Back Up And Spinning: Part Two (Folk Cats At A Wedding)

Part one of my reintroduction mentioned that I was busy with the fundraiser, but I’ve also had a lot of other stuff to keep up on. Babies, weddings, work and whatnot. You know how it can be. It’s a double edge sword, you want enough to do in your life to stay interested but when you’re writing about it, you also need time to write about it all!

This last week was jammed packed. Maybe everything should be broken up into different posts, but hey, I’m just getting back after a hiatus and need to ease into everything. This weekend wasn’t really supposed to be that full of activities, we were just going to a wedding and the folk fest was going on.

Acro-Cats 2015 Sign

That all changed Thursday. I was sitting at the desk job, and good old VanyaLand (love that blog, check it out) had an article about the Acro-Cats and I recognized the act from an Animal Planet show. Turns out, they were in town! Obviously, we had to go!!

Acro-Cats 2015

I don’t remember a time when I have laughed more. Seriously. The show started with simple tricks by a few of the cats but the three ladies running the show added great commentary between everything.

The audience were also participants, laughing and shouting for all the cats as they went through hoops, climbed poles and darted across the stage. A few times, the cats joined us in the seats! My favorite tricks included the applause sign which was lit when one cat would hit a button and when they would climb up above six feet and hop down onto the back of the trainers.

Acro-Cats Collage

Tuna was the star of the show, but the other cats were equally adorable. Above is Tuna on the cowbell and the rest of the cats up close. There was a meet and great after the show. Most of the cats don’t like to be pet, but one cat was gracious enough to let us snuggle.

There were a lot of kids in the audience so the show wrapped up pretty early, which was nice since Mr. Richard and I had to get to a wedding the next day in Western Massachusetts.

We get Wedding Guest Fancy

The wedding was beautiful. A work friend, we went for the groom and his now wife planned a wonderful day. Every detail was covered for the entire day; it was like a twelve hour day! We ended up leaving early, with me feeling that it would best to get a little of everything and do more than burn out on one thing.

Lowell Canals

Sunday, we woke up early to get back in time for the Lowell Folk Fest. I was a little upset, we were only about forty-five minutes late and still missed the pierogis! We parked by the Swamp Locks in the canals so our walk over to the festival was really pretty.

Trolley Selfies at the Lowell Folk Fest

We also managed to catch the trolley and have a scenic ride over to the food. The food! Oh my goodness, the selection of food is overwhelming. We immediately got in line for the Polish tent and I had Mr. Richard wait while I got drinks and samosas. We ate those while we waited but unfortunately, as I mentioned, the pierogis were gone.

It was sad, but I instead filled up on some Greek dessert, a fried dough with honey and nuts while Mr. Richard had some spinach pie. We topped everything with ice cream. It was a delicious mixture! My little cousin works the ice trucks and had a gyro which looked amazing as well.

Lowell Folk Fest 2015 Art Walk

After feeling stuffed, we walked down the artist way, and this year had some fantastic artists, particularly the fabric arts. I really fell in love with the different textiles. It was a beautiful contrast to have traditional African or Caribbean fabrics contrasted with the North American styles Lowell is known for.

Lowell Folk Fest Art Walk

Of course, they do demonstrations and you can purchase items if you’re so inclined!

Boarding Park Stage Folk Fest 2015

At the end of the walk, we were at Boarding Park Stage and it was an Armenian act. They really got the crowd going, a lot of folks got up to dance and celebrate the culture. I don’t know how many times I can say it, I love Lowell for it’s diversity and this folk fest is really the perfect example of it all.

Indian Dance Collage Folk Fest 2015

Before we headed back around, we managed to catch a talented act out of a Brookline, MA Indian dance school. These girls were incredible! I took a ton of pictures and videos because all of it was stunning. The hair, make up, saris and of course, the dance moves were all gorgeous.

See, they were amazing! I do try to keep it all different and interesting, so make sure you check out the social media pages like Facebook and Instagram for even more footage.

Lowell Canals by Swamp Locks

As we headed back to the canals for the tour, we found some really great spots for taking pictures, I hope to go down there next weekend at some point for a little side project. We also learned a lot about Lowell, including the original settlers, the immigrants that maintained what the settlers started and how we got where we are today.

Lowell Canal Boat Tour

The tour also focused a bit on the environment. Due to the industrial nature, the river was so polluted but now it’s up to a class B which means you can now swim in it. I remember how it worked it’s way up! The river used to be absolutely horrible.

