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.
If a huge thundercloud isn’t transient, nothing is. We outran this one in Iowa in the summer of 2010, on our way to Hillsdale College in Michigan. It nearly caught us when we stopped for lunch, but we got to our destination before the storm broke.
I took this picture through the front windshield of the car while it was driving down the highway. Honestly, it felt like we were being pursued by the Devil. Maybe we were.
See the differently-colored punts, all lined up on the banks of the River Cam, in Cambridge, England. They are just waiting for some people to come along and rent them for a lazy trip down the slow-flowing river. Perfect for a summer afternoon.
Unlike many younger people these days, I don’t normally take pictures of my food when eating out, or post them on social media (I am not on Facebook or Twitter anyway). But this time, on our cruise to Alaska last summer, I just had to capture this. It was the final night of the cruise, and dinner was especially fancy. I ordered the duck, and this is what was placed on the beautiful table in front of me.
The food actually looked too pretty to eat! So, what do you think that item is at the edge of the plate, at what pilots call the “twelve o’clock” position? I turned the plate around twice before sampling it, but I had no clue until I took a bite. It was potatoes! I likened it to a bit of hash-browns, cleverly formed into a shape like a pear. It was very good, and I know that this will be one of the most memorable meals I’ll ever have.
Where I live, in a small city, the housing is mostly single-family homes with yards. Even the downtown area isn’t very dense.
Then, there’s New York City, which has to be the epitome of “dense”. In Manhattan, the buildings are built cheek-by-jowl, and many buildings are very high. The majority of residents of Manhattan live in multi-story apartment buildings, with elevators and doormen. Here are a couple of views of New York City, showing all the tall buildings, built right next to one another. Dense, indeed!
Daffodil field in the Skagit Valley, around Mount Vernon, Washington. Note the gray skies-it was raining, and we found many flooded fields. The Tulip Festival runs through April, and if Sunday was any indication, the tulips will be late this year. The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in our state, and is the second-largest supplier of flower bulbs in the world, after Holland.