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UPCOMING APPEARANCES:

Jul 9 – 18 Ireland tour! Waiting list only!
Jul 28 Clark Art Museum Williamstown, MA (with ukes)
Jul 28 St Luke’s Lanesborough, MA (with Ukes)
Aug 4 Private Party Springfield, NH
Aug 10 Kripalu Center Stockbridge, MA
Aug 16 Dreamaway Lodge Becket, MA
Aug 18 Sugar Hill Folk Festival Dalton, MA (with David Roth)
Aug 23 New Lebanon Public Library New Lebanon, NY
Sep 7 N.E.A.T. Fundraiser Reno, NV
Sep 25 Omega Institute Rhinebeck, NY
Oct 16 Little Theatre Cafe Rochester, NY w/Maria Gillard
Oct 17 Nickel City Akron, NY
Oct 28 – Dec 13 Shreiner College Kerrville, TX (Artist Residency)
Nov 2 Anderson Fair Houston, TX
Nov 3 Creative Life Spring, TX
Nov 10 Celebration Circle San Antonio, TX
Nov 16 Roland’s Next Door Jacksonville, TX
Jan 6 – 30 Winter Study Program Williams College Williamstown, MA
Apr 27 – May 6 Grand Canyon Raft Trip (waiting list only!) Arizona
May 9 Albuquerque House Concert

Friends! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be leaving my first trip to Ireland. Most of my touring has taken me west, and south…this is my first time crossing the pond in decades. I’ll be gone for 10 days and will have lots to tell you when I get back.

Many have you heard about my recent mishap at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The good news is that the permanent cast has been re-placed by a removable brace. My wrist is still fragile, but I’m starting to play instruments again and looking forward to my shows with Mariah later this summer.

Speaking of Mariah, we just put the finishing touches on a three song recording that will be making available to you very soon. Stay tuned!

MATTHEW WANGEMAN: I wanted to introduce you to my friend Matthew Wangeman. Several years ago I was invited to curate a presentation for the Disabilities Studies program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. In between each amazing stories told by students about themselves and their victories, I was honored to present a few of my songs. I met a blind woman who had lost her sight because of diabetes and swam from San Francisco to Alcatraz. I met a Para-Olympic athlete who competed in tennis and owned a yogurt shop in town. It was one of the most inspiring programs I’ve ever been fortunate to be part of. While putting things together, I had e-mail contact with the participants but was unable to meet any of them until the actual evening. The final presenter was Professor Matthew Wangeman. Because of Cerebral Palsy, he has been a wheelchair user since childhood. Professor Wangeman did not focus on his disability but on his normalcy. I had saved my song “Normal’s Just a Setting on the Washing Machine” for last, without knowing the content of Matthew’s speech! One of the things he talked most about was his son Elijah, the pride and joy of his life. Recently, he asked me to let you know about a short film he released. I’m thrilled to share “My Dad Matthew” with you.

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 year, I presented again at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, MA, Grand Canyon School in Grand Canyon, AZ, Mount Anthony High School in Bennington, VT, and just added Herberg Middle School to the list.  Drop me a line if you know a school or teacher that would be interested in hosting this presentation

IRELAND: SOLD OUT!  Stay tuned for future dates!  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. We meet in Shannon on July 9, 2019. Drop me a line at blewis@williams.edu if you’re interested in future trips.
GRAND CANYON RAFT TRIP: SOLD OUT! I’m keeping a waiting list for this trip, which takes place April 27 – May 6, 2020.  This is truly a “Bucket List” adventure!  We spend ten days rafting the length of the canyon, starting at Lee’s Ferry and pulling out at Diamond Creek.   If you’d like to join us, let me know.  This trip is currently sold out!
 
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ORDERING INFO:  Checks & Loveletters and all of my older recording are available. for purchase or download from CDBaby.

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Hope our paths cross soon – Bernice