Beatles at the Ridge, Arkansas' annual Beatles convention, was held this past weekend. Festivities began on Friday afternoon with two excellent presentations by Jude Kessler and Ivor Davis.
That evening, one fan, Jessica Altman, gave me a cake. That's never happened to me before!
Jude, in her advertising, mentioned my travels. In response, Jessica kindly baked me a cake so I could have some homemade cooking. Thank you, Jessica! 'Twas delicious :-)
I made my BATR debut on Saturday, presenting "The Beatles & The Rolling Stones". Afterward, as a thank-you to Jude Kessler, chairman for authors' symposium, I gave her a card parodying the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover.
Look closely and you'll spot 9 heads that aren't on the original. From left to right: Sara Schmidt, Ivor Davis, me, Lisa Harp, Ken Orth, Rande Kessler, Cameron Hicks, Jude Kessler, and Lanea Stagg.
I also gave her a drawing of John Lennon using musical notation symbols.
In addition to performances and presentations, the weekend also included many street vendors. The typical food trucks and jewelry shops were in plentiful supply. But perhaps the biggest surprise was a funeral home selling a Beatles coffin:
It all made for a unique and enjoyable experience. I won't be back at BATR in 2017 because I'm already committed to the London (Ontario) Beatles festival at that time, but I hope to return in 2018.
The sixth tour of 2016 concludes tomorrow:
Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Rockville Public Library, 106 N Market St, Rockville, IN
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.