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The Dream Journal – September 2021

Hello!

Our inundation of zucchini and yellow squash has run its course, ended (as ever) by the vine borers. But finally, after what seems like forever, we are getting tomatoes. Lots and lots of tomatoes! Pickling cucumbers galore! Sweet and hot peppers from the plants we couldn’t identify after they got tipped out of their trays in a windstorm, so we planted whatever was still alive and figured we’d sort it out when they finally produced peppers. We’ve even had a couple of small heads of broccoli. And then… peaches! Our little peach trees have come through for us. Not quite enough to process into anything, but hoo boy, are they ever tasty eaten fresh! If it’s not obvious, we love this time of year.

Earlier this summer, we played a Listen & Lunch concert at Depot Park in Peterborough, NH, and we’re back again this Thursday, September 2nd from 12-1pm. The park is a delightful oasis in the middle of Peterborough, and is a great place for a picnic lunch with a musical accompaniment! Note: watch the weather forecast for this one, as there is no rain date. If what’s left of Hurricane Ida comes through the area as is currently forecast, the show will be cancelled. If you’re not sure, contact us Thursday morning.

Another concert series that started this year is the Weathersfield Summer Music Series, held at the Hosington Field in Perkinsville, VT. We’re looking forward to playing there this Friday, September 3rd from 6-8pm. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner, and we’ll bring the music! Many thanks to June and Bill Brink for all their hard work getting this series going. Note: this one is rain or shine, thanks to a very sturdy picnic pavilion.

A few years ago, the good folks at the Farm Cafe in Keene, NH approached us to ask if we would be interested in a singer-songwriter stage at the Keene Music Festival. Needless to say, we said yes! Last year would have been the third year of the stage, but, as with many other things in 2020, it was cancelled. This year, the festival is on! This Saturday, September 4th, the singer-songwriter stage will again be set up outside the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene. The stage will run from noon to 8pm, and will feature Jason Baker, Richard D. Lewis, John Ferullo, Tom Smith, Dan & Faith (that’s us!), Shanna In A Dress, Cosy Sheridan & Charlie Koch, The Milkhouse Heaters, and Picket Hill. We’re playing around 3:40pm, but you really should be there for the whole day so you can hear all these great songwriters. And while you’re there, pop into the Toadstool Bookshop for a good book or two, and pick up lunch at the Farm Cafe.

We were originally scheduled to play music at the South Acworth Village Store’s Pizza Night in early August, but the week before there was a major flood in the area, and the area in back of the store by the pizza oven filled up with mud and rocks. We’ve rescheduled our show for Saturday, September 11th from 5-7pm, and it sounds like they should have the mud and rocks cleared out and be able to host music there again by then. If you’re interested in going, we suggest you contact us ahead of time so we can give you a heads-up on what roads are open, as there are still some flood-damaged roads in the area. Yes, it’s been an interesting summer around here!

The Loop At The Armory is a Boston area showcase for singer-songwriters. Normally held at the Armory Cafe in Somerville, MA, for the time being it will be online. We’ll be playing The Loop on Thursday, September 16th from 7-9:30pm Eastern time, along with Linda Marks and Alex Rosiewicz. You can find it on The Loop’s Facebook page.

You may recall we were on Nick Noble’s radio show, The Folk Revival, on WICN-FM a week or so ago. Since we are one of the acts who has been on his show more than 10 times in the years he’s been broadcasting, Nick has invited us back for his 700th show on Thursday, September 23rd! The broadcast runs 7-10pm Eastern at 90.5FM in the Worcester, MA area, or live online at https://www.wicn.org (click where it says Listen Live Online). We will share four songs to help Nick celebrate this amazing milestone. I’m sure he would be thrilled to have folks post congratulations on his show’s Facebook page, too!

The Serendipity Songwriter Showcase and the Midweek Song Swap will be back soon. Meanwhile, stop by the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA, get yourself a tasty meal and dessert, and tell Laura and Johnny we said hi!

If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of one of our CDs but just haven’t gotten to it, or would prefer to have a download instead of a physical CD, head on over to our Bandcamp page, where you can purchase copies of Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace.  As an extra incentive, on the first Friday of every month, Bandcamp waives their already low revenue share and turns all album proceeds over to the artist.  They’ve committed to doing this throughout the pandemic, and will be continuing through at least the end of 2021.  Remember, CDs make great holiday and birthday gifts!

If you’ve subscribed to our YouTube channel already, many thanks! If not, we’d love to have you subscribe. It lets you find our videos much more easily, and get notifications when we post new content. Just login to YouTube, head to our channel, and click “Subscribe”. If you’ve missed any of our past shows, you can watch them while you’re there.

Our albums Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace are available from us on our website, through Bandcamp, or you can find them at iTunes and most other online music stores.  Our music is also available streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

As always, you can find additional schedule information on our website. For additional content, follow us on Patreon. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

Enjoy live local music whenever you can, and make sure you’re doing so safely for both yourself and the musicians.

Dan & Faith

The Dream Journal – July 2021

Hello!

We’re being inundated with snow peas. This is not a bad problem to have! We were thoroughly convinced that the woodchucks that figured out how to get through our electric fence had decimated the pea plants, but those plants are tough little buggers! It’s been quite a few years since we last grew snow peas, so having them in stir fries, salads, and tonight’s soup has been a treat. After more than a year of singing to a computer screen, playing in front of live audiences has been a treat, too! We’re taking great delight in doing that as much as we can.

This Sunday, July 11th, we start off our month with a Popup Concert at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church in Springfield, VT. This is one of the places we were scheduled to play in 2020 that fell through because of Covid, so we’re happy to have the opportunity to play there this year. Music starts at 3pm. The plan is to hold it outdoors on the Meetinghouse lawn, but if Mother Nature decides to throw some rain at us, we’ll move indoors into the Meetinghouse. If it’s moved indoors, masks and social distancing are required by the venue.

Summertime is farmers market season! We’re playing at the Peterborough Farmers Market at the Community Center in Peterborough, NH on Wednesday, July 14th from 3-6pm. The market is held rain or shine, but will pack up in case of thunder and lightning. Stop by, pick up some fresh produce and prepared foods, browse the arts and crafts, and we’ll serenade you as you do it.

Our first show in August will be the Acton/Boxboro Farmers Market in Acton, MA on Sunday, August 1st. We’ll be playing 10:30a-12:30p. Hoping to see some familiar faces in our old stomping grounds!

The Serendipity Songwriter Showcase and Midweek Song Swap will be back soon. Meanwhile, stop by the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA, get yourself some tasty takeout, and tell Laura and Johnny we said hi!

If you’ve subscribed to our YouTube channel already, many thanks! If not, we’d love to have you subscribe. It lets you find our videos much more easily, and get notifications when we post new content. Just login to YouTube, head to our channel, and click “Subscribe”. If you’ve missed any of our past shows, you can watch them while you’re there.

Our albums Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace are available from us on our website, or you can find them at iTunes and most other online music stores.  Our music is also available streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

As always, you can find additional schedule information on our website. For additional content, follow us on Patreon. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

Give your local restaurants, farm stands, shops, musicians, etc. a little love this year. Be patient with everyone, as we’ve all been away from other humans for a while.

Dan & Faith

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