Takoma Park Buskers

We rolled into Silver Spring, MD yesterday in the mid afternoon after deciding not to swim in the milkshake muddy Chesapeake Bay. (Swim plan B was an outdoor pool at the Y, and laps till we lost count in the rain.) Dorothy’s brother Martin and his wife Taylor and dog Lemon shared their beautiful Silver Spring home with us. A special treat of the evening was a Takoma Park impromptu busking venture, where we mixed covers with Washington Social Club originals. I really enjoyed playing with Martin, it was my first time meeting him and he’s a real deal musician. And the truth is I could have stayed out all of that sweet night, but for need of sleep for the longest part of our drive today.

The Serenader

This is my mom’s guitar- a Serenader model by B and J Guitars in New York, most likely from the mid to late 1930s. I’ve decided that the Serenader will be the in-car entertainment on the upcoming road trip. Credit where credit is due, I remember playing this guitar when I was 7 or 8, learning single note songs from Mel Bay’s book…

And I worked on the plaque today but decided not to photograph it until I’ve had a chance to share it with a couple people who have been really close to this project.

Preparing the list of names

It’s less than week before our Burnham, ME to Macon, GA road trip, and there are still plenty of items on the to-do list. Today I’m in my shop, preparing the list of names so that I can assemble the dedication plaque which will also hold the guitar. As you may know from reading the story of my Eat a Peach Tribute Guitar, I’ve collected the names of my Indiegogo campaign contributors for a plaque to be installed with the guitar at the Big House Museum. I couldn’t be more grateful to these folks – family, new friends, friends near and dear, friends from way back, plus fans and lovers of the Allman Brothers Band who supported me with donations and words of encouragement –  not to mention soulful jam sessions, quality baked goods, dark roast coffee, Maine craft beer and a whole lot of other shared good will that kept me on track and believing I could do this.  I had the names of campaign contributors laser-engraved (thank you Yankee Trophy of Benton, ME) onto book matched sheets of beautiful curly maple veneer, and now I’m trimming those sheets down to size for placement on the plaque. I’ll provide some detail pictures once I get the plaque assembled so if you’re a contributor you can find your name. Huge thanks and stay tuned…