A Starry Night Productions
Presented a "Buck for Books" Benefit
At Heritage Oak Winery in Acampo, California


Creative artists promoting cultural harmony and environmental responsibility.

Our poetry and music showcase was from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at HERITAGE OAK WINERY in their hummingbird patio. We are grateful to Tom and Carmela Hoffman for providing this beautiful setting. We had sixteen poets reading. Our showcase was one of seven hundred 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE events that took place on 09-24-11 in 550 cities in 95 countries.

Music was provided by local musicians.


Haywired is a topnotch ‘Americana’ acoustic band (bluegrass, folk, swing, cowboy, and blues) featuring Mark Giuseponi on mandolin, trumpet, and vocals --- Liz Schuler on guitar and vocals --- and Rod Linn on bass. Their music is fantastic. The band had special guest guitarist/songwriter Tamara Phelan join them for part of their set.


Acoustic guitarist and vocalist Bart Vogel is in one word: dynamitic. His original music is best described as indie-pop Americana, ranging from voice-driven blues to reflective guitar instrumentals. Bart had special guest guitarist Tim Spencer join him.


Tim Christensen (guitar and vocals) is a member of the MOKELUMNE RIVER BAND. The band does a variety of musical styles: mostly folk, country, bluegrass, old time rock, blues, and popular music. Tim performed a country and bluegrass acoustic set with special guest guitarist Stan McFadden.


Since our inception in 2004, creative artists associated with A STARRY NIGHT PRODUCTIONS have volunteered to mentor young people, especially teen writers and teen musicians. To continue our youth advocacy, our showcase was a fundraiser to benefit the LODI GRAPE FESTIVAL AND HARVEST FAIR “BUCKS-FOR-BOOKS" SCHOLARSHIP FUND. The program awards numerous scholarships yearly for up to $1,000 each to offset the cost of books associated with higher education. The scholarship is open to local graduating high school seniors and college students seeking a bachelor’s degree.


We served LOCKEFORD MEATS COMPANY sausage sandwiches with sauerkraut and onions, potato salad, pickles, strawberry cheescake, soft drinks, and bottled water. HERITAGE OAK wine was also available for purchase. LOCKEFORD MEATS COMPANY doesn't have a website, but they are known as one of the best sausage makers in Northern California. The profits from our refreshments and 100% of the proceeds from our raffles was donated to the “BUCKS-FOR-BOOKS" SCHOLARSHIP FUND.


100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE co-founder MICHAEL ROTHENBERG is an American poet, songwriter, editor, horticulturist, and environmentalist. He is editor of the on-line literary magazine BIG BRIDGE. Over the past 25 years, Rothenberg has been a leading force in the protection of Bay Area coastal lands and endangered species.

In April, 2011, he decided to organize 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE. Events would be poetry showcases, music concerts, performance art, workshops, other creative arts undertakings, and peaceful demonstrations in honor of poetry and change. He encouraged each event organizer to do what they wished to do. The project quickly gained international interest and became 700 events in 550 cities in 95 countries making September 24, 2011 the first official day of poetry being celebrated globally.

All documentation posted on the 100TPC.org weblog will be preserved by STANFORD UNIVERSITY, which recognizes this as a historical global event that is the largest poetry reading in history.

Music is what feelings sound like.
Author Unknown

Our two raffle baskets.

D.B. Pacini welcomes everyone.

Certain things catch your eye,
but pursue only those that capture your heart.
Ancient American Indian Proverb

Don't tell me the moon is shining;
show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Anton Chekhov

Poet Danielle Keady

In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the spirit.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams

What would you attempt today if you could not fail?

Hope is the thing with feathers,
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without words,
and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson

No matter how busy you may think you are,
you must find time for reading,
or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

It is difficult to give away kindness.
It keeps coming back to you.
Cort Flint

If every living body were assured of love,
peace could create itself.
Hallmark Card

Poet Wallace Condon

There's nothing that says you have to succeed
in the same way as someone else.
In fact, there's nothing that says you must define
success in the same way as someone else.
Ralph Marston

Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning,
that without listening speaking no longer heals,
that without distance closeness cannot cure.
Henri Nouwen

Honored Guest Poet --- Mr. Jim Turner

No matter who you are,
no matter where you live,
and no matter how many people are chasing you,
what you don't read is often as important as what you do read.
Lemony Snicket

The difficult is what takes a little time;
the impossible is what takes a little longer.
Fridtjof Nansen

Have the courage to live.
Anyone can die.
Author Unknown

Poet Taylor Graham

We need not think alike to love alike.
Francis David

Leap and the net will appear.
Author Unknown

Knowledge is power.
Francis Bacon

Poet D.B. Pacini

If you write one story,
it may be bad;
if you write a hundred,
you have the odds in your favor.
William Burroughs

The best proof of love is trust.
Author Unknown

Poet Hatch Graham reads
Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint,"
then by all means paint,
and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent van Gogh

Having imagination,
it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that,
if you were unimaginative,
would take you only a minute.
Or you might not write the paragraph at all.
Franklin P. Adams, Half a Loaf, 1927

Tim Christensen and Special Guest Stan McFadden

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.
Autograph your work with excellence.

