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August 26th, 2006

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11:01 pm - The end of an era

Goodnight, Bonnie, you will never be forgotten.

A little know fact ... a long, long time ago, a man I dated named Rick Morgan talked me into going to this place called The Maryland Renaissance Festival. He has attended previously and guaranteed I would have fun. To say I was skeptical would be an understatement, but I adored the man, so I went. Once inside the gates he glanced at the schedule and literally dragged me across the site to see an act he had fallen in love with the previous season. The first faire performers I ever had the pleasure to view were The Bawdy Balladeers ... Stephanie Lichtman Price as Scarlet O'Harlotte, Laura Lingel as Kissandra Seranade and Bonnie Orr as Bliss Goodbody. From the first verse of Boozin' Bloody Well Boozin' I was immediately hooked. I, too, fell in love with them when I first heard Roll Your Leg Over.

This threesome of ladies have always been a VERY important part of my faire experience ... even YEARS after the group disbanded. This very morning I grabbed my Bawdy Balladeers tape as I was walking out the door on my way to faire and was dismayed to realize my new car does not have a cassette player. Probably the fifth person I hugged inside the gates this morning was Stephanie ... and my heart broke later in the afternoon when I learned that Bonnie passed away yesterday.

I left with peace knowing that she was not happy with the cards life had dealt her recently, and secure in the knowledge that she is right now sharing a dram of scotch with other that have walked that path before her, but I'm saddened greatly by the passing of a woman I held in high esteem and is so much a part of my memories.

Little to no details are yet available. When and if information becomes available regarding a service it will be passed on the the appropriate people.

Bonnie, Goodspeed. Give Bill a good squeeze for me.

Thankfully the rumors of her death were greatly exaggerated.

*shakes head*

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