Attitude of Gratitude

Happy November, Raison Friends!


Time to be thankful for the end of political ads(for now) and make our various holiday plans for the rest of 2014.  And by holiday, I mean THANKSGIVING. Even though, the political ads were replaced with pre-Black Friday sales pitches and snowflake flecked reminders to shop for that other holiday which I will not mention at this point, anyway. In the meantime, this is the month for gratitude.


Grateful for the Balladeers


Raison D'Etre enjoyed an evening at the Queen City Balladeers on November 2 where the audience was invited to sing along with some excellent open mic performers. "Loch Lomond" was especially fun. The second set brought a delightful songwriter and string band ensemble called Ed Stapleton and Full Moon Ranch. They performed Ed Stapleton's lyrical tunes with back-up vocals, mandolin, bass, and guitar arrangements.  Wild Carrot's Spencer Funk provided the beautiful guitar arrangements. Then we took the stage to share some selections from our new CD, "So Dear." The Queen City Balladeers hold their weekly Leo Coffee House from September through May at Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church.  The "new" location--they've been there since last February--boasts a large fellowship hall, convenient parking and a lovely performance stage with lighting. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us.  If you'd like to check out the Leo between now and May, just go to the QCB site to see who's playing. The club tries to mix up the styles each week.


Grateful for Bookstores


We are so happy to have a great place like Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills in which to both celebrate the upcoming season and the release of our CD, "So Dear."  We will be playing two sets on November 16 in support of the latest recording.  Seasonal music alert:  Jo-Beth has requested that we do a few holiday tunes, so be ready for at least five or so sprinkled tastefully among the new songs and old favorites. Music starts at 2 pm.  We hope you'll drop by and check out the store.


Grateful for the Book and Womensway


Roberta's new chapbook will be published in November with a projected ship date of November 22.  Thanks to all who pre-ordered Outposts on the Border of Longing. If you'd like to have your copy signed and hear a short reading from the poems, Womensway of Ohio/KY is featuring Roberta at their December 6th salon, 7 pm. There will be some open mic readers and a few "read backs," which are always fun.  Come join Womensway for the gathering at Women Writing for (a) Change, December 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm.


Grateful for Falcon Theatre and Campbell County Public Library


Violet Rae and Roberta are providing the pre-show and music cues for Falcon Theatre's 3rd collaboration with Campbell County Library's Signature Series. On January 16, 2015 at 7 pm, the Signature Series will present a revue of Mark Twain's work entitled, "Twain By the Tale." We are rehearsing some songs from Mark Twain's era, especially a few tunes that were in a songbook the author frequently used in his parlor. The performance is free to the public, but reservations are required at the Campbell County Library site beginning November 11. The past three Falcon productions at the library have sold out, so get your tickets next week!


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.  Hope to see you at one of our upcoming dates.



Raise on!

And don't defer those thankful thoughts…


Roberta, Violet Rae, and Vickie