Twas the night before first camp
When all through the Ranch . . .
The Fur Peace Ranch opens to the first workshop of the 2014 season tomorrow, our 17th season! We’re all excited to get the season on the way. After all, it was a long, cold, hard winter here and not many people came near. So it will be great to greet our first group of students to help us breath life back into Fur Peace Ranch.
We’ve made some improvements to the Ranch over the long, cold, harsh winter. Smiles, our handyman/grounds keeper, designed, cut and built awnings on all of the cabins. He is now busy putting the final touches to an awning that will cover the grill area by the Fur Peace Station Concert Hall.
Hannah, our Psylodelic Gallery guru, has finished installing the new gallery show which will feature some art work by Grace Slick and photos by Raul Chavez. All of Grace’s artwork is for sale. We also have a Janis Joplin piece that we were very excited to get. The photos by Raul (also for sale) feature members of the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead at a January 1967 festival in Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Teaching this weekend is Jorma, with his trusty assistant Marjorie Thompson, leading a workshop titled “Love Is Strange.” They will be using songs that display Jorma’s self-described “idiosyncratic views of relationships” as material for the level 3 workshop.
Jack is also on the roster this weekend teaching “Songs of Jefferson Airplane.” He arrived early in the week and has been busy setting up his classroom down in The Studio and rehearsing material for the weekend. Not only does Jack have a full class, his class also contains two scholarship recipient’s (Veteran’s). Way to go Jack!
We also have Verlon Thompson, who many learned of through his work with Guy Clark over the decades, on board to teach a Songwriting Workshop. Verlon has been teaching Songwriting at the Ranch for several years now (and hopefully many more) and for good reason – he is one heck of a songwriter in his own right. If you don’t believe us, we hope you’ll give him a listen and discover him for yourself! In fact here is a video from Verlon’s performance and the Fur Peace Station Concert Hall in 2012.
We are eagerly awaiting the arrive of the Marty Balin Band tomorrow. Jorma and Jack are both excited to see their former Jefferson Airplane collaborator making his first (and hopefully not last visit) to Fur Peace. It has been at least two years since they have all seen each other . Marty came to one of their shows down in Florida during an electric Hot Tuna tour. Marty will be here for much of the weekend and playing in the Concert Hall Saturday and Sunday night to a sold out house. The original Hot Tuna Duo – just Jorma and Jack – will be opening the shows. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the guys will perform an encore or two together!
More later . . . .