The voice of Massey
I call Janet my "Woman for All Seasons." She has brought her talents to most of the programs that surround my local history projects. In 1999 she became the voice of Massey when we produced the driving tour. Her background as an actress in Pittsburgh added a full complement of talent to the living history character of Massey Harbison. On special occasions Janet and Mary give dramatic readings of the wilderness trek. Janet dresses in a nightgown and bare feet for these occasions.
In 2002 when we placed a marker on the 1918 Influenza Mass Grave site of Eastern European immigrants Janet once again brought her multiple talents to the dedication service. At the time, being a cantor at St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church, she prevailed on her priest to perform a Eastern European service for the graves called "Padahyna" in the wooded area surrounding the site. She canted the service with Father Valerian.
Aside from her talents as an actress Janet is a consummate musical performer. She has established her own rock band in Pittsburgh. "On Beyond Zebra," a name chosen from her favorite Dr. Suess book, has performed in numerous places all over Pittsburgh. Aside from performing other composer's works Janet writes a great deal of her own music and words. She has even composed a polka called the "Teta Tyna Polka" in honor of her sister Tyna. It has aired on local Polka radio stations in Pittsburgh. Much of her musical compositions are gleamed from her personal experiences so when performed they are sung from the heart. See and hear her work at www.onbeyondzebra.net
Since 1980 Janet and my husband Peter Watt have been playing alternative country tunes to local groups around Saxonburg. They are a favorite of the "The Golden Agers Club" in Saxonburg. They have played such events as the Butler County Humane Society's Christmas party for homeless animals. They both won the prestigious "Paw Paw Award" for their participation in those yearly events. They also performed on the tour
boat at Moraine State
Park, at the Butler
County Food Bank
and the Pittsburgh
When Peter established his inspection station Janet performed with him on a float in Saxonburg's Festival of the Arts parade to advertise his new business. Their group is called "The Keasey Road Rebels" and once had three members Herbie Lefevre being the third. Herbie passed to the other side in 1994 leaving Janet and Peter to pick and play.
Janet is truly my "Woman for All Seasons." It has been wonderful having her in my life.
Janet, Peter (as Tom Bobodil)
In 1998, one year before the release of "Lord of the Rings" Janet introduced me to a group of percussionists who were performing percussion tributes to J.R.R. Tolkien. We decided to use the group as a fundraiser for the History and Genealogy Department of the Saxonburg Library. The GFWC Saxonburg District Woman's Club sponsored the program. Janet was one of the "Three Rings" in the presentation.