Sally Gracie TwispBy Sally Gracie

Two popular annual events are coming up on Saturday (May 24): the Cowboy Breakfast and Western Sale at the Senior Center, and the Twisp Library Friends’ book sale in the gym.

Instead of the live auctioneer, the best Western items will be on the front lawn for silent auction bidding. These include jewelry, clothing, camping gear, a saddle and much more. Breakfast is biscuits and gravy, ham, eggs and fruit. The sale hours are 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with breakfast served from 7 – 11 a.m. and the silent auction from 8 a.m. – noon.

Across the way in the Community Center gym, Twisp Library’s sale will offer thousands of books in all categories, with a table of books especially for teens and a non-fiction best-seller table. Once again, special books — those of some value and individually priced — will be displayed on the table right inside the door.

For the aspiring woodworker, a collection of fine woodworking magazines and books is available. A nice collection about airplanes and how to build them will also be at this special table. New hours this year are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Donations may be brought directly to the gym and placed on the edge of the stage through Friday evening. 

Thank you, David Weidig, for the iPhone tutorial before Saturday’s concert at the Community Center. I couldn’t have silenced the phone without you.

David was there to see his wife, oboist Rasa Tautvydas, and son, Gedi Weidig, perform in the Pipestone Music Days concert. Rasa and Gedi and all the musicians deserved the enthusiastic applause and the couple of standing ovations they received.

Teachers Pam and Terry Hunt earn added praise — Pam, for fine performances by her string players in the Pipestone Youth Orchestra; Terry, for the performance of his guitar student, Peter Aspholm, who took first-place distinction by winning the Christine Cherrington Merit Award. The 12-year-old, who has studied with Terry for seven years, played Saltarello by Galilei, then Vivaldi’s Andante from Concerto for Two Mandolins, this second with a little help from his teacher and the string section of the orchestra. The wonder of Peter, from my perspective, is how apparent it is that he loves to play his guitar. And how well he plays it!

Tara Kaiyala Weaver conducted both orchestras, taking a seat among the young string players of the Youth Orchestra and playing with them.

It was her solo performance with the Pipestone Orchestra that blew the audience away. (Okanogan Valley Orchestra’s Don Pearce took the baton for this piece).

A former member of Pipestone Orchestra told me after the concert, “When Tara Weaver is the soloist, there is an unspoken accord [among the other musicians] not to do anything that would get in her way.”

As her violin soared at the highest range of her instrument, I recognized that the entire orchestra was playing a step above their earlier performance in the first part of the concert. Tara concluded the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, to wild applause and several “bravos” from the audience.

Nat’s back! And open here in Twisp to groom your dog and mine. Book your appointments at 997-0422 or 341-4044.

Next week: Book reviews and commentary about the two celebrity writers in the area last weekend: Russ Walter and Bill McKibben.