Highland BLOOMS today! Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., seven Highland homeowners will open the gates to their unique and beautiful gardens for you to enjoy.

Tickets are available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at C&C Electric, 2430 Line Avenue, and at all gardens on the tour through close, for $13. Raffle tickets for a beautiful water feature are also available for $2 each. The raffle prize can be seen at the garden of Howard and Sarah Scott, 2300 Creswell Avenue, also the location of a red tag sale of vintage and unique garden items.

Addresses and a map are on the back of each ticket and you are free to choose your course, whether driving or biking. You’ll find treats and surprises all along the way, including tastes of the new restaurant, Twine, at the garden of John and Jodie Gharbi, 833 Prospect Street, homemade Neiman Marcus cookies at the garden of Steve and Jean Kemp, 1045 Dalzell Street, free pass-along plants (supplies are limited) at two gardens, and live music by two of the best jazz trios around.

Tchai will be performing 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today at the garden of Liz Swaine and Steve Culp, located at 2102 Southern Avenue.

Tchai is Robert Trudeau, Ron Hardy, and Tracy Chappell. Read more about Tchai here.

2102 Southern Ave. will also feature Highland artisans with tax-free art and jewelry for sale.

Onya will be performing today 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the garden of Dr. Ted and Lisa Warren, located at 947 College Street.

Onya is Bryan Basco, Onya, and Darren Osborn. Read more about Onya here.

947 College St. will also feature tasty bites from Highland restaurants Columbia Cafe, Marilynn’s Place, Frank-n-Bean Tavern, Macaroni Grill, and Cheesecakes & More.

We welcome you to experience Highland today as Highland BLOOMS!

Vintage and unique garden items available during Highland Blooms!

A few of the vintage and unique garden items that will be available during Highland Blooms!

Pictured above:

Horseshoe art; two plant hangers, each forged from a vintage horseshoe; one horseshoe door knocker. $15 each.

Teacup bird feeders to display in the garden, come with 3′ or 4′ poles that stick in the ground, made from vintage items. 

Hand cast concrete garden mushrooms, each one unique, no two alike.  $20.00 for a set of four.

There will be red tag items of various prices and a limited number of donated, handcrafted items for sale at the garden of Howard and Sarah Scott, 2300 Creswell Avenue, starting at $15.00. All proceeds of the red tag sale benefit the Highland Restoration Association.

The time is drawing near–get your advance tickets today!

An angel awaits in the garden of Howard & Sarah Scott during Highland Blooms! The Highland Experience II, on May 19.

Advance tickets are available online and at C&C Electric, 2430 Line Avenue,  for only $10. They will be available the day of the event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at C&C Electric, and at all gardens on the tour, for $13.

Did you see Maggie Martin’s article in The Times today? She interviewed Dr. Ted Warren, whose garden on College Street is featured during Highland Blooms, and there are also sneak peeks into all seven gardens!

We’re so excited to share The Highland Experience with you and looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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Win this water feature for your garden at Highland Blooms!

You can win this garden water feature at Highland Blooms! on May 19

Want this beautiful water feature for your garden? Join us for Highland Blooms! on Saturday, May 19, and it could be yours. Raffle tickets are available online and will be at all seven gardens on the tour for $2, so be sure to pick up several. You can see this lovely work of art, valued at over $200, the day of the tour at the garden of Howard and Sarah Scott at 2300 Creswell Avenue. It’s made from glazed terra-cotta, is approximately 4′ tall, and comes as a complete kit (including pump), ready to use after minimal assembly.

The drawing will be held at the end of the tour. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit the Highland Restoration Association.

Good luck!

Onya set to perform at Highland Blooms! on May 19

Onya - Brian Basco, Onya, Darren Osborn

Onya will be performing their sultry jazz stylings on Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the garden of Dr. Ted & Lisa Warren, as part of Highland Blooms! The Highland Experience II.

Audiences have long been raving about Onya’s vocals since her first performance on stage at the age of fifteen. In the past, she has been noted for her rock and R&B vocals. Now audiences will get a real treat as she performs the perfect jazz set.

Brian Basco’s performance has been described as: “spine tingling”; “a unique and spontaneous performance with the audience”; “a ride to the edge and back.” His career has been cultivated into multi-instrumentalist vocalist extraordinaire through a life-long dedication to music.

Darren Osborn – an accomplished percussionist – has been performing in venues and professional recording studios, across the continent, since he was a youngster. Starting out in Nashville’s professional recording circuit, Darren honed his skills of precision and finesse required to perform this jazz that has the ability to transform your experience.

This highly gifted band of performers delivers a class act from start to finish with smooth, sultry vocals that never grow old.

Visit Onya’s Reverbnation page to learn more about this dynamic trio!

Tchai set to perform at Highland Blooms! on May 19

Tchai - Robert Trudeau, Ron Hardy, Tracy Chappell

Tchai will be performing their ambient and progressive jazz on Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the garden of Liz Swaine and Steve Culp, as part of Highland Blooms! The Highland Experience II. This description of the unique and talented trio, written by artist Daniel Cassity, captures the essence of Tchai:

“For those who appreciate an instrumental free-form, improvisational musical experience, catch Tchai (Tracy Chappell – Guitar, Robert Trudeau – Bass, and Ron Hardy – Percussion) live in Shreveport. All rooted in the rhythms of Hardy, Chappell’s guitar work is as solid as inventive – soaring, blistering, and just as quickly supportive and subtle – with Trudeau’s bass lines defining the space between them. 

Perhaps what I find most enjoyable about their performances is the sense that they are approaching their instruments less as obvious “instruments” and more like “sound generators”. Trudeau’s non-cliched, fingered bass lines are derived from slapping, plucking, walking, and even power chords. Hardy switches from hand drumming to occasional sticks with ease, producing a wide variety of driving and mesmerizing rhythms. Chappell’s exceptional guitar work steers the melodic aspect of the ship, utilizing – like the others – every inch of the instrument, and squeezing out every possible sound. 

Fusing many musical styles, they have found an area of their own that can only, truly be defined as Tchai – even handing out percussion instruments to the audience resulting in something like a spontaneous chant/trance. If you are someone who must “know” every song that you hear, Tchai may not be for you, but if you are not interested in the “same old same old” catch Tchai in Shreveport. Ultimately, this is a “musicians” band (if you don’t know what that means, you’re not a musician, and don’t worry about it), but what anyone in the audience will surely experience is pure musical joy – the love of playing.”

Be sure to visit Tchai on Facebook and Like their page!