Far from the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd, a group of music-loving women gathered at the Nurtury on the weekend of August 13-15 to reconnect with our musical roots - some of us hadn't played our instruments since high school band days! - or discover for the first time the joy of making music together. The squeaks and false starts of Friday night gave way to sweet harmonies and genuine moments of communal inspiration as the weekend progressed...
By Sunday afternoon, our band of 8 felt ready to hit the road armed with a name - The Elegant Hedgehogs - and a jazzy repertoire. And this is only the beginning... A regular practice schedule has been set up - Thanks, Wendy! - and we even have a band mascot - a lost kitten, now named Jazzie, who found her way to the Nurtury as the weekend kicked off, and has scored herself a great home with clarinet wizard Sue and xylophone mistress Pat.
Heartfelt thanks go out to Wendy for getting the whole band weekend organized in the first place; to Kathy for digging out the musical scores and leading us so well; to Heather and Sue for being such an amazing Clarinet duo; to Diane and France for initiating the Sound of Music Singalong and lending such great enthusiasm to the weekend; and to Pat for her uncanny ability to syncopate.
If anybody is interested in jamming with us through the Fall, please get in touch.