July 08, 2012

dancing by Mabry Mill

We stopped by Mabry Mill today on our way from breakfast in Virginia to back home to North Carolina. I've made this video at Mabry Mill in the mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway. This is how folks were spending their time dancing and playing instruments on the lawn by the Mill. It was heart warming! Tradition is alive.  http://youtu.be/TrD5t_8VJJ8

July 07, 2012

Moving Golden Key Music studio

My friend Nadia is a music teacher. She is teaching piano and voice. For two years her studio was in Clemmons. This weekend we have relocated her studio to Winston-Salem (20 min from Clemmons). Now it is at Five Corners (22 Miller St). It may be now more convenient for some of you to consider taking music lessons :) Just seconds from Stratoford or Cloverdale Bus 40 exit. Think about it! :) www.GoldenKeyMusic.com for more info.
The guys from Feeny Piano were very careful moving the piano.

                           22 Miller St. Winston-Salem NC 27104 (corner of Stratford and Miller).
                                                           Natasha - everyone's favorite!
                                               Nadia is trying out the piano in her new studio.
                               Nadia at the instrument playing Gurdjieff's music. I'm on the left :)

June 30, 2012

balloon artist

My talk to Donna Pruett, Balloon Artist. She performed for kids in the library last week.


How did you start doing this?
I saw it, I like it, I start playing with it. Once you figured out several twists, you can do almost anything. If you interested in ballooning, it comes easily to you.

Where do you buy your balloons?
I order them off the Internet from LaRocks Fun and Magic, they are in Charlotte area in NC. They have catalog online.

Are you from here?
No, I'm Australian. 

I hear a bit of accent.
I hears yours too. I saw your license plate, I like it.

What do you tell people when they ask you "Where are you from?"
I tell them "I'm from my mother, and where are you from?" (laughing)

I'm a full time balloon artist. I do it for 30 years, full time. I work for myself, I have no employees. I can do any kind of event that has a need for balloons. frizzbb@yahoo.com.

This is my 15th years working with North Carolina libraries. I have 60 Summer Reading Shows this summer, for two month - June and July. I'm on the road a lot. I live near Boone. I'm thinking about moving toward Winston. But I don't know if I want to leave the mountains... I really love what I do, and I do it for 30 years.

What's the best part of it?
Kids, and laughing, and playing! And the worst part is driving (laughing). I get to go to competitions. National and international, when two thousand of us get together and show off new sculptures and then we vote. Last time I went - it was in Boston.  I did National in St. Lois, then in California. I'm trying to bring it to Charlotte or Raleigh. 

There are a lot of people from all parts of the world participating in this competitions, and it's a lot of fun, we get really crazy!

April 08, 2012

weekends are for reading

"Sitting, reading without a lamp..." (A.S.Pushkin). How strange Pushkin's poetry sounds in (my) translation.

January 30, 2012

fun pic from the past

Here is me and Jeannie in her greenhouse in Germanton, NC. August 1998 :))) I'm glad I have dated the backside of the photo because Jeannie's t-shirt has 1982 on it (so misleading :)))

January 05, 2012

Good Night

I'm (including my userpic) in today's Winston-Salem Chronicle talking about the importance of... good night sleep :)