Do you know what astonished me the most in this world?
The inability of force to create anything.
Napoleon Bonaparte

"You proceed from a false assumption: I have no ego to bruise."
Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved
by the level of thinking that created them.
Albert Einstein

Kites rise highest against the wind.
Author Unknown

Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.
Les Brown

How rich art is;
if one can only remember what one has seen,
one is never without food for thought or truly lonely,
never alone.
Vincent van Gogh

If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
If you don't have integrity,
nothing else matters.
Alan Simpson

A computer once beat me at chess,
but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
Emo Philips

Poet Donald R. Anderson

Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.
Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Never stop dreaming.
Author Unknown

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is braver five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nobody made a greater mistake
than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
Edmund Burke

Poet Stephen M. Wilson

Everything you can imagine is real.

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness
that I can show to any human being,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
Mohandas Gandhi

Music was my refuge.
I could crawl into the space between the notes
and curl my back to loneliness.
Maya Angelou

Keep your love of nature,
for that is the true way to understand art more and more.
Vincent van Gogh

When we dream we make connections that astound us later.
The same thing happens on the page
when we forget ourselves and as it were,
watch our own waking dream.
Later we can make sense of what we've created
and craft it accordingly.
That's when we appreciate
the poetry of our unconscious mind.
Tom Batt

Poet Marie J. Ross

Believe the impossible.
Author Unknown

I tell you,
the more I think,
the more I feel that there
is nothing more truly artistic
than to love people.
Vincent van Gogh

If you light a lamp for somebody,
it will also brighten your path.

The man who removes a mountain
begins by carrying away small stones.

No pressure, no diamonds.
Mary Case

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous
and the storm terrible,
but they have never found these dangers
sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Vincent Van Gogh

Treat the earth well:
it was not given to you by your parents;
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors;
we borrow it from our children.
Ancient American Indian Proverb

Poet Loretta (La-Rue’) Duncan-Fowler

Give what you have to someone,
it may be better than you dare to think.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great Spirit,
help me always to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind when others speak,
and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.
American Indian Cherokee Prayer

All human beings should try to learn before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why.
James Thurber

What is life?
It is a flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow that runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.
Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee

Once you get people laughing,they're listening,
and you can tell them almost anything.
Herbert Gardner

Giving connects two people,
the giver and the receiver,
and this connection gives
birth to a new sense of belonging.
Deepak Chopra

Poet Eric Goines

You only live once, but if you live right, once is enough.

To be yourself in a world
that is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
Maya Angelou

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Poet Hatch Graham

No law or ordinance
is mightier than understanding.

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
Bill Cosby

Doing something does not require discipline.
It creates its own discipline
with a little help from caffeine.
Annie Dillard

The beautiful thing about learning
is nobody can take it away from you.
B. B. King

Writers are just people
who have a whole lot on the inside
that they need to get to the outside,
with pen and paper
as their preferred method of transport.
Same with dancers,
artists, and singers,
all the same urges
with differing transportation.
Graycie Harmon

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Mandela

Bart Vogel and Special Guest Tim Spencer

If you only trust what's visible,
you're missing half the show.
Macy's Christmas Window
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I don't look at music from the standpoint of being a musician;
I look at it from the standpoint of being a human being.
Herbie Hancock

We're here for a reason.
I believe a bit of the reason is to throw
little torches out to lead people through the dark.
Whoopi Goldberg

Habits are first cobwebs,
then cables.

Most people are prisoners,
thinking only about the future
or living in the past.
They are not in the present,
and the present is where everything begins.
Carlos Santana

Be humble, for you are made of earth.
Be noble, for you are made of stars.
Serbian Proverb

Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind.
Dr. Seuss

One good thing about music,
when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Bob Marley

The quality of your life is determined by the focus of your attention.
Cheri Huber

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Lao Tzu

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Gustav Mahler

Music is everybody's possession.
It's only publishers who think that people own it.
John Lennon

True beauty emanates from a selfless heart.
Cristina Munoz

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar,
but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
Robert Brault

If I lose the light of the sun,
I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light.
If I lose paper and ink,
I will write in blood on forgotten walls.
I will write always.
I will capture nights all over the world
and bring them to you.
Henry Rollins

Nothing in life is to be feared,
it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more,
so that we may fear less.
Marie Curie

Bernie Brooks, Mokelumne River Band

For me art and chess are closely related,
both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression.
Vladimir Kramnik

Poet Monika Rose

Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen
and thinking what no one else has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgi

Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

It is not so much our friends'
help that helps us,
as the confidence of their help.

