Somewhat happier news from Webster’s weekend

25 Jun

I really did plan to blog about happier things yesterday, but they went by the wayside when I found out the awful news about the Bay View YMCA climbing wall.  So today let’s get back to some more uplifting news.

The happy graduate

Both Webster high schools graduated on Sunday. Webster Schroeder had the early shift at the RIT Field House, and Webster Thomas followed that afternoon. I was there with my family in the morning to watch my youngest graduate. I have to say I was very impressed with the venue; it was very easy to get in and out, there was plenty of good seating, and the shuttle buses and golf carts that ran from the parking lots for elderly family members (and anyone else who didn’t want to bother walking) were very efficient.  The only thing I heard people griping about was about how cold it was in the field house. The place is overly air conditioned, to the point where people were going outside just to get warm.

The Schroeder ceremony was very nice, and the students’ speeches quite entertaining. (I’ll take the fifth in regards to the administrators’ speeches.)  I’m sure the Thomas graduation was equally enjoyable.  Congratulations to all the graduates this year, and be sure to remember the sage advice from the speeches you heard: Shoot for the stars while you journey to pursue your dreams, guided by strong values that will take you in positive directions, as long as you take the path less traveled, because as the the next generation of leaders you have incredible potential to change the world, because O the places you’ll go.

Or something like that.

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There was a unique event Saturday afternoon at Barry’s Old School Irish that brought several fledgling fiddle players into the little pub/bakery.

It was a fiddle workshop hosted by Barry’s house band, Barry’s Crossing.  Beginning and intermediate fiddle players were invited to attend the free workshop and learn some basic fiddle techniques and a tune.  The event drew five young fiddle players, who in just a half hour, learned to play an entire fiddle tune from start to finish, to the delight of all the parents who stayed to watch.

Not having any musical talent myself, I found it amazing how these young musicians could just hear notes being played, remember what they were, play them back, and step-by-step put a whole tune together. But I guess that’s why they’re musicians and I’m not.

If you’re interested in seeing a bit of the workshop, click on the photo below to see a short video. It’s about 3 minutes long and takes you from the first notes to the final performance.

Click on the photo for a video from the fiddle workshop.

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