On most Tuesday evenings in June and July the Paonia Library amphitheater is the venue for performances by Delta County musicians. Musical Tuesdays are organized by Laura Lee Yates, librarian and author, and supported by the Friends of the Paonia Library.
The Friends are also responsible for raising the money that goes to maintaining the library's landscaping; landscaping that makes these outdoor events so relaxing and enjoyable.
On June 13, the musician was Beth Williams; singer, songwriter, guitarist, and raconteur. Accompanied by her granddaughter Moselle on drum, Williams' performance was warm and intimate, sharing stories of her life to explain the influences that inspired her to write the songs she sang. Her voice is beautiful and controlled, well suited to the outdoor location and never overwhelmed by the guitar. Whoever did the sound check was spot on. After a one and a half hour set of her own songs, she sang "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell and finished with "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," backed up by Rick Stockton, Helen Highwater and Harry Harpoon. If you missed Beth this time, catch her singing with the Scones Summer of Love Show during Cherry Days at the Paonia Town Park on July 3 at 7 p.m.
And come enjoy the next Musical Tuesday with Shelly Rae from Cedaredge on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.