Magical Kingdom of Kotati

As part of the Cotati Accordion Festival’s grass roots promotional push, I participated in the Cotati Kid’s Parade today (7/12/08) with festival organizer Scott Goree and his daughters, Renee and Rachel. The theme was the above mentioned Magical Kingdom hence that lovely millinery fantasy I am wearing. Perfect weather again,…

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Dancing without the Czars

These men can dance! Da! They are performing traditional Ukrainian Cossack dance moves. Not for the week-kneed. I’ve watched it several times, always in awe. Looks like footage from around the 40s. The tune is “It’s Like That” by Run DMC. And yes I have spent entirely too much time…

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So You Love a Parade?

This Sunday, July 6th 11 AM, yours madly, Mad Mags aka Squeezin’ Diva (Mad Maggies) will be joining Renee de la Prade, Squeezebox Goddess (Culann’s Hounds) and Amber Lee Baker, Accordionista (the Anomalies) to represent the Cotati Accordion Festival in the Penngrove 4th of July parade.  We will be playing and waving…

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Who knew? Cloverdale=Utopia in 1881!

This sleepy town at the edge of northern Sonoma County was home to a group of followers of the French thinker and utopianist, Etienne Cabet. These “Icarians” set up  their commune just south of what is now Cloverdale in 1881.   There’s a marker indicating where their schoolhouse was. I’ll be…

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