Sunday, April 10, 2011

RVSB Concert

The Raritan Valley Symphonic Band Concert Overture, Curtain, Lights! This Is It! The Night of Nights! starts at 3 p.m. today at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, 600 Garretson Road, Bridgewater.

The featured guest soloist is trombonist Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic.

According to the RVSB press release:

The band will feature “Morning, Noon and Night In Vienna,” by Austrian composer Franz Von Suppe; “The Vanished Army (They Never Die)” by British composer Kenneth Alford, a tribute to soldiers killed in World War I; a moving rendition of “Elsa’s Procession To The Cathedral” by Richard Wagner; selections from the show “Les Miserables”; and “The Trombone King,” a lively march by American composer Karl L. King.

For more information about the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band go here.

Photographs of the April 26, 2010 concert courtesy of Susan Gulliford and George Mariasz.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Middle Child: Eaglet Number Two

Take a Gamble

The Hillsborough Band Parents Association is holding a Casino Night this evening.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with a live performance by Jonni Drue, a Frank Sinatra tribute singer. DJ Mike Kerrigan will also provide music.

The prizes start with an iPad, wireless keyboard, and BOSE Mobile Headset and continue with a long list of additional prizes.

The $40 entrance fee includes $60 in chips, food and soft drinks. There is a cash bar available. You must be 21 and over to attend.

The event is being held at the American Legion Hall, 232 Union Avenue, Somerville.

Friday, April 8, 2011

It's the Little Things...Japan

Yesterday there was another earthquake in Japan, not as big as the March 11th 9.0 earthquake, the "Great Eastern Japan Earthquake" [東日本大震災, Higashi Nihon Daishinsai], but still discouraging, disheartening, to the Japanese people.

Robert Brady,an American expat who settled in Japan in 1980, blogs at Pureland Mountain . Follow his posts as he tries to contact family in the earthquake area, locates them, and eventually gets them to his home.

From the Pureland blog I found a link to Socks for Japan, a webpage dedicated to supplying new socks to refugees.

New, clean, dry socks packaged with an encouraging note...such a little thing.

The Pureland blog also has a link to a site where there are before-and-after photographs of tsunami areas

If you have the time, view this youtube post found on the Kuji City Blog of beautiful Kuji City accompanied by haunting music [I wish I could identify the music and the artists]:

From the Daily Yomiuri Online, a reporter's story of a flight he took along the coastline the day after the earthquake and tsunami:

The plane flew further south. The town of Kuji, Iwate Prefecture, once nestled in the curve of a bay, had been swept away by a tsunami. The ground was soaked in seawater and shining as it reflected the sunlight.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Happy Hatchday to You???

People all over the world have been watching this year's Duke Farms' Eagle Cam. With today the estimated hatching date for the first of the three eggs, the one which was laid on February 28th, I noticed that the number of viewers on air was over 2,000 most of the day.

But still no action.

It is getting too dark to see much right now, but we'll all be back in the morning.

For those not from the Hillsborough, New Jersey, area, this is a camera which monitors a pair of nesting Bald Eagles located somewhere on Duke Farms, a 2,700-acre property in our town.