HARRISBURG AND YORK
|Jim Brown shows kids the new red parament|
HARRISBURG AND HERSHEY
The next day, Susanne returned from New Brighton with Cole and Chloe in tow. Their mom, our daughter Sarah, had to attend a three-day office meeting in Columbus, so Susanne brought them home to spend the week with us. We had a lot of fun with them, but now I see why nature suggests only young people have babies! By the end of the week, when Sarah arrived and they took Susanne to Avalon, New Jersey, with them, we were wiped out! Kids are a full-time job, and we admire Sarah for her ability to cope and to make their youth fun, interesting, and educational.
|A basket o'whoopies!|
On our way home, we stopped at the public playground next to the Hershey Library. The kids played on the immense structure featuring climbing devices, chutes, and ladders.
|With Aunt Rachel.|
The next morning, we zoomed through the the partially-completed roundabout in the Linglestown square and had breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts. Chloe had a problem making up her mind about what donut to have, but she chose her drink quickly -- Gatorade, of all things. Cole insisted on some sort of blueberry slushy stuff and ended up with a blue tongue and teeth!
Soon Sarah arrived, and the next morning the kids were off to Avalon with their mother and grandmother, and I spent the week recovering. Susanne had no such luck, but she loves the kids and the shore, so she made out ok. I actually spent a lot of time on finding and interviewing prospective families to host the French kids coming to visit in July and August. It's always great fun to meet these people, because they are truly interested in people and are definitely kind and outgoing.
|Kids and G.G.|
On June 26, the congregation at Market Square said good-bye to the pastor of fourteen years, Jim Brown, and his wife Nina. After the service, we trooped across the square to the Harrisburg Hilton and Tower, where we enjoyed a meal, heard tributes to Jim and Nina, and watched a Powerpoint Presentation of photos that I had been asked to prepare.
Later that week, the Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosted a regional conference. More than 250 organists were in town. On Tuesday night, there was a concert in Market Square Church, followed by workshops there on Wednesday and Thursday. Choir friends Dotty Hotchkiss, Wilmer Henninger, and I volunteered to direct traffic throughout the church during the workshops.
|The driver is in the white shirt, getting his head examined.|
On the way up US 11, I drove along the riverside for the views, then came across a one-car accident that attracted a number of police cars and emergency vehicles. I noticed the driver being examined at the side of the road.
Friday evening, I drove to Paxtang, a very old suburb east of Harrisburg, to interview a couple who will host the last of the French kids coming in July. They live in a beautiful old home and were generous enough to show me around. The young Frenchman will enjoy the surroundings with his own room and bathroom, a swimming pool in the yard, and weekends cruising the Chesapeake Bay!
|Wait here for the spring thaw.|
|T. Roosevelt called it "the most handsome building I ever saw."|
On my way home, I stopped at the State Museum of Pennsylvania to use the, um, er, facilities, and took a few moments to view Art of the State, a juried exhibit of art from across Pennsylvania. The strongest work was in the painting category, I think. I am no expert, of course, but I found many of the works compelling.
Well, there you have it. Don't forget that you can click on any photo to enlarge it. Here are some additional photos of our recent activities.
Cole eats pancakes with his name spelled out.
Chloe got her initials.
How about a plant for the garden?
The obligatory whoopie pie picture.
Cole chooses a small treat after
the Chocolate World tour.
Chloe is supercharged on the
motorcycle ride at the fun emporium.
When we get to Rachel's for a
picnic, Chloe is thrilled to find
mommy's already there!
Sarah brought along some famous
Oram's breakfast treats from Beaver Falls.
On Sunday, Jim and Nina Brown's family joined them
for the farewell party at the Hilton.
During the organist conference, this young man was
daring enough to play and be evaluated in front of his peers.
On my way to see a host family, I spotted this new
Dunkin' Donuts and admired its tidy architecture.
On the way home, I saw this scene from the top of the
hill in Wormleysburg.
In West Fairview this old firehouse caught my eye.
A few blocks away, and still on my way home, I spotted
this bucolic view of the Susquehanna tripping over some rocks.