Saturday, December 8, 2012

Getting Ready for Winter

As Christmas and the winter season approaches Mindy and I are continuing to gear up for skiing and decorate everything at the lodge.  Once again, I'll show what we've been up to in photos rather than a lot of description.
The weekend of Dec. 1st was very busy for us.  We started with a Christmas parade in North Creek where the North Country Singers joined us on the Garnet Hill Hay Wagon to sing carols through town.  That night we sang in the Christmas Concert and I played a piece on the piano as well (Debussy's Clair de Lune).
On Sunday we performed as well at Tanner Pond Center.  Both concerts were packed and we had a great time.
Most of our decorations are up and in place at this point.  We're looking forward to serving very special dinners on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.  You can check out the details here!

The start of the parade from the school in North Creek headed into town.

 There were lot's of floats and participants in the parade and a good crowd on hand to watch as well.

 Mindy's Dad, Dennis, got dressed up in a Smokey the bear costume at the request of the forest ranger.
And here he is sitting on the air boat that was in the parade.

 These next two came out a bit unfocused, but in this one I gave an intro to the piece I played to describe what the full moon is like in the Adirondacks on a freezing cold night in the middle of winter, out on a lake, etc...  The audience enjoyed the imagery to go along with Debussy's Clair de Lune.

And here is where I'm playing the piece.  Tannery Pond Community Center has a great piano which offers a lot of sound possibilities, which is one of the reasons I wanted to play this particular piece.

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