Cantabile

News of the week of February 3, 2015

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We will continue to meet as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Walk for Hunger

We have again been invited to play for the Walk for Hunger. This year it's on Sunday, May 3rd.

We will spend a good part of the March and April meetings working on the program we will perform for the tens of thousands of walkers. So I need to know by then who is going to be playing with us.

If you are available for two or three hours between 10am and 3pm on May 3, and can make some of the Tuesday night meetings in March and April, please join us.

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News of the week of January 21, 2015

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We will continue to meet as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

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News of the week of January 13, 2015

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We will continue to meet as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Upcoming concert

Countertenor and cornettist Michael Collver will join El Dorado Ensemble (Carol Lewis, Janet Haas, Paul Johnson Mai-Lan Broekman & Alice Mroszczyk, violas da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, vihuela & archlute) in a concert of tientos, ricercadas, villancicos, canciones and motets by Vasquez, Ortiz, Cabezón, Selma, Guerrero & Trabac on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8pm, at First Church Cambridge.

Parking

Starting this week, the city of Cambridge has extended metered parking in Kendall Square to 8pm instead of 6pm. This may mean that they are also extending the hours that the parking control officers work on my block. So if you arrive on time, and don't have a resident sticker, you should use the visitor permit, if you're parking in a permit only space.

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News of the week of January 6, 2015

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We will continue to meet as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Playing opportunity

The Boston Recorder Society is hosting a workshop on Saturday afternoon, January 31, about playing matched Renaissance recorders, specifically those of Tom Prescott. You can sign up on the website.

Other news

We welcomed the new dog, Maia.

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O Christmas Tree

[decorated Possibilitree]

decorated Possibilitree

For the last 20 years or so, I’ve been buying a tree, taking it home, lugging it up the stairs, standing on ladders to get the decorations down from the top shelf of the closet, standing on ladders to get the decorations on the tree, spilling water and knocking off ornaments when I watered it, vacuuming up the needles, and when the season is over, doing all of that in reverse.

I never looked forward to any of the lugging or standing on ladders. Additionally, a friend who has something like the same kind of asthma that I do has been raving about how much better her Christmases are now that she has an artificial tree. I didn’t know that mine would be, but I thought it might be worth trying.

I never wanted a green artificial tree, but I did spend some time thinking about a silver one. But really, they look tacky.

Then I was listening to the local PBS station noontime talk show discuss artificial trees, and someone called in and said that they were just putting up their Possibilitree. It sounded just like what I had been looking for — light, easy to store, and not aggressively artifical.

There should be an intermediate size between the three foot one and the five foot one you have to suspend from the ceiling, but the three foot one is certainly light and easy to store and decorate.

I spent some time figuring out how to light it, and decided on two spotlights with color-changing bulbs. Here’s what it looked like before I added decorations.

[bare Possibilitree, green]

Christmas Possibilitree out of box, green

[pink possibilitree]

Christmas Possibilitree, Pink

In addition to the colors on the tree itself, it made interesting colored shadows on the ceiling.

[Possibilitree shadows on ceiling]

Possibilitree shadows on ceiling

I’m thinking of putting it up again with eggs on it at Easter.

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Welcome Maia

[Maia]
I just adopted Maia from Buddy Dog no-kill shelter in Sudbury.”
She’s 1-2 years old. They say she’s a beagle-boxer mix, but after I was hooked they mentioned that someone might think she had some pit bull somewhere.
She and her sister belonged to a homeless person, who couldn’t take care of them and left them somewhere, where Animal Control picked them up and brought them to Buddy Dog.
She was Mia at the shelter, but I modified it to Maia, because her cousin Orion is a constellation (as well as a mighty hunter), and Maia was one of the Pleiades. Also the mother of Hermes and the foster-mother of another of Zeus’ children, whose own mother Hera turned into a bear.
[Orion]
So far, so good. She was good in the car, and hasn’t destroyed anything, and liked the quick tour of the dog park (with no other dogs) I gave her on the way home from the shelter.

[Maia]

Maia on adoption day

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News of the week of December 30, 2014

Meeting report

We played:

  • Lots of Christmas music arranged by many people including Michael Praetorius and Ishmael Stefanov.
  • Agricola, Crions Nouell

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Party

The party is tomorrow, January 1, 2015 starting at 4 pm, also at 233 Broadway. A sharp-eyed reader (who has probably been proofreading lots of flyers and invitations and bulletins) noted that yesterday I invited you to a party on January 1, 2014. There was one, and it was good, but you still have a chance to come to the one in 2015.

Please come and tell everyone you know to bring everyone they know. I feel grateful to the people who tell me that they're coming and what they're bringing to share.

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News of the week of December 23, 2014

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting on Tuesdays, including tonight, December 30, as usual at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

The party will be on Thursday, January 1, 2015, starting at 4pm. Come and tell everyone you know to bring everyone they know. Especially bring people who might enjoy also coming on Tuesdays.

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News of the week of December 16, 2014

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We will be meeting as usual on Tuesdays at 7:45 pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. This will be true on December 23; we have not yet made a decision about December 30.

Party

This year's party will be on January 1 starting at 4 pm, at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. More information is available here.

Please invite anyone you think would enjoy it, which is pretty much anyone who likes eating, drinking, and/or singing or playing Christmas music. But especially invite anyone who might enjoy coming to our group on Tuesdays -- the drop in nature of the group means that the more people think about coming, the more likely we are to have a good group on any given Tuesday.

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Party Invitation

[bringing in the Yule log]
Who:
Anyone who likes eating, drinking, and/or singing or playing Christmas music.
What:
Party to celebrate the New Year.
When:
January First, 2015, starting at 4pm, continuing until people have stopped wanting to eat, drink and sing or play Christmas music.
Where:
233 Broadway, Cambridge, MA USA
Why:
If you enjoy doing the things the Cantabile Renaissance Band does every Tuesday night, you should come meet us and see if you'd like doing them with us.

Here's a (slightly) more conventional invitation that you can print out and fold and put in your pocket.

[buche de Noël]
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