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August 2016
Dear BGP Friends, Fans, and Family:

We hope you have been enjoying the marvelous summer thus far. Here is the prescription for refreshing that buzz and carrying it into autumn:

Saturday, Sept 3: Spire Center Bluegrass Festival, Spire Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA, 7 p.m. This acoustically superior venue is hosting their first bluegrass fest, and we're glad to be complementing their excellent line-up. www.spirecenter.org

Friday, Sept 23: Essex, NY, Concert for a Cure, Essex Community Church, 7:30 p.m. sharp. This event deserves some explanation: Our friend, Peggy Staats, in Essex, NY, requested the BGP perform this concert to raise money for the Sloan Kettering Hospital Cancer Research program. Tickets are $20. Checks should be made payable to: Memorial Sloan Kettering, and sent to: P. Staats, 1236 Lakeshore Rd., Essex, NY 12936. We (Peggy and BGP) thank you kindly in advance for your generosity. There is more info on this at the BGP website. Only 140 seats in this lovely little church, so early purchase is the way to go. There will be a special ferry run at 9:30 PM from Essex, NY to Vermont offered by Lake Champlain Ferries to accomodate concert-goers. Please join us for this fundraiser and a night of good music! Peggy can be reached by phone at (518) 962-2688, by email at essexcure@gmail.com, or at the above mailing address. She'll be happy to hear from you!

Friday, Oct 1: Needham, MA: Homegrown Coffeehouse at First Parish Needham UU, 23 Dedham Ave. 8 p.m. Our third year and we're very glad to be returning! This is a sweet venue, and a well-run concert series (thanks, Jim!). This is probably our nearest-Boston concert until next year, so y'oughta come if you're in the 'hood! For tickets and info: www.uuneedham.org

Friday, Oct 14: Groton, CT: Groton Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. Our annual pilgrimage and concert appearance at our Connecticut home-away-from-home. Determining the precise number of times BGP has played here is not possible due to age-related memory loss.11?12? Not sure. Doesn't matter! They keep having us back and serving us a fabulous home-cooked meal each time. Then we play, and between sets we notice how those kids have grown (and aren't kids anymore), and how their parents and grandparents can't remember our names, nor us theirs... and yet, we do recall that life really is better with music, especially in that beautiful stone church. www.grotonucc.org

For long-range planners, here's what you need to know: Sat, Nov 19: Vergennes, VT Vergennes Opera House. Sat, Dec 31: Burlington, VT: First Night. Don't worry--there will be plenty of advance notice on these shows!

For more information on all of our concert appearances, please check the calendar page here at our website. You can also find out what's shakin' by visiting our FaceBook page.

In the meantime, best wishes to you and yours, and thanks for sticking with us!

Harmoniously Yours,
Colby, Taylor, Paul, Steve, Kirk, and Gene / BGP

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Updated 8/16