We woke to two inches of snow on Saturday morning, and the world was transformed. Everything suddenly looked clean and fresh again. In the woods every branch and pine needle was limned in white. The trail was more easily distinguishable from the rest of the undergrowth, and tracks were readily visible. It seemed almost sinful to leave our human and canine tracks on the pristine path.
Of course, most of that Friday night snow has melted or sublimated by now, and Monday’s “storm” didn’t hit us. It hit downeast Maine pretty hard, however, with reports that Route 9 (the “Airline”) was closed because of too much snow. Would that we had received some of that here so that we cross-country skiers could have enjoyed it! The good news is that the ground is freezing before we have a heavy snow cover, which is better for ski trails, gardens, and such.
Last Wednesday our spinning group had its annual Christmas party at the home of Doreen and John Simmons on Streaked Mountain Road in Paris. There were twenty of us busily knitting on Christmas projects, sharing a sumptuous potluck lunch, partaking of a Yankee Swap, and enjoying each other’s company. Our next meeting will be the first Wednesday in January, the 5th by my reckoning. We meet at the West Parish Congregational Church from 10 to 2, with a potluck lunch. Any spinners, knitters, or would-be spinners/knitters are invited to join us. Call me for more information.
Thursday night’s piano recital at Gould’s Trustees’ Auditorium was marvelous. Tamara Poddubnaya brought two of her star pupils to entertain us. And entertain us they did, with a wonderful program, and with Tamara performing as well. I am really looking forward to next summer’s “Music Without Borders,” when Dr. Poddubnaya returns with more of her talented international students for three weeks of amazing recitals.
It was certainly a busy weekend around town and elsewhere. I hope that many of you were able to partake of the many events going on in and around town. I met friends at the Congregational Church Fair and Tea on Saturday afternoon, and after some shopping at the fair, we all partook of a lovely tea, with finger sandwiches, multiple varieties of cookies, and delicious tea and/or coffee.
From there I dashed home to don my old-fashioned duds to sit in the parlor of the Moses Mason House, guarding the fireplace and window candles, and doing a little knitting as well. Connie St. Pierre was there with me, playing Christmas music on her harp, and we met and greeted a great many visitors, both familiar and unknown to us. It seemed like a bigger crowd than we’ve seen in years, which was very pleasing. Afterward we saw the Marjorie Noll Award presented to Jean Owen in recognition of her many years of volunteering at the Historical Society in several different capacities. Congratulations to Jean on this well-deserved honor.
Finally, on Sunday afternoon we drove to Farmington to see our son-in-law, Paul Stancioff, perform as part of the Farmington Community Chorus in a presentation of Mozart’s Requiem. The music was glorious, the acoustics excellent, and the audience very appreciative of a magnificent performance of this beautiful music. Coincidentally, we were informed by the conductor that it was the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death, so this work was especially appropriate.
Several Christmas knitting projects, not to mention baking, shopping, wrapping, etc., beckon. I expect many of you will be similarly occupied in the coming weeks. Do let me hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org; 824-2917.