Kerrville Folk Festival
Every year for 18 days, folks from around the world gather at Quiet Valley Ranch for the Kerrville Folk Festival. As they enter the festival grounds every person passes by a hand painted sign that intones "Welcome Home." The muse is palpably alive at Kerrville, and the gathering is filled with an energy of good will that seems somehow condensed onto this beautiful piece of ranch land. The people and music of the festival have become important in Helena's life. Two of the songs on "Painting A Moving Train" were written at Quiet Valley Ranch: "Wandering Seed" (written and sung by Helena) and "To Believe" (written by Greg Greer and sung by Helena). Helena holds a giant space of gratitude for this place. Each year when folks leave their eyes pass over a painting that bookends the festival with "It Can Be This Way Always." Yes.
Old Town School of Folk Music
Helena's musical home in Chicago. Great classes, great performances, great people!
Helena lived in Italy in 1992 during a college arts program in Florence and London, and since then has been rather enamored of Italia and its beauties and ways of life, even considering moving there at times. Visit Florence for a couple of minutes at Firenze, Italia on YouTube