Satisfy that creative urge

My life has been richer because of musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang and Hillary Hahn. They have been perfecting their craft since childhood. If only the scores of untrained musicians across the country could experience what music does for the student and listener.

Unfortunately, string lessons are not taught in the Oak Harbor School District, but now TALIA TONI MARCUS of the new music store called can help you succeed by providing you with the right instruments and lessons. Her resume includes film scores, tours with Van Morrison, The Band, LA Sessions and Seattle Symphony on Wheels.

Owners AVI ROSTOV and manager SHEILA RHYNE have quick access to local teachers such as guitarists QUINN FITZPATRICK, ED NEWKIRK and MARTY MALLOY; voice, NOEL CURTIS; piano, LeANN GODSEY; trombone, STEVE TARR; and SHEILA RHYNE, mandolin and banjo.

There are currently 30 students taking half-hour or hour-long lessons in one of four comfortable lesson rooms. Ask for the day and time you want and they can probably set you up right then, assuming the teacher is available.

Store walls are lined with guitars, strings, brass-winds and woodwinds for sale or rent. Bring your own guitar or try one of their’s when shopping for a new amplifier by Peavey, Roland and Selmer.

Students and parents wanted the store so badly, they even pledged to hammer nails. Rostov commutes from the island’s south end to bring music education and fun to Oak Harbor students; Rhyne has worked in music retail for 12 years.

Find a cheaper price online for the same instrument at their store and Rostov will match it. “Lower prices will bring more customers in,” she said.

They carry a line of accessories and gifts for dance and they repair what they sell. DAVID LAWS, repair clinician, can fix a wide spectrum of instruments.

The store is located directly east of the North End Fitness Center, at 1130 NE 7th Avenue. Call at 675-5544.

‘I Still Do’

A most imaginative and romantic event took place at Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens on Aug. 3.

Owners LORI and LEE SPEAR observed their 25th wedding anniversary recently and decided to publicly renew their commitment to each other in front of family and friends.

The theme was Bohemian/gypsy and ladies wore long dresses with layers of glittery chains and beads. Vows were exchanged in a large gazebo with the couples’ children, Thomas, 18, and Emma, 15, standing behind mom and dad.

A poignant moment was dedicated to the memory of family members who were there 25 years ago but are now gone. Lori’s sister, Marilyn, came from Surprise, Ariz., for the ceremony.

Carefully chosen music added to the romantic aura, but Lee did slip in a silly song dedicated to Lori that went something like, “I’m puny, short and little, but I’m loud.” Lori is petite and weighs slightly more than a sparrow.

Two local friends, JOHN HAYNES and SOOZ KONOPIK, officiated. After John pronounced them husband and wife again, there was a passionate kiss between Lee and Lori that left several ladies gasping.

With the ceremony concluded, everyone moved into the periwinkle barn Lee built with the help of family, friends and dozens of volunteers. The interior, decorated like a night in Marrakesh, glowed with lights, swags of sheer ribbons and greenery. Pasta, fresh blueberries, kiwi fruit, strawberries, nectarines and grapes, cheese, humus and baguettes made the perfect repast.

Belly dancers rested on a carpet covered with satin pillows and when the chatter died down, drums began to bang and dancer TERRY Z made her way down one table and the next.

Love was in the air that day, settling like a warm blanket on the barn. It was the perfect way to consecrate a marriage — again.

Osteoporosis on the run

The Oak Harbor Senior Center will present “Standing Strong,” a free, informative workshop about osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Alliance for Aging Research and Golden Age will present the workshop at the center Monday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m.

More than 25 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, which is loss of calcium from their bones. Although this insidious disease has no warning signs or symptoms, it can cause vertebrae to collapse spontaneously and bones to break under even minor stress such as coughing or sneezing. Osteoporosis is the number two killer of women, second only to heart disease. Although most people think of it as an old women’s disease, more men are diagnosed with osteoporosis than with prostate cancer. After 35, both men and women break down bone faster than it forms.

Kindly RSVP to the Center at 279-4580 and bring a friend if you like.

Write to me at or call 675-6611.

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