|The huge cross in the Carthage chapel|
Friday evening Stevens and I and our friends Debbie and Bill went out to dinner and then to the annual Christmas festival at Carthage College. The concert has become a holiday tradition. We noted fewer people in the audience (they've numbered the seats in the pews so no longer packed shoulder-to-shoulder, plus they now charge ($20) when it used to be free) and, significantly, fewer students in the orchestra and the choirs. But the performance was still wonderful and the music was magnificent!
The Lake County Community Concert Assn. presented Classical Blast at Waukegan High School on Sunday afternoon. Traditional Christmas carols and songs were mashed up with contemporary rock. Energetic and not-the-usual!
And at home Sunday evening we watched the first two episodes of Three Pines, the new series based on Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books. As the French would say, "Formidable!" (= Terrific! Tremendous!)
# # # # # #I entertained myself at the sewing machine, too.
Part 1 of my OMG: a mug rug for the ornament exchange at the upcoming quilt guild party.(Ornaments don't have to hang on the tree.)
Part 2 of my OMG: the November installment of the guild BOM (no photo). I have to make the October blocks. The December block instructions were just emailed.
I have assembled the Blue Heaven blocks into columns. One block is turned the wrong way (marked with green masking tape, right center).
P.S. When I posted the photo of the nutcrackers on the mantel (see last Monday's post) a friend said I might find German nutcrackers at the HomeGoods store in Mundelein. That happened to be on the way home from the D10 luncheon and I shopped -- and bought!
This link goes to a website for the Erzebirge workshops that make nutcrackers and other wooden figurines.
Our concert selfie.