Midsummer Musings From the Northwoods

Alice Peacock

As many of you know, I spend my summers up in northern Minnesota on the Canadian border at two wilderness camps. I teach songwriting and guitar, but mostly I chase my children around as they experience camp life.

Our days are punctuated by the dining hall bell, which announces that it's time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and by other bells announcing evening activities, etcetera. The days pass and run together and we fall into bed exhausted every night from the fresh air and exercise. It's bliss.

The camp recently received a piano donated by a nice man in Duluth that has keys that don't stick and is playable (unlike the old piano in our lodge, which has more music mojo than this new one but is extremely frustrating to practice on). This is especially good news for me, as I have a couple of shows coming up in July and August. It's easy to forget that there is another world out there when you're up at summer camp.

My July show is on the 28th in Zumbrota, Minnesota (just south of the Twin Cities) at an old Carnegie Library turned art gallery. It's always a pleasure playing there, and I’ll get to see family and friends.

My August show is in beautiful Lake Forest, Illinois at the newly renovated Gorton Community Center, specifically in the John and Nancy Hughes Theater. I'm excited for this one as I have lots of friends in the community, and this will be my debut in this lovely theater.

I'm off now to retrieve my water bottle, which I left somewhere down by the fishing shack. From there, it's cricket and frog hunting at the beach with my children. I hope you are all having a wonderful, nature-filled summer as well!



Benjamin Woods