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The best carols are always found at Christmas at Carroll, coming up quick Dec. 6 and 7. Ten bucks will buy you the best seat in the house for performances by Carroll's Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Handbell Choir, Chamber Singers, Men's Choir, Wind Symphony and Women's Ensemble.
A couple dozen artists, the community and Carroll students past and present took over Maxon Hall on the campus Friday evening. It was my first and last time visiting the old, stone building at the corner of Barstow and College.
It wouldn't surprise me if charitable giving increases next weekend, along with greater empathy for others. Dickens' A Christmas Carol had that effect on readers 170 years ago and likely is still true today. Likewise, Christmas at Carroll, next weekend's awe-inspiring concert in Carroll's Shattuck Music Center has always had a positive transformative effect on me. I've been attending for years, and if I weren't in the spirit before the concert, then I sure was three hours later!
Plenty of hope to go around for Thursday's 15th Annual HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction fundraiser for Hope Center. We hoped to have a good turnout and successful auction, and were blessed with our largest gathering yet and raised more for the needy than with any previous dinner.
There will be much discussion today on what everyone was doing 50 years ago when they learned President Kennedy was shot. I don't remember the day, but as I was only 2-1/2 at the time I know what I was probably doing: dirtying diapers and napping between playing with my toys and teasing my sisters.
I owe you one. Let's put it this way, if U.S. military veterans weren't around to defend freedom and country my life would be a whole lot different. . . and not in a good way.
The piper is calling me to join him at Horwitz Planetarium tomorrow night, but Retzer Nature Center, where the planetarium is located, is too quiet after dark. It seems much more inviting when the forests echo with laughter.
One last video of Sunday's 'Grass, Food & Lodging concert on the Main Lawn at Carroll University. Average age of audience: at least 50. Approximate crowd size: probably 200 to 250ish. Last time Grass, Food & Lodging played before this three performance reunion: 1980. Length of Sunday's concert: 3 hours. Guest performers welcomed on stage: at least four. Weather: partly to mostly cloudy and 75 with light breeze.
I was one of many hundreds enjoying a little 'Grass on the grass last night as the reunion of once popular bluegrass band 'Grass, Food and Lodging entertained us for three hours in front of beautiful and historic Main Hall of Carroll University. Storms were a comin' when I left home, but they thankfully missed Waukesha and left us with cool breezes and cloudy skies. Only two drops of rain fell.
All the free stuff last weekend: fishing, state parks and trails, national trails, Carroll's Summer Arts Series... Annual fishing license - $20.00. State parks sticker - $25.00. State trail pass - $20.00. Carroll's Arts Series - priceless. I feel I got my money's worth out of the weekend.
I could've titled this "I don't know how they keep doing it," as Carroll never stops amazing me with their offerings, collaborations and joint concerts for enjoyment of the general public.
The end of National Volunteer Week and Donate Life Month began early for me with a 6:30 a.m. appointment Saturday for a dual red donation at BloodCenter of Wisconsin on Springdale. I was concerned that after four months with the appointment I may not be able to keep it. I was trying to shake a cold I'd caught the week before, and was also asked if I could work Saturday morning.
Alas, Carroll University's academic year is coming to a close. This has been a great year for many wonderful concerts, and lectures, free and open to the public. I thought we'd seen the last of the performances last weekend when the four scheduled (one Friday, two Saturday and one Sunday) hinted at a grand finale for a year I never wanted to see end.
Music is in the ear of the beholder. There's a lot I wouldn't consider "music," not to say others wouldn't enjoy it. If I find a song I encounter or am subjected to that is too loud or distasteful I either leave, turn it down or turn the channel. If I can do neither I just cringe and try to tune it out.
The much-anticipated first presidential debate is tonight at 8:00 p.m.. Unfortunately, it competes with the showing of the movie 1984 at Carroll U 7:00 to 9:00. To help kick off the Waukesha Reads book selection of George Orwell's 1984, Carroll has graciously offered the Shattuck Music Center, free popcorn and lemonade.
