Labor Day weekend began a bit early, with a gal’s escape to our lake house on September 1st. My mom, my sister and I drove to Catawba Island that afternoon and were settled in by dinnertime. We stayed four nights, tucking in daily “wanders” on the island, several movies, dinner at our neighbor’s home (and vice versa) and relaxing moments on our deck, watching the boats maneuver in and out of the canal. It was a picture-perfect weekend…and an ideal send-off to the summer.
Back home on Labor Day evening, however, I was anxious to check up on the guys of the house (my husband and son). I was delighted to note that they had fared just fine without me!
Two days later, it was my turn to host Bunko, with eight regulars and four subs that evening. September is traditionally “my” Bunko month—it pairs so well that back-to-school energy that gets me in gear every year. By the way, a fun time was had by all, hostess included.
At the end of the week, a prayerful tribute honored my sister Wendy’s late husband, Mike, who died so suddenly four months earlier. Pastor Tom Fanta, the celebrant at the funeral service, officiated at this morning mass in his memory. My brother-in-law was a regular at morning mass, and especially loved the Friday service attended by the entire grammar school of the parish. The time slot, the participation of the children--who sang the psalms and hymns and recited readings, and the supportive presence of Wendy and Mike’s many friends deeply touched the hearts of Wendy and all present.
The following day, my dear friend, Susan (and Marty, the mother of the expectant mama,) held a lovely baby shower/luncheon for her son Frank and his wife, whose little one is due in October. Baby showers are always fun and this one was no exception. And it was great to see mutual friends over a luscious lunch.
Later that same day, Ed and I attended a 6 pm Kent State University football game, which didn’t kick off until 8 due to a rain delay. To add insult to injury, four overtimes later the home team lost! We had to leave before the end, but were glad to have enjoyed the company of President Beverly Warren and the wonderful members of The KSU family!
I was back in Kent the following week, to treat my sister to the Graham Nash concert at the Kent Stage. The British member of Crosby, Sills, Nash & Young, at 74, Graham Nash looks pretty amazing and his voice is still great.
He opened the concert with “Bus Stop”, a huge hit from his days with The Hollies, followed by many golden titles by CSN&Y, such as “Marrakesh Express”, “Our House”…and the very appropriate “Ohio", written after the KSU riots, in May of 1970. We really enjoyed the new material from his CD, “This Path Tonight” too.
Nash shared the stage with fabulous guitarist, Shane Fontayne, who has toured with Bruce Springsteen and Sting. Shane co-wrote many of the songs with Graham on “This Path Tonight”, and produced the album as well. He took turns playing five different guitars and sang harmonies, while Graham alternated acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica. The two of them made for a truly fabulous show!
Four days later, another morning mass was organized in memory of Mike, this time on what would have been his 63rd birthday. It was also celebrated by Father Tom, with Wendy and many friends in attendance once more. Although not a children’s mass, it was beautiful in its own right—marking another milestone without our dear brother and friend.
On a lighter note, Ed and I saw two very good movies at our favorite theatre In the course of the month,: “Hell or High Water” and “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week”. I also rehearsed with Abe for our upcoming New Year’s Eve Concerts at Nighttown, and began gearing up for Jim Brickman’s annual Christmas Tour, which goes on the road in November—here before we know it!
Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the fall’s finery and crisp, cool nights. How about you ?