No one is more deserving of this award than Kate Barnes, who dramatically altered the way piano players played for contra dances in her unassuming way.

I hired Kate to play with Allan Block for my going-away party in 1979 when I left Boston; we continued that partnership every time I cam back to New England to call. Debra, my wife, and I then hired her for many Lady of the Lake camps in north Idaho. We have enclosed some photos from those years.

Fond memories of a person with a kind heart, a quick smile, and ever so much energy and passion for music with a special understanding of dance that subsequently has made her playing substantive and special. We love you Kate!

Lady of the Lake June Week 1987Lady of the Lake June Week 1987. We always looked forward to Kate's dresses, which she made. There were always nights where everyone wore them!Lady of the Lake June Week 1988Lady of the Lake June Week 1988. Kate is a great dancer, and part of her success is because she is a musician who totally understands how music impacts the dance!

Lady of the Lake June Week 1988Lady of the Lake June Week 1988. We have so many memories of Kate playing with Mary Lea to the calling of Tod Whittemore.Lady of the Lake June Week 1988Lady of the Lake June Week 1988. Lady of the Lake is held at N-Sid-Sen Camp; in the language of the local Coeur d'Alene tribe, it means "point of inspiration."

     
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