Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Turkey and Traditions

Two years ago at the Fall Fling fundraiser for the school, I looked at the items displayed for silent auction and found a certificate good for one semester of piano lessons with Winterset citizen Meredith Easter. I kept an eye on it and made sure to win it, because the path was clear: Meredith had started my mother on saxophone lessons over 50 years ago, had given me vocal lessons all through high school nearly 30 years ago, and now I had a daughter who was eight and a piano at home that was gathering dust, a gift from my great aunt Alma Mease Spera. Third generation piano lessons with Meredith were meant to be! Imagine my delight at driving down the old gravel road once again to the Easter's house, walking in the door with my daughter for her first piano lesson, and immediately spotting a photo of myself hanging on the wall of her studio. There I was in all my 80s glory, in a collage of Meredith's students my same age and extending out to other collages and other eras, younger and older, a blast of bad hairstyles and really great memories. I took a picture of my part of the wall and still sneak a peek at it every Tuesday at lesson time, 4:10.

And this is how it goes in Winterset, and why I love it. We are just big enough to have new stuff happening here regularly, like the holiday wine tasting and open house happening at Applehurst this Saturday, and still small enough to keep our favorite community traditions, like lessons out at Meredith's, and the Optimist Turkey Dinner. I'm not sure how long that's been going on -- maybe someone can comment -- but I'm guessing about 25 years. It's happening again this Sunday, the 17th, from 11:00 to 1:30 in the high school cafeteria, with tickets available at all three banks and from any Optimist Club member. As always, this is a full-on turkey and ham feast with mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables, salad, dessert, and rolls, all to benefit community youth activities. I hope we keep doing it forever.

1 comment:

    Jean Lull Greenwood