October 3, 2019 UPDATE

Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band UPDATE
Greetings, Rambler Pals! This weekend is the height of our Leaf Peeping Season. Vermont enjoys two extra seasons beyond the four everyone else has. We have Mud Season in the Spring when the snow melts, and this weekend’s Leaf Peeping Season. This is Leaf Peeping’s busiest weekend. Our highways and byways are teeming with slow-moving carloads of Leaf Peepers, staring intently off the road and into the hills and mountains to take in Vermont’s most glorious display of blazing red, orange and golden leaves in a spectacular display of brilliance. And it’s not just touristas from out of state haunting our roads, it’s a Vermont tradition to take in the world-class scenery of Leaf Peeper Season ourselves. So I encourage everyone to come out on Saturday (the weather will be sunny) and enjoy the spectacle. And please be kind to the slow driving Leaf Peepers. 

STORIES & SONGS AT THE MORRISTOWN CENTENNIAL LIBRARY 
I’ll be performing a solo “Stories & Songs” program on Saturday, October 5th (why, that’s the day after tomorrow!) at the Morristown Centennial Library, a free show commencing at 7pm. I am looking forward to bringing my songs to Morrisville, a scant 20 miles down the road from my ancestral home in East Hardwick. I have played my Stories & Songs program in Vermont Community Libraries all over the region and I sincerely enjoy the intimate audience settings that Libraries provide. I play many of the songs I have written for our Rick & The All-Star Ramblers recordings and share the back stories behind the songs, frequently taken from historic Vermont people and places. 

I’ll be introducing several new songs and playing many familiar tunes that our good friends at WLVB there in Morrisville have been playing on-air for many years. Roland Lajoie had me on his “Vermont Country Morning Show” this morning on WLVB for a warm and (I am sure) interesting visit talking about Saturday’s Morrisville show. I’ll attach my view of Roland in the WLVB studio this morning. It’s always good fun to visit with Roland who claims he’ll be there in person Saturday evening at 7 pm for my show. The Morristown Centennial Library is located, at 7 Richmond Street in downtown Morrisville – (802)888-3853. 

REMINDER: THE SIXTH ANNUAL LAST ROUNDUP AT THE HOTEL VERMONT
Rick & The All-Star Ramblers will be playing our 6th Annual “Last Roundup” concert in Juniper Hall at the magnificent Hotel Vermont in downtown Burlington on Sunday, October 20th at 4 pm. This is our last Ramblers show of the “2019 Taryn Noelle Female Vocalist of the Year Victory Lap Tour of Vermont” concert season. Presently, there are only 20-odd seats available for this up close and personal show which will sell out for the sixth year in a row. We’ll be singing our most requested songs and introducing several new songs I have written for an upcoming CD project.

We have invited and will introduce our regional radio pals who regularly spin our records over the airwaves… and there’ll be special guests to help celebrate this concert many consider our best show of the year. There are always lots of Door Prizes generously donated by our tour sponsors. Advance tickets are $15 each ($20 at the door if there is room) and, as always, everyone gets a free Ramblers CD with each ticket. Call (802)864-6674 for advance tickets to The Last Roundup. 

UPDATE: THE 2019 BIG E SETS AN ALL-TIME ATTENDANCE RECORD
I mentioned in last week’s Rambler post that on Vermont Day, Big E CEO, Gene Cassidy shared with me that, if the weather held, the 2019 overall attendance of this year’s fair was looking like it may best last year’s 1.6 million record. Even with last weekend’s rainy Sunday, the Big E broke the 102 year attendance record with a total of 1,629,527 people through the gates over the 17 day exposition. The Vermont Day record of crowd of 176,544 certainly helped to push the numbers over the top.

Stay Tuned, Keep Listening and come see Rick & The All Star Ramblers’ Last Roundup… and be sure to come up and say Hello. 

RICK’S UPCOMING SOLO SHOWS: 
• Saturday, October 5th, Morrisville Centennial Library, 7 Richmond Street, 
Morrisville, VT, 7 pm. Free Show
• Sunday, November 24th, Great Vermont Barn Dance TV Show Taping w/ Rik Palieri, Hinesburg Town Hall, 1 pm. Free Show
• Monday, December 31st, First Night North, St. Johnsbury, VT, Performance Location & Time – TBA

RICK & THE ALL-STAR RAMBLERS FULL BAND UPCOMING SHOWS: 
• Sunday, October 20th, The 6th Annual Last Roundup, Hotel Vermont, Juniper Hall, 4 pm, Advance Tickets – $15 – includes a free Rick & The All-Star Ramblers CD – $20 at the door, if available. Door Prizes and special guests. The Hotel Vermont is located at 41 Cherry Street in downtown Burlington. Parking on Sunday, October 20th is free on the street and in the adjacent city parking garage.

Call (802)864-6674 for further details regarding any of these shows, advance tickets for “The Last Roundup” (20-ish tickets left) or to book Rick & The All-Star Ramblers Western Swing Band or Rick Norcross solo for your special event. Please Note: Our Ramblers web site, rickandtheramblers.com, is currently off-line while undergoing a massive redesign and update. Our site will be back shortly with current information, news and upcoming concert dates with the Ramblers.

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