I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.
Aryeh Frimer

Whenever you fall, pick something up.
Oswald Avery

The real voyage of discovery consists
not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Lose your temper and you lose a friend;
lie and you lose yourself.
American Indian Hopi Saying

Dr. Jf (Jose) Cantu, Poet

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

Never be afraid to sit and think.
Lorraine Hansberry

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.
Wernher von Braun

Steve Pate, Golden River Riders

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together. All things connect.
Chief Seattle, Chief of the Suquamis

Find your place on the planet.
Dig in, and take responsibility from there.
Gary Snyder

When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God.
He may use it to save a few souls
or to try a few others,
but I think that for the writer to worry
is to take over God’s business.
Flannery O'Connor

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Tom Stoppard

The difference between the right word
and the almost right word
is the difference between lightning
and the lightning bug.
Mark Twain

Poet Jim Fox

As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc.,
one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.
Van Wyck Brooks

"Are you excavating a subterranean channel?" asked the scholar.
"No sir," replied the farmer. "I am only digging a ditch."
An old joke.

Re-examine all that you have been told.
Dismiss that which insults your soul.
Walt Whitman

A sentence should read as if its author,
had he (or she) held a plough instead of a pen,
could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end.
Henry David Thoreau

We all have idols.
Play like anyone you care about
but try to be yourself
while you're doing so.
B. B. King

Poet Linda Field

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength,
and whosoever loves much performs much,
and can accomplish much,
and what is done in love is done well.
Vincent van Gogh

Be yourself if you ever hope to be somebody.

Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

Poet Vince Lake

Don’t worry about what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and do that.
Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.
Howard Thurman

Love your enemies.
It makes them so damned mad.
P.D. East

Each person has unique virtues; look for them.
Blanche Tipton

D.B. Pacini introducing Haywired Band.

Music is the movement of sound
to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.
Robert Browning

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach

I have learned a great deal from listening.
Most people never listen.
Ernest Hemingway

Johnny Cash’s face belongs on Mount Rushmore.
Kris Kristofferson

Don’t be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.
Charles Richards

Each of us is part of the problem or part of the solution.

Always remember that you’re unique.
Just like everyone else.

Practice makes perfect, so be careful what you practice.

Know your game. Put in the time.
And, when you go after your goal,
convince yourself that you’re the best. It works.
An average talent can be an above average performer.
Paraphrased from Joan Ryan
Columnist, San Francisco Examiner

As we advance in life
it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties
the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
Vincent van Gogh

None of us is as smart as all of us.

If both of us thought alike, one of us would not be necessary.

I choose to rise up out of that storm
and see that in moments of desperation,
fear, and helplessness,
each of us can be a rainbow of hope,
doing what we can to extend ourselves
in kindness and grace to one another.
And I know for sure that there is no them,
there's only us.
Oprah Winfrey

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
William Shakespeare

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.
Author Unknown

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures;
they give unconditional love.
For me they are the role model for being alive.
Gilda Radner

Your life may be the only Bible some people read.
Author Unknown

Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The pause is as important as the note.
Truman Fisher

Goodness is the only investment which never fails.
Henry David Thoreau

Music isn't just learning notes and playing them.
You learn notes to play to the music of your soul.
Katie Greenwood

You weren't put on this earth to be ordinary.
Author Unknown

Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini


One may live without bread, not without roses.
Jean Richepin

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.
You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

You are what you repeatedly do.
Excellence is not an event,
it is a habit.

Surrender your whole being into a note,
and gravity disappears.
With one chord,
John Lee Hooker could tell you a story
as deep as the ocean.
Carlos Santana

Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
Paul Whiteman

I like living.
I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable,
racked with sorrow, but through it all
I still know quite certainly
that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Agatha Christie

You could listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live.
Bob Dylan

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
Betty Smith

Haywired Band with Special Guest
Guitarist/Songwriter Tamara Phelan

Music is the art of thinking with sounds.
Jules Combarieu

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours.
But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us,
in all times and in all places.
Music is the only means whereby
we feel these emotions in their universality.
H. A. Overstreet

Without music, life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Music is an outburst of the soul.
Frederick Deluis

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

Vincent (Starry Starry Night)

Vincent is a legendary song by musician singer-songwriter Don McLean. It was written as a tribute to Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. It is often referred to as Starry Starry Night, a reference to van Gogh's painting, The Starry Night.

McLean wrote the amazing lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about van Gogh. The song was released on his second album, American Pie. The album's title track The Day the Music Died and Vincent both became hits and made McLean an international star. The airplane Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)