For several dozen hearty souls who made their way to the 4th Floor Chapel of the Good Shepherd Center, UP THE DOWN CHIMNEY went forward as planned!
A special thanks to Stu Dempster, who brung the trombone and supplied us with his usual joy and genius.
Here’s a photo taken from above by our sound/light mastermind David Verkade (that’s Paul pontificating in his now-famous Santa suit):
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And before the show, I cracked the windows looking west and, a bit later, east across Wallingford.
On our little section of Meridian Ave, we’ve got one of those neighborhoods where tools, sugar, dvds, eggs, and garlic are shared when needed. And some nights we go for walks. Here’s a few scenes from along the snowy way.
A novel method of kid transport…
Around the snow-rimed lake..
A cheery (yet somehow terrifying) house…
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
We’re puttin’ on our show. Won’t you join us please at UP THE DOWN CHIMNEY!
Taken at Portage Bay last August, Vi posed for a Seattle Now and Then column. A remarkable woman of enormous dignity, wisdom, and even at 90, great vitality and zest for life. For her astonishing biography, visit Historylink.
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With dear friend and colleague Jay Miller
This evening as the sun set…
Composer/musician David Mahler has kindly sent us copies of our holiday music faves. What follows is a capsule history of his seasonal sings:
“David Mahler’s holiday sings first fluttered wings in December, 1982. Old songs remembered lined up side by side with new songs discovered.
Perhaps a dozen warblers raised voices at the initial three sings that year, held at 906 E. Highland Drive. The flock grew, and followed the music five years later to 2616 E. Ward, and the following two years to 89 Yesler Way. In 1989 the sings hit the road, with two sessions guest hosted. The red book discovered its green cousin. From that year onward, through floating bridges that sank, presidential elections, and Sundays that stretched into January, the song books grew and the swell voices swelled, until David’s departure to Pittsburgh in 2005. Twenty-four consecutive years of December sings nested into memories.”
In other news, Stu Dempster is bringing along his legendary trombone! Be prepared for a real treat as we raise voices against the darkness on the darkest day of the year. Death shall have no dominion at “Up the Down Chimney“!
Just a few snaps of kids in the neighborhood to prove to out-of-town doubters that it actually snowed and stuck!
Attempting to repeat a photo for a recent ‘Seattle Now and Then’, I found myself atop the Hyatt, looking west along Pine. A bit of a gloomy day, but an interesting view, nonetheless. Here’s a slightly distorted stitch of a few pix.
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Back a few insertions or entries in this blog we put up seven, if memory serves, panoramas of Meridian Park from the same prospect as the one attached here, and recorded this afternoon, 12/14/8. In the now 28 months I have been walking through the Good Shepherd campus, sticking snow has been rare indeed. This is the third time. Another of the three is included in the mentioned group below.
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Our own little wonderland just after dawn.
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