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Trio to recount glories, trials of cross-country trek

The three sing and paint their way across America


Last fall, three Sherwood residents completed an eye-opening, cross-country trip performing concert/art demonstrations that not only resulted in a close-up look at the beauty and hospitality of the country but also a fair share of interesting twists and turns.

By the time their adventure was over, they would have car trouble four times, make an appearance in a documentary film, find one of the trio’s best friends was dying and have an encounter with a ghost.

All that while performing atop a platform bolted to the roof of a renovated ice cream truck that took them on their 4,000-mile journey.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Amanda Stanaway, Jen Harlow and Stanaway’s 8-year-old daughter Amelia will recount their two-month venture during two visual and musical “Indian Summer Tour” presentations set for the Sherwood Rebekah Lodge.

Armed with 60 pre-primed canvasses, Harlow painted while Stanaway performed original compositions high above the vehicle that Amelia dubbed Lucy during a journey that took them to California before heading east and south, ending in Texas.

“It was something we had to do in our lives,” said Harlow, who said the randomness of the trip was outside her comfort zone. “We kept saying how sacred it was.”

Stanaway, a Sherwood musician and social entrepreneur, agreed.

“Even the worst things that happened worked out,” said Stanaway. “I hope in the end we’re better, kinder people.”

Saturday’s performances at the lodge, located at 22550 S.W. Washington St., include a family friendly matinee set for 4 p.m. with an 8 p.m. show that will be a little longer and will address the more harrowing parts encountered during their trip.

Tickets are $7 for the 4 p.m. matinee; $10 for the 8 p.m. performance.

Visit squareup.com/market/The-Indian-Summer Tour to order tickets or call 253-905-2842 and use a credit card.




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