"Flight of the Bumblebee" - Sandy Feat/Sir James Galway/Canadian Brass

Yesterday, younger son and I headed over to the West Point on the Eno park in Durham to see the sand sculpture from the Festival for the Eno.*  Every year, the sand sculpting group, Sandy Feat, makes a large sand sculpture about the yearly Festival theme.  This year, bees were the theme (click here).  


 The bees are launching one of their number with fireworks, bombs, and explosives.  

DSC09633This one is giving the rider a boost.

DSC09634The stinger of the rider.

DSC09636The other side

DSC09637Since they have four "arms," this one can light the explosives with one claw...

DSC09638...while covering its ears with two more.



I always enjoy the sand sculpture, but, this year, I really got a kick out of it because the name is from one of my favorite classical pieces to play on the flute.  

Back in 1981, as reported by the New York Times, the flutist, Sir James Galway, challenged the Canadian Brass to see which could play Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee the fastest:  

It all began last weekend at the Chautauqua Music Festival in upstate New York when James Galway, the Irish flutist, played ''The Flight of the Bumblebee'' in 52.45 seconds. Mr. Galway challenged the Canadian Brass to play the Rimsky-Korsakov piece faster.

''We were at a distinct disadvantage Tuesday night when we accepted the challenge,'' Chuck Daellenback, a tuba player with the Canadian Brass, said yesterday in Toronto.

''I play the piece on the tuba, and not only is the instrument unwieldy, but halfway through my hand gets cramped, and Ronnie Romm, our trumpeter, must continue the fingering while I continue to blow the horn.''

The Canadian Brass was clocked at 60.05 seconds, but Mr. Daellenback figured that because of all the problems involved playing ''The Flight of the Bumblebee'' on the tuba, ''we were entitled to an eight-second handicap and we declared ourselves the winners.''

Then, on Tuesday night in Toronto, the Canadian Brass tried harder and huffed and puffed its way through in 55 seconds. 

One of  Sir James Galway's Bumblebee videos:


Canadian Brass:



2007 Festival sand sculpture post


 * I'm still not really sweating (since my partial thyroidectomy) so, unfortunately, I wasn't up for going to the Festival in upper 80's & really humid weather this year.  

Bass Lake - Cone Manor in Blowing Rock, NC: Part 1

We took a number of late afternoon hikes at the Bass Lake in the first two weeks of October.  We were there for our usual fall vacation.  The first two days were foggy and rainy because of the rain system the southeast had for two weeks.  After that, though, we had some of the most beautiful weather we've ever had there.  

 October 4, 2015


DSC08012They were rebuilding the heart ponds last year so it was great to see them this year.

DSC08017The stream was very full.


October 6, 2015


This was the first year we'd ever seen crayfish in the heart ponds.


DSC08158aThere were a lot of wonderful mushrooms after all the rain.

October 8, 2015




"A Drop in the Bucket: Big Dreams of Tiny Things" - Paperhand Puppet Intervention

A lot has happened the last few months* so I haven't been blogging.  However, a new, wonderful, Paperhand show can get me blogging again!

Here are some of my favorite photos from tonight's show.  Shows continue on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7 pm (and some matinees) at the Forest Theater in Chapel Hill - through September 7 - with performances at the Art Museum in Raleigh the following weekend.  For more details, check their website.  

DSC07234sSome of the Tiny Things












* Having a wonderful time being a Hot Box Girl in a community theater production in July and a not wonderful time with a partial thyroidectomy two weeks ago.  I'm healing well, though (so far).  

One of my favorite places

We've rented two different houses in Black Mountain, NC (near Asheville) for vacations.  One of them is one of my favorites of all the vacation houses we've rented.  The view is beautiful, the house is nice, it's not too far out, and it's filled with books.  

This is my favorite room.  It's wonderful to sit here, read, and look at the view.  The're's a lovely cross-breeze when you open the windows.