I applaud you! The week following one of our most thankful holidays held plenty of opportunity to practice what is preached.
Thought I'd do a little biking before groceries Saturday. I'd just read about a short ride through Waukesha with the president of Carroll U, his wife, Mayor Scrima and others for a Ride with the President. They were pedalling through the historic McCall Street area, a side of town I don't get to nearly enough, to raise awareness and encourage use of alternative transportation. I didn't leave early enough.
I had plenty of practice time on the bells, four hours, but won't come close to the wonderful sounds of bells ringing in the season a week from today at Carroll University's Christmas at Carroll.
Hope everyone had at least as good a Thanksgiving as us. Enjoyed the succulent Butterball we received free from Pick 'N Save by redeeming our Turkey Perks. Family were here to share it with us. It was a good day.
Gotta get motivated to write. This humid weather doesn't do much for me or the blog. All this warmth and rain is great for crops though. My corn is tasselling already!
WindDancer flew over Waukesha last night. Borrowed some of Ken Walter's photos for you to enjoy. Thanks Ken.
It's not that I don't love each one of you, it's just that I wouldn't come right out and say it like this. By using quotation marks in the title I'm able to avoid any emotional connection.
The name of one of the many great bands at JanBoree Jam said it all. I loved i Had Fun, but Colour, On My Way and Lifeline Called Comet all earned my applause. High Five Heroes earned more than a high five... I ordered one of their soon to be released CDs. Nine bands for eight bucks? What a deal! I really can't say enough about the talent and energy we experienced at North H.S. Saturday night.
Enjoyed Saturday's Christmas at Carroll concert, as I knew I would. Many changes from last year. New faces and pieces, a different program. I again sat in front. Closer to the action.
It's been three years since the beginning of WaukeshaNOW and this blog. There's still plenty going on to share. The enjoyment I get from writing hasn't receeded, and as long the computer is working, and I still have the time, I'd like to continue.
I don't like going this long between posts. Must be a victim of the economy - cutbacks are everywhere. More time spent working, less spent writing. Laying off half the employees doesn't necessarily mean the workload decreases by half.
I had no plans for Thursday when I first took it as a vacation day three months ago. I knew the kids were off school and that was enough. Later I learned there were a few things going on at the colleges that day.
The test was multiple choice and I have a feeling I passed. Often, it seems, plays in Waukesha fall on the same weekend. Today four plays in the city were ending their runs, all at 2:00, and I hadn't seen any of them. Waukesha Civic Theatre was performing Wit, North's Northstar Players presented Antigone, West's West End Players performed Little Shop of Horrors and Carroll University's Carroll Players offered "Proof".
My confirmation group and I helped out with a Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at AMF Lanes on Northview Rd. in Waukesha Saturday. I'd never helped with this annual event before but people in our group had. They said what a great time it is and how much fun we'd have. But I really didn't expect it to be as much fun as it was.
This is concert season in Waukesha when we can look forward to decent, affordable music expertly performed by students of our universities and high schools. Last December I bemoaned missing the annual Christmas at Carroll, the best Christmas concert ever. I'm not going to let that happen again! The concert is Dec. 6th and 7th, so I have plenty of time to get tickets.
I share this machine with two teenagers and a cat, so that could explain why I haven't been doing a lot of writing lately. Fortunately, Pepi just stays put where it's warm atop the monitor, or I'd still be waiting. Now that I have the time though, thought I'd talk about what I did last weekend.
I'm sad because I missed Christmas at Carroll this year. It was last weekend. I'd been looking forward to it all year ever since last December's concert. It was the best concert I'd ever been to and I wanted to do it again. I know I can't do everything and there's always next year, but darn!!
Don't go near Shattuck Music Center / Hall / Auditorium this weekend at Carroll College / University if you don't enjoy great music. Besides the wonderful offering this Sunday at 3:00; a combination of the Waukesha Choral Union, Carroll Concert Choir and Children's Choir of Waukesha, there's world-class sax player Johan Stengard on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.