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May. 12th, 2013

This journal will be deleted again (shortly)

I would like to take this opportunity to let you all know that this LiveJournal account of mine will be deleted probably next month or so.

At first, I was rather upset by this drastic news, but really  I know I haven't been on this site, and do attempt my marketing strategies on other social media sites.

I would like to say thank you to all of you who have helped me make me a better writer from Brigits_Flame and other pages.  I also can't stress the fact that I still like LJ for the fact that I can post blogs here without being too judged and even got some fantastic comments with my writing or just venting out loud (er, I guess I did that more than a few times).

If you still want to be in contact with me, the best way is through Facebook (I know some of you don't like it still, but that's where I am most days).  Actually, work cut me off all online activities during the day, so really it's been rather challenging at times to do it on my personal time, where that's kind of limited.

I do hope you can come visit me at Abbadia Mare Festival this July, it would be nice to see you, or when my book comes out, you will take the time to look for that (it will be called "Journey to Jazzland") or ping me through FB.

Hugs and love to all my LJ friends, I will miss you.



Apr. 27th, 2013

updates - sort of

Nothing much here to report...well, except that a certain town that we're dealing with that we're doing an event in this year (and if you know me at all, you will know which/what town I am writing about without me having to write.it.out)  is being a real P.I.T.A but we're doing all we can to remedy the situation at hand (and we still have a few more months to go, so with any luck, we should be OKAY).

Other than that, no news (yet) on my children's book (sigh) - I did send another e mail today to my publisher so we'll see what (and how) they respond...I did talk with another local author (that some of you may know) that told me that this is really nothing new and to not really hold my breath waiting, but it will come in due time...the thing is, my patience?  Well, let's just say I like to get things done and done the right way (if at all possible) not to say I'm a perfectionist (but yeah, I'll go there).

Charlie (my 8 going on 9 year old) is doing well in school and boy is he a character and a half, he loves being a ham - and getting him dressed up for faire this year?  We'll see...I'm not forcing it by any means.

Work is still well...work, so, no real news there, well, except that I'm still next to the microwave...

I did go through a bout with (hopefully) my LAST kidney stone.  I wouldn't wish that pain on even my worst enemy (okay, well, maybe on my total worst enemy...but well, that's just mean spirited).  I think I am totally done and pain free...so yay for that.

That's all the news for now...will try to update soon.

Mar. 28th, 2013

Change of Date for Abbadia Mare Festival Year 3!

Due to complications with parking in Gloucester, MA, we've had to make a change of date for Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival at Hammond Castle - the new date will be July 27th and 28th from 11 am to 5 pm, and parking will be located at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, for an additional $15 per vehicle but you do get free busing to and from the event!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5 - 12, and children ages 4 and under are FREE!

Portion of the tickets go directly to Hammond Castle Museum!

For more information, please see our website at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

Mar. 21st, 2013

the book cover is done for my book coming out this year!!!

Journey to Jazzland book cover!

Feb. 19th, 2013

Spilled Beans - My big secret and some updates

Well, well, (why yes, I am feeling good, so therefore this post is in purple, why not?)if you are one of my multiple friends on Facebook, Twitter or Google +, you probably already know my news, but just in case:

I wrote a children's picture book for a class in 2001, and I finally had the Chutzpah (balls, for those of you who don't speak Yiddish) to find a publisher and they want to PUBLISH IT!!!  THIS YEAR!!!!

The book will be called "Journey to Jazzland" and it's about a Flute named Windy who gets bored one day in Orchestra, and goes on an adventure to find Jazzland.  She meets some friends along the way such as Spitz Trumpet, Ebony Piano, Sly Guitar, Reed Sax, Boomer Bass and Kitt Drums.

This is still so surreal to me, but I will let you all know once it is out on the marketplace!

Also, Abbadia Mare is on for TWO weekends this year, pending I find parking spot for both weekends (which by the way at this point I am hitting a dead end, but it's only February and well, nothing is really open in Gloucester, MA this time of year until like May 1st...why?  I don't really know...sigh).  The weekends planned for the event will be July 13th/14th and July 20th/21st of 2013.  The website has been updated with some of our performers and vendors coming this season which is http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com so yay for that!

They did continue me (again) at  my temp gig - you know, I'm thinking I need to keep this temp gig another year if I'm going to become possibly FAMOUS...bwah ha ha ha!!! (kidding, I'm kidding...well, I guess I'm already infamous lol, shoot, I am on Youtube!)

