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Norah Grace Gets Her First Taste of the Blues

September 8, 2015
By Phyllis Sigal - Design Editor , OVParent

The third generation of the Sigal/ Wheeler/Seidler clan showed up this year at Heritage Music BluesFest, the event Papa Bruce created 15 years ago.

Norah Grace graced the waterfront with her presence for a few hours each of the three days of this year's festival. Last year, she was in utero, probably wondering what all that noise was outside of her mommy's tummy.

Of course, many of our festival regulars were waiting to see that little baby bump in real life this year.

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And she was the hit of the show. She danced with Gramma Phyllis and many others, she was introduced from the main stage by her Papa Bruce, she had her picture taken a million times, and she had her own little T-shirt, just like the big ones we sold, as well as the cute one she's modeling above that came straight from Beale Street in Memphis.

It will be fun to watch her grow up around the festival, get to know the blues fans who have become family to us all. She'll be embraced with their love just as we have been over the last decade and a half.

Leland was only 12 and Amanda 14 when the festival began - they've been hard workers, their responsibilities increasing year by year.

Amanda was a trooper last year at seven months pregnant, and she worked her schedule around Norah this year, still holding her own as my right-hand helper.

I sold tickets and T-shirts at times with Norah on my hip. (I just didn't want to let her go!)

But, what I'm really looking forward to is when Norah and Amanda can man the main gate and I can sit in a BluesFest camp chair in the shade, enjoying the music.

Phyllis R. Sigal is design editor at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register and designer of OV Parent. She is the mom of Amanda, 29, and Leland, 27, and mother-in-law of Christopher, 30. And grandmother to Norah Grace Seidler, 9 1/2 months.



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