Using the rain date

[socially distanced rehearsal]

It was raining too hard to play outdoors on Saturday, so we
rehearsed on the basketball court indoors, and will play the
concert in the garden next Saturday, September 5, at 3 pm.

We did put a sign in the garden saying to join us inside (with a
mask) and one person did that. (He’s who took this picture.)

So far, the weather forcast is for nice sunny weather on
Saturday, so come enjoy the music.

Laura Conrad

Concert rain date

Lightning Pritzerbe 01 (MK)

There’s over a 50% chance of thunderstorms this afternoon when
our concert
is supposed to happen. We’re going to go anyway, and rehearse
indoors if it isn’t possible to play outdoors.

If we do get postponed, we will play next Saturday, September 5,
at 3 pm.

Housing status update

They have almost finished packing out my condo, and have done
the demo on 2 of the other units. Still no word on contractors to
put the walls, ceilings and floors back though.

Laura Conrad

News of the month of August, 2020

Schedule

Nothing substantive has been done to my apartment since I
wrote last, so it will still be months and not weeks before I can
move back there.

There is still outdoor rehearsal space here, if people wanted
to come down and use it. But meanwhile, Anne and I have been
playing with my sister’s group, The Delight Consort. They only
have a Facebook Page, not a real web address, so I can’t link to
them.

Concert opportunity

[instruments]

The Delight Consort will be playing “Wind music from the time of
the Mayflower” on Saturday, August 29 at 3pm in The Ward Garden,
First Congregational Church, 282 Rock Street, Fall River, MA.
(The garden is actually on Cherry Street.) Admission is free;
wear a mask, bring a lawn chair. Here’s a flyer;
here’s the program. I’ll be playing cornetto,
recorder and all three serpents.

News of the months of June and July, 2020

Meeting reports

Nymph and Shepherds No.1 - William Strang

June 3

We played:

June 10

We played:

June 17

We played:

July 7

We played:

Schedule

I think everybody who gets this also got my news of last week
that there was a fire in my building. I’m fine; all the
instruments are fine; as far as I know all the music and books and
electronics are fine. The kitchen and bathroom are not fine, so
it will be months and not weeks before I can go back to living
there.

The good news is that here in Fall River where I’m staying at
my sister’s has outdoor rehearsal space. I know Fall River isn’t
very convenient for very many of you, but if you’re one of the
ones it is convenient for, or if you want to come anyway, I’d
love to play with you. It’s logistically easier to play outdoors
in daylight, so we might want to do it on a weekend afternoon
rather than a Tuesday night. But let me know if you’re interested,
and we can schedule a time, and I’ll let the list know that they
can come too.

Like a house on fire

There was a fire in my building yesterday. Everyone is safe, and the fire itself was confined to the unit where it started. But there’s a lot of cleanup to happen before I can live there again.

My unit is next to the one where the fire started, so the wall I share with that unit has a lot of water damage, so there isn’t a ceiling in either the kitchen or the bathroom. But the living room and the bedrooms and the dining room (where all the instruments live) all look pretty normal.

I’m with my sister in Fall River for for now, but email and phone should work normally.

It’s surprisingly complicated; I am currently trying to figure out who has to do what to get the electricity turned on. There doesn’t seem to be structural damage; they said we can get in and out as we feel like it, but of course until all the broken glass and fallen plaster are cleaned up, I won’t feel like it that much.

There’s a channel 7 report on the fire, with video of me and Maia crossing the street. Naturally, they were more interested in interviewing my downstairs neighbors with the three-month-old baby.

News of the week of May 26, 2020

Meeting reports

May 19

We played:

May 26

King James I of Scotland

We played:

Schedule

The stay at home order is now a safer at
home advisory
. I think this means that as long as we are
fewer than 10 people and can maintain social distance, we can
meet.

Obviously, we can’t maintain social distance with 10 people in
my dining room. But we’re currently meeting with two, and I think
we’d be ok with one or two more, if there were people who wanted
to come. Of course, I trust that none of you would come if you
were sick, or had recently been exposed to someone who was.

So, let me know by Monday night if you want to come on
Tuesday. If too many people want to come, I’ll tell the later
responders that they missed their chance.

The meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:45 PM, at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Another option would be to find an outdoor space, where the
distancing would be easier, and even if it weren’t, the wind would
disperse the viral load faster. But this raises logistical issues
like chairs and lighting and weather. But if people really wanted
to deal with those issues, we probably could.

News of the week of May 12, 2020

Meeting report

Fresco of Agnus Dei in Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdudorog

We played:

Schedule

We’re meeting with only “family” until this situation loosens
up a little. As soon as gatherings of fewer than 10 people are
allowed again, we will resume meeting for all who will on Tuesdays
at 7:45 pm.

News of the week of April 28, 2020

Meeting report

Sign for the Mermaid, Easton - geograph.org.uk - 1360524

We played:

Schedule

We’re meeting with only “family” until this situation loosens
up a little. As soon as gatherings of fewer than 10 people are
allowed again, we will resume meeting for all who will on Tuesdays
at 7:45 pm.