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Dear Friends,
Happy New Year to all!
I'm so grateful we made it through 2021 and I just pray that we are on a better footing for 2022 and that the year will show new brilliant colors and a foundation of healing and moving forward! May Omicron be the last major variant. I'm sure there will be more variants, but please let them be mild so we can go about our lives in some new fashion.
My New Year's Eve was spent with Lauren, my sister-in-law, my brother-in-law and my mother-in-law. We were just going to stay home because of the fear of being around people, with Omicron running rampant, but we decided to share a meal and a few hours with family. The 3 of them worked on a jigsaw puzzle while Mike and I watched Michigan State get clobbered. What a great onomatopoeic word! I made my sour dough pizza and my mother-in-law's favorite beet salad and by 10 PM we were on our way home. I can't remember the last time I didn't stay up til midnight but I didn't this year. I just couldn't do it. I didn't feel like ringing in the new year as much as waking to it. There was a spattering of fireworks that woke us briefly, but otherwise, we woke to a new year.
So I am moving forward with the work I have right now, which starts with a wonderful double bill with Christine Havrilla in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, January 8 at 6:30. We are calling this a "Winter Concert with Tret Fure and Christine Havrilla". We did a virtual Valentine's show last year from Camp Rehoboth but we wanted to bring something live and we are! When we booked this, the new variant wasn't around but we will all be masked and do our best to stay safe. It is a large space with a small crowd so plenty of social distancing for sure! You can still purchase tickets HERE. When you purchase tickets, your name will be on a will call list and you can get your ticket at the door. I also send a response email when you purchase. There will be limited tickets at the door as well since w are far from any capacity which is what we want. It will be an awesome show. Christine and I will each do a half hour solo in the first half and then an 'in the round' in the second half. I'm really looking forward to playing and singing with 'Christine! So please come and join us.
Then on Thursday, January 13, at 8 PM EST, I will be doing my first "Live from Home" concert of 2022. This is a request show so send me your requests if you have any. Otherwise I will do my own requests! The show will be on YouTube as usual and you can see it at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjPKWEJ9HQI. This is a free concert but as you know, this is how I am making my living these days and this will be my only livestream show in January. If you care to contribute, and there is no obligation to, you can purchase a $15 or $20 ticket on my concert page. You can donate a different amount through paypal at www.paypal.me/tretfure You can also donate any amount through Venmo @ Tret-Fure Or send a check to 614 Main St, Newport News, VA 23605. I really do enjoy these livestream shows so I hope you will continue to join me. I will have some new photos to share!
My next and only live show until April after my show with Christine will be a double bill with Lynn Hollyfield at Cellar Stage Timonium in Timonium, MD on Friday, Feb 4. I did a double bill with Lynn last October and we had such a good time, we thought we would do it again. So if you are in the mid-Atlantic, check it out! The ticket information is on my concert page.
Then I will be hitting the road in April and May for a week long workshop in Highlands, NC, a show and UU Church service in Franklin, NC and a show in Asheville at Isis Music Hall. Then I head to the midwest for several shows in late April/May. Of course, everything is dependent on how our lives improve in terms of Covid but I am feeling hopeful!
I will still keep doing my "Live From Home" shows as I really can't book too much right now and there are many areas I can't visit until at least fall, so keep that in mind!
In closing, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do to keep the music alive! And I wish you all health and well being in this coming year and I do hope to see you out there sometime, somewhere!
Gratefully, Tret
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