The whole day was really informative but I was exhausted by the end of the entire weekend. I spent Sunday catching up on some TV with my feet up, somehow trying to write some posts. Tonight when I get home though, I plan on doing some cataloging so everything catches back up to steam by mid-week.

Part of the blogging hiatus was spent planning how the blog would look coming back. I’ve broken down the “Things Randomly Related to the Collection” section into even more. It was a lot of work on the backend of things so it’s not super noticeable but do check out the category section on the right or bottom of any post to explore!

There’s sections now! Life Updates, Concerts, Record Stores and more. It’ll be easier to find anything you’re looking for, well, that’s the goal anyway! What else? I hoping to include a weekly events schedule on Sundays too so you can catch local Boston music too.

Back Up And Spinning

It has been over a month now since my last post and I do apologize! As many of you know, I had been working on a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and it really ate up a lot more time than I expected. We had 50/50 raffles, a bar night and bake sales over the last two months so it really felt like every moment outside of the day job was focused on fundraising.

I did still manage to do a lot of fun things that I wanted to share with y’all but just didn’t have the time to get posts up so I’m going to dive into the last two months’ activities here. Well, not really June since it really didn’t end with a bang or any sort of music related activity.

Fourth of July fireworks 2015

You know what’s kind of odd? Mr. Richard and I have been roommates for nearly a decade now and we’ve never watched fireworks together. They’re loud, you usually get ash in your face and the smokey smell is kinda obnoxious. However, in the interest of new experiences and adventures, we went out to Revere Beach on the Fourth this year to watch the fireworks with friends and listen to one of the Grateful Dead’s last shows.

Roomie selfies on Revere beach 7/4/15

Fireworks on Revere beach 7/4/2015

The fireworks were simply spectacular and one of the best private displays I’ve seen. We were on a private beach and the entire mile must have had set ups every few feet. The fireworks went off for hours all down the beach. I posted some time lapse videos on social media so make sure you’re following along!

Mr. Richard screen fun

After some of the main fireworks set ups had calmed down, we went back to our friend’s to listen to the Dead. As you can tell, we had a bit of fun with the screen and trippy graphics. It felt a bit like college again but I suppose that feeling is heightened by the fact we ran into one of our friends from back in the day. That’s New England. So small town, you can never really escape people you know!

After hanging with hippies for the Fourth, we needed a little hip hop back in our lives so the roomie and I hit up Boston’s Hip Hop festival at the Middle East in Cambridge. We got there a little late, which was unfortunate because we missed out on some great acts, but I did get to see some of my favorites! I really would have liked to get the festival it’s own post, but it just never happened.

STL GLD Hip Hop Fest 2015

We walked in for STL GLD’s set so right off the bat, I was happy. If you are following along with my social media pages, you know I’m currently obsessing over the group. I dare say, I’m even fan girling out over them. The best part about seeing them live is the energy. Between the Arcitype’s insane musical skills and ability, Moe Pope’s lyrical content and delivery and Chris Talken’s hype man screams, you really can’t just sit still.

There’s a listening party coming up in August for their new EP and I’m overly excited. If you can make it out, do so. You’ll be bummed if you miss one of the first chances to hear their new tracks.

Akrobatik Hip Hop Fest 2015

Up next was Akrobatik. Mr. Richard is very familiar with his work, me not so much. Sometimes, it just becomes overwhelming to keep up with everyone’s discography. Despite this, I still greatly enjoyed his fifteen minutes and wanted more time on stage.

Reks Hip Hop Fest 2015

A smoke break later and we were back inside in time for Reks. Again, Mr. Richard is more familiar than I am, but I’m definitely planning on listening more. We’ve seen him live before so by now, I should really have some of his songs under my belt. I also need to figure out where he got tattooed, I really like his arm ones!

Dutch ReBelle Hip Hop Fest 2015

Dutch ReBelle was the last act I managed to snag some pictures of. Unfortunately, right after her set, I felt horrible. My stomach was apparently trying to escape my body and it felt like it was about to bust through my belly button to do so.

Any time I get to see Dutch ReBelle, I’m there for it. You all know this by now. This 15 minute set of hers was one of the best showings I’ve personally seen from her.

All of the acts at the Hip Hop fest, even the ones not mentioned here are phenomenal. It’s refreshing to take a break from the same 20 songs on the radio that all seem to contain the same lyrics and music and actually listen to something authentic.

