Meet our 2012 Readers Poll winners


By Susie Coleman, Managing Editor

Dancing Noodle Magazine celebrated its first anniversary in September with a cocktail party at the home of our managing editor. We wanted to thank everyone who helped make it a successful year, with a very special thanks to our writers.

Throughout the year readers voted for the articles they liked best, and were proud to welcome our most popular writers for 2012, as determined by our reader’s poll. Our winners each received a certificate for their accomplishment along with a modest cash prize.

The most well-liked article of the year was “A Personal Portrait of Bill Monroe” by Charmaine Lanham, a skilled photojournalist whose stories has been published several times in the Dancing Noodle. With a seemingly bottomless collection of photos from the 70s, 80s and 90s, Charmaine said she plans to continue to share her treasure trove of music industry memories with our readers. She brought husband Marty to our gathering (along with his banjo) and we got to hear Charmaine sing a lovely old Bluegrass number; what incredible talents they possess…

Second place went to P.T. Gazell for his article “The Gazell Method Harmonicas.” P.T. is a Grammy-nominated musician and a promising writer. To say he is a phenomenal harmonica player would be an understatement. His excellent piece combines photography with video to describe and demonstrate his abilities and his invention, the half-tone diatonic harmonica. He brought his harmonicas to our party and entertained us down to our toes.

Diane Sesler and Birgit Hein tied for third place. Diane’s very funny “Whoop-Dee-Doo Holiday Cheer” took us to Christmas dinner at her parent’s house, and Birgit’s “Painting on Leather” is a lovely tour through her methods of painting on leather, illustrated with beautiful photographs of her work. Birgit brought along a couple of her detailed paintings; so beautiful!

Left, Birgit Hein and Dancing Noodle Magazine editor Jim Hornsby: Right, Diane Selser

We’d like to thank the folks who helped prepare the party for us: Managing Editor Susie Coleman, who catered the affair with help from friends Anna Pennessi, Nancy Ingemansen, and Gloria Newton, whose delightful contemporary paintings appeared in our first issue. A special thank you also to Sylvan Park baker Vivi Peatman, the subject of an earlier Dancing Noodle article, who brought two  gorgeous vegan cakes that disappeared in less than 20 minutes.

It has been a challenging but fun year; we look forward to many more.

Susie Coleman, Jim Hornsby & Rebecca Hornsby
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