Stacy Hughes & Molly (Otis) Stoddard
Of course that's not a photo of Stacy or Molly! We were just checking to see if you were paying attention. It's actually a shot of Liv Tyler in her role as the elven princess in Lord of the Rings. Why her? More about that in a minute.
In the meantime, let's just say that some artists are much better at plying their craft than they are at marketing themselves. Getting a photo of these two wonderful musicians performing together this summer for the first time has proven to be rather challenging. I guess we'll simply snap a few shots of them on the Rookery stage this weekend to use if they return again together next summer.
Stacy Hughes is a professional vocalist who hails from Winona, Minnesota. For the past 30 years she's performed at coffee houses, bars, restaurants...even on riverboats...throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Her extensive repertoire ranges from jazz to acoustic rock, folk to country.
Most every music enthusiast in these parts knows Molly. She and the Danger Band opened the Rookery's outdoor music season back on Father's Day in June. And they'll be back again to help us wrap things up for the summer on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Stacy and Molly have teamed up this summer for just a few select performances, including this Sunday at the Rookery. Word has it that Stacy will do most of the singing, with an emphasis on folk and jazz standards, with Molly backing up on a variety of instruments, which she especially enjoys and does so well. It should make for a fun afternoon of live outdoor music!
As always the Rookery grill fires up at 1:30 and the music begins at 2. There's no cover charge though gratuities for the musicians are most appreciated.
Stacy Hughes and Molly Stoddard on Sunday. Live. Outdoors. Only at the Rookery!
Many Rookery regulars have noted that things just don't seem the same at the restaurant since the passing of our friendly black lab greeter, Callie, earlier this spring. (You can read my tribute to Callie by clicking here.) Many have inquired if and when there might be a new friendly dog to welcome them when they arrive.
The wait is over. Tiny eight week old Arwen joined the Rookery team on Monday.
Note the resemblance to Liv Tyler? OK, maybe not so much...other than the dark hair, of course. But both are striking beauties, don't you agree?
I named her Arwen (AR-when) after the half-elven maiden played by Ms. Tyler in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. I'm a big fan of the recent Lord of the Rings movies. But my affinity for J. R. R. Tolkien's legend actually extends all the way back to high school when I first read the books.
According to Tolkien, the name Arwen means 'noble maiden.' Arwen also was known by the nickname "Evenstar" (or Evening Star), as the most beautiful of the last generation of High Elves in Middle-earth.
Arwen was the youngest child of Elrond, the half-elven Lord of Rivendell, who headed the Council of Elrond, where it was decided the One Ring should be destroyed. It was in Rivendell that Arwen met and fell in love with Aragorn, who was first introduced in the book and movie as Strider, a Ranger of the North. Strider became an integral member of the Fellowship of the Ring, whose quest it was to destroy the One Ring and defeat the Dark Lord Sauron.
Eventually Strider was revealed to be Aragorn, the heir and rightful claimant to the thrones of Arnor and Gondor. He was crowned King at the end of the third movie and it was only then he could marry Arwen, as stipulated by Elrond.
The most poignant element of their love story is that by pledging her love to Aragorn, a mortal man, Arwen gave up the immortal life of an elf that she could have chosen instead.
Similarly, Arwen the black lab will not live the typical life of most dogs. She'll be one lucky noble maiden indeed, with the opportunity to greet thousands of Rookery and Cable Nature Lodge guests in years to come. And likely fawned over by many.
We invite you to come meet Arwen sometime soon. Dining is optional.
|Arwen golfing with Bill & Grandpa Earl|