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Brenlou’s Bluegrass Road

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Brenlou’s Bluegrass Road!   Tis the Season that’s for sure!  We are so blessed by this incredible weather aren’t we?  I can take my daily walk at lunch time over at the Cotton Wood Park area or walk the many trails here in Johnston, Iowa where I work.

Did you know we have at least 30 miles of Trails in Johnston alone?  It’s an incredible system of trails that just connect everywhere and anywhere you might want to go.  I get to see lots of wildlife on these walks, too.  Often the deer are walking and blocking the path over at Cotton Wood like they own the place! I actually feel a little crazy and talk to them out loud to get them to move sometimes.  Squirrels, birds, turtles and I can’t forget about the snakes.  Oh my, nothing like a little nature to wake you up for the day!

As for keeping in the holiday spirit, I’ll be spreading Christmas Cheer by singing with my group, “The West Connection”, at Fleur Heights Care Center this Saturday afternoon.  It’s always a blessing to share our gift of music with them and intertwine a few old favorite Christmas Carols. What is your favorite Christmas Carol? You must have something come immediately to mind when I ask you!!  I’ll also be practicing some Christmas music for a program at Church with the West Connection.

If you haven’t gotten tickets yet for a Bluegrass Christmas with Dailey & Vincent, you’d better hurry.  They are performing at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA next Tuesday night.  And I know this is a must see and hear concert for the holiday.  They are also up for a grammy nomination this year for their gospel music.

If you want to get out and pick a little or hear some great music locally, the bluegrass jam in Knoxville, IA at the Coffee Connection is December 15th from 12:30pm-2:30pm.  And then I’ll be hosting an acoustic jam here in Johnston, IA at the Simpson Barn on Sunday afternoon, December 16th from 2:00pm-4:00pm.  We call this our “Bluegrass Weekend.”

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Midwest Country News this month.  There are several Bluegrass related articles this week.  You’ll find information about the first indoor Bluegrass Festival in Des Moines at the Ramada Tropics Hotel, Rhonda Vincent article and an article I wrote in memory of my Aunt Oma Corder .  We are keeping Bluegrass alive in the State of Iowa!

Please don’t forget to “give” this holiday season..even the tiniest gesture can mean so much to so many.

Happy Holidays until we meet again down BrenLou’s Bluegrass Road.

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