2018 Calendar - JULY - AUGUST
Magpie will be continuing a long overdue vacation for most of the month of July due to major surgery Greg needed for his severe colitis flare-up. This caused several blood clots in his right leg which were removed by the best Vascular doctor’s team on the east coast at Albany Medical Center Hospital. His nursing staff and assistant staff on the Vascular unit there were amazing and we were able to get him home 11 days after the surgery after a colonoscopy to determine how much of his colon was compromised and to set him up for getting his flare-up into complete remission.
He now is well into the recovery process and enjoying the healing energy of our mountain hollow home. We take several walks a day around our mountain hollow which is strengthening his legs and we hope to have his staples and stitches out right after the 4th of July holiday. We also found an excellent acupuncturist Dr. Wang in Albany that is helping him shorten his recovery time with her healing work. We are deeply grateful to Rolly Brown, guitarist extraordinaire who himself is a practicing acupuncturist along with his wife Janice MacKenzie for helping us find Dr. Wang. Our family and so many of our musician friends have come to our aid financially and emotionally during this unexpected health crisis and challenge. If Greg is able we will be returning to our work mid/late July and that is our goal at this time in his recovery.
Many people like ourselves and some of our dearest colleagues and friends have faced and are now facing the unending struggle of financial devastation that occurs when faced with medical needs and health challenges because our country unlike any other has a medical system that compromises families financially when dealing with these life challenging crisis. We need Universal Health Care for All!!! It is a crime against humanity to force life and death decisions when these health challenges occur.
Here is a link should you care to help us: https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-greg-artzner-of-quotmagpiequot
`We will of course be keeping you all posted on his progress as we take this journey.
Some July Highlights 2018
We will begin inJuly recording three of the many “Harriet Was Here-In My Backyard” songs detailing Harriet Tubman’s life story through the efforts of the dedicated teachers, staff, and students of Genesee Elementary in Auburn, NY. The three songs “Harriet The Brave”, “Win the Vote” and “Bridge to Freedom” have been selected for the new Equal Rights Heritage Center.
Dates for the professional recording for this project will be announced in our July calendar update.
Here is a link to a video of our most recent song “Bridge To Freedom” written with the 4th grade students this past May. Hope you enjoy it:
July 19- 10:00am “Living Planet” Department of Labor Child Center Summer Camp Concert
July 20 and 21: 10:30 “Deep Earth Deep Ocean” Magpie with 11:30am Wolf Trap Opera Company “Listen Wilhelmina” family and children’s “Theater in the Woods”-Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA.
Beginning April 13 at 10:00 a.m., Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Tickets may be purchased:
• Online at wolftrap.org/woods
• By phone at 877.WOLFTRAP
• In person at the Filene Center Box Office, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
Some August 2018 Highlights:
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival: August 3-5, 2018
Here’s a link for information and tickets: https://www.iloveny.com/event/falcon-ridge-folk-festival/23767/
Avalon Folk Festival: With special guest Ralph Gordon on acoustic bass
August 10th: 4:00-6:00pm (two 45minute sets)
August 15: Ticonderoga Festival “Living Planet” 10:15am performance
August 15: Lake George Family Concert-6:00pm more information TBA
August 23: Falcon Live Club-8:00pm “Magpie Concert” for more info: https://www.liveatthefalcon.com/ Address:1348 US-9W, Marlboro, NY 12542
Phone: (845) 236-7970
We will be focusing on our continuation of rehearsals and preparation for 45th Anniversary CD Project with Charlie Pilzer over the summer at his fabulous recording studio Tonal Park. If all goes as planned we hope to have it in hand in time for the actual anniversary late September 2018.
We also will be continuing our research and collection of songs for future theater projects and thematic programs we are well known for developing and bringing to fruition.
Stayed tuned for more “Magpie” concerts and events! See you in August and September!