Lindalou and Michael Ryge

April 30, 2010

May Day Market!

May 1st  from 9am to noon or so…
We play the opening day of the Calistoga Farmer’s Market! We’re going to stick around for awhile after the market and play all the Mexican songs we know for Calistoga’s Tamale Festival. After that we’ll be heading up to Beehaven where our friends Alan and Barbara are putting on a music party to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary and we’ll be celebrating our 30th which was on April 27th…our real anniversary was on the 28th though. We celebrate the first time we kissed 37 years ago back in 1973! Yikes…time sure flies!

We’ll be playing music at Beehaven all weekend. We haven’t invited everyone we know since it’s not at our home… but if you read this and are interested, feel free to call us at 539-2698 if you’d like to join us!

April 2, 2010

Spring Greetings!

It’s April already and it’s pouring sideways here at our house today. Yesterday I enjoyed working in the garden in the sunshine, but the day before we had almost blizzard conditions, by Northern California standards, turning the forest around our house completely white. The beautiful snow stuck around for several hours before it started raining again and melted it all quickly.

So far this year, we’ve mostly been playing our music in retirement homes and care facilities. We used to volunteer to do that from time to time, but now they actually call and offer to hire us. Some of them have us come on a regular basis. It’s so rewarding to see how the music effects people who may not even be able to do much anymore but sit there in their wheelchairs. Some of them can’t speak or communicate but the music perks them right up and really seems to get through to them. It makes folks smile and sometimes they sort of dance in their chairs. Feels good!

We do have a couple of public gigs coming up this month where we hope to see some of your familiar faces!

April 17th  2:00 to 3:30pm  At Pioneer Park in Calistoga,
we’ll be playing with the 3 D’s (no glasses required) Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper.
This is for a part of  Calistoga’s Community week long Earth Day Celebration.

April 24th 7:30 to 10pm  At Calistoga’s Napa County Fairgrounds,
Also with the 3 D’s. This will be our 2nd annual Mountain Volunteer Fire Department fund raiser dinner.
We’re honored they’ve asked us to be their regular Fire House Band! This fund raiser is a great Italian Dinner and auction. It’s had a bigger turn out every year, so they’ve moved it to a larger venue in the Tubbs building. We don’t generally play much Italian music…but we learned a few songs for the occasion last year, which we’re dusting off again. Last year we had a great response and had folks dancing after dinner. If you’d like more information, or if you’d like to buy tickets for this worthy cause, please call Jan at 707-942-5002.

We hope 2010 has been going well for you all so far. We’re doing our best here to keep making music while figuring out how to pay the bills! If you or anyone you know needs music for a wedding, party, memorial service, or any kind of event please pass on our info. We’re also putting the word out that we’re available for elder care, helping folks with all kinds of things they just can’t do on their own anymore. We don’t have professional training for this but have had plenty of hands on experience with our own loved ones and old friends. Please keep us in mind if there’s a need for this kind of help. Thanks!

Many of you have seen this, but I’m posting the link again to the video of my dear old Dad, who we really miss.  We video taped him singing just one week before he died last November. He would love to know people are enjoying this gift he left us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEy8n8We5HY

If you didn’t get a chance to watch this before, it’s only about 3 minutes long and you can see my Dad’s sweet smile. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Spring!
Love, Lindalou and Michael