July 1, 2014
Today we start our journey as a Partner Artist powered by Shunpike. We are really excited.
What is a shunpike? Here is a little history from the Shunpike website: The word “shunpike” has its origins in post-colonial New Hampshire:
“When the ‘Turnpike’ was built around 1810 or so, by the Hampton Causeway Turnpike Corporation, in Hampton Falls, NH, a toll was charged to cross it at Taylor’s River.
Not content with the payment of a toll, some of the residents got together and built a slight bridge called the ‘Shunpike’ across the Taylor’s River, some distance west of the Turnpike bridge, where travelers and teamsters could cross without charge. This continued on until April 12, 1826, when the toll on the Turnpike was discontinued and has remained a free road to this day.” – John Holman, the Hampton, NH Library
Kind of fun!
Our first Early Music America supported concert will be on July 9th at Columbia Lutheran Home in Seattle. This will be our second performance at this Home and I am really looking forward to our return. I remember bright, shining faces and a very engaged audience. Almost all of the residents were not able to get out to a concert so it’s a real treat to have the concert come to them–and it’s a real treat to perform for them.
BTW, donating is safe and easy on-line with Shunpike.
©Linda Melsted salishseaplayers.org 2014