Fundraiser for Taste of Music Festival

by kgwb on July 21, 2014


This is very short notice: it’s happening this Thursday, July 24th at 6p — but it doesn’t mean that it will be short on fun. Poster fails to mention that the $20 suggested donation includes eats and drinks — just like last year — it was a blast.

More about the Taste!



Karen and I, along with my daughter, Claudine, are inviting you to join us in beginning the noisy national holiday on a quiet note with a live, acoustic, performance by Portland artist Laura Gibson in the Arms of the Angels, Historic Downtown Snohomish.

Laura Gibson Living Room Show
Thursday, July 3, at 8p (Doors open at 7 for our subscribers to enjoy the garden!)

Don’t know Laura? She has her own artist page on NPR Music! (I didn’t know that either.)

A Thursday night concert is a first for us — plus you will need to buy a ticket in advance from Undertow – a music collective that is helping Laura with a multi-city tour this summer.
We will not be selling tickets at the door or accepting donations, but you can still bring your favorite beverage to enjoy during the show.

Hope you can join us, helping to support live music … why not buy your ticket(s) now?

Lots of videos on Laura’s site, this one was an immediate favorite for me.



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Come Live with us in Snohomish!

by kgwb on February 27, 2014


Sitting area, first floor

Compatible roommates wanted to share our large and beautifully cared for home in a renovated church and rectory.
Glorious, award winning garden, walk to Snohomish shops, restaurants, the library, senior center and the river.

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blakes_1959For the Blake Family (pictured on the right in 1959), the Christmas season was not over until we celebrated the Epiphany — the arrival of the three kings to the manger in Bethlehem on January 6th, year Zero.

It’s not a national holiday, even though we have most of the world’s rich people, so the obscure Xian event is celebrated on the nearest Sunday. Later, when Mom was on her own, living in Kirkland, we still got together for drinks and a Sunday dinner followed by the distribution the calendars Maxine had accumulated from the many missionaries seeking her prayers and funds.

Brother Pete still brings along calendars to share, but some where along the way to here, the get-together evolved to exchanging books. Then, Claudine’s family, (Warner’s daughter) joined us, and we had a real event to mark: granddaughter Brooke’s birth on New Year’s Eve, 2003! This brings us up to date.

Moving clockwise (and listed in relation to) Warner in the center, we start with Granddaughter Katie (age 14), son-in-law Peter, sister Nancy, brother-in-law Ross, sister-in-law Donna, friend Jan, sister Sara, co-host w/the most Karen, brother Pete, friends Shelly, John, Whitney, nephew Robert, daughter Claudine, and finally birthday girl Brooke, clocking in at 11 years old.

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Christmas Eve Dinner with Family and Friends

by kgwb on December 28, 2013

Beginning with (and listed in relation to) Karen in the center and moving clockwise is granddaughter Natasha, cousin Eric, Kendyal, grandson Jordan, son Chris, Jeff, Sharon, Lya, Kim, Dasa, Sue, daughter Lauren, cousin Trina, 10-second Warner, Sasha, Nancy, Dick, cousin Brian, his father Ron, Bailey, Mike, daugher-in-law Becky, son-in-law Gregory, and grandson Mateo!

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Happy Winter Solstice!

by kgwb on December 18, 2013

Season Greetings from Snohomish, past and present!

You may read all about this historic photo on Warner’s Snohomish Then and Now website — an image recently discovered in a box of glass plate negatives with a yet to be learned origin.

This Saturday is our annual Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk alongside the Snohomish River from 5 to 7p or so. Followed again this year with a Belly Dance Halfa in our studio, 7 to 10p.
Read all about on Karen’s Yoga Studio website.

Add dinner at Fred’s, and you have all the makings of a wonderful way to celebrate the returning light.




Video: Saint Helens String Quartet

by kgwb on July 31, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Phillip Glass: “String Quartet No.4 (Buczak)” composed in 1989 in memory of artist Brian Buczak who died of AIDS in 1988. Read more …

Vanessa Lee: “Approaching Holly” another original composition by a recent graduate of Cornish, this one is about the Hood Canal.

Dvorak: “American String Quartet”, opus 96 in F major, is the 12th string quartet composed by Antonin Dvorak in 1893 during his visit to the United States. Read more …

Ross Edwards: Enyato I is the first of a series under the same title composed in the early 1990s.
Read more …

The players:
Stephen Bryant, violin
Adrianna Hulscher, violin
Mara Gearman, viola
and Paige Stockley, cello



Video Clip: Jami in Concert

by kgwb on July 23, 2013

If you attended either one of Jami’s wonderful concerts, please consider sharing your experience with a comment below. Thanks.



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Pictures from the garden supper following Jami’s concert are missing captions — please add names in the comments below and we will add them to the slideshow.

Seats are still available to the added concert this Sunday — purchase tickets at Jami’s website.

See you Sunday, 7/21 at 4:30p.



We promised last summer to present only one concert Summer 2013 by Saint Helens — but what do you know — two more have been added!

Wired PosterFirst concert is on a Thursday evening, July 11th at 8p – a fundraiser for the Snohomish’s Taste of Music Festival happening in August for the past five years.

The funraising concert features Snohomish’s first place winners of the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis The Wired! Band. Follow this link to view Warner’s clips of the band’s first round performance.

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Jami SieberOur dear friend Jami Sieber returns Sunday, July 14, 2013
And she writes on her website:

“This is the best place EVER for a show! Karen Guzak and Warner Blake have created an artistic sanctuary out of an old church. We will gather at 4:30 for wine (BYOB) and the concert will start at 5pm. At 6:30 or so there will be a light supper offered: salad, cheese, and bread. Angel Arms is a great community event! Seating is limited so make your reservations early.”

Please purchase tickets at Jami’s website.

Scroll down on this page to view a vintage clip of Jami’s first concert here!

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And as promised –
The Saint Helens String Quartet returns Sunday, August 18th

Saint Helens with audience David Dosset’s “All the Usual Refinements” was presented last year as part of Saint Helens’ August concert; and he had this to say on his website:

Last week the St. Helens String Quartet performed ‘All the Usual Refinements’ alongside Shostakovich, Sallinen, and Bashoof at this incredible venue owned (and lived in!) by the mayor of Snohomish. It’s this old church they converted into their house, and it’s just about the strangest place I’ve ever been in. When you are in the sanctuary, the door leading into the house is the confession booth. Its nuts.

David is young, needs to get around more, but his music is right on, and was even taped by the host nut.

Concert details are the same as above — doors open at 4:30, concert at 5, and light supper around 6:30 — byob for the wine tasting fun. Ticket/donation details to follow.