In homage to David Letterman’s Top Ten lists, I’ve created one for my summer 2019. It’s really difficult to limit the list to only ten things, and of course this is my list of top ten things. It’s a bit of a challenge to rank order them, but here goes.
10. Visiting the Nomad Yarn Truck, Participating in the Bloomington Hospital’s Yarn Club
Bloomington is currently without a yarn shop, which is probably a good thing for me because I have plenty of yarn in my stash. But I do love visiting yarn shops to savor the colors and textures, and to get ideas for new projects. Of course, I usually succumb to a few skeins of something I can’t live without. So it was a joy when the Nomad Yarn Truck parked on the town square. The owners used to have a yarn shop in Plainfield, but now they’re on the road with skeins and skeins of beautiful fibers. What a novel idea!
The second part of #10 on the top ten list is the Bloomington Hospital’s Yarn Club. A group of women meet every two weeks to knit and crochet items (primarily shawls and lap blankets) for the compassion cart. I really enjoy getting together with these women and it’s nice to know there’s a use for the things we’re making.
9. Making Music with Michigan friends and attending the World Youth Orchestra Concert at Interlochen Music Camp with Dorothy Kunkel
We no longer travel light, not since we started playing dulcimers, flute, and French horn. But I don’t mind making room for our instruments in the car when we have the opportunity to brighten the day for Margy’s Mom by playing “You are my Sunshine.” It was also great to visit the Interlochen Arts camp with Dorothy Kunkel, our conductor and the reason we are playing the flute and French horn.
8. Flute Soiree
A flute workshop and soiree with Leighann Daihl Ragusa is becoming a tradition for us. After performing my piano solo, I enjoyed listening to the flutes perform. I’m constantly amazed at the progress Deb is making after playing flute for only three years.
7. The Bloomington Fourth of July Parade
Our Bloomington Community Band had a fine location on the courthouse square for watching the 4th of July parade. There’s red, white, and blue everywhere you look. I love seeing the Boy Scouts, twirlers, bands, groups representing various organizations and causes, and even the fire trucks!
6. Attending the Monroe County Fair
For the first time in many years, we didn’t get to the state fair, but we had a great time at the Monroe County Fair. I had no idea the “Dressed Sheep” competition involved costumes on the children and sheep involved. And it’s always fun to eat fair food with friends.
5. Playing with the Bloomington Community Band and Bloomington Brass Band
Belonging to a band is a lot of fun. Work too, but it’s a great way to meet other people who enjoy making music, and I’d like to think our audiences enjoy hearing us. It’s been a lot of fun performing with both bands this summer at parks, farmers’ markets, festivals, retirement communities, and more. And the year is not over–we have many concerts remaining between now and Christmas!
4. Attending the Barn Theatre with friends
I’ve written about the Barn Theatre in a previous blog entry, but the experience of going there with a group of friends rates high on my top ten list! This year we saw “Big,” and stayed for the after show in The Shed. Fun!
3. Attending my oldest great nephew’s graduation party, and meeting my youngest great nephew
Since my mother passed away, I don’t see my family as often as I would like, so it was great to join in the celebration for my oldest great nephew’s graduation from high school and to meet my youngest great nephew for the first time.
2. Touring Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest with In Mozart’s Footsteps
I’ve also blogged about the great trip we took to Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest with Professor David Nelson. We’ve been listening to and playing Mozart ever since our return!
1. Deb’s birthday concert/party, where Thomas hit the High Note
Deb knows how to celebrate a milestone! Invite friends and family, and have the Bach-Beethoven Experience musicians play a house concert. And the best surprise of all was when Thomas sang Queen’s “Bicycle Race” for the woman who loves riding her bike.
It’s been a great summer, and I hope yours has been too!