I woke up today without any firm plans even though I knew of various events going on. I checked out the events and decided that going to the Nan Hoffman and Friends Christmas Concert at the United Church of Christ would be a good thing to do in the evening. I called Elaine and left a message asking if she might want to accompany me. She called back later and we agreed to go together.
I picked Elaine up and we went to the church, arriving a few minutes before the concert began. I took a couple of pictures of the nativity on the stage.
The concert was wonderful. They did a variety of songs, some of them Christmas Carols.
Between the two sets, there were refreshments offered in the lobby.
This was Nan's thirtieth Christmas concert but it was the first one I went to. She has a lovely voice. I hope to go next December to the thirty first concert.
Once again the Colonel William Bond House was open to the public for WINTERS FEST EVE. This years theme is "Victorian Christmas". At the last minute, I decided to go and it was too late to find someone to accompany me. Here are a few pictures I took.
It was very nice.
Before heading home I drove few blocks to check out house on Church Street that had been reported to be well lit up for Christmas.
I asked Pam if she wanted to go to Menne's with me this afternoon and she agreed. We had a light lunch at my house before leaving.
Unfortunately, Menne's was a bit of a disappointment. It was small and subdued compared to when I went the last time (either one or two years ago). What they had on display was nice, but not as marvelous as it was before. Here are a few pictures
As we were leaving, we saw a poster announcing that Menne's will close their doors forever at the end of the month, which kind of explains the change. After Menne's we walked over to McDonalds to have hot fudge sundaes.
We went to the Entenmanns Store on the boulevard, but found a sign on the door saying that they are closed today.
We went to PLATTER'S CHOCOLATE in the Wurlitzer Building
in North Tonawanda. It was a pretty neat experience. They have glass windows so visitors can view the workers making the chocolate creations.
Pam had coffee and I purchased ONE piece of chocolate: dark chocolate raspberry jelly............it was delicious!
There is a hallway beyond the factory that has a lot of old photographs of the Wurlitzer Factory long ago.
We left Platters and entered the front door of the factory and it was kind of like urban exploring.
Once again I attended this great event. Bonnie reserved a table for 18, but a few did not show up. I invited Lydia and Becky. Lydia did not come, but Becky did and my friend Pam also joined us after her play practice.
The buffet spread was great! Here are a few pictures taken before it was officially served:
I looked the baskets over but did not see anything I particularly wanted, but I purchased five dollars worth of tickets anyways. I left before the drawing.
I always try to go to the bazaars at the Presbyterian Home because they have such great deals on mostly handmade items, and collectible some vintage) items. I always try to arrive as soon as they open the doors, but today I was a little late. It did not matter much, since I got some great deals:
For a mere nineteen dollars I got all this stuff:
Three baskets that I will donate to the auction at the CONNECT LUNCHEON at church which is coming up. A lovely hand crocheted throw which I will give to Peggy for Christmas, milk glass boot which I hope to decorate for Christmas, a huge Christmas ribbon and BEST of all CERAMIC LIGHT UP CHRISTMAS TREE. I was missing the one that I gave Christa when she was here last so this is a real treat!!!! It works just fine and I already have it set up in my family room. The whole batch of items cost me $19.00...... with a twenty percent coupon off, the ceramic tree only cost me four dollars. I also bought two plates of treats for the Life Group later on today.
Elaine was working there and she took me around to see some of the Christmas decorations.
When I said to Elaine "see you tonight" she said "what is tonight?" so I reminded her of the Whalen art exhibit at the Bewley Building at six p.m.
I decided to check out Goulds CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY. I took a few pictures.
and I also went into GOULDS FLOWER SHOP.
Later on in the afternoon I conducted Peggy's LIFE GROUP since she is on vacation.
In the evening I went with Elaine nd Nancy to the opening reception of a Joe Whalen (on loan) exhibit on the fifth floor of the Bewley Building.
It was a great event. The orderves were delicious and there were plenty of them There was music
I was disappointed when Peggy and David decided to take a trip that would take them away from Lockport at Thanksgiving. But, it turned out great!
I invited my cousin Becky, my friend Betty, my friend Mary Ann,. and Lydia. Mary Ann is still recovering from her surgery and decided to stay home and rest. Carrie is home for the holiday so it was her and I, Becky, Lydia and Betty.
Becky and Lydia each brought a pie and Betty brought rolls and a gallon of cider. I had done a lot of cooking and preparing this past weekend. Our menu consisted of turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes (with cream cheese), cranberry sauce, butternut squash casserole, corn casserole and pumpkin muffins. The pies turned out to be raspberry and pumpkin, served with ice cream (courtesy of Betty) and whipped cream. EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!
Becky told a lot of stories and we laughed a lot!!!!
I picked Barb up at her apartment and she and I went to Roswell to visit Mary Ann this morning. We found her in good spirits and stayed forty minutes or so before heading back to Lockport. I was still a bit worn out from yesterday so I rested for a couple of hours before getting ready for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at my friend Bonnie's church.
Elaine picked me up and we met Darlene and Peggy and David there. It was a great meal. We met the new vicar and his family. There was a larger crowd than usual, in fact they had to set up an extra table.
My friend Mary Ann recently found out that she has breast cancer again. She had a lumpectomy and radiation twelve years ago, and now once again she has it. Since she does not have any family, I am trying to be there for her.
Her friend Bianca planned to come from Connecticut to accompany her to Roswell for surgery today but her asthma is acting up and she is trying a new medicine and her doctor told her she should not make the several hour drive. Her brother, Joe, agreed to take Mary Ann and I to Roswell.
They picked me up a little after eleven. We arrived a little early for her scheduled arrival and she started the paperwork. Her surgery was delayed due to the length of the previous surgery her doctor was performing. I think she went in to surgery around 4:30. It took three hours and then the doctor came out and told Joe and I that all went well. Just after she went into surgery, I found this SWEET BUFFALO ROCK near the registration desk.
Joe and I saw her for a few minutes after she was taken to her room. She was awake and could converse. I told her the doctor had given us a good report. We went back to Lockport and Joe dropped me off. It was an extremely long day.
Once again, Faith Tab offered two free THANKSGIVING dinners, tonight and tomorrow night. This morning I cooked a turkey and dropped it off early afternoon.
My cousin Becky picked me up a little before five thirty and we went over to the church. I offered to help out since we were early, but everything was under control.
We switched tables a couple of times. My second cousin Bridget and her son Owen and grandson "Little Owen" came. Our table consisted of then, Becky, myself, Marlene, Peggy and David and Davids daughter Kelly and her two sons. It was so neat to spend time with people from both sides of my family tree! My mothers side and my fathers side. Bridget looks so much like my paternal grandmother. Her grandmother (Celia) was married to one of my grandmothers brothers (Frank, I think). I never met Frank, but I remember Ceil (that's what we called her). She lived less than a block away with her daughter Rosemary (not Bridget's mother). Here is a three generation picture (Bridget, her son and grandson)
The turkey dinner was delicious
There were two short videos and Craig spoke. he did a great job!. Then desert was served. Becky and I left right after desert. It was a great evening.
When I saw a poster announcing this at TOPS, I took a picture and put it on several Lockport pages in Facebook. Why? Because once again, my brother Mike was the speaker.
I invited Peggy and David to join me at Cold Springs, but they were late and missed most of Mike's speech. He was great!!!!! Here are a few pics.
also here is one of Mike and Peg after the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Peg and I went to visit our friend Myrna, who is going through chemo. and not feeling well. We had a nice visit. Then I took Peg to the church so she could unlock the door for the electrician.