Whew! I would have written this sooner, but I'm still in recovery...
For any of you sad folks who missed it this year and were wondering how it was, Sarona 2005 was awesome! Another
fun-filled, jam-packed, sing-along, play-along, get-to-know and get-to-show ya weekend that was, as usual, better than the
Mucho kudos to Harold for his hard work and dedication! He pulled it off yet again and sent us all home happier,
wiser, and more exhausted than ever before (including last year when I had pneumonia at the time).
I enjoyed every workshop I attended:
The Bob Dylan and Don McLean sessions were wonderful. One, because the presenters were great---I mean, c’mon,
Joanna Scudero and the Bald Avenger? Who can beat that? Two, because Bob Dylan and Don McLean’s music is beautiful and
the tidbits we learned about their lives were interesting. I laughed till my sides burst at Lucia’s “Getting To
Each Other” session and I heard some pretty interesting stories about my fellow folkers! There was major improvement
and new talent on display at both Ariela’s Spoon and Harold’s Harmonica workshops. Finally, what can be better
than sitting in the sun with a group of lovely men and women (Yay Barry, you brave man, you!) chatting and learning to create
things with your hands? Hats off (or rather hats on, as soon as we finish making some) to Mira for her Crochet workshop.
I can’t speak for the other workshops (sorry Shay, Trish, and Rina but I had to sleep sometime!) except
to say that if you come back next year I promise to attend!
As usual, the Gala Dinner was yummy and the Memorial Concert was splendid. (It must have been as we were jamming
until 2 AM!) Joanna’s set was especially touching and didn’t leave a dry eye in the room, not even hers, and a
quartet of four mystery girls surprised everyone in the room, including themselves, with a most excellent harmony.
The Saturday barbeque at Rancho Karaso was delicious and fun as usual. Even the weather held up for us that
day, though we were doubtful much of the time.
Finally, the Grand Finale was incredible. Can you imagine bursting new talent (Yay again, Barry!), exciting
improv (those Saints came CHARGING in!), show tunes, super heroes (hi again, Bald Avenger!), and famous-recording-artists-who-get-mobbed-in-the-parking-lot-and-asked-for-their-autographs
all in one show? Well, neither could I until this past weekend.
What an awesome time - I can’t wait till next year!
More stuff coming soon.
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