OVFF 2006 

Pictures and video from the Ohio Valley Filk Festival, October 2006.

Immediately after arriving from the airport on Thursday, we hooked up with (Left to right) Guest of Honor Mary Crowell, Debbie Ohi of Urban Tapestry, the lovely and talented Andrea Dale (our roommate for Thursday), and Toastmaster Paul Kwinn. Vixy is on the right. They spent some time rehearsing songs in our room. It was a nice start to the convention.
Immediately after arriving from the airport on Thursday, we hooked up with (Left to right) Guest of Honor Mary Crowell, Debbie Ohi of Urban Tapestry, the lovely and talented Andrea Dale (our roommate for Thursday), and Toastmaster Paul Kwinn. Vixy is on the right. They spent some time rehearsing songs in our room. It was a nice start to the convention.

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A portion of the rehearsal of Where the Magic is Real on Thursday afternoon. When Paul hits the line about the pointy hat, Vixy remembers that she's actually brought one, for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Friday.
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A portion of the rehearsal of Where the Magic is Real on Thursday afternoon. When Paul hits the line about the pointy hat, Vixy remembers that she's actually brought one, for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Friday.

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(1 of 2) On Thursday night, we went to see Mary Bertke's Irish folktunes band at a local bookstore.
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(1 of 2) On Thursday night, we went to see Mary Bertke's Irish folktunes band at a local bookstore.

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(2 of 2) It was a lot of fun, they played quite well. The only problem was that Mary's directions to the bookstore had said turn left on "Lane". So we had. Only... some brain damaged city planner had chosen for this town to contain a Lane Road and a Lane Avenue within a couple miles of each other. We'd turned too early. Ah well, it gave us an opportunity to watch Andrea and Mary Crowell kibitz and joke about navigation. Best quote that came out of the journey, which became a catchphrase for the weekend: "The other white Mary."
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(2 of 2) It was a lot of fun, they played quite well. The only problem was that Mary's directions to the bookstore had said turn left on "Lane". So we had. Only... some brain damaged city planner had chosen for this town to contain a Lane Road and a Lane Avenue within a couple miles of each other. We'd turned too early. Ah well, it gave us an opportunity to watch Andrea and Mary Crowell kibitz and joke about navigation. Best quote that came out of the journey, which became a catchphrase for the weekend: "The other white Mary."

Mary Bertke plays her shiny new bouzouki. I was equally impressed by the strap as the bouzouki.
Mary Bertke plays her shiny new bouzouki. I was equally impressed by the strap as the bouzouki.

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Hanging out Thursday night after Mary's gig, we are joined by Seanan (center), her friend Chris (far left), Amy McNally (far right), and Dave Alway (who had brought apple pie).
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Hanging out Thursday night after Mary's gig, we are joined by Seanan (center), her friend Chris (far left), Amy McNally (far right), and Dave Alway (who had brought apple pie).

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On Friday afternoon, just before festivities were scheduled to start, we sprung a surprise on Paul. Paul thought that he would be the only person from Puzzlebox at this convention. It turns out that Alisa, Luis, and Taunya had all arranged in secret to come and surprise him. In this video clip, we see him arrive at what he thinks is just going to be a quick lunch with a couple of people from the con. You know when people say, "you should have seen the look on your face"? Well, this is the look on your face, Paul. The first camera flash you see in the video is Debbie snapping this photo of that look on Paul's face.
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On Friday afternoon, just before festivities were scheduled to start, we sprung a surprise on Paul. Paul thought that he would be the only person from Puzzlebox at this convention. It turns out that Alisa, Luis, and Taunya had all arranged in secret to come and surprise him. In this video clip, we see him arrive at what he thinks is just going to be a quick lunch with a couple of people from the con. You know when people say, "you should have seen the look on your face"? Well, this is the look on your face, Paul. The first camera flash you see in the video is Debbie snapping this photo of that look on Paul's face.

Vixy and Mary at the restaurant on Friday afternoon.
Vixy and Mary at the restaurant on Friday afternoon.

During the concerts on Friday evening, All Seanan Wants to do is Eat Vixy's Brain.
During the concerts on Friday evening, All Seanan Wants to do is Eat Vixy's Brain.

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A portion of I Wanna be Peter Lorre during the Pegasus nominees concert. Tom later won Best Classic Filk Song for this song (and accepted the award with the accent, of course).
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A portion of I Wanna be Peter Lorre during the Pegasus nominees concert. Tom later won Best Classic Filk Song for this song (and accepted the award with the accent, of course).

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After the concerts, the traditional filk circle in the hallway outside the concert room was going full swing. We arrived just as Luke Ski was singing a very intricate and clever rap parody about Lord of the Rings.
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After the concerts, the traditional filk circle in the hallway outside the concert room was going full swing. We arrived just as Luke Ski was singing a very intricate and clever rap parody about Lord of the Rings.

Becca Leathers (until recently Becca Allen) of Riverfolk and Graham Leathers perform in the hall circle on Friday night. Sorry about the dark, fuzzy pictures... that hallway area is really dimly lit.
Becca Leathers (until recently Becca Allen) of Riverfolk and Graham Leathers perform in the hall circle on Friday night. Sorry about the dark, fuzzy pictures... that hallway area is really dimly lit.

