Video — Italene Gaddis performs at Newcastle Library

July 27, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. July 27, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

Local musician, poet and author Italene Gaddis brought her brand of feel-good music to the Newcastle Library last Saturday. Read more

Notes from Newcastle — Summertime blues

July 2, 2015

While most of the region’s residents patiently endure the constant Northwest rain with the knowledge that at the end of the long, grey tunnel sits one prize of a summer, some strange individuals silently voice their displeasure with the sunny months.

“It’s too hot,” they say. “I miss my rain,” they lament. “Where are the clouds?” they ask.

They justify their aversion to summer weather by slowly repeating PEMCO’s “We’re a lot like you, a little different” mantra. “There must be others like me,” they insist, though they’re never quite sure.

They most closely identify with the insurance company’s “First Snowflake Freakout Lady,” only replace snowflake with “90-degree day” and you’ve got yourself a winner. Read more

Get Granny on Fallon

April 30, 2015

Movement starts to get Newcastle resident on ‘The Tonight Show’

By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis had a dream. Read more

Notes from Newcastle — Let’s get Italene on Fallon

April 30, 2015

There are just some people that stay with you.

For me, and I’m sure I’m not alone, one such person is Newcastle resident Italene Gaddis.

Talking with Italene is like eating a spoonful of sunshine, in a good way, and if it was possible. It’s like preparing for an important game, getting the best pep talk of your life and just crushing the competition. It’s like playing with a litter of newborn puppies or relaxing on a nice, long vacation.

Need I say more?

Spend an hour with the 90-year-old Newcastle musician and your faith in humanity can’t help but soar to new heights. Read more