Before guest arrived, Ken started the Turkish tea samovar...
And arranged the Turkish tea glasses nearby.
The tea is almost ready... The top contains a very strong concentration of tea; the large pot below contains hot water. The samovar keeps the tea ready for hours. Each serving of tea includes a small portion from the top teapot, then hot water from the spigot below. The proportions can be adjusted to make the tea strong or diluted, as desired.
Manuel Silva arrived early, bringing his steel drums, and...
Manuel's "canjo" (made from recycled can, with canned ham label still on the back side). His friend William Cumpiano helped build this unique instrument.
Barb, Kitty, and Karen singing Bulgarian songs
Joel and Manuel began to jam...
At Manuel's request, I took this video as a sample (about 3 minutes) of the interaction between these two musicians, who had not know each other before this party. They continued jamming together for a long time.
Sara brought out her gaida (Balkan bagpipe), showing it to Henry and Charlie. As soon as she started playing, I grabbed my tupan (Balkan drum) and accompanied her. What fun! I hope someone else captured a photo of us.
Ken soon began playing his zurna, and I continued drumming.
Unfortunately Sara had to leave early, and I didn't get any pictures of her playing her gaida.
Music continued indoors...
Donna Hill was delighted to see the finished tile project. Ken had bought the beautiful tiles in Turkey years ago, but before we installed them, one tile broke. Donna told of the story of how she and Turgay Erturk searched high and low in Istanbul and eventually managed to acquire a matching tile to replace our damaged one. They delivered it to us at a previous music party. We will remember Turgay and Donna's precious gift every time we look at this fireplace.
Long-term friends from the band "Bobba Culpa"
Elbert and Bernice in foreground, Bobba Culpa and others playing in the yard.
Joe, Karen, Bob, Barb, and Kitty
Adria asked if she could climb a doorway, and up she went!
Dancing in the dining room...
I liked Bob's shirt
Manuel tried my "Zydecko tie"
Later, after most guests had left, Mary Howe Grant (center) and her husband Peter arrived. They had just flown from CA, and were en route to VT to visit Mary's mother. We invited them to stay overnight. Manuel convinced Mary to sing. Before long, this ensemble was performing "Amazing Grace." Kurt, Ken, Mary, Peter, and Manuel.
For Mary and Peter's benefit, Manuel set up his drums again, and treated us to a concert.
Dancing in the living room to the music of Manuel on steel drums
Mary and I enjoyed this impromptu reunion. (We graduated from Mount Holyoke College in the same class, but didn't meet each other until the 15th Reunion. We've been friends since then.)
Manuel played many tunes for us. Here is a small sample (1 min 30 sec.).