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The Curious Giraffe Visits the Amherst Farmer's Market!

Welcome back!  

The Curious Giraffe is on the move!  We will be singing and telling stories at the Amherst Winter Farmer's Market this Saturday from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  You will find us in the Amherst Middle School Cafeteria.  We will surely add some songs of hope and light and encouragement during this darkest time of the year.  Today it is wet and rainy and chilly, but inside it will be dry and "sunny" and warm. 

Hope to see you there!

Funny Friendly Songs!

The time has rolled around  for another Happy Valley Children's Chorus Concert!  
December 6th, at 1:30 at the First Congregational Church of Amherst (165 Main Street, Amherst, MA)
Don't these kids just make you smile?  They have been meeting every Monday afternoon for ten weeks, laughing and singing and widening their friendships.   Sunday they will be performing a set ofFunny Friendly Songsloaded with surprises and many solos, small groups, and whole group songs.

Bridges: The Unexpected happens here!

Bridges Coffee House and Open Mic was once again a fun, heart-opening time with new friends: Tulip, Amy, Ken, Ruby, Kafelte, Marcie, Lewis---all of whom I would not know except by coming to Bridges.  There were other longtime friends too: Dusty, Lydia, Ivy, Charron, Carol...The setting is relaxed, the conversation and performing is interactive, and you just come away feeling closer and glad you were there. Moments of faith and doubt, hardest moments, best moments, favorite oldies and sing-alongs, original songs, poetry, story-telling, what we're reading---all enrich our lives for the coming month.  You missed it this time, but maybe you'll come next time, or the next.  Be part of it. Be surprised!  Every Second Saturday, 3:00-5:00, First Congregational Church of Amherst Dining Room. Next one is October 10th.

Fun in the Fall too!

Summertime fun shouldn't stop at the end of summer!  In August, Dorothy took her Curious Songs and Stories down the road to South Hadley and the Odyssey Bookshop Family Entertainment program.  Together we sang songs, solved riddles, asked questions, learned facts, and played with a wide selection of puppets and props. We danced, signed, and brainstormed together about why  pigs can't fly, and then sang the true story of one who did! "Freeway the High-Flying Pig" wrapped up the show.

Mixed Up Seasons, Lots of Fun

It is mid-June, and I slow down to breathe.  My seasons have been somewhat scrambled this year, with preparing the soil, fertilizing, and planting in the winter and seeing the fruit of my labors this spring. 
The Happy Valley Children's Chorus held it's "Songs of Hope" concert in May. Kindergartners through 4th graders learned 9 songs, sang solos, and even choreographed a couple songs for their performance.  I plant the seeds, the children add their sunshine, and a beautiful concert of youth and hope emerges.


The Curious Giraffe Show: 
For Curious Kids of All Ages

Coming to you soon! This new project grew out of the "Curious Songs for Curious Kids" CD and songbook, published last year.  There is a song where a curious giraffe asks lots of questions.  Whenever I've taught that song the audience comes up with more questions and more verses! This may seem like a show for younger kids, but our cast includes kids from six to twelve years old, so it will have a wider appeal.  The intention of the program is: (1) to bring a kids from a variety of backgrounds together, and (2) to use stories, songs, and interviews to discuss our questions and learn more from each other and local resources.

The Next Generation, Pete Seeger Style!

It is almost time for the next Happy Valley Children's Chorus Concert! This session we have 18 kids, ages 5-12, excited to share the Pete Seeger songs they've been learning.  (The photo at the side was last spring's group.) The concert will be held at the:
First Congregational Church of Amherst, 
165 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002.
Dec. 7th, at 1:30 PM

Some of the selections are familiar to the whole wide world, and some are rare finds pulled from Pete's own "Singalong Memoir: Where Have All the Flowers Gone.

Curious Songs for Curious Kids new CD!

What a journey it has been to making a dream come true.  Sometimes you can wish upon a star and that's all it takes. But sometimes you have to work quite hard, step by careful step, keeping that star in your sights. 

That is what the path has felt like in writing and recording "Curious Songs for Curious Kids," my new collection of original songs and story-songs, which is coming out this week!  The CD and songbook can be used as a set, or purchased separately. The songbook is for those who like to have lyric sheets, chords, and sheet music.

I Still Believe!

Today we are happy to announce Helen Fortier's brand new CD of healing, encouraging music called, "I Still Believe."  

In her own words:

   "You know I still believe in goodness, in kindness, in angels, in people, the way it's meant to be..."  

"I am really excited announce my CD  I Still Believe. This solo CD   is hopeful and inspirational, but also about hard times, longings, and looking for the better way to live. The songs are about walking in the light of Spirit through the difficulties that constantly cross our paths, all the while holding a vision together for a peaceful planet.

So-You-Can-Do-It-Too Manual and CD!

     Five years ago the wind of the Spirit blew over the water and a seed was carried to my lap. Over the five years since the healing circle singers started, we have shared a journey of challenges and blessings.  It has been a continual showing up and letting go, letting go and showing up, and witnessing the blessing of simply being there for others.  Others who turn out to be there for you, too.  Others who sing, whether they "can" sing or not!  Others who sound beautiful in the amazing sound that rises, so much more than any one of us could sound like alone!
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