I was asked to participate in the National Oldtime Parade this year by the Weiser Farmers Market. I’m happy to say that our float got first place in the non-profit division! It was extremely hot outside (104 to be exact), but I had a blast and would like to thank the Weiser Farmers Market for asking me to be a part of their float!
Here are a few of my favorite parts about the parade:)
My first full performance during fiddle week was on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Weiser Classic Candy. It is a local deli/ice cream/candy shop run by two amazing people! I’d like to thank Patrick and Keith for being such huge supporters of what I am doing!
This was how I set up my table for my performances at Weiser Classic Candy. NOTE: See that pretty tip jar? There is a story in my next blog about it! (It will be Weiser Classic Candy Performance #2)
The National Oldtime Fiddle Contest is held every year the week after Father’s Day in my hometown. We have two parks, and both are jam-packed with performances everyday. I belong to a local youth fiddle group (Squeaky Strings). We perform every single day, sometimes 2-3 times a day during this week. We were scheduled to play for an hour and a half at Memorial Park, but our show is usually only an hour, so I filled in with about a 20 minute performance. Thank you to those of you who donated during this performance, and to those Veterans who came by to talk to me! I was also asked about performing at a show in Eastern Idaho this year. Not sure we will make it this year, but we have some info so will look into maybe doing it next year.
The Idaho State Veteran’s Home was hosting a Father’s Day BBQ, and I was invited to play. One of the things I love about playing there is having the Veterans come up to me and tell me what branch they were in, and some other info. about themselves. I love hearing them holler after every song…..this tells me that they are enjoying themselves, and that right there is why I’m doing what I do!
Fiddle week is fast approaching our small little town! Cross walks are painted, food vendors are staking their ground, campers are starting to move in for the week, and Kali’s life will get a bit more hectic!!! She belongs to a local youth fiddle group called “Squeaky Strings.” The group performs at various venues around town through the week, and this is always the week Kali is able to start performing on her own to raise money for this organization. This week she will be performing everyday, sometimes twice a day around town. She is also hoping to get some wonderful workshops in along the way!
Hey everyone! I’d just like to update you all on what has been going on around here!
School, sports, theater, fiddle group and private fiddle lessons have been consuming my life lately! I haven’t gotten in any performances, as school is my number one priority during this time. I have been working on some new pieces for my upcoming summer performances, and am excited to get out there and continue raising money for our military!
We have updated the calendar here on this page with what performances I have booked. We’ve got some other things we are working on as well, so please check back often, or check out my facebook page!
Don’t forget: May is Military Appreciation Month!!!
We’d like to take the time to say thank you to all of you who have supported Kali! You generous donations, words of encouragement, asking her to perform for you….our hearts are full. We’d also like to thank whomever it was who nominated her for “Student of the Year” at our local Chamber Awards. It was an honor to have her on the ballot at just 12 years old!
The holiday season is a time to spend with loved ones. We’d like to remind everyone to remember those who are not able to come home for the holiday season. We know first hand how tough it is to have one stationed overseas during the holidays. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season!