It’s not our private place, but it is a place we claim as a particular place in our lives.
It’s a restaurant, a cafe, a little bar. We are fortunate to have it, and our town is fortunate to have it. It has grown from a place where they made bread and scones to include locally sourced dairy products at retail, a three-meal restaurant, and full-service bar.
It is quirky in the way of any profoundly local place, and peculiar in the way of a place which is constantly looking for ways to grow. Sometimes the effort to accommodate the new jostles uncomfortably with expectations. But rough experiences are smoothed out by good will, good food, and the opportunity to experience the experience of the particularity embodied by this place.
Coffee, muffins of many types, sweet desserts, savory entrees, local beers, delightful wines. Staff with knowledge, willingness to accommodate, and the autonomy of a confident visionary at the helm. This is not a place where sameness predominates. It is wild in the way of a vital forest, where the new jostles with the expected. Each visit, and each meal is distinct from the others, but recognizably the successor to the previous. Quality is the goal, not replication.
Our children are exploring music. Through school. Our district has a pretty good program for the youngest students to explore performance basics, and then encourage the ones who enjoy it to really dig into band and vocal performance. So here are some audio-only clips from recent years of him and our middle child doin’ the performing arts thing.
Eighth grade choir October 7, 2018.
Seventh grade band May 16, 2018.
K2 Alphabop March 20, 2018.
Seventh grade band February 27, 2018.
Seventh grade band, Christmas concert. 2017
Seventh grade band, Christmas concert clip. 2017
Sixth grade end of year. 2017
Kindergarten Alphabop. 2017
Fundjam band extravaganza, sixth grade. 2017
What is this? December 24, 2016.
Sixth grade band, Christmas concert. December 4, 2016.
Bedtime. December 4, 2016.
Middle singing. November 16, 2016
Blossom Sweet. October 9, 2016.
Fifth grade band, end of year. 2016
Fifth grade choir. February 2016
Fifth grand band. Autumn 2015
That’s quite a list. Some of those aren’t school related.