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March 9, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
OK, this coming weekend, it's lazing around and laundry for me.

Why? Because I did take advantage of some of the happenings out there this past weekend ... and now, I'm yawning.

On my way home late Saturday night ... and it was even later because of the pending lost hour due to the beginning of Daylight Savings Time ... I commented on what a fun weekend it had been so far, and how could we top that next weekend.

"So what are we going to do next weekend?" I commented to my husband.

Sunday morning ... after I woke up ... much later than usual ... I said, "Nothing. That's what we're doing next weekend."

I barely had enough energy to get my laundry done, a cake baked, a present wrapped, grocery shopping done ... and I really didn't get everything accomplished on Sunday that I would've liked.

But, that's OK. I did have a great weekend. You only live once, right?

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra's concert Friday night was phenomenal.

Guest artist Anne Akiko Meyers was amazing as she played violin on Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade." And Conductor Andre Raphel Smith seemed quite pleased with the orchestra's performance on Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture," and even more pleased with Richard Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)." The players really outdid themselves.

After the concert, Meyers told me she's been playing violin since the age of 4. And she lives just across the street from Carnegie Hall in New York City. How convenient!

My congratulations go out to Pat Cassidy, who served as Grand Chieftan of the Wheeling Celtic Celebration.

What a fun event it is, too. With the great food (I heard the Scottish Eggs were amazing!), the really cool vendors and the bagpipes and other Celtic music, the event really puts you in a Celtic frame of mind.

Then, there's Mollie O'Brien. What can I say. She's so great; she's got a beautiful voice and she can sing so many styles of music: the blues, folk, swing, jazz ... She and her husband, Rich Moore, really seem to have a great time on stage together. He plays guitar.

Saturday's concert at the Pine Room at Oglebay, put together by Sarah Barickman, Lea Ridenhour and Joan Stamp, was a benefit for the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.

Mollie, who grew up in Wheeling, was a Girl Scout herself. She reminisced a bit about her times as a Girl Scout and as a camper at Camp Giscowheco, the Girl Scout Camp out near Middle Wheeling Creek. She recalls singing around the campfire way back when as being an important part of her future career as a singer.

(I, on the other hand, just remember being terribly homesick my weeks at Giscowheco. Although, I still do remember some of those campfire songs.)

Besides getting to listen to Mollie's sweet voice for a couple of hours Saturday night, another benefit of the evening was the edible centerpieces! Boxes of Girl Scout cookies took center stage at each table and were there for our enjoyment. What a great idea!

So, what's on tap for next weekend?

Well, I'm still hoping to get to the play at Towngate Theatre ... and then some naps, cleaning, laundry, reading. ... and more napping.

P.S. I just found out (after having written this about 8 hours ago) that today is National Napping Day ... it always falls on the Monday after Daylight Savings Time beings!


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