Sharon Thormahlen and I attended the SE Harp Weekend held October 8-12, 2008 at Lutheridge Conference in Arden, NC. Afterward we explored Black Mtn on the Blue Ridge, then Atlantic Beach before headin
Beautiful new vendor hall!
Vendor hall (r) and dormatories (l) at Lutheridge.
Let's get started unpacking!
The hall is full of harps... the Thormahlen's are on the right.
Let the tuning begin!
Sharon and I take a "playing break." (I'm on a Cherry Cygnet and Sharon is on the Pineapple Koa Swan.)
The booth is taking shape.
Sharon's new book has our Birds of Blue Ridge composition in it, which we wrote 2 years ago at this same conference!
Sweepin' the Clouds Away is Sharon's 8th book.
Friday afternoon was the Harp Tasting - 18 harps participated.
Cathy Chanuk and Sharon watch Annalee Foster demonstrate the new Thormahlen Ceili harp.
A mini-Irish session draws attention to our booth!
Some awesome harpers test out the Ceili.
Annalee, Janet Harbison, Sharon and I following Janet's fabulous concert.
Rhett and his new Serenade harp!
Bonnie takes her new Thormahlen harp home.
Wonderful last night dinner out with Janet Harbison. See you in Ireland someday!
Perfect ending to a great dinner shared all around.
Cabin Creek Lodge and Cabins in Black Mountain, NC
Our cabin was right on the creek!
Sharon and I got into a composing frenzy and played harps well into the wee hours. Prelude for Peace was hatched here!
Sharon and I worked on our song everywhere - even at the Mt. Pisgah lookout on the Blue Ridge Parkway!
On October 15th - Debate Day - we drove 8 hours across the state. We stopped in Monroe, NC at the DNC to check out what was happening.
Lisa and Renai brought us up to date on the Obama campaign and on local NC races, fitted us for our T-shirts, and shared some joy and HOPE.
On to the Hall Family Cottage at Atlantic Beach, NC - what a wonderful place with a long family history!
87 degrees in mid-October... and warm ocean water! The composing continued as we walked the wonderful, sandy beach.
The sun sets on the Atlantic Ocean.
Playing music for the Home Place retirement community in New Bern on Saturday afternoon. Ann on harp, Sharon on bass, Don on guitar, and Dan on harmonica. We made a joyful noise!
Sharon and I debuted our new composition, Prelude for Peace, here at the Home Place. We got all the way through it with no mistakes! (well, just about)
Sunday lunch after church with Don, Claire, Dan, Grandmother Jenkins, Annie Rose, Burkette, and Sharon (taking the picture). Delicious!
Wonderful hospitality offered by New Bern friends, Dot and Morgan O'Brien, who own a Celtic harp from Ireland. You two are awesome!
Time to say 'goodbye' as Sharon leaves for the Raleigh airport and Corvallis. It was a terrific trip!