A performance scheduled in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia always provides an opportunity to see family, since so many of them live within 100 miles of D.C. And this it also provided another opportunity: a house concert at the home of my sister Theresa.
I have been reading about house concerts and they sounded like fun. Basically this is how it works: someone offers to host the concert. Refreshments are provided, friends of the host are invited, a cover fee is set, and people come and have a great time.
For this concert, I asked my friend Ellouise Schoettler to join me. She suggested we do a fundraiser, and my sister chose Fisher House Foundation, an organization that provides housing for the familes of veterans who are in the hospital.
The evening was so much fun. About 40 people attended; Theresa's house was full! We raised about $400 and everyone had a good time. I would love to do more of these kinds of events because the smaller venue is really suited to the kind of storytelling I prefer--small groups, casual "front porch" atmosphere, and a comfortable setting. Many in this group were new to storytelling and were enthusiasric and interested in hearing more. Ellouise wowed them with her story of her wedding dress bought in a thrift shop, and her tale of the tattooed man. I shared a couple ballads, a story from childhood called "Mr. Skinnyhead," the story of Eaton Tunnel and the tale of how my parents met.
It was a memorable evening and some have suggested that it become an annual event. I'm certainly game.
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