The most beautiful summer I can ever remember is officially over but luckily the fall line-up of shows at the Avalon Theatre is already attracting those of us who like nothing better than live music performed in an intimate, acoustically perfect setting. What other venue besides the Avalon offers such an incredible range of entertainment for every generation – all the way from jazz, blues, rock and roll, and folk, to opera, stand-up comedy, and the Vienna Boys Choir? I’ve already got my tickets for Mavis Staples of the Staples Sisters fame, the remaining Righteous Brother Bill Medley, and the Grammy-winning Los Lobos. They’re selling fast so don’t miss out.
While the main theatre acts always entice, my husband and I also love the club-like atmosphere and variety of new and returning acts at the Stoltz Listening Room. Singer-songwriters especially love the Stoltz because it is truly a listening room – here the lyrics transport the listener as well as the music. The Stoltz is booked 2 and sometimes 3 nights a week, and often sells out, so take a night off and go hear a local favorite or a group you’ve never heard before. We’ve discovered artists there, such as Session Americana and Carrie Rodriquez, who are returning this fall and whose tunes we now have on our iPod.
Finally, on behalf of the Board and staff, I want to acknowledge all the members of the community who support the work of the Avalon Foundation. It wasn’t just the weather that made the summer of 2014 so special. The highlight of the summer for me, and many art lovers on the Shore, was the 10th Anniversary of Plein Air Easton. Expectations were high and exceeded them in every way. Thanks so much to our many patrons who added to your art collections or started one at the festival. I know you’ll enjoy those beautiful paintings this winter when you’re longing to be outdoors or spend time on the water. The Avalon Board and staff are deeply grateful to the hundreds of volunteers in our community who make PAE the largest and most prestigious outdoor art festival in the world. We also want to thank all of you who joined us or helped with the 4th of July Carnival and fireworks, the Multicultural Festival, the Outdoor Concerts in the Street, and all the other fun events that make summer in Easton so enjoyable. Only with your help can the Avalon Foundation achieve its mission of improving the quality of life on the Eastern Shore through arts and education.