Patchouli, and the Symphony

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[Julie Patchouli, of Patchouli, at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday, May 18 . . . and thus began another music weekend.]

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[Bruce Hecksel, of Patchouli, also getting major play in the art world.  In fact, prior to performing at the winery, they stopped at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale to display some of his works.]

“Labyrinth”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7Xb174I9PY

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[Bruce also noted Patchouli has started to appear on some Billboard instrumental charts.]

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[And they were delighted to finally be performing outside.  We didn’t think it would happen that morning . . . but during the course of the afternoon performance, Tami Bredeson, winery owner, came out to tell them there was a flash flood watch in the area about the time they were scheduled to finish.  Whatta spring!]

“Hide”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv1FT0Z5Q58

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[As I recall, Julie announced that they will be performing in Alex every month this summer for the first time.  Wahoo!]

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[The ever smiling troubadour.  😉 ]

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[The t-shirts are new, designed by Bruce . . . stage displayed by the supervisor. 😉 ]

“Patchouli”:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8AzNjWovo4

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[The Cub Reporter’s Camp Social directives finally produced some results on this day.]

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[OK, maybe the performers had something to do with that.]

“Rest of the World”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocq7Ra8d-K8

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[Cardinal hockey alum, Alia Kopischke, was working the grill.  Her dad, Dan, just happened to be helping her this day.  Give her a visit the next time you’re there.]

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[So, what do we do next?]

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[Yeah, that one!]

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[Till next month then.]

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[Sunday at the winery was the final performance of the season for the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra.  A local compilation of gray heads and high school kids under the direction of Brad Lambrecht.  They just get better every year.]

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[As a male of the species, I have to admit to once again not reading the “instructions.”  Thus, I almost flew out of my seat when the concert began with Copland’s stupendous “Fanfare for the Common Man” and the tympani rattled the joint!  I wish I had run a video on it – they did a terrific job.  As well as a marvelous rendition of “America the Beautiful” next.]

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[Not wanting to get caught short again, I did step to the back to video:]

“Bugler’s Holiday”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpNcM1T69Cw

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[Not too shabby for outstate Minnesota, huh?]

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[I believe still in warm-up capacity.]

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[Well, let’s wander over and get a glass of the local product.  And next year’s hockey co-captain, Melissa Drown, was helping with the intermission goodies.]

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[The orchestra – meaning, of course, some day we believe Mr. Lambrecht will be sought after by a larger venue.]

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[A full house!]

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[Maestro]

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[Ending with the colors and the National Anthem.]

And remember, the coming week in Vacationland, USA, is a blockbuster . . . music-wise (starting with the 5 videos herein!)!

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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