Ookla performs in the hall circle on Friday night.
Ookla performs in the hall circle on Friday night.

Andrea, Vixy, and Urban Tapestry (Debbie, Allison, Jodi) on Saturday morning.
Andrea, Vixy, and Urban Tapestry (Debbie, Allison, Jodi) on Saturday morning.

Taunya and Alisa of Puzzlebox performing as part of Paul Kwinn's toastmaster concert on Saturday. They enjoyed the fact that they didn't have to "work" this convention, but still somehow ended up on stage with him.
Taunya and Alisa of Puzzlebox performing as part of Paul Kwinn's toastmaster concert on Saturday. They enjoyed the fact that they didn't have to "work" this convention, but still somehow ended up on stage with him.

Paul Kwinn performing in his toastmaster concert on Saturday midday.
Paul Kwinn performing in his toastmaster concert on Saturday midday.

Luis Garcia of Puzzlebox and Tom Smith look on during Paul's concert.
Luis Garcia of Puzzlebox and Tom Smith look on during Paul's concert.

Vixy and Kathleen Sloan join Paul during his toastmaster concert.
Vixy and Kathleen Sloan join Paul during his toastmaster concert.

Mary Crowell and Vixy join Paul.
Mary Crowell and Vixy join Paul.

The Dangerettes! A big chorus line number for Paul's song Danger Man. Judi Miller (left foreground) signs.
The Dangerettes! A big chorus line number for Paul's song Danger Man. Judi Miller (left foreground) signs.

More Dangerettes. Note the sunglasses.

Not pictured: The rest of Saturday afternoon after Paul's Toastmaster concert included my Interfilk guest concert and two fun panels: My reverse-engineering-songs panel, and Vixy's performers' tricks panel.
More Dangerettes. Note the sunglasses.

Not pictured: The rest of Saturday afternoon after Paul's Toastmaster concert included my Interfilk guest concert and two fun panels: My reverse-engineering-songs panel, and Vixy's performers' tricks panel.

Mary Crowell's Guest of Honor concert. She specializes in jazz and torch songs. Here, as before, we have Trust in Me from The Jungle Book, assisted by Jan di Masi's pet boa Spot.
Mary Crowell's Guest of Honor concert. She specializes in jazz and torch songs. Here, as before, we have Trust in Me from The Jungle Book, assisted by Jan di Masi's pet boa Spot.

Tuckered out Toastmaster. Okay everyone: collective "Aaaaaawwwwww"...
Tuckered out Toastmaster. Okay everyone: collective "Aaaaaawwwwww"...

And then it's time for the Pegasus awards banquet! Here, Judi Miller wins Best Performer. Of course, the applause is divided between actual applause, and the ASL version of applause.
And then it's time for the Pegasus awards banquet! Here, Judi Miller wins Best Performer. Of course, the applause is divided between actual applause, and the ASL version of applause.

And then surprise of all surprises, Vixy wins Best Filk Song! We were both completely dumbfounded. The competition was very tough:

Archetype Cafe -Talis Kimberley

Close Your Eyes -Daniel Glasser

Girl That's Never Been -Michelle Dockrey

Rich Fantasy Lives -Rob Balder and Tom Smith

A Thousand Ships -Katy Droege and Juliane Honisch

With a list of fantastic songs like that, we were astounded that Girl That's Never Been even had a chance, let alone would win.
And then surprise of all surprises, Vixy wins Best Filk Song! We were both completely dumbfounded. The competition was very tough:

Archetype Cafe -Talis Kimberley

Close Your Eyes -Daniel Glasser

Girl That's Never Been -Michelle Dockrey

Rich Fantasy Lives -Rob Balder and Tom Smith

A Thousand Ships -Katy Droege and Juliane Honisch

With a list of fantastic songs like that, we were astounded that Girl That's Never Been even had a chance, let alone would win.

Vixy said that when she was handed the award, she was so surprised, she actually had to double check the plaque and make sure it really did say it was hers.
Vixy said that when she was handed the award, she was so surprised, she actually had to double check the plaque and make sure it really did say it was hers.

After the Pegasus awards, there was a songwriting contest that we missed (rushed back to the room so Vixy could call people and make a livejournal post about winning the award), but then we ran back for the Interfilk auction. Always a fun treat, the auction is for a good cause. It's why I was here, after all!
After the Pegasus awards, there was a songwriting contest that we missed (rushed back to the room so Vixy could call people and make a livejournal post about winning the award), but then we ran back for the Interfilk auction. Always a fun treat, the auction is for a good cause. It's why I was here, after all!

Alisa bids on some home-made chocolate.
Alisa bids on some home-made chocolate.

I had brought the last "Tech Support Sphere" for donation to Interfilk. It's a magic 8-ball toy, but with tech support answers inside, such as "RTFM", "Reboot", and "Blame the Vendor". I'd donated two others to previous Interfilk auctions, and this was the last one. Here, Seanan tries to convince Bill Sutton to bid.
I had brought the last "Tech Support Sphere" for donation to Interfilk. It's a magic 8-ball toy, but with tech support answers inside, such as "RTFM", "Reboot", and "Blame the Vendor". I'd donated two others to previous Interfilk auctions, and this was the last one. Here, Seanan tries to convince Bill Sutton to bid.

