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A Blast of the Past #155: Trunk or Treat 2012

The Annual AUMC Trunk or Treat

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A Look Ahead — The Polar Express


Nov 17 to Dec. 30 —  THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to historic Baldwin City this holiday season!

Powered by Midland Railway, this magical experience opens November 17th and runs through December 30th. Exact dates, times, and prices are available by visiting the Schedule & Tickets page. Each ticket includes fantastic entertainment, delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 8-9 — Overland Park Arboretum  Botanical Gardens Holiday Luminary Walk

909 W. 179th St.  Overland Park, KS 66085Contact:Katharine Garrison913-685-3604katharine.garrison@opkansas.org

Cost:
$10 person; $9 for FOTA Members; Children 5 and under free

Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Luminary Walk. The dates are the three weekends after Thanksgiving.This  fundraiser features a mile of candles, holiday lights, live musical entertainment, Santa Claus in the Depot, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire and mystical Gnome and Fairy Villages. Volunteers and staff members are transforming the Arboretum into a wonderland of candles and lights, music and holiday fun. Thousands of candles line the walkways and trails. Holiday lights will be on display from trees, buildings and bridges.

Children will be thrilled to see Santa’s Woodland Depot in the Train Garden and chat with him nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific night. 2018 eTicket is $10 per person; $9 for FOTA Members; children 5 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online.

Through Dec. 2 — Always … Patsy Cline at New Theatre Restaurant

(I went to a matinee performance of this show, and highly recommmend it.) 

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Patsy’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Patsy until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as CRAZY, I FALL TO PIECES, SWEET DREAMS, WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT. The show’s title was inspired by Patsy’s letters to Louise, which were consistently signed “Love always… Patsy Cline.”

 December 5-February 17 — Shear Madness at New Theatre Restaurant

SHEAR MADNESS is America’s most popular and longest running comedy (now in its 31st year at Washington D.C.’s prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). More than 12 million people worldwide have seen the hilarious whodunit and there is no end in sight; its success just keeps going and going.

In this hilarious whodunit, a renowned classical pianist is murdered in her apartment above the SHEAR MADNESS beauty salon and you, the audience, along with Inspector Nick O’Brien, interrogate the suspects, evaluate the clues and solve the mystery. The wacky, spontaneous comedy never has the same ending twice, so you can see it again and again.

February  20-April 2019– Biloxi Blues at New Theatre Restaurant

The laughter rarely stops in this Tony Award-winning “Best Play” that tells the story of Eugene Jerome and his experiences as a 19-year-old draftee who, with a handful of other recruits must endure ten weeks of boot camp and a tough as nails, hard-drinking platoon leader in the steaming swamps of Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.

April 25-July 7 — The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant

It’s Back! One of our most popular productions of all time! BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. This joyous musical tells the story of Buddy Holly’s short yet explosive career and features his classical hits: PEGGY SUE, THAT’LL BE THE DAY, NOT FADE AWAY, OH BOY, MAYBE BABY, RAVEON and many more. This show Rocks!

July -Sept. 15 — Joseph and the Amazing TechniColor Dreamcoat at New Theatre Restaurant

Based on the “Coat of Many Colors” story from The Bible’s Book of Genesis, this upbeat musical is filled with a cornucopia of musical styles. From country-western to calypso to bubblegum pop & rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. With its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a musical theatre event not to be missed. From the composer of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, CATS AND SCHOOL OF ROCK.@

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#307: I with Thee Would Begin

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

I with Thee would begin, O my Savior so dear,

On the way that I still must pursue;

I with Thee would begin ev’ry day granted here,

As by earnest resolve I renew — To be and remain Thine forever.

2

I with Thee would begin, and go forth in Thy name

Which alone doth salvation bestow; 

Fold me close to Thy breast where found joy all who came —

There is refuge for me too, I know, though all in this world is confusion.

3

Let Thy word all divine be my lamp in whose light

I may constantly keep to Thy way;

And each day wouldst Thou cleanse me anew, make me white 

In the blood shed for me on that day When death Thou didst suffer, Lord Jesus.