Sep. 29th, 2012

so it's been a little while since I posted :s

Yeah, sorry about that...I do work full time and well, work cut me off of LJ (sigh) so I don't really have a chance to post here all.the.time.  Still, I miss writing short stories, so maybe I should get back into it.  I found it really fun, even though sometimes my grammar needed help, and glad that a good portion of you actually liked my writing.  I may actually submit it to a writing contest - hey who knows, I might win - uh...something?

I actually have more news, but I can't spill just yet (I know, such a tease).  However, I can tell you a few things. 

Abbadia Mare is back on for a Third Year!  Yeah!  We visited Hammond Castle and found out we almost doubled what we did last year and they were really happy with us.  So, third year here we come!  I love that Castle too, so much fun to play in.

Waterville Valley Renaissance Faire - still a question on year 2 for now - the faire itself went well for a first year.  Considering that the town itself has only 200 people, we ended up with roughly 400 people each weekend, so really? We doubled the attendance of the town for each weekend...but there were other issues too (which were posted on FB and really, I'm not sure I want to re-visit the issues here and get like 200 comments on it, but let's just go with there was a certain issue -uh and it's a delicate one) but we handled it best we could and really, it wasn't the "Faire's" fault, but the venue area that we were in and kids being well, teen age dinks.  They did send us an e mail to say they were interested in another year, but we will need to go in person to discuss the Terms if we do decide on doing it again.

Work is work - I'm still there as the temp - 5 plus years later - sigh.  Things haven't been easy for me the last two years since my department has basically ousted me (or that is what it feels like) but I can't worry about that too much these days, as I have other bigger fish to fry and well, hopefully if it works out like the way I'm thinking, I might be there only one or two more yeas MAX

Life as I know it - Charlie is now 8 and in second grade!  He has been taking Aikido and just got his green stripes!  Such a proud mom!  He's so funny too, I asked his teachers (new ones this year) if he was giving them any issues, and she replied with "No, but he's funny, when I asked if he would do something for me, he said, 'No thank you.' - snerk - that's my kid for you!  Phinn and I are doing better and just renewed our vows at WVRF.  Total surprise to me too.

Anyway, that's all my updates for me for now - more news hopefully soon :D

Feb. 1st, 2012

The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire - Press Release

3 Maples Renaissance Corporation
44 Tucker Road
Kingston, NH 03834


For Immediate Release
By: Gia Volterra de Saulnier
Marketing Coordinator

Renaissance Faire raises money for a good cause

2/1/12 – Kingston, NH - 
For two weekends in the middle of May 2012, the beautiful Three Maples Farm in Kingston, NH will be transported back to a magical time from the past.
On May 12th – May 13th and again on May 19th – May 20th from 10 to 5 PM each day. The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire will be held at 9 Thorne Road, Kingston, NH. 
Come join us and enjoy the sights and sounds.  Bring your family to enjoy the experience of meeting knights that battle it out or have tea with the Queen.
A portion of the proceeds raised by this wonderful event will be donated to charity.  So, not only will you have a great time, you will also be contributing to fantastic charities.
Tickets for this event are: $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for kids from ages 5 -12.  Kids age 4 and under will be free.
For more information, please see the website at

Nov. 26th, 2011

Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again

This is a cross posted blog that I wrote regarding the Farewell to Winslowshire -
Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again

All good things must come to an end….even little Winslowshire Festival. Yes…it is true.

Winslow farm has decided that they are going in a different direction.

We would like to thank ALL of our performers, merchants and of course our hard working cast and crew that made this Festival 10 Classic Renaissance Faires across America : http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-classic-renaissance-faires-across-america (yeah, I am still not believing that either!).

We’d like to personally thank Nourish Lexington, http://www.nourishlexington.com who not only became the one and only Vegetarian food vendor that was fabulous but also was like finding a diamond – plus we now became friends.

We would like to thank ALL of you who came to the festival, whether it was our very first year (yeah, it was small) to the very last year (2011 season). We would like to thank ALL of the people who have supported us (behind the scenes) like GoBostonCom http://www.gobostoncom.com and others.

We thank all of YOU who have become our friends and family – we were lucky to see some friends from the past (who I never thought I would see again) and meet some new ones every year.

We have other festivals/faires in the works, so other things are coming our way. I like to think that Winslowshire was my springboard into this new career for both of us. Without that, we would not have had this many opportunities that have come our way now.

