Even on a Wet Day Uncle Rock ROCKS!
At 8:30 a.m. on a dreary Saturday morning I was road-side in Shelburne Falls tacking up posters to the town center light posts … in the pouring rain! Posters that read, “Uncle Rock: This A Way,” and “Uncle Rock: That A Way.” You see this past Saturday was our long awaited Uncle Rock concert at the Children’s Art Museum (CAM), presented by Hilltown Families and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.
I posted large signs with big arrows and orange helium balloons along the streets, getting soaking wet in a mini down-pour while tromping in the waist high stalks of Tansy and Goldenrod surrounding each utility pole. I talked myself through panic at the thought that no one would journey out from the comfort of their homes – out from under their dry sheets and away from their warm cups of coffee – on such a wet Saturday.
I managed to get CAM’s space set up for the performance with my daughter on my heels, begging for yet another juice box from the bake sale table, before my volunteer army of two showed up along with our first family. (Thanks Seth & Angie!) And with their arrival came a silent sigh of relief. I thought if no one else cared to venture out on a dark and rainy Saturday morning, there would at least be two families in the audience. In my book, that’s a potential party!
But people DID arrive, driving as far away as West Chesterfield and Florence, and my angst started to subside! The space filled up with young children and parents, dancing around to music we play on HFVS, while we waited for Uncle Rock to arrive. And after an unexpected tour through Shelburne’s rainy roads, Uncle Rock showed up too … and the real party began! … And everyone loved him! … And they all looked happy … dancing around with music makers … eating treats from the bake sale table (thanks Julie & Angie!) … getting Uncle Rock CD’s signed and Uncle Rock T-shirts to wear to school this fall.
Along side many of our favorite songs from Plays Well With Others and Here We Go, the audience got a preview of songs from his upcoming CD, Uncle Rock U (due to hit the streets on October 9th, 2007). It was a really fun time!