Viewed through the kitchen window screen... Guests relaxing in the shade. A hot day!
I handed my old Balalaika to one of our guests, a guitarist from Puerto Rico. He was curious to try it.
Kacho, Charlie, and Henry
Manuel "Manolin" Silva playing steel drums as Jeanette Rodriguez (in sunglasses) and her friends listen.
Peter and Mo relaxed in the hammock, and visited with Helen
William Cumpiano (drums), Manuel Silva (on banyolata or "can-jo" --built by William), and Juan Carlos "Kacho" Montalvo. We were honored that William brought Kacho to our party. Listen to Kacho on Youtube improvising on traditional Puerto Rican themes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JPSCcMS-Ak
Kacho plays guitar, tiple, and cuatro. William builds those instruments: http://www.cumpiano.com/
A brief rain shower was followed by a beautiful rainbow, and relief from the heat.
Double rainbow over our house!
I brought out the frame drums I had been playing at music camp recently.
Potluck food and drink. PLENTY of food! Note the poster on our kitchen wall (see close-up, next photo...)
When I acquired this poster at a yard sale a few years ago, it represented a nostalgic past. Now, after a 10-year hiatus, the Celebrate Holyoke festival resumed in 2015. Join us Aug 26-28, 2016, in downtown Holyoke for more music and celebration.
Balkan music jamming in the dining room, with Bob (from Albany area), Joe Blumenthal (Northampton), me , and Ben Thomas (tuba, from NH).
Barbara MacLean, Karen "K.K.", Bob, Joe, Ken and Sandy
Jenny Kilgore on fiddle...
Aaron Ward (NYC) recording video of Dave Golber (Cambridge, MA) jamming with Manuel and others
Dave and KK
Dave jamming with Manuel, KK and others
Ken on panpipes
Aaron, William, Elbert, Kacho