I’ve not had time to contribute much to this blog lately so I’m long past due. This will be a shorty as I’m in the middle of the June Sonata and time does not allow for a lengthy post.
Yesterday was a very hot and humid day. There was a big storm and a tree came crashing down on the power lines at around 4:30pm. Here’s a picture of it:
We all had dinner by candlelight. Thankfully, we have gas for our stove so we were able to feed all of the Sonata participants. Our chef, Jodi Brown, did a great job of making sure that all would be ready in time. Our dishwasher, a teenager, also did a great job of doing the dishes by hand since our commercial dishwasher was not in order due to the power failure. The ever-dimming natural light cast an intimacy between all of us as we enjoyed our dinner.
Earlier, a few piano lessons needed to be given with a flashlight in hand since the dark skies were making it difficult to see the score. Here, Karen Schwartz and Kelli Stevens are having a lesson in the living room:
The biggest challenge was the 8pm class scheduled for the evening. We were planning on having a singalong with the lyrics placed on the overhead projector screen but without power, that wasn’t possible. Happily, Karen Schwartz, a wonderful pianist who can play any song by ear (and in any key!), was willing to hold the class with the help of a battery-operated spotlight which was generously loaned to us by a Bennington Community Member, Tim Hunt.
With that, we were able to have a fun night with lots of merriment. I had given everyone complimentary mini flashlights to help everyone see their way around the house. Here’s where we all are thanking Karen for a wonderful evening. She saved the night.
The show always goes on!