Last week was the Leavenworth (WA) International Accordion Celebration. Leavenworth is known as “Washington’s Bavarian Village”, and most of its buildings are dressed up in Bavarian Village style. LIAC consists of four days of accordion competition, performances by local and international groups and individuals, an accordion parade through town, and all sorts of impromptu and organized jam sessions for accordion players and other musicians. In the vestibule of the main concert venue, the “Festhalle:”, accordion dealers set up their tables full of various accordions for sale. The entire weekend is full of accordions, as far as the eye can see. Check it out.
This is a new fountain, in front of the Festhalle. The shepherd has been given an accordion, so he won’t feel out of place during the Celebration.
Here are some of the instruments (can you spot the “ringer”?) on offer in the Festhalle lobby.
Friday night’s entertainment was the Northwest Accordionaires. Hubby is the farthest player on the right, with his beautiful wood-faced Victoria accordion. (sorry about the bad lighting-they had a bunch of bright LED lights on either side of the stage)
Here are the accordionists lining up for the parade through town.
And, THE PARADE! Yes, they are marching and playing at the same time.
Destination for the parade is the Gazebo in the middle of downtown. They all march there, and play a few songs for the cheering crowds of spectators. You can see that they range in age from little kids to mature adults.
Saturday night’s entertainment was the husband/wife team of Kim and Dan Christian. They were very good, and Dan was a fine comedian.
A wonderful time was had by all.