Blooming Season Concerts

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Apr 252017
 

Welcome to our Blooming Season Concerts!

These concerts are debuting in 2017 and will replace our festival that we have hosted for 13 years. It’s time for a change. Time for a relaxing experience listening to music, having a picnic, and wandering in the lavender fields.

What happened to the Lavender Festival?

We decided to focus on what we do best – grow lavender and turn it into the great products you have come to love.

Lavender activities are going on everyday during the summer in one form or another. We are open to the public for about 2 1/2 months during which you can watch us harvesting lavender, pick some yourself, learn about stripping the lavender off the stems and cleaning it, watch our distilling process, and simply wander in the fields. 

Our community has an awesome Arts and Crafts Festival the 2nd weekend in August that has way more artists to choose from. There are also several Art Tours all year at various times so art is easy to find on Whidbey Island.

Tell me about the concert series!

On five Saturdays there will be a band or single musician who will regale you with songs, music, and stories from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. See the Blooming Season Schedule for who is playing this summer. 

During concert Saturday we will still be working on harvesting, processing and distilling lavender. There will be U-Pick available, for you to harvest your own lavender.

There will be sandwiches available (from The Cove Café), as well as our signature cookies, scones, lavender lemonade, and ice cream. You can bring your own picnic, but please, the Liquor Control Board insists that no alcohol be brought on the premises.

Sandwiches will be limited so they will be first come, first serve.

    • Italian Submarine Sandwich – Genoa salami, ham, provolone cheese, house-made tapenade, lettuce, and tomato on a soft, chewy Ciabatta roll

 

Concert Dates and Performers for 2017

  • July 8 – Choro Tomorrow: A group of musicians who play brazilian music — focusing on the beautiful and complex music that is choro.

 

  • Here is a video with clips from Choro Tomorrow’s concert.

 

  • July 15 – Trio Nouveau: The lyrical conversation between the Trio Nouveau guitarists and their instruments is creative and amazing.
  • July 22 – Wild Man Cooley (They don’t have a website yet!  Wild Man Cooley plays a mix of Western Swing from the 1920’s-40’s, mixed with some jazz standards and very early rock tunes. Their upbeat song list is very danceable for all ages – in a style the band has dubbed Northwest Rural Swing. Wild Man Cooley features John Koschnick on Guitar, Peter Keating on banjo, drums, and vocals (simultaneously!), Fran Einterz on string bass, David Howell, vocals and harmonica, Peggy Moe, vocals and accordion, and Rick Castellano, vocals, ukulele, and cornet.
  • July 29 – Skinny Tie Jazz: ​Plays Jazz Standards And Not So Standards!
  • August 5 – Triptych: an instrumental group will perform familiar favorites from the big band era of the 30’s-50’s.

 

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Farm is open for 2017!

Farm is open for 2017!

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Taking lavender cuttings without a greenhouse

Taking lavender cuttings without a greenhouse

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Clearing for Lavender

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Need an exceptional Quiche for a party and aren’t allergic to cooking? This is our secret recipe for a Quiche that is utterly delightful. (Printable Quiche Recipe)  You will need the following ingredients. There are some ingredients that are simply best to measure by weight, so get out your scale or make your best guess. [read more…]