Thursday, November 14, 2013


I’ve written about Bowen Barn in the past. It is my daughter & her husbands business in New York state where they sell a variety of goods from fine antiques to second hand furniture. It is also where they host musical events such as the one advertised above.

Joe Craven is a friend of theirs and an amazing musical artist. He is known nationwide and performs solo as well as with the Joe Craven Trio. He is extremely versatile and has accompanied many stars including Jerry Garcia and Yo Yo Ma. The following pictures show him performing at Bowen Barn in the large “fine antique” section.


All very interesting but where is the serendipity? Let me explain. Joe always stays at their house of course and evidently the next morning at breakfast California was brought up in their discussion. (I think that’s where Joe lives). My daughter happened to mention that she has a cousin out there who owns a winery and she was trying to remember the name of it. Then she mentioned that the wine was called “dam fine” because it was a take-off of her cousins nickname which is Beaver. 

Bingo! Joes eyes lit up as he explained that he and his trio had performed there in September. 

The winery is Castoro Cellars and the event was entitled “Beaverstock” and was a celebration of Neils (Beaver) and his wife Bimmer’s 30 years in business. Beaver is the youngest son of my sister Barbara who actually lives in a home built on the winery property.

I could envision it all since I visited Barbara a few years back and it was a thrill to know that, even with 3,000 miles separating us we can still connect in this way. And, just to bring it full circle back to me, I’ve enjoyed performances by Joe in North Carolina where he often plays at a venue called “The Roosters Wife” in Aberdeen (two towns removed from little old Vass, where I live !).



Blogger troutbirder said...

Small world indeed....:)

12:59 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

It certainly is serendipitous! I';m sure to like his music. How wonderful to perform (and listen) in a bevy of antiques!!

9:37 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

This is quite something, and he seems like a fine character.

3:42 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Connections like that are always amazing.
From Jerry Garcia to Yo Yo Ma, that is some range of talent.

3:44 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Remember hearing the phrase 6 degrees of separation? I have found that to be so true. And here you were, say, 3 degrees from Yo Yo Ma, California dam wine, and who knows what else!

6:13 AM  
Blogger ellen said...

Six degrees of separation!!!!!!

10:27 AM  
Blogger damfine said...

that was a fun and small world experience! please say hi to all.

7:46 AM  
Blogger damfine said...

loved the story, indeed a small world! please say hi to Jody.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

What a lovely story of connection with family.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

No such thing as coincidences. It seems that all was meant to come together for a reason.

7:25 PM  

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