4

I with Thee would begin — yea, and hear one more prayer —

I would close with Thee too my brief day;

And when daylight has failed let me sleep in Thy care, Until waking Thy child

Thou dost say, “*Come live with me ever in heaven!”

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#306: A Passion for Souls

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

Give me a passion for souls, dear Lord,

A passsion to save the lost;

O that Thy love were by all adored,

And welcomed at any cost!

CHORUS

Jesus, I long, I long to be winning

Men who are lost, and constantly sinning; 

O may this hour be one of beginning

The story of pardon to tell.

2

Tho there are dangers untold and stern 

Confronting me in the way,

willingly still would I go, nor turn,

But trust Thee for grace each day

CHORUS

How shall this passion for souls be mine?

Lord, make Thou the answer clear;

Help me to throw out the old Life-Line,

To those who are struggling near.

CHORUS

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A New Look

Today’s post is simple and short.  I spent some late-night hours finally making up my mind on a new theme and layout for the blog.  Hopefully with that out of the way I will get to blogging more consistently.

The one thing I want to put on the main page is a status bar. Something about what is going on right now.  I haven’t gotten something that satisfies me on that yet, but this layout is more conducive, or so I think.

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Three Quarters of a Score Years Ago …

Is another way to say 15 years.

And 15 years ago this past Thursday we moved into our current house. The house that was to be our 30-year house. And now we are already halfway through that 30 years.

The 15th years was the year of renovation. When the tree knocked in the back wall and the insurance calculated 30K in damages, we began a process that renovated and revitalized our use of the house.

So today we celebrated the occasion by having lunch at Cinzetti’s Restaurant, and then coming home and cleaning the gutters and power washing the siding. We even cleaned part of the neighbor’s gutters, since we had the ladder out and it was visible to see.

And AB May came by for a free plumbing inspection, and ended up scheduling to visit tomorrow to fix a leaking saddle joint that needs to be repaired  before it  bursts and floods our crawl space.

With the renovation we are moving forward into other changes.  We are removing outdated and unused pipes and wiring in the basement to simplify the visible utility infrastructure. Who knows, we might eventually get the house rewired, in whole or in part, to a safer standard. (I can dream, can’t I?)

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A Look Ahead .. Songflower Chorale

November 18 — The English Tradition, Songflower Chorale Concert, Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City

This fall, Songflower Chorale will present a concert titled The English Tradition, celebrating the landmarks of British composers through history, from Renaissance
masters to the Romantics, which have radiated their influence back to
the rest of the world, along with some modern outgrowths of the Anglican choral tradition, alive and well in our community.  Admission is free, donations are accepted.

Those wishing to support the choral are welcome to contribute financially; this allows it to meet rehearsal expenses and hire guest artists at need, and is greatly appreciated!
Donations can be mailed to

Songflower Chorale

PO Box 140366 Kansas City, MO 64114 USA

Or you can contribute through our website, https://www.songflower.org/donate

The Songflower Chorale is a 501c3 non-profit, and contributions are
tax deductible where allowed by law.

Nov 17 to Dec. 30 —  THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to historic Baldwin City this holiday season!

Powered by Midland Railway, this magical experience opens November 17th and runs through December 30th. Exact dates, times, and prices are available by visiting the Schedule & Tickets page. Each ticket includes fantastic entertainment, delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

Nov. 23-24, 30-Dec. 1, 8-9 — Overland Park Arboretum  Botanical Gardens Holiday Luminary Walk

909 W. 179th St.  Overland Park, KS 66085Contact:Katharine Garrison913-685-3604katharine.garrison@opkansas.org

Cost:
$10 person; $9 for FOTA Members; Children 5 and under free

Stroll down candlelit trails through the gardens and woods at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Luminary Walk. The dates are the three weekends after Thanksgiving.This  fundraiser features a mile of candles, holiday lights, live musical entertainment, Santa Claus in the Depot, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider around a campfire and mystical Gnome and Fairy Villages. Volunteers and staff members are transforming the Arboretum into a wonderland of candles and lights, music and holiday fun. Thousands of candles line the walkways and trails. Holiday lights will be on display from trees, buildings and bridges.

