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UPCOMING APPEARANCES:

Sun    Aug 1 Dalton, MA
Sun    Aug 8 Sharon, MA
Sun    Aug 15 Kerrville, TX
Sat     Aug 21 North Adams, MA (tentative)
Sat     Aug 28  Blandford, MA
Sat      Sep 11 Pittsfield, MA

Check the calendar below for more details!
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Dear Friends!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my page.

Summer has always been my favorite season, and this year, with the emergence from quarantine, it’s especially wonderful. It’s a bumpy ride, but I am easing my way out of quarantine and back to house concerts and small venues, as well as a private lessons.

THE EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL DALTON FOLK FESTIVAL (formerly know as Sugar Hill Folk Festival) will take place on Aug 1 from 4 – 7 PM at the Dalton Community Recreation Center, 400 Main Street, Dalton, Ma.  This year, our headliners are Berkshire County’s Bernice Lewis, Cliff Eberhardt (Williamsburg, MA) and Cosy Sheridan & Charlie Koch (Harrisville, NH).

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP: 10 AM to Noon at Mill & Main, located right next to the Dalton Recreation Center at 444 Main Street Dalton, MA.  Led by Bernice Lewis, the workshop will offer local songwriters some information about song structure and process, as well as the opportunity to share their work and ask for constructive feedback. Contact blewis@williams.edu for registration information.

BERKSHIRE COUNTY SONGWRITERS: From Noon to 1 PM, Lewis will participate with local writers Melissa Brinton and Aimee Van Dyne in a Nashville style unplugged “In the Round” song swap.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Dalton Cultural Council, The Hinsdale-Peru Cultural Council, The Dalton CRA, and the Katherine H.W. and Winthrop Murray Crane III Charitable Trust. This event is free, open to the general public, and appropriate for all ages.

For information call 413-684-0260

MAIN STEM OF THE SALMON RIVER in IDAHO:  Sep 15 – 20, 2021
There are still a few open seats on this “family friendly,” trip, which translates to mean that the water isn’t as big as the Colorado. While the option to paddle may exist if there are enough folks interested, the option to sit in the boat and let the experts do the work is definitely available. I’m also told that there are hot springs. HOT SPRINGS!

Cost: $2199 per person.  This includes ground transportation by bus from Salmon, ground transportation by bus from the take-out to McCall, meals from lunch Day 1 to breakfast Day 6, all camping equipment including tents large rectangular sleeping bag, sleeping pad and camp pillow, dry bags, and an MFRE mug to use and take home after trip.  Hit reply (blewis@williams.edu) to for information and registration link.

IRELAND: POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE/JULY 2022. We’ll visit castles from the middle ages and learn about the geological and religious history of Ireland. We’ll kayak under the stars in Skibbereen, visiting with phosphorescence and fairies, and we’ll participate in concerts, Irish pub sessions and a private music party. Drop me a line at blewis@williams.edu for information on available space.

PATREON: Join me on Patreon:  I would be so honored to have your support as a patron.  As the isolation of this past year begins to decrease, those of us with careers in the arts are not just going back to work. We have to wait for venues to re-open, many of which may not have survived the pandemic. We have to find the energy and resources to re-build our tour routes and our audiences. Any amount you can spare will be appreciated.  You can find me at https://www.patreon.com/bernicelewis

I am looking forward to seeing all of you again.  Stay in touch for live stream music on Facebook. Past concerts are archived and currently open to the public.

DOWNLOAD OUR RECORDINGS:  Support The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra by downloading our songs at Bandcamp.com.

ORDERING INFO:  Itunes, Spotify, CDbaby, Pandora, and best of all, drop me a line to order the old-fashioned way. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list for updates and monthly poems.

ARTIST EDUCATOR:  Most of you know that I often go to schools to talk about my family’s emigration from Germany in 1940, during WWII.  This program is available virtually.  Drop me a line if you know a school or teacher that would be interested in hosting this timely presentation.

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POEM OF THE MONTH:  The Waterline

I am sitting
on a broken Adirondack chair
above some big rocks in the Atlantic Ocean
facing west
you explain that to me

My friend’s father-in-law
purchased this lot more than fifty years ago
way more
He tore down the fishing shack
and built a summer house
with a big screen porch facing the ocean
a place for his family to spend their summers

My friend tells me that the family owns the rocks
In the next town over, you can’t own the rocks
but here, you can

It got me thinking about rocks again
on the rocks, off his rocker, rocks off, rocks on, rockin’ and rolling
at any rate, if you own the rocks
do you own more of the rocks during low tide than high tide?

“No,” she says. “We own to the waterline.”

But the waterline changes every twelve hours
Well, every minute of every day actually
That’s what it’s all about, what we love, why we are fascinated by the ocean
The water is always moving

Today, here on the rocks,
It’s like a big bowl of blue grey jello
Gentle curls wash the shore as the western lights fade
and leave pink all over the place, so

“How far out do you own the rocks?”
She kept insisting on the waterline, but

If the waterline is always changing
and if deep down, at the basement, it’s all one big rock,
Do you own all the way to Ireland?

I stare down the sunset

“No,” she says patiently.  “Just to the waterline.”

© 2021 Bernice Lewis

Looking forward to seeing you again soon – Bernice