Lehman Township Community Concert: Bushkill Blues Band and Super Moon

8/10/14 Sunday in East Stroudsburg,PA (Timothy Lake South-TT/OW)

At the end of Mass today the little children gave a performance of 4 songs. So adorable. Then they had a kind of carnival to celebrate kids but we scooted on home for lunch.

We’d seen signs that there was a free concert nearby so we wanted to check it out. It started at 1 pm and Mass was at 11:00 am so it was after lunch before we could go but we figured there wasn’t any special hurry. We were right. We even remembered to bring our chairs, just in case. We had to park in a gravel lot then walk down a steep hill. They had a shuttle bus taking people up and down it (all day) but we were fine with walking down it. Except we heard the driver say he saw a bear. Sure enough. So I managed to get my camera out in time to get a few shots as the bear (maybe a year old?) went from the woods next to our steep hill out and across the highway.  Boy were we glad he’d left so we could safely trek down that hill.

bear 1 bear 2

The setting was under trees, next to the Saw Creek and we were glad we brought our comfy camp chairs. A couple was sitting near where we could get a good view so I asked if they minded if we settled next to them. No problem.

setting 1 setting 2

Bushkill Blues Band (some of the members we got to hear over the 6 hours).  I loved Sheila’s voice.

band 1 band 2 band 3

Loved the music (except when the guitar player above played high pitched electronic guitar renditions) and had the best of times with our new friends: Jean/Bob. Soon more friends of theirs appeared: Marlene/Bob and Jean/?. John talked the whole time with Marlene’s Bob, sharing RV stories. Such friendly, inclusive people, such a joy! Would you believe the music lasted until 7 pm? So naturally we stayed the whole time. John even got a $2 hamburger and I splurged with a sauerkraut and pork dinner ($5). Unfortunately it was not really to my taste (lots of salt and vinegar) but adventures in food can’t always be successful.

Others brought very interesting pets, just adding to the fun atmosphere there.

pets 1 pets 2

All the proceeds went towards the “Bushkill Outreach” program. According to Jean there are many there that are struggling.

What a glorious time we had yet by 7 pm we were ready to go home for some quiet time. Nice not having to make supper.

John remembered that this was the night for shooting stars and the “Super Moon”. The news people said it was 14% larger and 30% brighter. We didn’t see the stars. I think because of all the fluffy clouds. John thinks because of the bright moon. It didn’t seem much larger but it was so bright I could even get a photo with my basic Canon camera!

moon

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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