uptown country

saturday eve, i popped over to the neighbourhood square to catch a little uptown country:

i actually took this photo during the morning set-up.

does this look familiar from yesterday?!

too bad today’s photo challenge wasn’t “somethin’ from a farm”…

waterloo’s one day country music festival was sponsored by my new favourite radio station!

kicx is based in k-w

anyway, back to saturday eve…

i walked over about 7 pm. it was a perfect eve to be out-of-doors: warm and still slightly sunny. one musical group was just finishing up their set:

a close-up of the stage

i found a spot to sit and yes, took out my knitting!

yarn in the knapsack!

now, last saturday, it actually WAS world wide knit in public day. i am only a week late! [actually, i got zero second glances or questioning looks as i sat and knit].

at 7:30 p.m., kira isabella started her set. [now i know what name i will give my protagonist when i write my best-selling canadian novel harlequin romance]. this almost-nineteen-year-old had a great voice, strong and tuneful. and she sang rock-country not twang-country numbers which was very enjoyable.

my view

kira isabella and her band mates

it was super-fun to people watch as i listened – all age ranges were represented: young families with kids, the 20-something set, retired folks…there were actually very few people decked out in cowboy boots or western hats!

the only thing i did not enjoy was the cigarette smoke wafting all around…with our non-smoking bylaws, it’s not often that we’re exposed to a prevalent scent of tobacco anymore. too bad there was not a designated smoking section!

spotted on my way out:

the “deep fried mars bars” caught my eye…

now THAT could be a dessert for the kikiproject for sure…but you never try anything new the night before race day!

it’ll be fun to check out more free, uptown events this summer – the jazz festival is coming up in july!


before starting the 30 day photo challenge, i read over the list of 30 assignments that would be completed. when i got to #20, i stopped skim-reading and paused to focus. here’s what i saw #20: bokeh. now, if you re-read the challenge poster that i put up on day #1, you will see that the font used is a flowing kind of script – looks a bit like handwriting.

i put my face closer to my computer and squinted. was i reading the letters correctly? maybe there was a spelling error – the project creators meant to say B-R-O-K-E-N. seriously, i puzzled over this for several minutes. then i thought to turn to trusty google – sure enough, B-O-K-E-H is a photography term! [shows you how much of an amateur picture-snapper i am]. wiki gives a good description that you can read here. basically, you need to go out and take a blurry picture. [hey – i already completed this challenge, then, back here in the winter!].

i’ll show you an example of a professional bokeh effect:




[really, my photo from the lights in waterloo park in the winter would be my best bet to go with, today!].

and here is my fake version, our official photo:

hey, at least it is “blurry light!”

to capture this look, i just quick jerked my hand down as i snapped the photo. and i had to try that a couple of times! once again, we’ll use the “we’ll take what we can get” file for this picture!

what type of music will you be listening to today? it’s aunti day, so i’ll have the rav’s radio on z103.5 (hey, maybe i should try some country-in-the-car today!) from waterloo to TO and back!

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  • Johanna B  On June 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

    This morning I had a hankering (good ole countryfied expression) for some Dave Carroll. Can’t wait til his new solo album comes out. He’s Canadian BTW, from Timmins, Nova Scotia.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

      cool! glad you were feeling the canadian vibe today, johanna! “hankering” is an awesome term!! yee-haw!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On June 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I love it that you are instructing us in the art of blurry photos! Have a great day!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

      i’ve got one more “new photography term” to share with you on saturday, stacie! can’t believe i had to force a blurry photo for this challenge…i usually have a few on hand from normal picture-taking! happy wednesday!

  • The Orchard  On June 20, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Ah, my first guess would have been somewhere at the square, but I didn’t realized that anything was going on there that night!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

      and tricia, did you see that they are offering free ballroom dance lessons on fridays from 8:30-10:30 pm this summer! i hope they bring back last year’s outdoor yoga! good to see the square being used for such a variety of activities!

  • Zo  On June 20, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Love the bokeh! Mr. sc is into photography so I know from him that the technique names are a bit…obscure.
    I listen to a local “top 40ish” station on my drive into work…more for the banter than the music (but I’d be lying if I said I don’t sing along to “Call Me Maybe” or “Boyfriend” [Canada represent!]). On the way home I usually listen to public radio!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

      ah – you do have the inside track with mr sc’s photo knowledge…i should have gotten him to do a “guest photo” for one of these challenge days! 🙂 i do enjoy fun banter, too – and of course, sing-a-long/boppy tunes!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On June 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Great bokeh photo, Cathy! I never knew there was a name for that. Actually, I think I may be an expert! 😉 I’m glad I guessed your background from yesterday. Actually at one point, Ralph and I were consdering building a straw bale home in NM, so I was pretty familiar with what they look like. Very cool. Glad Ele already commented, I don’t have to send her a link to “worldwide knit in public day!” She needed to know about that, but sadly we missed it. Great post!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

      thanks, fran! wow – a straw bale home in nm sounds fabulous and exotic…ok, i would take a regular home in nm any day! i think every day should be knit in public day! i love when i see people knitting in coffee shops or waiting for the bus, etc!

  • Ele  On June 20, 2012 at 6:19 am

    knitting on the run, wow, another reason why I love you! You are my kind of girl!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

      ele, thanks for your positive endorsement – your comment brightens my day (and it’s not even 7 a.m., haha!). if only i could figure out how to run + knit together…but i have a feeling no good could come of that!…

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