THE SOFTEST SEASON
I look up;
and once again,
The Softest Season has slipped in
bringing gentleness within
Sending cheer to all our friends,
(trying not to overspend).
Greeting strangers that we meet
passing by on busy streets;
Taking time to stop and share
what we have to show we care
My wish list is very clear
(just one thing is written there):
“May this spirit
we all feel
Stay with us
through all next year.”
© Nadine McLaughlin
FESTIVAL OF TREES WINNERS
The Ticonderoga Historical Society has announced the winners of this year’s Festival of Trees. Winners were chosen by a group of out-of-town judges using criteria that evaluated originality, creativity and adherence to the overall theme.
This year’s theme was “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”
Winners each receive a $50 cash award. The winners are:
Best Theme Co-Winners: Black Watch Memorial Library and Esther Massett and Bob Osier
Best Overall Tree: Ti Natural Food Co-op
Best Display: Ticonderoga Stamp Club
Best Children’s Display: Adelaide Woods for Chilson Volunteer Fire Department
President’s Award: Susan Darrin
Congrats to all the winners and be sure to stop in and see the four floors of holiday magic at the Hancock House Museum. Open Sunday, December 5 from 10 until 4 – and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 until 4.
THE GIBSON BROTHERS
Saturday, December 11, 2021
7:30 PM 11:30 PM
The Strand Center for the Arts
23 Brinkerhoff StreetPlattsburgh
Bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson step into what some might see as uncharted territory on their country-soul breakout Mockingbird, the new album produced by Grammy Award winners Dan Auerbach and Fergie Ferguson. The celebrated bluegrass duo — named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 — played the Nashville game two decades ago, while in their early 20s, and were offered a major label deal, only to be told at the last minute that they were too “retro” for modern country music. Today, such characterizations, along with their authenticity, set them apart and describes the marvelous Mockingbird.
A mix of country, soul, and seventies rock, the album further cements the sibling duo as musical trailblazers. As players and vocalists, they are superb, harmonizing as only siblings can; as songwriters they stand without peer, having long been a band awarded for their songs and songwriting. The 11 tracks on Mockingbird, their 14th album, draw on much of the brothers’ experiences being raised on the family farm in Northern New York. As Northerners growing up in a Southern business, they had to work twice as hard as the bands from the South to achieve the success they had, and were the first form that far north to carve a path to IBMA Entertainers of the Year.
Purchase tickets HERE.
Gibson Brothers website HERE.