Monday, October 31, 2011

REVIEWER'S NOTEBOOK, CORNELIA COTTON ON THE LATE STEPHEN MORRIS

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Reviewer’s Notebook, CORNELIA COTTON  

The recent recital by The Chamber Players of Croton at the library was the most accomplished, but also the most touching, of the group’s concerts so far – it was dedicated to Its founder, Stephen Morris, who was gravely ill.

After a free-spirited, sunny Mozart trio, soprano Terri Huntington sang, with stirring emotion, the melancholy Schubert lied, “Auf Dem Strom,” beautifully accompanied by horn player Liz Dejean and pianist Erika Schenker. The consort’s wind quintet shone in an arrangement of Puccini arias, in a suite by Debussy, and in a witty set of bagatelles by Ligeti. This vastly influential contemporary composer is not everyone’s favorite, but the presence of this piece infused into an otherwise traditional program a bit of zing along with the tone clusters. The Bach Siciliano arranged for bassoon and piano featured the wonderful playing of Edwin Cabrero, one of the mainstays of the group. Due to him, I have come to appreciate better the bassoon and its possibilities, both as part of an ensemble and as a solo instrument. Flute and piccolo parts throughout the program were taken by Ann Butler, an excellent musician, but sadly, as she took Stephen’s place, a bittersweet note was lent to her sensitive artistry. The program began and ended with Mozart. The Piano Quartet #1, K. 478, one of the glories of the chamber music repertoire, was given a radiant performance –the crowning end to a moving event.

The end came to Stephen Morris a few days later, the tragic finale to a brilliant man, mind, and musician, and an immense loss to our community. As a newcomer to Croton, he jumped with both feet into the activities of the Croton Council on the Arts, invigorating the group with his irrepressible enthusiasm and vision. A tireless worker, he did not limit himself to creating the Chamber Players, with whom he participated as the flautist and all-around impresario, but he envisioned a newly flourishing arts council that would make its presence felt in all branches of the arts.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #1: A MID 1950'S "DATE SWEATER" PATTERN

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CALLING ALL CROTON KNITTERS: Introducing a new series here at EverythingCroton: THE VINTAGE KNITTER! -
We got the idea when Hallie Flanagan Wolfe of hallieflanaganwolfegardens.com, recently donated a small cache of dogeared but very interesting vintage knitting and crochet magazines from the 1940's through the 1960's. Some of these patterns are simply gorgeous!

We're starting the series off with a vintage mid-1950's pattern for a "Date Sweater"! Click on the photo for all the instructions.

And don't forget that 11/15 is KNITTING NIGHT at the Croton Library: The Croton Free Library is organizing a knitting/crochet circle on Tuesday evenings once a month. It is not a class—there will be no teacher—we will learn from each other. So bring your projects, your creativity, your expertise, or just your enthusiasm and join us on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. for the first meeting.

POST STORM SUNDAY NIGHT, ANTON'S

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There was what is presently being billed as an electrical fire at the newly renovated Anton Restaurant last night. (There were reports of exploding transformers in the area last evening as well; Con Edison was in the area's manhole earlier today.)

The fire department, punched out nearly all the windows to vent the fire which appears to be largely contained to the inside. As soon as we have more details, we will let you know.

Our hearts go out to the owners of Anton as they deal with this unfortunate situation and the necessary repairs.

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UMAMI is still without power (using a generator) and several nearby businesses are also still without power. See also http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/10/post-storm-sunday-update.html

POST 2011 STORM, POLE SNAPS ON BROOK STREET

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POST STORM SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATED:

Residents on Brook St. were evacuated last night when a telephone pole snapped and brought down several along with it. 


They were taken to the municipal building. 

Click on the photo. We'll keep you posted when the repair is made.