Saturday, July 3, 2010


Oh yeah!!! The National Palooza is today! Unbelievable, but it's just a few hours away!! Pete and I are so excited to be able to commemorate the 160th anniversary of this great old building, while at the same time honor our Frenchtown neighbors who have embraced us and demonstrated through words and actions, how much they LOVE The National Hotel.

The number of people who stopped by yesterday either to lend a hand or to just say a few words of encouragement while Pete set up the tents and tables for today's event, is still vivid in our minds. And with everyone excited about today's events, we can't wait for the kick-off at noon.

Between Chuck Schaeffer, Top Soil, Rainbow Fresh, and others, we're looking at a great day for young and old. This is going to be a true family-fun affair. And we're so pleased to be a able to share a portion of the proceeds with Frenchtown's National Night Out later this summer. The fun is only starting! Wait until we have dinner theater in conjunction with River Union Stage in our Restaurant! That's happening on 3 Sundays in July: 11th, 18th, and 25th. More information on Boxing with Gaia (or love your mother) is available here.

There's so much to which to look forward & summer has only just started. And even our "regular" programs continue to deliver fun and entertainment. Of course, I'm referring to our weekly, Thursday Open Mic Night. I recorded a few video clips that I'm editing to share next week; it was just so much fun this past Thursday! I witnessed solo artists truly pouring their hearts out, as well as impromptu jam sessions that just blew me away. Everyone was so relaxed, it was a great night for everyone who participated as well as for those who just sat back, had a drink, and enjoyed the music.

And poetry? Let's not forget our 3rd Sunday of the Month People's Poetry. (The link takes you to The People's Poetry facebook fanpage!!) Tremendous power in the literary works that people have shared. Just an unbelievable outpouring of emotions, memories, lost opportunities, joy, tragedy...all the necessary ingredients for a great poem. If you're up for sharing one of yours, do join us in July--or if you like someone else's poem and would like to read it, please do come by. It's a great day for all who attend.

If you want more information on any of these programs, or anything about The National Hotel, do post a comment or contact me at Hope to see you in less than 3 1/2 hours for The National Palooza!!!


  1. That is so absolutely true! And Frenchtown is just the kind of town that welcomes EVERYONE! We couldn't be happier. Thanks for your comment.

  2. 向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

  3. All I can say is that I wish I could properly translate your comment! Thanks for sending it.

  4. 當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

  5. Is this the correct translation of your comment?

    When a person's heart can hold different conflicting things, this man started to become worthwhile.

    What a beautiful statement...if I got the translation right...