And The Winner Is...


It's a pretty cool feeling telling someone they've won something. We've had our first experience with that moment as we have informed three of our followers who bought raffle tickets for the abstract artwork painted by artists Wayne Epperly and Amber Stone in September as part of our "Canvas and Keys" event, that they were winners. The first time was a total spur of the moment adventure as we showed up at Mack and Mack unannounced and completely surprised Robin Davis as she greeted us at the door by handing over her painting. The expression on her face as we snapped her picture said it all.

We took advantage of another moment during the show at Sessions with The South Carolina Broadcasters and Nikki Talley to announce the second winner. Once again we managed to surprise one of our staunch supporters, knowing he would be in attendance,  by calling out Frank Orthel's name from the stage.  Another little twist on that night which made things even more meaningful was that we were able to acknowledge Wayne Epperly presence during the presentation as he was among the audience members there for the show. He seemed quite happy to be a winner, don't you think?

There is one more moment yet to come. Though there will not be that element of surprise since our last recipient already knows she has won, there is still the anticipation of waiting for it to be delivered. We have a little road trip to Chapel Hill planned for next week to transport the third and final painting to its new owner Susun Coleman Miller. An update about our visit will come soon after we return

Each of our three winners and all the others who participated in the raffle have our deepest gratitude.  Their participation helped generate funds for the artists and for The Collabative.

The Instagram learning curve & our October 5 show at Sessions... with a few pics


IMPORTANT NOTE: Since originally posting this, the entire block of photos seems to have disappeared. Until time permits me to pursue yet another round of troubleshooting, I'm going to embed our main feed from The Collabative's Instagram Feed. We'll try to get the hashtag-driven version back in here asap. Or maybe I'll move it to the bottom in hopes that it will return on its own. Technology's fun like that. #keepingmeonmytoes

At the wedding we attended Friday night, our friends had placed a simple sign near the guestbook sharing a preselected hashtag for any Instagram users so that our collective images from the night could be shared with each other. We'd heard about this before, and decided to try it out for our October show. And by "we" I mean the more geeky, girl-type representative of The Collabative team. (Who has, incidentally, only very recently jumped on this fascinating photo-sharing bandwagon.) Hi there!

It wasn't a very "Instagrammy" crowd, and that's totally fine. More than that, I didn't do a great job of spreading the word. I keep running out of time. Also, I'm still figuring out the best widget to use to make sure ALL our shots tagged with #SCBandNTonOct5 will show up, and not just those added to The Collabative's Instagram feed. Still, I'm not daunted. Some folks might just want to add their shots after the fact!  That would make this collection way more interesting. For now, enjoy the learning curve with us and please keep sending us your patience as we find fun, new (and efficient) ways to help tell these stories!

Meanwhile, if any of you are super-users of this fascinating technology and have any pointers or recommendations of your favorite app or widget for rendering hashtag-based collections of images shot by various users, please send 'em this way! 


  • Thanks to Nikki Talley and Jason Sharpe and The South Carolina Broadcasters for coming out to play for us. What an incredible night. We'll have more (and better quality) shots to share pretty soon.
  • Thanks to all of the music-lovers who came out to help us enjoy this homecoming event. 
  • As is our custom, we have a way different kind of show coming up next. If you find it intriguing, we hope you'll come out on October 26.
  • And after that, yet a totally other different kind of show on the horizon! 
  • The photo in the banner features instruments belonging to The South Carolina Broadcasters as I noticed them waiting on the stage after the show. So pretty...
  • Allen Tyndall & his team at Sessions, bless you. 
  • Annette, Tia and Bill, bless you equally. By show time sometimes I get a little stressed and forget to make sure you know how much I appreciate you.
  • If you are an Instagram user, you'll likely find it much more efficient to search for pics using #SCBandNTonOct5. Still, we appreciate SnapWidget for providing this service free of charge. Ads-n-all.
  • We usually publish a blog post and leave it alone. This one will probably change. If I discover a better way to present these images the way I want, I'll clean it up. Disclaimer over... have a nice Sunday! 

Melody Watson 

(For those who didn't read the note at the top, what you'll see below is either the feed for pulling in all images tagged with #SCBandNTonOct5 - which inexplicably disappeared - OR a hnkin block of white space. Either way, this isn't our typical blog post.)