OTEBoston 2015 Rappel

As I mentioned above, the Special Olympics fundraiser ate up a lot of time, but it’s over with now. What an exhilarating day! I rappelled twenty two stories down the side of the Hyatt in Boston and raised nearly $1,100 for the Special Olympics! My team raised over 24K!

OTEBoston 2015

It was an incredibly humbling experience, and not just because you’re on a ledge 22 stories above the city, but because you get to meet these amazing athletes that give their all and never give up. We say they should have limitations, but they don’t. They’re strong. They’re smart. They’re determined. And lastly, they’re beautiful. Inside and out.

OTEBoston Collage 2015

I was honored to have my girls with me this year. I honestly can’t believe I talked them into this!

As if rappelling a building wasn’t enough for one weekend, Outside the Box made its return to Boston that same weekend. I wasn’t familiar or into most of the acts and since I was so busy, it was convenient to skip out on most days. I’m sure I did miss out on a lot, but I was focused on getting there Sunday to see Shea Rose.

Air Traffic Controller OTB2015

I overslept was and was kind of pooped so we didn’t make it until Air Traffic Controller was on stage for Sunday’s events, but they put on a great show. Boston’s music seen is so diverse but you can get lost in one genre so it’s nice to see acts you normally wouldn’t.

Shea Rose OTB2015

Shea Rose absolutely slayed her performance. I mean slayed. She always does, but this performance featured a medley at the end of all cover songs. It was epic! I posted some footage on social media and the divine Miss Shea even shared one of the pictures herself.

Honestly, since the show was last week and I’ve been to a cat circus, wedding and folk fest since, I’m not really doing it justice. I would really suggest trolling around for videos of the event. It’s a great, free festival and more arts should be public like this.

There’s so much more, especially from this last weekend, including the Lowell Folk Fest so I’m going to break up this post into two parts. Look for part two tomorrow and for your regularly scheduled vinyl posts to resume soon after!

Boone June: Speedy Gonzales

The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were false then and are still false today. While the following does not represent the WB view of society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed.

Speedy Gonzales

“Speedy Gonzales” is a 1961 David Dante about Speedy Gonzales, “the fastest mouse in all Mexico”. The song was popularized in the U.S. as a 1962 single by Pat Boone.

The Boone version peaked at the #6 Billboard Hot 100 position in 1962 during a total chart run of 13 weeks, doing better in many national charts in Europe, where it sold a million copies.

Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales

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Speedy Gonzales

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The Locket

Boone June: There’s A Gold Mine Walking The Floor Over You My Candy Sweet

Last month, I hit my initial goal for my Over the Edge / Special Olympics Massachusetts fundraiser so I upped my goal to double! Next month will be the rappel so don’t worry if you haven’t donated yet, you still can HERE! It’s a really fun event that gets the Special Olympics a lot of attention. I mean, just look at the views from last year!

Over the Edge 2014 Collage

I had been a bit distracted from the blog because of the fundraising but it’s really so worth it. Since I’m still working on raising more for the Special Olympics, I do also want to shed some light on celebrity philanthropy efforts, even with different organizations. I haven’t touched on Pat Boone’s work up until now, but he’s partnered with some great foundations!

Since 1977, Boone has hosted the annual Pat Boone Golf Tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a celebrity event that benefits a faith-based home for children of families in crisis.

According to the Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner, Boone partnered with GOD TV in 2010 to provide foundational funding for a community development center in East Africa. The Pat Boone Family Life Center in Loiborsoit, Tanzania provides much needed health services and clean water through a deep water well.

“Clean water, and with it small medical clinics and even basic primary and secondary schools, are literally life-changing developments, offering healthy lives and unthought-of futures to countless thousands who otherwise would live and die with no chance even to participate in the 21st century,” Boone wrote in an article about his trip to Africa, in WorldNetDaily.

Pat Boone There's a Gold Mine in the Sky

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There’s a Gold Mine in the Sky

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Remember You’re Mine

Pat Boone Walking the Floor Over You

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Walking the Floor Over You

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Walking the Floor Over You

Pat Boone Candy Sweet

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Candy Sweet

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Delia Gone

Boone June: Twixt Twelve And Twenty

’Twixt Twelve and Twenty is a book by Pat Boone which offered advice to teenagers.

The title refers to how the teen numbers (from 13 to 19) are between (or “betwixt”) 12 and 20. The book was a best seller.

Pat Boone Twixt Twelve and Twenty

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Twixt Twelve and Twenty

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