A Week of Saturdays

Like the rest of the world, our plans for the month were turned around by the arrival of the virus on American turf. For our family, it meant no longer bringing music to the local retirement home where we have enjoyed many wonderful friendships through the years. It meant our ramped-up practices taking a nose

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One Enchanted Evening

Dad usually has ideas, lots of them, and most of the time they are good ones. This time, along with hosting a mini marriage seminar, his idea involved a romantic sweetheart’s dinner in our church basement and as usual, Dad pulled out all the stops. Our whole family pitched in, divvying up the responsibilities. Susanna

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Winter Happenings

January rolled by quietly. We bundled our way through the snapping cold, breathed in the warmth the of the January thaw and broke out our shovels for a brief snowy weekend. For N’gella’s birthday, we went on a family excursion to an ice skating rink where we relearned the art of gliding around on ice.

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Jingle Bells and Gingerbread

Another Christmas has come and gone with another concert season in the books. We travelled around Connecticut to nursing homes, senior centers and churches to do 15 concerts. That meant a lot of music practice at home! Our big red van has carried us many miles and been a part of many memories in the

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Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice

November spiced our lives with family fun and festive traditions. Early in the month, we celebrated Carolyn’s birthday. On her birthday afternoon, five of us took her on a surprise birthday expedition to the Mattabesett Trail. We enjoyed a hearty half hour hike and were rewarded by the sweeping views of the Meriden valley spread

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A First Time for Everything

There’s a first time for everything and we have had many firsts packed into the past couple of months! We discovered a novel gem, right in our own town’s backyard, when we attended our first polo game at a local horse farm. There’s nothing like the thudding of hooves on a field of grass and

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War, Winners and Weeds

August breezed by with hot sticky days, a bit of traveling, fair time in Cheshire and simple pleasures at home. At the start of the month four of us drove out to Cooperstown, NY to see friends in a Civil War Reenactment. We enjoyed the sweet green farmland of New York and the quaint European

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Happy 40th, Dad & Mom!

July 28th marked Dad & Mom’s 40th wedding anniversary, and we siblings planned a surprise family formal dinner for the following weekend. We divided tasks up amongst ourselves and everyone had a job to do to prepare for a successful evening. Preparations began on Friday, with work in the yard… And in the kitchen! Then

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