Friday, May 23, 2014

Pie #6 - Ken Lonnquist performs Pi Pie Song!

I took a week off from pie gifting. While I was thinking about who was pie-worthy, I had a meeting request from my friend - and famed local songwriter/entertainer/funny guy - Ken Lonnquist.

Voila! The perfect opportunity to combine pie with a man who has written or performed several pie songs. It seems our friendship was just meant to be as he wrote a song entitled "Pi Pie!"

Ken and his music have been a staple in my family's life ever since my daughter was a tot long ago and we discovered his children's music and concerts. Ken isn't limited to just little kids' entertainment though, as he also performed at my 40th birthday party, as well as my daughter's intermediate school.

Ken is a gifted musician and a funny entertainer who brings joy to so many, making him entirely worthy of pie. So yesterday, I brought along a cherry pie, while Ken brought along his ukelele and performed the chorus of "Pi Pie" on the spot! Enjoy!

Ken chose Hubbard Avenue Diner's Cherry Pie.

Ken & The Whateverlys cover Bob Dylan's "Country Pie."

Ken performs in clubs, coffeehouses, schools, colleges, churches, libraries and nature centers. He is available for booking here. Individual songs and/or CDs are available for purchase at his Marketplace website

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pie #5 - Listen to Your Mother's Ann Imig

Mother's Day is this Sunday. 

Do you have a gift for Mom yet? If not, I have the perfect suggestion. Take her to see the Listen to Your Mother Show at 3 pm this Sunday, May 11th at the Barrymore Theatre. You'll not only give Mom the pleasure of your company, but she'll get to see great live readings by local writers, too! (ENTER for a chance to win 2 tickets below.)

What is Listen to Your Mother anyway? According to the show's website, "Listen to Your Mother features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities."

The first Listen to Your Mother show was held in Madison in 2010. It was a huge hit! With this success, the show then expanded to other cities as follows: 5 shows in 2011, 10 shows in 2012, 24 shows in 2013 and 32(!) shows in 2014.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to chat a bit with Ann Imig, National Director of Listen to Your Mother - and this week's pie recipient. As you may have guessed, at this time of the year, she has a lot on her plate (besides pie). 
Ann Imig - National Director of Listen to Your Mother
with Strawberry Rhubarb pie from Hubbard Avenue Diner

I asked Ann to tell me in five words why people should attend Listen to Your Mother, and she answered, "Validation. Celebration. Laughter. Community. Mom."

Along with 12 other women who will read original pieces, Ann will emcee and read her work entitled, "The Children Ate My Gratitude." (P.S. It's hilarious and heart-warming.) 

Come to the show. As someone who's been in the cast once, and in the audience twice, I know what I'm talking about...You won't be disappointed.  Buy tickets here. 10% of Madison ticket proceeds and additional fundraising at the event will benefit the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

Ann has generously donated a pair of tickets to this Sunday's show. If you'd like to enter for a chance to win, please leave a Mom-related comment on this blog post. A random entry will be selected from all entries received by Noon on Friday, 5/9.
Still on the fence? Here are two sample Listen to Your Mother pieces from years past. 

Me - 2011 Listen to Your Mother Show - Madison

My daughter's rebuttal piece in 2012.

Need more? Here are 500+ Listen to Your Mother videosThank you, Ann, in so many, many ways.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pie #4 - The Family Glue

If you're lucky, there's one in your family. You know the one. The one who is the glue - the stick 'um - the arranger of family gatherings, the birthday card mailer, the you-rah-rah cheerleader of all. The one, who if they did not exist, the entire family would probably drift away from one another.

In my family, her name is Aunt LeAnn or Aunt "Lan" to those who were unable to pronounce her name correctly as tots. She is one of my Dad's sisters, but in many ways, she's been like the sister I've never had.

Aunt LeAnn - with Banana Cream Pie

Only nine years separate us in age, so when I was little my Grandpa used to make her play with me. LeAnn scoffs when I mention it, and replies, "I wanted to play with you." And, I believe she did. We played Barbies, read books, and rode horses. In fact, those times are some of the best memories of my childhood.

To thank her for all she has been to me through the years, I was delighted to select her as this week's pie recipient. Fittingly, her birthday was also this week.

And, just like her Mom, she'll forever remain 29, but she has the energy and the zest for life to go along with her make-believe age. She's the first in any group to exclaim, "Let's Go!" or "Yes, let's do it!", usually along with one of her hearty, boisterous, unfiltered laughs. Her friends would tell you LeAnn's the kind of person you want to be near. In addition to being a supportive, fun-loving friend, she's also a fiercely-loving wife, Mama and GMomma who enjoys her family, above all else.

For your love, your support and your kindnesses, thank you Aunt LeAnn.
If Pie = Love, then Love = You.

To readers: Don't forget to thank the person who serves as your family's glue.

PIE PEEK: Mother's Day is nearly here, so it seems only fitting that the next pie post will feature Ann Imig, National Director of the Listen To Your Mother Show. Be there!