Hello followers of the Molasses Creek Tour!
When we last wrote, the band had landed in Delmar and was spending the week seeing the sights of the area. Marcy, Lou, Fiddler Dave, Amy Howard and Lachlan traveled in to New York City to get a taste of the Big Apple. Marcy and Lou traveled to Ellis Island to try and find details about the arrival of relatives to the United States, while Amy, Lachlan and David made their way from the Southern tip of Manhattan up to Central Park. Here are some pictures.
Lachlan at the Trinity Root at St. Paul's Chapel near Ground Zero
Construction at Ground Zero
Eating Chinese baked goodies in Chinatown
Indoor Ferriswheel at Toys R Us in Times Square
Lego Spaceman Spiff
Lego Statue of Liberty
Lego Empire State Building (and King Kong)
Worn out? Not yet! Waiting for the train. . .
Gerald Hampton's wife Beth flew in on Wednesday to spend a couple of days around Albany before she (and Amy and Lachlan) headed back south.
On Saturday, April 2, Molasses Creek drove North to Whallonsburg, NY near Essex for an afternoon family workshop and evening concert at the Grange Hall. The small town of Whallonsburg used to be a tiny industrial hub with several mills, a railroad depot, and a couple of hotels. When the railroad depot burned in a fire and was relocated two miles away, Whallonsburg fell into decline. Although situated on the western shore of the beautiful Lake Champlain, the region has met with economic challenges within recent times, but seemed to have a number of artists and creative folks coming back to the area to set up small organic farms, bicycle powered technology workshops, and to bask in the beauty of the rolling hills and mountains and gorgeous waters. Many thanks to Molasses Creek friend Mary-Nell Bockman for inviting us to the community. We had a great time and will definitely be heading back that way in the near future.
The Whallonsburg Grange Hall
One of the beautiful painted backdrops at the Grange
On Sunday, April 3 Molasses took the Plattsburgh ferry over to Vermont and drove to the Bee's Knees in Morrisville for a brunch concert before returning west (via the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory) to Charlotte, VT to stay with Alison Newman.
I can never remember which one is Ben and which is Jerry. . .
Alison and her mother Susan Stuck are Ocracoke friends and neighbors.
Alison graciously welcomed the Molasses invasion and the band stayed overnight on Sunday before heading North to Montreal, Canada for a visit with another Ocracoke couple Serge and Genvieve Gracovetsky. Visitors to the Ocrafolk Festival may know Serge from his work and creation of the Ocracoke Jazz Society. The couple split their time between Ocracoke in the winter and Montreal in the summer.
Serge and Genvieve took the band to visit the old city, the underground, the Formula 1 track (where Gary got to drive!), and the Bio-Sphere, where Gary, Marcy, Lou and Gerald tried to find a proper habitat for Fiddler Dave. Although they failed in this quest, Gary did get a couple of nice looking new ears.
Caught Serge on Camera!
On Tuesday evening, Molasses Creek returned to Charlotte, VT and prepared for an early morning school residency in Bristol, VT.
Another couple originally from Ocracoke, Bertil and Alicia Kurth, have settled in Bristol and Alicia invited us to her elementary school on Wednesday for performances for the 3-5 grades and K-2 grades before teaching some Ocracoke square-dancing to the 4th graders. The kids were wonderful audiences, learning all about Ocracoke Island, music instruments, Blackbeard's history, and how to "wring their dishrag" during the promenade. At the end, Louie had 4th graders screaming and dancing to an imprompto Beatles song.
After school we did some sightseeing south of Middlebury College to visit the workshop where Bertil does his fine woodworking.
This evening we are heading in to Burlington for a concert at the Skinny Pancake. Look below for more upcoming concerts!
Who is this Character anyway?
58 TOUR SPONSORS AS OF 4/7/2011!
As of April 7 there are 58 folks who have signed on to be tour sponsors and help Molasses Creek travel along their way through New England. Each of the following folks have contributed $30 to help pay for tires, shocks, and the new roof carrier for the band. Come June each of them will receive a brand new Molasses Creek "Catharsis" album autographed from the band with many thanks. If you would to join their ranks, you can find out more information by clicking on the below image link.
Thanks again for everyone's support!
Molasses Creek 2011 Spring Tour Sponsors. Thanks for traveling with us! Yippee!!!
John and Emy Hinnant
Vickie A. Pavlik
John and Dolores Gilbert
JoAnn & Walter Shaub
Deborah T. Leonard
Kathleen A. Weiss
Gary & Trisha L. Davis
Nora & Ed Pascht
Ed S Mann
Rev. Kelli Sorg
Stewart Aly and Annie
Heidi R. Bokesch
H. Nelson Bsitzel Jr.
Jay D Myers
Bruce E. Smith
Bette & Patrick Tefft
Charles and Nancy Scholes
Larry and Chrstine Deyss
Tom Duca and Catherine Seidenberg