Dear <<First Name>>,
The trio of photos in this letter were taken over the past several months. The first is what greeted me in late February, after one of our ancient apple trees had fallen prey to the watery lake that ensued after our record snowfall melted. Its tenuous hold with the earth below nearly broke my heart.
This precious tree, along with many others in our apple orchard, have been here longer than we have. They were planted before Alan purchased the farm, before any music ever wafted out of our barn, and both Alan and I have always treasured the apple trees’ historic stature on our property.
So we enlisted the help of a very able arborist from Port Angeles and our diligent farm crew and determined, if not to right the tree (a job only Achilles could have accomplished), to shore it up so it would continue to not only live but thrive.
And so it has.
The resurrection of our bowed and nearly defeated tree is how I feel about Concerts in the Barn this year. It has been a year of many unanticipated challenges, but we have surmounted them all. Like the apple tree in our orchard, we are all still standing—and smiling. Each time I step outside the farmhouse, I see once barren twigs miraculously transformed into redolent flowers and a hundred glorious shades of green trees and shrubbery. Even our berry bushes push forward with new growth, promising rows and rows of ripe red raspberries and deep blue blueberries this summer.
Summer 2019 Artists
In just seven weeks, the Carpe Diem String Quartet will swoop onto the farm, fresh off their month-long sojourn in Siena, Italy, where they are the quartetto in residenza at the Academia Chigiana for the Siena International Music Program. Joining them on opening weekend is Jeff Midkiff, an extraordinary mandolin player. We can hardly wait for them to arrive and are delighted they are able to share both their music and splendid company with our community for three entire weeks.
This year, Concerts in the Barn is bringing back two traditions—first, “festival fashions” with Tim Girvin’s new beautiful logo, in the form of sweatshirts, zip hoodies, tees, vests, and more, in sizes and colors guaranteed to please both the ladies and gents. Second, we are reinstalling the outdoor speakers on the lawn so that everyone, seated inside or out, will hear every musical note and every comment from musicians on stage.
As in the past two seasons, Finnriver Cidery will be serving its ciders inside the milking shed, but this year sharing its table with a selection of yummy wines from Joe Euro’s shop, The Wine Seller. All profits from these sales will go to support youth music programs in Jefferson County. We want to help ensure the music we love will be heard and played for generations to come!
Help keep CITB free!
As you know, Concerts in the Barn is open to the public—anyone who enjoys great chamber music is invited, and the price of admission is free. Alan and I do this because we want as many people as possible to have access to the “farm experience” so many of you have enjoyed over the past 35 years, especially families with children and people on fixed incomes who might find the ticket price out of reach.
We can do this only with the help of all of you, our devoted community of patrons. This year our budget is $40,000. To-date we have raised more than $10,000, which means we’re more than a quarter of the way to our goal!
Now, one of you has made an extraordinarily generous gesture—
a pledge to match the first $5,000 that is raised by fellow concertgoers.
Can you help us match this gift? Can you help us surpass it?
If so, you may make an ONLINE DONATION.
Or send your check to: Concerts In The Barn
7360 Center Road, Quilcene, WA, 98376
We are so grateful to patrons who understand the time and commitment it takes to put on our concert series. There are many tasks we must accomplish and costs we must assume as we prepare to open the farm on July 5th to chamber music-lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
With your help, our music will continue to be heard in the barn for years to come, with the same love and support as we give our ancient apple trees on our farm today.
With warmest regards,
Alan & Leigh