|What we cannot have here is a failure to communicate!|
In the early years, we had to figure out all of the logistics. In particular in the first year of Doe Bay Fest, we had no idea what we were doing. We had no permits and only a very loose plan. In subsequent years, we had some close calls (Like a headliner canceling 3 days before the fest) but never really fell flat; but that was always a possibility. That kept it exciting.
|But then again, what could be better than this?|
I think it was after year one that I contacted my friend Norm Langill who started One Reel Vaudeville Show when we were young and went on to do Bumbershoot, Teatro Zinzanni and others. He had no time to help me, but said it is simple, "under-promise and over-deliver." We have tried to keep that in our DNA all of these years.
Below is another now famous photo of Kris Orlowski serenading a bunch of us on the beach including singing farewells to departing guests. I include it here because Kris will be back at Doe Bay for Write Doe Bay and will perform at the Yoga studio on October 10th. Open to Write and non-Write guests!
DATE DISCOUNT AMOUNT
Oct 21, 2015 to New Year's Eve $50.00
January 2016 $45.00
February 2016 $40.00
March 2016 $35.00
April 2016 $30.00
For Planning Purposes, here are some dates:
The easiest way to pick a date is to go to our new events calendar on the website...
We want to announce winners soon!!
|That is a tomato to die for!|
I have an owner's prejudice, but I love the food at the Doe Bay Cafe. It is the only place I ever eat where I KNOW that there are no corners cut. Sysco trucks are not allowed on the property. I was slow to be convinced that local and organic and unprocessed and made from scratch were important characteristics. I am now a believer. You can taste the difference.
<<<<<<<Dave Botha (another hugely important person at Doe Bay Fest) convinced his child that we built this huge pen for her and her Dad to play in.
Thursday we recruited some guests to perform on the beach to welcome, the first of many water taxis. The wave of excitement built with each new round of arrivals.
Adra Boo and Michele Myers killed it as open microphone hosts. Adra handle the outside duties while Michelle ran the show in the café. Adra singing with Pearl was definitely a highlight. After 10, the café was packed, but not uncomfortably so. (side note I had been listening to ballroom thieves for months but no one had actually seen them in person. If there was any anxiety about that, it went away as soon as they played at open MIC. It was the best performance I have seen in there since Pickwick, Naomi and Isaac Pierce a few years ago.) If you missed that show hopefully you did not miss them on the doe bay garden stage. That was clearly a highlight performance. Hi Ho Silver Oh closed things out, but then a 14 year old saxophonist and vocalist ended the evening.
Lee Fields soul/R&B review was fun and included some of the best musicianship we have ever had at Doe Bay. His drummer was an old friend from Quinn DeVeaux's band.
Friday was also Doe Bay Fest stalwart Kevin's Birthday.
Saturday - Filled with pleasant surprises including an old friend returning with a new band. It was great to see Tyler and AVERS killed it!
Bhi Bhiman was magnificent in the Treehouse on Saturday night!
Special thanks to Stelth Ulvang for bringing Nick.
Daniel Blue also made the treehouse come alive. Hanging over the railing. The mystery of who was exchanging vocal riffs with Daniel was partly solved, but I can't remember the answer. Someone from a TV show contest??
Speaking of Stelth Ulvang, what a treat. I was conversing with Stelth in January, 8 months before DBF8. He said,
I think I'd be a great fit,
Then his recording schedule made it die on the vine... until....
Then, a week before the fest... he wrote :
Please keep it a secret as best you can.
|With Hi Ho Silver Oh|
|The only shot I got from Midnight show|
|In the Yoga studio|
Tears – I am not a crier. But as the fest winds down I am sometimes brought to tears. Usually it is dancing with Maureen while Kevin plays, “that song”. This year it was random. I had no idea what to expect at the inaugural treehouse show but Nick Jaina had me in tears… and that was only Friday night. During Motopony I saw Rebecca Blue sitting under the apple tree. I am not confident enough to approach tall beautiful women married to one of my dear friends, but I took the chance and held my hand up and she joined me while Daniel launched into “She is Spirit”…. The lyrics, Daniel’s presentation and Rebecca’s warmth didn’t make me cry but made tears flow down my cheeks. Weird and wonderful like so much of Doe Bay Fest.
|Two of my favorite people in one photo!|
Doe Bay Fest has always been a family affair for the Brotherton Family. I mentioned from the stage casually that Maureen and I were about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. I was very moved that it was applauded loudly. Maureen is a wonderful partner in life and makes so many things possible. All of our kids have been involved and in attendance with many of their friends since the beginning. Maureen and I have 5 children and now six grandchildren. I am hopeful that they will someday realize that Papa is kind of cool for putting on Doe Bay Fest. Not sure why that is important to me but it is!
|Jane Elizabeth Brotherton|
My best to any and all who were patient enough to read this. I hope to see you all at Doe Bay or elsewhere.