Issue 278 — The Paregien Journal — May 1, 2014
Mandolin Orchestra and More
by Stan Paregien Sr.
When was the last time you went to a concert featuring a “Mandolin Orchestra?”
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Peggy and I had never been to one, either, until recently. That’s when we drove to nearby Sarasota to watch the “Sarasota Mandolin Orchestra” perform. They were great. The audience at the main library numbered about 200 people.
The orchestra had five or so “standard” mandolins, plus an “alto” mandolin and a “bass” mandolin. They also had three guitars in the group.
A few months ago the Central Church of Christ in Sarasota, where we are members, was in negotiations with Florida Power & Light and a private solar energy company. We agreed to have the private company install a mass of solar panels on the west side of the roof of our building. That private company, managed by some strong Christian folk, asked if we would like to have the solar panels (blue, above) installed so as to display a Christian cross on the roof. Our leaders thought that was a terrific idea and thanked them for the suggestion. What you see, above, is the result — a Christian witness to anyone flying nearby. We are anticipating the panels will reduce our monthly electric bill by about $250.
This tree early in the spring put on yellow flowers. (Longboat Key)
Easter Sunday – April 20, 2014
Peggy and I went out to eat on Easter Sunday. We went to Cody’s Roadhouse in Bradenton with Kent and Marilyn Abel and Kent’s sister, Kit Humphry (all residents here at our MHP). Kent and Marilyn were celebrating their 41st anniversary. Our congratulations to them!
Kent with our waiter, Daniel This osprey was nesting on the top of a nearby light post.
It is not everyday you see a roofer wearing a full-sized, color sombrero. But that is exactly what Peggy saw and caught on her Iphone down at Millie’s Restaurant in Sarasota the other day.
Friends, I must go. Duty calls.
Well, the sea siren calls. It is another sunny day in Paradise and supposed to get up to 88 degrees. So we and our two guests from the North Country are heading for the beach.