The wenches attempt to get Tanya Huff to bid. Right now, they are doing 8-ball shots off of Vixy's tummy. Whatever that means!
The wenches attempt to get Tanya Huff to bid. Right now, they are doing 8-ball shots off of Vixy's tummy. Whatever that means!

More wenches on Tanya. What is Sheryl Erlich doing!?
More wenches on Tanya. What is Sheryl Erlich doing!?

Goodness, now they're plying the bidders with alcohol!

The tech support sphere eventually sold for $200.00 in the auction. Not bad, considering it was the last of its kind.
Goodness, now they're plying the bidders with alcohol!

The tech support sphere eventually sold for $200.00 in the auction. Not bad, considering it was the last of its kind.

Seanan announces that if the bidding goes past a certain point, the robe comes off. Yeah, these auctions get a bit raunchy. But in a safe, all in good fun, for charity kind of way.
Seanan announces that if the bidding goes past a certain point, the robe comes off. Yeah, these auctions get a bit raunchy. But in a safe, all in good fun, for charity kind of way.

Trevor bids on an amazing guitar donated by Barry Childs-Helton. It's been hand painted with a beautiful spacescape.
Trevor bids on an amazing guitar donated by Barry Childs-Helton. It's been hand painted with a beautiful spacescape.

Vixy carefully explains to Trevor the technical features of the guitar, such as its hand-compensated bridge.
;-)
Vixy carefully explains to Trevor the technical features of the guitar, such as its hand-compensated bridge.
;-)

And the big item (for us anyway), was our work-in-progress mixes for our upcoming album. More information about the CD can be found here. Trace (not pictured in this photo) won the auction for the CD for $280.00. Thanks, Trace!
And the big item (for us anyway), was our work-in-progress mixes for our upcoming album. More information about the CD can be found here. Trace (not pictured in this photo) won the auction for the CD for $280.00. Thanks, Trace!

Jan di Masi of the magic fingers helps the poor, tired wenches unwind after the auction.

Not pictured: Me debasing myself in front of everyone to get Ellen Weingart to bid on a Tom-Hanks-Autographed box set of From the Earth to the Moon, while Jim Hanks (who donated the item) filmed us. Jim is a very bad, evil, and funny man: He made us stop mid-wench to change tapes in the camera. You might not think someone changing camera tapes could be funny, but it was perhaps the most hilarious moment of the entire con.
Jan di Masi of the magic fingers helps the poor, tired wenches unwind after the auction.

Not pictured: Me debasing myself in front of everyone to get Ellen Weingart to bid on a Tom-Hanks-Autographed box set of From the Earth to the Moon, while Jim Hanks (who donated the item) filmed us. Jim is a very bad, evil, and funny man: He made us stop mid-wench to change tapes in the camera. You might not think someone changing camera tapes could be funny, but it was perhaps the most hilarious moment of the entire con.

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Okay, on to more serious topics. Someone had told Vixy that Judi Miller's ASL interpretation of Girl That's Never Been was particularly beautiful. But since watching Judi during your own performance is the number one way to make you mess up, most performers don't look at her during their own song. So Jordi Sears stepped up and did the song so that Vixy could watch Judi sign it.

Since this is a panorama photo that wraps around, it's kind of hard to tell that Vixy is looking right at Judi with that expression of rapt attention. It's clearer in the movie file (two items after this one in the gallery).

Technical note: Because of the way these panorama photos are taken, Adam English virtually disappears from this scene when he moved significantly between exposures.
Panorama photo. To view it properly, click on the photo a second time to get the full size version, then use the scroll bars to scroll the image.

Okay, on to more serious topics. Someone had told Vixy that Judi Miller's ASL interpretation of Girl That's Never Been was particularly beautiful. But since watching Judi during your own performance is the number one way to make you mess up, most performers don't look at her during their own song. So Jordi Sears stepped up and did the song so that Vixy could watch Judi sign it.

Since this is a panorama photo that wraps around, it's kind of hard to tell that Vixy is looking right at Judi with that expression of rapt attention. It's clearer in the movie file (two items after this one in the gallery).

Technical note: Because of the way these panorama photos are taken, Adam English virtually disappears from this scene when he moved significantly between exposures.

Jordi Sears performs Girl That's Never Been in the hall circle on Saturday night. 

Jordi is partially responsible for this song winning the Pegasus. She was singing it on the East coast long before Vixy had come to any East coast conventions.
Jordi Sears performs Girl That's Never Been in the hall circle on Saturday night.

Jordi is partially responsible for this song winning the Pegasus. She was singing it on the East coast long before Vixy had come to any East coast conventions.

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Jordi Sears performs Girl That's Never Been in the hall circle on Saturday night, while Judi Miller signs.
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Jordi Sears performs Girl That's Never Been in the hall circle on Saturday night, while Judi Miller signs.

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