Jane Atkinson by the Scarlet Letter
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The over one letters are going to be a killer as usual. I'm hoping to break them up with all the other stitching I have to do. Hopefully I won't leave them until last like I did with Sarah Woodham!
In other news, various of you have been asking if the boy child's 99 NYSSMA score means he'll be going to All State. Believe it or not, it doesn't guarantee that at all. Since he has a 99, he will be in consideration for All State automatically, and he should be in Area All State for sure (I think). But All State is really tough to get into. For some instruments, even a straight 100 or perfect score doesn't guarantee that you will be in All State. It will depend on how all the other bassists in the state fared. We shall see. The boy child's bass teacher said in all his years of teaching students, he's only had one go to All State. And he's a good teacher. But no matter what, I'm so proud of the boy child and his 99 score. Just one point from a perfect score!
Yesterday was the boy child's non school orchestra concert. He belongs to this orchestra which pulls talent from the county -- it's impressive when you hear the youth orchestra play. Every year the orchestra has its final concert somewhere in New York City. In the past, the boy child has gotten to experience playing at Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. This year was the penultimate -- they got to play at Carnegie Hall. How cool is that! The boy child got to see the exhibits Carnegie has in their Rose Museum. There he got to read about and see the program from the Beatles concert that took place in February, 1964 (the boy child is a Beatles fan like his mum, I'm happy to say). And then of course, he got to play on the same stage that they played, in the original hall, Isaac Stern Hall. And my gosh, what an experience! Even the boy child admitted that the acoustics were extraordinary, and that it was a really wonderful experience for him. And it was a wonderful concert! It's funny, I had no clue what Carnegie Hall looked like -- it's very different from what I'd pictured! lol! But the acoustics! And when the orchestra played, you could feel the music vibrating in the floor beneath your feet! Fantastic!! I was in heaven, and so was the boy child, for once. Despite it being classical music. :D
Before the concert, the father type and I had lots of time to wander in NYC, so we decided to go to the American Folk Art Museum. I'm so glad we did! They had an exhibit there called Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands. It was a small exhibit (it's a small museum), but oh so spectacular! I think this was my first time viewing antique samplers, and they were amazing! There were 2 or 3 Rhode Island style samplers, and various other samplers as well, including a mourning sampler where the embroidery was so fine it was hard to tell it was stitched as opposed to painted! And there were quilts as well, plus a hooked rug and various other wonderful pieces. Not everything was needlework, of course. Just a lovely variety of items done by the hands of women. Wonderful! And of course, the museum itself was wonderful too. I was in heaven there as well.
We had to wait for the boy child after the Carnegie Hall concert at the back stage entrance. No cameras were allowed inside, so these are the only pictures we have. It was the boy child's first bow tie concert. Very formal!
I think he was ready to go home! lol! It was hot outside, but luckily nicely air conditioned in the hall. All in all, a wonderful day. And now orchestra is over for another year. Yay!
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