Mrs. W.L. Lyons “Sally” Brown was honored at the National Jug Band Jubilee held at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park on Sept. 17.
Sally enjoyed jug band music and was a faithful patron of the jubilee until her death earlier this year. David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corp., read a citation to Sally Brown, and the band played “Chicken Tree,” one of Sally’s favorites.
Louisville is the home of jug music, which blends jazz, blues, ragtime, swing and other music. Instruments such as jugs, washboards, kazoos, mandolins and guitars are used.
Jug bands are made up of accomplished musicians who insist on having fun even while doing pretty complicated things. Nine of the country’s best jug bands, including Louisville’s The Juggernaut Jug Band, performed at the jubilee.
At one point during the jubilee, anyone who wished to play with the band was invited to join them, and I volunteered to play the washboard. The music started, and I was transformed.
All of a sudden, I did not feel like a person anymore, but more like a part of a whole – a part of a “throbbing heart” – totally as one with the band. After that experience I’ll never feel lonely again.
I just received my Sacred Air toolkit for the 2011 Festival of Faiths, and I’m anxious to share information on what promises to be an exhilarating experience. This will be the 16th annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, and the theme explored this year, Sacred Air, will continue the series on sacred elements. Sacred Water and Sacred Soil were celebrated in 2009 and 2010, and Sacred Fire will complete this series in 2012.
The toolkit, which includes a marvelous booklet and a CD of an award winning film, “AIR: Search for One Clean Breath,” provides a broad range of resources that are sure to raise awareness of the sacredness of nature. With such consciousness, we will be inspired to direct our efforts to caring for creation in a way that protects the quality of sacred air and promotes the health and well-being of all things in nature. Hopefully, this inspiration will be a lasting thing.
The Festival of Faiths offers a wide variety of programs over a six-day period, Nov. 2-7, and there is something of interest for everyone from middle school age on up. Presenters are all experts in the areas they address. There will be a number of films shown and much more.
The Night of a Thousand Stars gala will kick off the festival. This year local musicians/entertainers will perform throughout the evening, and dress for the occasion is festive cocktail attire (not black tie). Reservations are required for this event.
Toolkits are available for $10. Please call 502.583.3100 or email Kathleen@interfaithrelations.org to get a toolkit.
You will be hearing more about the festival of Faiths from me, as I plan to put updates in my column. Remember to save the dates, Nov. 2-7, 2011.
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Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.