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Leisure World’s 47th Annual Flower & Garden Show PDF Print E-mail
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by Gwen Raphael for Arnold Litman

The E&R Department and the Garden & Environmental Club extend an invitation to the community to participate in Leisure World’s 47th garden celebration, a time for displaying our gardening treasures and admiring the efforts of our neighbors. The show will be held in Clubhouse I’s Crystal Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 9. Friday hours for public viewing are 1 to 8 p.m., beginning immediately after judging of exhibits. Viewing times on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibits will be accepted at the registrar’s desk in Clubhouse I on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

Rules and guidelines as well as registration cards for entries in the show are available at the E&R Office in Clubhouse I. The show accepts entries in four divisions: Cut Flowers, Plants, Artistic Designs and Vegetables. 

We look forward to a variety of exhibits this year and encourage both gardeners and non-gardeners to try their hand at creating a design in a new category where purchased fresh flowers and materials are allowed. Also, do not forget the potted Plant division—from the exotic to the familiar, this is an interesting and lovely division to view.

The Dixieland Express Brings a Bit of New Orleans PDF Print E-mail
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from the E&R Department

The E&R Department is pleased to welcome The Dixieland Express for this return performance on Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. on stage in Clubhouse II’s auditorium. Come while away the hot afternoon (in the comfort of air conditioning) listening to the sound of New Orleans jazz. Tickets, $5 per person, go on sale on Tuesday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the E&R offices in both clubhouses.

The Dixieland Express provides one of the best opportunities to listen to authentic Dixieland music north of New Orleans and is lead by band manager and resident John Stewart. The band was founded with the purpose of continuing the musical tradition and creativity found in the performance of early twentieth century jazz. This traditional jazz evolved from the cultural, social, religious and international melting pot of New Orleans.

The instrumentation for The Dixieland Express includes the traditional frontline of cornet, clarinet and trombone. In keeping further with the traditional Dixieland instrumentation, the band also has a rhythm and chords section including drums, and banjo. The tuba fills out the bottom giving the band a solid foundation from which to build chords.

In addition to these six traditional Dixieland instruments, the band will feature an unusual “instrument” that we have named the Klaxophone unique to Dixieland bands (actually unique to all bands!) invented and played by our banjo player (and Klaxophonist), Rick Eldridge. The Klaxophone is played with peddles and has many authentic non-electric sounds such as a train whistle, antique car horn, siren, bird call, and a steamboat whistle perfect for adding realistic sound effects to Sailing Down the Chesapeake and Waiting for the Robert E. Lee.

The band has performed at many different venues over the years such as the Kensington summer concert series, jazz clubs, retirement communities and Potomac River Jazz Club events. The Dixieland Express also performs annually at the Natural Foods Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center for Bob’s Red Mill natural foods.


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