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News of the week of March 24, 2015

Meeting report

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Schedule

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

We will be concentrating on the music for the Walk for Hunger, but people who won't be playing with us then are welcome to come. We expect to have some time at most rehearsals for other music.

The last couple of meetings in April will be restricted to and compulsory for the people playing the Walk for Hunger.

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News of the week of March 17, 2015

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

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

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News of the week of March 10, 2015

Meeting Report

We played:

Schedule

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

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News of the week of March 3, 2015

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

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

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News of the week of February 24, 2015

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

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

Walk for Hunger

We will again be playing at the Walk for Hunger. We will be concentrating on the repertoire for that in most of our March and April meetings, so you should plan to make a substantial number of those if you want to play with us.

If you'd like to come, and can't make the rehearsals, we will have a 5 hour slot to fill, so we need people who want to play in between our sets.

Let me know if you want to do either of those things.

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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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diary

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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