Monday, July 1, 2013

Laughter is the Best Medicine: a Message from our Director. July 2012

Laughter is the Best Medicine
A Message from Our Director
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. 
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Dear SSTCi Friends,
Lisa Martin and Jamie Raskin
SSTCi Executive Director Lisa Martin
with Senator Jamie Raskin at
The Silver Spring Blues Festival
What a whirlwind this summer has been so far! Our 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival was a huge success measuring by the smiles on folks' faces day and night at both our main stage and at the market stage.  Thousands of attendees gathered on a beautiful summer day to "sing the Blues" with us and 18 performance groups, or approximately 100 of the top blues men and women (and kids) in our area, including Bobby Parker, School of Rock as well as lots of women singin' the blues as well including Skyla Burrell, Ursula Ricks, Gina DeLuca, Stacy Brooks, Gina DeSimone and the Moaners, and the list goes on.  Check out a few of the photos highlighting this very popular annual event in Downtown Silver Spring. We greatly appreciate the participation and support of all our sponsors and partners, the awesome musicians who performed throughout Blues Week, and especially all the hard work and dedication of our Festival Founder and Producer Alan Bowser and his team, including Jazs with the DC Blues Society. We look forward to another amazing event  next year!
Even the dogs are
dancing at the
Blues Festival
Aside from the fact that we like singin' the blues in Silver Spring, there is also plenty of laughter going on.  From the tiny tots pounding away at our drum circles to the seniors doing Laughing Yoga with us, we are doing our part to help bring a bit more fun and laughter to Silver Spring.
But as the song goes, "We just can't smile without you," so be sure to join us for some of our upcoming events, including our two weekly plaza performance series Twilight Tuesdays and Wednesday Night STARZ featuring an amazing array of talent representing a diversity of music from around the globe all in our own backyard.
We look forward to having you join us for much more laughter this summer!
Warm Regards,
                                        LISA MARTIN
                                        ygExecutive Director

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