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September Happenings

August 30, 2013

Birthdays: (There are more; I selected just these four). Some of their names may not be familiar, but what they composed or who they are related to, will be. Check out the follow-up blogs that give highlights of each one’s career.

9/1/1854 – 9/27/1921 Englebert Humperdinck; composer; his most famous accomplishment is the Hansel and Gretel opera; also, he was the first composer to use Sprechgesang–a vocal technique halfway between singing and speaking. The modern day Humperdinck has his birthday on May 2, 1936.

Aug (?) 1653 – March 9, 1706: Johann Pachelbel, German composer

9/2/1841- May 1, 1904: Antonin Dvorak, Czech composer

9/14/1737 – 8/10/1806: Michael Haydn, composer

9/26/1898 – July 11, 1937: George Gershwin, American composer

Happenings: [These are from my Sept/Oct issue of Grit Magazine]

National Alpaca Farm Days: September 28-29; presented by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA). To learn more and find a farm in your area, see their website:

Lost Ladybug Project
Ladybugs are supposed to bring good luck to the farm, and help get rid of the bad bugs. However, along with the honey bee, they are now dwindling, and some are on the verge of extinction.
The Lost Ladybug Project was founded to help understand their disappearance and try to conserve current populations. The not-for-profit organization is asking for your help to document the ladybug varieties in your area. They are asking you to photograph the ones you see and upload them to the Lost Ladybug Project website. For more info visit:

Brain Gain
I need this. My brain’s been losing ground for five years now!
Mr. Winchester contends a report that rural living does not cause “brain drain”, but just the opposite, suggesting a “brain gain” instead. To read more about the study, check out

42nd Annual Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue: October 11-12; presented by the community of Forkland to celebrate its rural heritage. The Country Supper Theatre presents a show and the folks get to enjoy a bean and cornbread supper. There are old-fashioned games for the children, hayrides, and historical displays. You can even meet descendants of Abraham Lincoln’s grandmother. For more information about the events and tickets, check their site:

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