Winter Fun!

The New Year has come and gone and we are on the verge of February 1!  Our Holiday season was as festive as ever, and we survived both the onslaught of relatives, and all the Xmas season performing gigs.

January brought two concerts, a 25 year celebration of the re-furbishing of the Ellen Eccles Theater in downtown Logan (and 25 completed seasons of the summer opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater) and the CD release concert of the Utah State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble known as AMP (Aggie Music Project).  AMP has only been around for about 6 years, and each year we take on a “project” for the band.  Over the past two years, the project consisted of writing original tunes for the band, and cutting a CD of said tunes.  Here is a shot of the nonet, but unfortunately, not all are in the picture (keyboard is missing).

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We had a huge turn out and sold several discs.  Much fun was had by all.

For the past 7 years (approximately), Liz and her Mom have skied the Canadian Rockies.  This is a week long trip to the Campbell Ice Fields, about a 20 minute helicopter ride from Golden, BC (which is a 9 hour drive from Vancouver). The adventure consists of AT, cross country, and telemark skiing in some of the most beautiful country BC has to offer.  It is self catered (take it all in, take it all out) and about 16 people of various age and background make the annual sojourn.  This trip is certainly a highlight of the year for both Liz and her Mom, and provides the opportunity for them to spend time together doing something they both love.  The rest of the blog consists of pictures taken from this year’s trip.  As always, the pictures that come back each year are breathtaking.  Enjoy!unnamed-3.jpg

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The resident “Marty” that comes for leftovers several times a day.

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As mentioned in a previous blog, we will blending and bottling wine at Rickards in Sonoma Valley in February.  March brings St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Leaping Lulu performing a Riverdance style show in Ogden, Utah.  We will also perform on the Heber Creeper as part of Heber City’s St. Paddy’s day events (third year in a row).  The month rounds out with the ballet Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky).  After 10 successful seasons of Nutcracker with Cache Civic Ballet, they have decided to hire our orchestra for their Spring  production.  Fun!

I will blog again when we finish the Rickards bottling in about 3 weeks.  C U then!

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