Children will be thrilled to see Santa’s Woodland Depot in the Train Garden and chat with him nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific night. 2018 eTicket is $10 per person; $9 for FOTA Members; children 5 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online.

Through Dec. 2 — Always … Patsy Cline at New Theatre Restaurant

(I went to a matinee performance of this show, and highly recommmend it.  When I get the chance I hope to add some additional personal notes of review about this show.) 

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Patsy’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Patsy until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as CRAZY, I FALL TO PIECES, SWEET DREAMS, WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT. The show’s title was inspired by Patsy’s letters to Louise, which were consistently signed “Love always… Patsy Cline.”

 December 5-February 17 — Shear Madness at New Theatre Restaurant

SHEAR MADNESS is America’s most popular and longest running comedy (now in its 31st year at Washington D.C.’s prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). More than 12 million people worldwide have seen the hilarious whodunit and there is no end in sight; its success just keeps going and going.

In this hilarious whodunit, a renowned classical pianist is murdered in her apartment above the SHEAR MADNESS beauty salon and you, the audience, along with Inspector Nick O’Brien, interrogate the suspects, evaluate the clues and solve the mystery. The wacky, spontaneous comedy never has the same ending twice, so you can see it again and again.

February  20-April 2019– Biloxi Blues at New Theatre Restaurant

The laughter rarely stops in this Tony Award-winning “Best Play” that tells the story of Eugene Jerome and his experiences as a 19-year-old draftee who, with a handful of other recruits must endure ten weeks of boot camp and a tough as nails, hard-drinking platoon leader in the steaming swamps of Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.

April 25-July 7 — The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant

It’s Back! One of our most popular productions of all time! BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. This joyous musical tells the story of Buddy Holly’s short yet explosive career and features his classical hits: PEGGY SUE, THAT’LL BE THE DAY, NOT FADE AWAY, OH BOY, MAYBE BABY, RAVEON and many more. This show Rocks!

July -Sept. 15 — Joseph and the Amazing TechniColor Dreamcoat at New Theatre Restaurant

Based on the “Coat of Many Colors” story from The Bible’s Book of Genesis, this upbeat musical is filled with a cornucopia of musical styles. From country-western to calypso to bubblegum pop & rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. With its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a musical theatre event not to be missed. From the composer of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, CATS AND SCHOOL OF ROCK.@

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Household Council

This week is the start of an acceleration into the holidays and through the end of the year. No one is given space to breathe enough to relax and enjoy the celebrations of the season.

The hectic pace has been felt by our household, now made of four related adult members. We haven’t yet adapted to the néeds of four adults during regular times, and now the season of speed comes on apace.

So we initiated a new strategy. Monday morning was the first of initially daily household meetings to organize and assign household tasks.

An online spreadsheet, consisting of multiple tabs, is being created to capture the tasks and their frequency necessary for the maintenance of our lifestyle, along with the assignment of each task to the appropriate parties for efficient and consistent completion.

Tasks that will connect us all to employment and encourage appropriate external interactions for the maintenance are also being added and assigned. Some of those will lead to jobs and tasks of as-yet unknown schedules that will require further adapting.

One of the core yet often unplanned items of daily household function is meal preparation with corresponding grocery shopping. Meal times have too often been browsing pantry shelves overstocked in some items and understocked in others.

The son has been stepping forward with meal suggestions for a day or two ahead, with approriate thawing and meal times. The hope is to extend that into a family meal plan for the week coordinated with the grocery shopping list and adjusted for unexpected sale purchases.

The real test of the process is whether we get buy-in from all the adults as adults and an equitable contribution of suggestions, efforts and employment to fund the structure.

It will be interesting to see whether the internal or external efforts are the more difficult, per individual and group.