Building a Sunroom – Summer 2012
Some house concert hosts have actual performance seasons with fairly firm cycles of beginning and ending. But so far, I’ve not been able to corral my calendar that well. At least not on purpose. Either artists contact me or I pursue an artist, and we book whatever dates they and we have available that are good fits. We just don’t really have an official “season”.
This summer though, we purposely hoped to leave the month of July unbooked so we could take things a little slow and maybe get out of Lakeland for a short trip somewhere. Ha! Plans are just plans, not promises, and that’s just fine.
My Mom would have been so happy that the little bit of money that I inherited from her is being spent to build a new “sun room” at our house, to be filled with her lovely wicker furniture and her hand-forged wrought iron chandelier she had made in the 1960s. We started with the dismantling of an old screen porch, then added a new septic tank, a new slab, framing, roofing, drywall, electrical, windows, door and the finishes. We have been embroiled in construction chaos for weeks and weeks now. What an interesting process to see a room being built from the ground up! We are nearing completion now – counting down to a final inspection, painting and trim work. Oh and the back yard is a big mud and sand pile that will have to be tamed sometime!
All during this, our 8-month-old granddaughter needed us most afternoons this summer and she and her mom have spent a few nights a week here at the house too. I wouldn’t trade that grandma time with Zora for anything.
BUT: It is a very good thing we were not also trying to juggle house concerts during all of this!
The whole point of this post though, is to tell you I am starting to get that itch to have our next concert. I’m so excited about the next several artists we have scheduled, and know you’ll get a kick out of them too. Come hear these folks and come see our new sun room!