Monday, June 12, 2017

REALLY Busy Days!

Life got a little complicated these past few days. Last Thursday, we had a bit of a repeat performance of our May River Singers concert, this time at the School for International Training - the Contact Program, which involves people from trouble spots all over the world in a process of conflict transformation. It is a wonderful program, and River Singers has sponsored several students in it. This concert featured our Rwandan friend, Apollonaire William, who graduated from Antioch U last year but returned to defend his PhD. He is one of several Rwandan students who have been part of River Singers.

Singing in the Dining Hall at SIT

Apollonaire William leading a Rwandan song

A selfie with Erasme, a Rwandan member of River SIngers

Our original plan had been to start getting ready for our trip on Friday, have supper with John and Cynthia Friday evening, and then have Saturday for fairly leisurely packing, go to Ben's graduation Sunday afternoon, and leave on Monday. That went out the window. I was asked to lead a choir for a funeral Sat.  a.m. at the Guilford Church, and then on Friday, was asked to fill in for Peter Amidon, who is sick, at a Hallowell Workshop at the Rowe Conference Center. That took care of Saturday and Sunday morning! Ellen took me to Rowe Sat. noon and picked me up Sun. noon, and we made it just in time for Ben's graduation.

All of this was good  -  it just severely reduced the time for packing. But we got off by 10:30am on Monday and are now at Wallace's in Swarthmore. We had supper earlier with Wallace, Sarah and Harry.

At the Rowe workshop - Kathy Leo on the right, and Mary Alice Amidon greeting a participant
Greene Hall at Smith College, where Northampton High School graduation was held
NHS band, which played Pomp and Circumstance. Mimi played flute
Graduate Ben with Ellen

With Feinlands at Galaxy Restaurant afterward  

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