder 
In a rush of rain.

I remembered a darkened doorway 
Where we stood while the storm swept by, 
Thunder gripping the earth 
And lightning scrawled on the sky.

The passing motor busses swayed, 
For the street was a river of rain, 
Lashed into little golden waves 
In the lamp light's stain.

With the wild spring rain and thunder 
My heart was wild and gay; 
Your eyes said more to me that night 
Than your lips would ever say. . . .

I thought I had forgotten, 
But it all came back again 
To-night with the first spring thunder 
In a rush of rain. 

Paris Street: Rainy Day
Gustave Caillebotte 1877

Last night's storm was something to take your breath away. I slept with my door open to my balcony and my room was flooded with light. The night before it also was flooded with moonlight. The storm cracked and raged so that I would not have been surprised to find King Lear stomping out my back door wanting in.

I have guests from the Netherlands who slept right through the storm. They also got home before I did and they shut off the air-conditioning and left me a note. They said they hoped I didn't mind. Oh, I loved them for that. I only turn on the air when guests are here.

So with the air off, the bedrooms full, and a storm raging, it was a great night for dreaming. And, oh, we needed the rain. My gardens were bone dry. Lucky for us there are clouds in the sky again today. Blissful rain, fall upon my gardens!

The poem is from Sara Teasdale.

Monday, June 20, 2016


Ahhh...here we are...my favorite day of the year! (Today and winter solstice!)

This Solstice is even more beautiful because it is the full moon in June, also known as the Strawberry Moon.

The term "moon-man" is an English term associating a madman with the moon because the moon has a great domination over the bodies of frantic persons.
(According too Thomas Dekker's Lanthorn and Candlelight, 1608.)

This June moon is also known as the Rose Moon and the Midsummer Moon.

So, now you know. Enjoy this day to the fullest.