Wow! What a summer people!
We made it to Downey, California, the home of the Carpenters with our show We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered. This was an intention we set for our show from the beginning and yes, dreams do come true!
In early August Mark and I made a trip to L.A. to do advance PR for our Downey show. We had TV coverage from ABC, CBS, FOX News National, and also radio interviews with KNX & KPFK, blogs about our show from NBC & Best Classic Bands, print in the Tolucan Times & The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, plus an ad in the L.A. Times! Thank you to Sharon Weisz from W3 Public Relations and all the wonderful news outlets who helped us spread the word about our show.
Downey is celebrating its 60th anniversary of becoming an independent city this year. August 13th saw lots of celebrating and festive activities at the Downey Theatre, culminating in our show that evening. The city opened its arms to us, the Mayor presented me with a Proclamation, the entire team at the theatre pulled out all the stops, and the audience was warm and wonderful and completely embraced us and our show. We heard so many beautiful, personal stories about Karen and Richard and their family, music, and history in the city. It was fantastic! Special thanks to Amber Vogel and Judy Barkett, Mayor Saab, and the City of Downey officials. We had longtime friends in the audience and wouldn’t you know, it was also the 5 year anniversary of Mark asking me to marry him. What a night . . .
We stayed an extra day to check out the historic Carpenters’ landmarks in Downey and surrounding area. We documented the experience so stay tuned for footage and pictures and maybe a mini movie in the show! It was interesting and I’m grateful we had the chance to experience the city, the people, and the Carpenters’ world in a personal way.
We had another show in Mark’s and my home state of Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun on August 11th. It was a fun night with our nearest and dearest in the audience and some new fans too. We also made it to Nashville to play the band’s hometown. We were at the Hard Rock on Broadway and were thrilled to have an audience of fantastic musician friends and a few superstars too!
No sooner had we made it home and it was time to head to the Sellersville Theater in PA, Algonquin Arts in NJ, and Theatre Three on Long Island. Great audiences, fab teams at the theaters, and aside from horrendous traffic heading from NJ to Long Island, smooth sailing on the road.
Made a trip up to Toronto to adjudicate at the Canadian National Exhibition’s Rising Star Competition at the beginning of Sept. Had a great time and many thanks to Vicki McKinney, Danielle Bouree, and all the talented, inspiring young competitors.
Feeling grateful for the privilege to perform great music with wonderful musicians, the opportunity to work with my husband on projects we are both passionate about, and the joy of connecting with beautiful people across the country. Thank you all for your love and support.