Pop up show at the Rose Cottage in Woodstock
Years ago when we moved to our present home, we inherited two magnificent black cherry trees. Years ago, I painted them in blossoming glory.
Alas, trees, like people get old and our cherry trees are now, as the tree man puts it, in decline. One has lost a big branch- the only time we ever got the delicious black cherries which are enjoyed by most of the birds in the neighborhood plus raccoons, squirrels, skunks, possums and the pretty gray foxes. The other is dying from the top down, but both are bravely putting out blossoms and leaves for the spring season.
We hear a wonderful performance of Handel’s oratorio Jephtha at Symphony Hall is Boston this past weekend. The orchestra and chorus were terrific and the soloists, especially soprano Joelie Harvey and Catherine Wyn-Rogers, sang beautifully.
The story is Biblical, updated and to suit 18th century sentiments, with a quasi-happy ending. Jephtha is one of long line of heros who makes a fine-sounding but stupid vow and comes to grief at a moment of triumph.
In this case, he vows to sacrifice the first creature he meets on his return if God gives him victory over the Ammonites. You’d think he would have warned his family and friends, at least, but no, with predictable consequences when his daughter rushes out to greet him on his triumphal return.
Not the greatest plot line, maybe, but Handel gave the texts great variety and beauty and an admirable depth of feeling and the H & H society and its guests did justice to every note.
Thanks to White Flower Farm and the efforts of the famous cat, we have tulips
With Sleuthsayers colleagues, Liz Zelvin, R.T. Lawton and Dale Andrews at the annual Dell Magazines ( Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines) cocktail party.
Rigoletto painting from Burton Leavitt Show
Burton Leavitt Theatre
Shots of the show at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, Willimantic
Open Road Books, which handles the ebook conversions for mysteriouspress.com has run a nice series of interviews and blogs on women mystery writers as part of Women’s History Month.
They were nice enough to include me.