Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Canada's Best Outdoor Blues Rock Soul Music Event: Etwell Concert Series in Muskoka, Ontario - Cultural and Culinary Tourism

Beyond the lush forests and sparkling rivers, ponds and lakes;  there are country roads near Huntsville, Ontario that will lead you deep into the woods to a magical hidden place.
A place for musicians and music lovers.

I was lucky enough to experience this 'best kept secret' for a
Crowbar (Oh What a Feeling...What a rush) concert.

After being at this Muskoka pavilion I can't decide what the key highlight is:
the sense of community, family atmosphere, live music or the legendary pizza!

Etwell Concert Series features live music at an outdoor venue near Huntsville, Muskoka. Most shows are hosted by the Spring family (Bill, Jeanine, and Tobin) at their home on the Etwell Road. 

The venue is a remote, private location in a country setting with an open pavilion to provide shelter from the elements. (Power outages do not affect whether their shows go on. They have a generator) 

This family event mostly takes place June through October on most Sundays, 3 - 6 pm (with occasional weeknight shows). Fall and winter shows will be held at indoor venues in Huntsville.  

Chairs and benches are provided and all shows are rain or shine. But you are welcome to bring your own as well.

Admission is a suggested $20 donation per person for the outdoor concerts, with proceeds going to the artists. Donations can be made on site. Children are welcome at our outdoor concerts and admitted free of charge.

Etwell Concert Series artists are internationally acclaimed musicians, including Juno-award-nominees and winners, as well as Maple Blues Awards nominees and winners. Our opening acts are often local musicians

They have merch!
Hats and Apparel

Clean and Charming bathroom facilities

Lovely gardens surround the venue.

During the opening act you can smell the wood burning
in the massive outdoor stone pizza oven.

Then the
"Mistresses of Deliciousness"
work their culinary magic
to make the

Side Note:
One of the 'Mistresses of Deliciousness' 
was wearing a Tentree Festival Hat!

(Stylish and chic for both intimate performances or outdoor concerts. 
Their Festival hats are made from 100% recycled wool, 
so you can rock out in sustainable fashion. Order here.)

(This image - Photo Credit: Dove Steele)

Etwell Concert Series Facebook

2012 Etwell Rd, Huntsville, ON P1H 2J2, Canada

Watch this video that showcases the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the Etwell Rd. music venue.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Maira Kalman: Sarah Berman's Closet

Maira Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, and Alex Kalman, the designer, curator, writer, and founder of Mmuseumm, combine their talents in this captivating family memoir, a creative blend of narrative and striking visuals that is a paean to an exceptional woman and a celebration of individuality, personal expression, and the art of living authentically.

In the early 1950s, Jewish √©migr√© Sara Berman arrived in the Bronx with her husband and two young daughters When the children were grown, she and her husband returned to Israel, but Sara did not stay for long. In the late 1960s, at age sixty, she left her husband after thirty-eight years of marriage. One night, she packed a single suitcase and returned alone to New York City, moving intoa studio apartment in Greenwich Village near her family. In her new home, Sara began discovering new things and establishing new rituals, from watching Jeopardy each night at 7:00 to eating pizza at the Museum of Modern Art’s cafeteria every Wednesday. She also began discarding the unnecessary, according to the Kalmans: "in a burst of personal expression, she decided to wear only white."

Sara kept her belongings in an extraordinarily clean and organized closet. Filled with elegant, minimalist, heavily starched, impeccably pressed and folded all-white clothing, including socks and undergarments, as well as carefully selected objects—from a potato grater to her signature perfume, Chanel No.19—the space was sublime. Upon her death in 2004, her family decided to preserve its pristine contents, hoping to find a way to exhibit them one day.

In 2015, the Mmuseumm, a new type of museum located in a series of unexpected locations founded and curated by Sara’s grandson, Alex Kalman, recreated the space in a popular exhibit—Sara Berman's Closet—in Tribeca. The installation eventually moved to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show will run at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles from December 4, 2018 to March 10, 2019; it will open again about a month later at the National Museum of American Jewish History from April 5, 2019 to September 1, 2019.

Inspired by the exhibit, this spectacular illustrated memoir, packed with family photographs, exclusive images, and Maira Kalman's distinctive paintings, is an ode to Sara’s life, freedom, and re-invention. Sara Berman’s Closet is an indelible portrait of the human experience—overcoming hardship, taking risks, experiencing joy, enduring loss. It is also a reminder of the significance of the seemingly insignificant moments in our lives—the moments we take for granted that may turn out to be the sweetest. Filled with a daughter and grandson’s wry and touching observations conveyed in Maira’s signature script, Sara Berman’s Closest is a beautiful, loving tribute to one woman’s indomitable spirit.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Fall 2019 Trunk Show: Parisian Chic and Manhattan Boss Babe

You are invited!
I am launching my styling business.
via an
ONLINE Trunk Show
July 30th - Aug 13

Please join me!

“Shop with me in-person or online—it’s fast, free, and no pressure whatsoever!”

Besides my photo | food | prop styling for my own photography,  I also offer personal styling.

Small group
Large group

Modern styling gatherings give women a personalized, social shopping experience.  No glass cases.  No pushy salespeople.  Instead, my styling experiences are casual, fun and without any pressure.  It's a wonderful way for girlfriends to get together (in-person or virtually), to explore products and get advice.

Please contact me to book your styling:


Instagram:  @pattifridaystylist

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