So, Merry Meet, merry part and Merry Meet Again – Fare thee well, Winslowshire, you will always remain sweet in our eyes.

Aug. 28th, 2011

What lessons I learned from my vacation at Disney World

As some of you know, my family (hubby, Charlie and myself) went to Disney World this last week and I've learned quite a few things and thought I would share them with you (along with blogging about it on my other blog as well, http://www.giazzworld.blogspot.com) .

These things that I've learned are probably not new to you (or who ever is actually reading my posts here) but maybe gentle reminders of what we all know deep inside as performers, writers, and well, just artists.

Now, mind you, I am not being paid by Disney World to write this and this is my own opinion - so you can read it and you can either agree with me, or not, that's up to you.

1) Your dreams really can come true:  I mean if Disney can dream up a mouse (Mickey) cartoon and then create a World of entertainment for families and younger generation to engage in the Magic - then you can dream up something.  According to a quote I read while I was there, was "If you get a great idea, dog it.  Dog it until it's done right.  Then when you think it's done, dog it again." - Walt Disney. 
2) When you are performing, you have to fine tune it to make sure that people/customers/patrons believe you.  When I saw those characters (yes, I saw Goofy too) they are them, they are called them, they are not called by their first or last names they are the characters, even the other staff/cast members are known to call them by their character names and not their real names.  If they do that, then they lose the magic of it all.  But also on this note, some other performers (The Flight of Wonder) showed class, entertainment and education.  I think that is also important to note that you have to educate your audience especially if you have under age adults that want to learn things.
3) "Keep moving forward" - Walt Disney - yes, this is very true, because even if whatever you are dreaming of or thinking of doesn't work or is not going to be the "show" then you have to fix it, fine tune it or just create something else all together.  You just have to not worry about if what you did was a "failure" - you just have to shrug your shoulders and just keep moving forward.
4) Even if you aren't so brave, you must act brave in front of your 7 year old child.  I am afraid of heights.  I am afraid of flying.  Charlie (my 7 year old) was saying to me, just be brave mummy, you can do it, and squeezed my hand.   I was then less afraid and even did some crazy rides like 'Soarin' - yeah...you are simulated in flight and NOT in a plane - but outside flying over oceans, canyons, mountains, rivers, etc...oh and with smells included.  I even did Mission Space - yeah...with turns no less...I did NOT do well on that...note to self, I will never be an astronaut.
5) You have to learn to be patient.  There are lines every where there, and you just have to wait your turn until you actually get to go on the ride...yes, they do have fast passes there too, but you still need to wait...sometimes it was worth getting the fast pass, and other times, it was just worth it to wait in line.
6) Always be thankful of the moment.  What I mean by this, is that you have to thank the people around you and often because if you don't then, you never know where you will be.  Disney is a huge team.  From the people who collect the trash to the people who are the entertainers.  They all know the songs, they all smile, they all acknolweldge you or your kids with a great big smile, and everyone is so happy because of it.  Yes, there will be some complaints, but really, all in all, you are going to have a great time, because that's what Disney is all about.  Of course, the complaints were about how the Monorail stopped for about an hour or so and got stuck, but from what I learned is it was because there was a thunderstorm and lightning stopped the tracks...so really nothing Disney can do about that...
7) Always know your limits - yeah, I pulled my back a few weeks ago at work, but I know what I can and can not do.  I made sure that some of the rides that I didn't want to do, I said to hubby and Charlie, that I was going to sit them out - and I am SO glad I did.
8) Animal Kingdom is just amazing to me...all those wild animals just grazing while looking at all the humans going by, just incredible site to see.
9) Talking Crush - wow, that was just very cool, and Charlie got to ask him a question, and yes, he did answer it...pretty dang cool for a program that's animated
10) Food there is just amazing (minus one place that we didn't love, but it was still good) - and if you go, you should get the Deluxe plan, because you get the most for your buck.

Jun. 23rd, 2011

Last pitch effort! Hope to see you at Winslowshire this weekend!

Don't forget that Winslowshire Festival for the Animals is this coming weekend - June 25th and 26th from 11 am to 5 pm!  We were also featured today in The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, MA http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2011/06/23/go/9780952.txt - oh and that's my son's picture from when he was 3!  (He's 7 now).
Lots of food, fun and entertainment for all ages!
Hope to see you there!
I will be *offline* as of tomorrow! ;D

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